DKH Leadership

A great school is built on the foundation of its staff. We believe ours is the best in Flower Mound / Highland Village!
  • Our staff is made up of experienced, degreed teachers who frequently attend seminars and workshops promoting excellence in the education of young children.  DKH Academy maintains an extremely low turnover.  The average teacher has 10 years of experience at DKH!  Our staff teachers are dedicated to giving your child a great beginning at DKH Academy!

  • Meet our DKH Leadership!

    • Nancy Parra
      Owner & Director

      Nancy Parra

      Owner & Director

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 24
      Years at DKH Academy: 8
      Education: Graduate of Texas Christian University: Bachelor of Science in Spanish, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Texas Certified educator EC-6, ESL, Bilingual endorsements
      Experience: 6 years lead teacher in NAEYC accredited preschool in Fort Worth, 6 years teaching Kindergarten @ Carroll ISD, 3 years teaching 3rd grade and as a Reading Specialist for Denton ISD, 8 years at DKH Academy

      Hobbies and Family: Mother of four children, Jordan 24, Wade 21, Caroline 11, and Luke 9. Mrs. Parra enjoys cooking, traveling, and meeting new people!

      Favorite Quote: Carpe Diem (Seize the Day!)

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I love inspiring and supporting, I love innovating and growing. I’m never done learning, and I truly enjoy people!

      Email: parra@dkhacademy.org

    • Becky Aleman
      Assistant Director

      Becky Aleman

      Assistant Director

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 22
      Years at DKH Academy: 20
      Education: Graduated from International Business College (El Paso, TX)
      Experience: Ms. Becky has over 20 years of experience in the childcare/preschool industry as a supervisor, assistant teacher and assistant director.

      Hobbies and Family: Her husband is Martin and they have been married for 37 years and have two wonderful grown children, Marissa and Michael, a son-in-law, Tony, and a precious granddaughter, Sophia.  Ms. Becky’s hobbies include spending time with my family, baking, decorating cakes and cookies, and scrapbooking. She also enjoys do-it-yourself projects around her home.  Her favorite pastime is watching or attending baseball games.

      Favorite Quote: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”  (Tommy Lasorda)

      Unique Quality: I enjoy the daily interaction with our little ones and their families.  It makes every day joyful.

      Email: becky@dkhacademy.org

    • Gabriela Cardenas
      Business Manager/Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Gabriela Cardenas

      Business Manager/Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 7
      Years at DKH Academy: 6
      Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
      Experience: In 2012 I started working as a 2 year old class assistant and in 2014 began teaching Spanish at DKH Academy, last year I started working as Business Manager in the office too.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Cardenas is married with 3 kids, twins Paulina and Rodrigo (15) and Mia (12). She loves spending time with them, watching them play their sports, they all love the beach and traveling. She also enjoys cooking and baking.

      Favorite Quote: Today is the day to learn something new!

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: Excitement! I get excited so my students get the same feeling.  I want everyone to feel confident and welcome to learn a new language.

      Email: cardenas@dkhacademy.org

    • Tammy Dockendorf
      4's Teacher/New Teacher Mentor/Staff & Family Relations

      Tammy Dockendorf

      4's Teacher/New Teacher Mentor/Staff & Family Relations

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 18
      Years at DKH Academy: 15
      Education: BS degree in Communication Sciences (Deaf Ed., Speech Pathology & Audiology) and Early Education from TWU
      Experience: Taught at Primrose in Southlake and a Cooperative Preschool in Denton before coming to DKH Academy. Between internships, student teaching, summer camps, and a career, Mrs. Dockendorf has countless years of early childhood education under her belt. She enjoys teaching sign language to preschoolers as a second language and does her best to spark their natural sense of curiosity about the unknown.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Dockendorf is married with two grown sons who both attended DKH Academy. I enjoy swimming, board games, musicals, antiquing, reading children’s books, going to the theater, road tripping, playing with dogs, escape rooms, and scavenger hunts! I have a passion for writing and hope to become a published children’s author someday.

      Favorite Quote:

      “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

      “The noblest art is of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum

      “Anything can happen if you let it.” – Mary Poppins

      Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalm and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.          Colossians 3:16

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I strive to create relationships that are based on positivity, comfort, and love. My goal is to ignite an enthusiasm for learning with every student that enters the classroom.

      Email: dockendorf@dkhacademy.org

    • Tamara Lisby
      Public Relations

      Tamara Lisby

      Public Relations

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 3
      Years at DKH: 3
      Education: Bachelors of Science in Special Education from the University of Arkansas and Masters in Counseling Education from the University of North Texas graduating with honors.  She also has a certification in business from SMU.
      Experience: Mrs. Lisby worked in several different education facilities during her education helping children of all different learning levels gain success.  She became experienced helping children work from lower levels of aptitude to gain achievement in several different areas.   Mrs. Lisby loves to work with children of all levels and ages and is excited about her years ahead.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Lisby is married and has two children, Fox (10) and Fawn (4).  She enjoys anything that has to do with spending time with her family.  She also enjoys anything with animals.  She currently has three 4-legged babies at home.  Her favorite hobbies are sports (kids and professional), traveling all she can, and movie days with her family!

      Email: lisby@dkhacademy.org

  • Meet the rest of our team!

  • Preschool Team
  • Pre-Kindergarten Team
  • Kindergarten Team
  • Specials Team
  • Extended Day Team