Our Specials Team

Nature Explore / Kid Fit / Spanish / Art / Guided Reading
  • SPECIALS

    • 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

    • Michelle Holmgren
      Nature Explore Teacher

      Michelle Holmgren

      Nature Explore Teacher

      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.

       

    • Deidre Hutton
      Guided Reading Teacher

      Deidre Hutton

      Guided Reading Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 19
      Years at DKH Academy: 16
      Education: BS degree in English from California State Fullerton, Certified Kindergarten-12th Grade
      Experience: Mrs. Hutton taught high school English and junior high school Reading before coming to DKH Academy. She was the Kindergarten teacher for 4 years before stepping into the role of Guided Reading teacher.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Hutton is married and has two sons. She enjoys a variety of activities including gardening, hiking, playing the piano and reading.

      Favorite Quote: “Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

      Email: hutton@dkhacademy.org

    • Erica McNutt
      4's Teacher Assistant / Kindergarten Art Teacher

      Erica McNutt

      4's Teacher Assistant / Kindergarten Art Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 15
      Years at DKH Academy: 6
      Education: BA degree in Art Therapy and Design from the University of Cincinnati.
      Experience: DKH Academy, Boys & Girls Club and School age program at Sheppard Air Force Base

      Hobbies and Family: Spending time with family, swimming, boating, we love the beach & reading. Married with 2 fast growing boys that both attended DKH Academy!

      Favorite Quote: “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn “

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: We learn together by doing it together!!

    • Elaine Rudebusch
      Kid Fit Teacher

      Elaine Rudebusch

      Kid Fit Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood:  4
      Years at DKH Academy:  2
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University
      Experience:After graduating from Texas A&M, Mrs. Rudebusch served as an aide in an adaptