Our Pre-Kindergarten Team

Meet our Pre-Kindergarten Team
    • Rachael Barresi
      4's Teacher

      Rachael Barresi

      4's Teacher

      Years in Education: 11
      Years at DKH: 1
      Education: BS Elementary Education-Westfield State College (MA) Masters Education Administration-UNT. Certified teacher.
      Experience: 6 years experience teaching grades 3-5. Assistant principal (1 year). Substitute teacher in Denton ISD for 4 years. Substitute teacher at DKH for 2 years.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Barresi is married to her high school sweetheart with 3 children. Drew (14), Camden (12), Kate (5). This will be Kate’s 4th year to attend DKH Academy. Mrs. Barresi enjoys photography, beach vacations, morning coffee, playing with our 1 year old lab (Stella) and reading.
      Favorite Quote: The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. -Dr. Suess Teaching Style: I believe children learn in an environment where they know they are loved, and where they know they belong. We will have a classroom built on relationships and getting to know each other well, where each child knows how much they are valued. We will all learn to LOVE one another and to be KIND to one another, so we can all learn together as one big happy classroom family!

      Email: barresi@dkhacademy.org

    • Judy Grant
      3's & 4's Teacher Assistant

      Judy Grant

      3's & 4's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education: 21
      Education: BS degree in Psychology/Science from the University of Houston.
      Supervisor Insurance Dept, MD Anderson 18 mos
      OfficeManager/Corporate Sec/Tres. Target Mud & Drilling 7 yrs
      Self-Employed – In Home Daycare 11 years
      Faith Lutheran Day School 2 yr old class 6 years
      McAuliffe Elementary 15 years- Inclusion teacher (10 years)Library Aide (5 years)

      Family & Hobbies:
      Married 38 years to Glenn
      2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 daughter in laws, 2 grandchildren
      * attend DKH
      I love hanging out with my family and friends!
      I also enjoy reading, going to the movies and shopping.
      Quote: Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and, smarter than you think. -Winnie the Pooh

    • Missy Hedges
      4's Teacher

      Missy Hedges

      4's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 26
      Years at DKH Academy: 12
      Education:Bachelor of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University with a minor in English
      Experience: Taught 1st grade in Lubbock for 7 years before staying home with my first child. I went on to teach 4 year old preschool for another 7 years before moving to this area. I joined the DKH staff as an assistant in 2009 and began teaching my own 4’s class the following year. I absolutely love teaching this age!

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Hedges has been married to her Husband Jamie since 1995. She has two children; Brett and Brynn. Mrs. Hedges love spending time with my family, traveling, boating, reading and watching baseball. She loves all things Texas Tech!

      Favorite Quote: Lessons on Kindness are just as important as academic ones.

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I think that all children can learn. It just may be in different ways and at different times. I strive to meet all my students where they are and help them reach their full potential. I think it is so important for my students to feel loved and accepted. In my classroom, we spend just as much time on social skills, kindness, manners and communication as we do academics. I want my students to feel like we are a family who learn from each other and support one another in a challenging and invigorating environment.

      Email: hedges@dkhacademy.org

    • Sharon Humphreys
      4's Teacher

      Sharon Humphreys

      4's Teacher

      Years in Education: 35
      Years at DKH Academy: 1st
      Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University; M. Ed, with a reading specialist certificate also from Tarleton State University.
      Experience: Mrs. Humphreys taught 1st and 2nd grade in Priddy ISD for 8 years. She taught 4th grade in Mullin ISD for 5 years. She was then hired for 4th grade math in her hometown of Comanche. She taught there for 5 years before moving to Lewisville after her daughter graduated from high school. She started teaching at McAuliffe Elementary in 2002 until she retired in 2019. After staying home for a year, she began teaching at DKH.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Humphreys is married to Trey and has three children. She has a daughter, Jodi and two sons, Jason and Eric. She has five granddaughters ranging in ages from 10 to 2. She loves spending time with family, riding her Harley Davidson, and hunting.

      Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou

      Email: Humphreys@dkhacademy.org

    • Jennifer James
      4's Teacher

      Jennifer James

      4's Teacher

      Years in Education: 12
      Early Education: 7
      Education: BSIS in secondary education from Lubbock Christian University
      Experience: Mrs. James was a 7th and 8th grade Science teacher in Fort Worth ISD before deciding to stay home with her babies. In 2013 she began her career in early childhood. She worked at Grace Kids Academy in Flower Mound for seven years teaching ages 2-5.
      Family/Hobbies: Mrs. James has been married to her husband for 19 years and has two children. Her daughter is a sophomore at Marcus HS and her son attends Briarhill MS as an 8th grader. She loves spending time with her family and most of it is dedicated to attending their sporting events. Any other spare time is spent boating, shopping and travelling on occasion.
      Favorite Quote: A smile happens quickly but the memory of it lasts a long time!

      Email: james@dkhacademy.org

    • Celine Tobias
      3's & 4's Teacher Assistant

      Celine Tobias

      3's & 4's Teacher Assistant

      Years in education/early childhood: 4 (not sure if working in the preschool department at my church counts)

      Years at DKH Academy: 1 as a student 🙂

      Education: Graduated from Marcus High School, currently a freshman at the University of North Texas studying to become an elementary teacher

      Experience: volunteered in the preschool classrooms at Valley Creek Church for the past four years and also worked for one year as a Kid Keeper there. She has nannied and babysat kids of all ages for three years.

      Hobbies and Family: youngest of six kids, currently live with my two year old nephew who is like my own child. I enjoy spending time with friends, staying active, and going outdoors.

      Favorite Quote: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

    • Debbie Vogel
      4's & Sr Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Debbie Vogel

      4's & Sr Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 13
      Years at DKH Academy: 18
      Education: Graduated from Quakertown High School
      Experience: Ms. Debbie was a nanny for a teaching family who had 5 children for 12 years before joining DKH Academy. She assists in many areas and helps several teachers at DKH Academy. Ms. Debbie is the organization behind “the organization”.

      Hobbies and Family: Ms. Debbie is married to her high school sweetheart and has three grown daughters. She has 5 beautiful granddaughters. Ms. Debbie loves reading and enjoying time with her grandchildren.

    • Arezou Ziglari
      4's & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Arezou Ziglari

      4's & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Years in education: 5

      Years at DKH: 1st year

      Education: BS Degree in Business Administration at Wichita State University (Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship)

      Experience: Substitute teaching at a private school for 4 years. Private tutor for 2 years.

      Hobbies and Family:
      I am married and have 2 young sons who both attend DKH. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

      Favorite Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” Maya Angelou