Our Preschool Team

Meet our Preschool team!
    • Melanie Brissette
      2's Teacher

      Melanie Brissette

      2's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 21
      Years at DKH Academy: 7
      Education: BS from Florida State, MS degree in Social Work from UTA.
      Experience: Mrs. Brissette was a therapist specializing in early childhood disorders, family therapy, and behavior modification before coming to DKH Academy.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Brissette is married and has a son and daughter. Her son attended DKH Academy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and yoga.

      Email: brissette@dkhacademy.org

    • Meghann Callison
      Toddler's Teacher Assistant

      Meghann Callison

      Toddler's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 10
      Years at DKH Academy: 4
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Master of Science in Special Education from Texas Christian University.
      Experience: Mrs. Callison has worked in private daycare, ESL Pre-K in Fort Worth ISD, and ESL Head Start in Plano ISD.
      Hobbies and Family: – Mrs. Callison has been married for 10 years, and has a first grader and a fourth grader in Spanish Immersion in LISD.  They love to travel as often as they can, especially to the beach, the mountains, and Disney!  They regularly spend time with extended family and friends, watch college sports, and basically live on the youth baseball fields for their kids’ games.

       

       

    • Tamara Lisby
      3's Teacher

      Tamara Lisby

      3's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 3
      Years at DKH: 2
      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

    • Michelle Holmgren
      Toddler's Teacher Assistant/Leap Assistant

      Michelle Holmgren

      Toddler's Teacher Assistant/Leap Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 3
      Years at DKH Academy: 3
      Education: Focus on special education and child development
      Experience: Mrs. Holmgren was a stay at home mom for 10 years and spent years volunteering at her children’s school and working in their classroom.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Holmgren is married and has a son and a daughter. She loves to be outdoors, travel, and spend time with her family.

       

    • Elaine Rudebusch
      3's Teacher

      Elaine Rudebusch

      3's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood:  2
      Years at DKH Academy:  2
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, Certified teacher in English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies grades 4-8.
      Experience:  Mrs. Rudebusch taught 9th grade English in College Station before moving to the metroplex in 2006.  She worked in Industrial Supply sales for 8 years, before becoming a stay at home mom when her daughter Gwen was 18 months old.  She is very excited to return to the education field, and utilize her teaching degree.
      Hobbies and Family:  Mrs. Rudebusch and her husband Ian met at Texas A&M, and have been married since 2007.  Her daughter Gwen was born in August of 2014, and attended DKH for the first time in 2016.  Mrs. Rudebusch enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking Gwen to dance and gym classes, working out, and attending Aggie football games.

    • Audrey Heckmann
      Toddler's Teacher

      Audrey Heckmann

      Toddler's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 8
      Years at DKH Academy: 2
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University
      Experience: Ms. Heckmann has an EC-8 and English as a Second Language (ESL) certification in Texas and Oklahoma. She’s had years of experience teaching all levels of English Language Learners both here in the United States and in Costa Rica. Her experience teaching early childhood ages and toddlers ranges from college to present. She has also taught 5th grade math/science and 1st grade in the public school setting before becoming a stay at home mom with her oldest daughter in 2012. She served on the DKH PTO for the 2016-2017 school year as Fundraising Co-Chair and remained active volunteering. Last year, she started teaching an ESL class for adults. She is excited to be back in the preschool classroom setting!
      Hobbies and Family: Ms. Heckmann has 2 daughters who currently both attend DKH. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys going on outings with her daughters and husband. She can’t resist watching a good movie or favorite TV show! You can also find her working in her garden or enjoying the fresh evening air as the sun sets. She enjoys the gentle hum of a sewing machine while working on a quilt for someone special. Going to painting classes with her daughters is also a new favorite thing!

      Email: heckmann@dkhacademy.org

    • Adrienne Howell
      Toddler's Teacher Assistant

      Adrienne Howell

      Toddler's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 12
      Years at DKH Academy: 2
      Education:  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY College at Oneonta and Master of Science in Special Education from Mount Saint Mary College Experience: Mrs. Howell taught 3 years as a middle/high school math teacher at New York Military Academy and 8 years for LISD at Degan Elementary school.
      Hobbies and Family:  Mrs. Howell and her husband Jared have three beautiful children: Leora (7), Gianna (5) and Jared (3). All of her children have attended DKH and she is excited to be part of the DKH team. She resigned from teaching in 2013 to raise her children. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, camping and cooking.

       

    • Diana Carrete-Montes
      Toddler's Teacher Assistant

      Diana Carrete-Montes

      Toddler's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 7
      Years at DKH Academy: 2
      Education: Accounting degree from Universidad Iberoamericana at Torreon, Mexico
      Experience: Private English teacher to small groups of kids ages 2-10 in Mexico
      Hobbies and Family: Family is made up by my husband Manuel, and 4 sweet playful girls Camila who’s 8, Isabella is 5, Daniela is 2 and Gabriela 1 and a half. Hobbies I like Exercise, watch movies, going to our girls’ soccer games, hanging out with friends, visit our family.

       

    • Amy Drost
      3's Teacher Assistant

      Amy Drost

      3's Teacher Assistant

      Bio Coming Soon…

    • Rolanda Russell
      3's Teacher

      Rolanda Russell

      3's Teacher

      Bio Coming Soon…

    • Elissa Brown
      2's Teacher

      Elissa Brown

      2's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 11
      Years at DKH Academy: 9
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development.
      Experience: Mrs. Brown taught at a private school before coming to DKH Academy. Her mother taught at DKH Academy for many years while Mrs. Brown was a young child.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Brown is married and has three young children who all attend or have attended DKH Academy. She enjoys baking and decorating cakes.

      Email: brown@dkhacademy.org

    • Noelle Griffith
      2's Teacher/ 2's & 3's Leap Teacher

      Noelle Griffith

      2's Teacher/ 2's & 3's Leap Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 25
      Years at DKH Academy: 13
      Education: BS in Early Childhood Education from Kent State, Certified EC-6th
      Experience: Mrs. Griffith taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades in both public schools and a private Catholic school in Ohio before becoming involved in the Curriculum and Development of a Multi-age Program. She went on to be one of the first teachers in the district to instruct students in a 1st/2nd grade classroom.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Griffith is married and has two grown sons and a daughter who attended DKH Academy. When she toured DKH as a prospective pre-school for her daughter, she knew it felt like home from the moment she stepped through the doors. Mrs. Griffith enjoys running, reading, and spending time watching her children participate in their respective sports.

      Email: griffith@dkhacademy.org

    • Robin Jones
      2's Teacher Assistant

      Robin Jones

      2's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 21
      Years at DKH Academy: 10
      Education: Attended Lamar University
      Experience: Ms. Robin volunteered many years at her children’s elementary and middle schools before coming to assist at DKH Academy. She spearheads DKH Academy’s Spirit Wear sale and is instrumental in planning the semi-annual Scholastic Book Fair.
      Hobbies and Family: Ms. Robin is married and has three grown children who all attended DKH Academy. She enjoys sewing, art, and cooking.

    • Anna Porter
      3's Teacher

      Anna Porter

      3's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 34
      Years at DKH Academy: 26
      Education: Attended Texas Woman’s University
      Experience: Mrs. Porter taught eight years at a private preschool before joining DKH Academy in 1992. She is very experienced with child development and individualizing instruction for all types of learners.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Porter is married and has two grown daughters and one grandson. She enjoys gardening, sewing, and reading.

      Email: porter@dkhacademy.org

    • Stephanie Ranieri
      2's Teacher Assistant

      Stephanie Ranieri

      2's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 27
      Years at DKH Academy: 9
      Education: BAAS in Adult Education from University of North Texas
      Experience: Ms. Stephanie worked in both the public and private sectors as a training and development supervisor before joining DKH Academy. She has worked the last 6 years as an assistant for a wide range of classrooms, from toddlers to Pre-K.
      Hobbies and Family: Ms. Stephanie is married and has a son and daughter who both attended DKH Academy.   She loves sports and during most weekends can be found at a baseball field.

    • Amanda Renter
      3's Teacher

      Amanda Renter

      3's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 15
      Years at DKH Academy: 7
      Education: BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University, Certified EC-3rd Grade
      Experience: Mrs. Renter taught 3rd grade in Lewisville ISD before joining DKH Academy. She was a stay-at-home-mom while her children were young and attended DKH Academy.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Renter is married and has a son and daughter. She loves spending time with her husband and two children. Mrs. Renter enjoys cooking and decorating her home.

      Email: renter@dkhacademy.org

    • Susan Sigler
      3's Teacher

      Susan Sigler

      3's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 16
      Years at DKH Academy: 15
      Education: Bachelor of General Studies concentrating in Early Childhood, Business and Health Studies. American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor and Instructor Trainer
      Experience: Mrs. Sigler has experience teaching the 3 year old and 4 year old classes at DKH Academy. She lead the LEAP program for 2 years.
      Hobbies/Family info: Mrs. Sigler is married and has three sons. She enjoys home decorating, crafting, swimming and walking her dogs.

      Email: mrssigler@dkhacademy.org

    • Laura Hudson
      2's Teacher

      Laura Hudson

      2's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 6
      Years at DKH: 3
      Education: Bachelor of Science from Indiana University
      Experience: Mrs. Hudson has taught at Trietsch Enrichment Center for 3 years.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Hudson is married with 3 children, a daughter and twin sons. She enjoys working out at
      the gym and running. You can usually catch her hanging at the soccer or baseball fields.

      Email: hudson@dkhacademy.org

    • Jennifer Beman
      3's Teacher Assistant

      Jennifer Beman

      3's Teacher Assistant

      Years of in Education/Early Childhood: 4
      Years at DKH Academy: 4
      Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Science from Texas Women’s University in Nursing
      Experience: Mrs. Beman has worked as a registered nurse for 11 years.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Beman is married with 4 young children, 2 daughters and twin sons. All have attended and are attending DKH Academy. She enjoys traveling, horse back riding and playing sports with her children.

    • Kristin Silverman
      2's Teacher Assistant

      Kristin Silverman

      2's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 11
      Years at DKH: 3
      Education: Attended Mid-East Ohio Technical College
      Experience: Mrs. Silverman worked for 15 years as a licensed vocational nurse.
      She was a stay-at-home-mom while her children were young and attended DKH.
      Hobbies/Family info: Mrs. Silverman is married and has a daughter and twin boys.
      She enjoys sewing, crafting, and spending time with her family.

    • Kathleen Goff
      2's Teacher Assistant

      Kathleen Goff

      2's Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 12
      Years at DKH Academy: 3
      Education: Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Texas
      Experience: Mrs. Goff spent her college years teaching at 2 local childcare facilities, and was a Substitute Teacher for LISD for 7 years.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Goff is married and has two children, Austin (7) and Abigail (3). She loves to run and participate in local races. She also enjoys swimming, and spends her afternoons watching her son at Taekwondo and her daughter at Gymnastics.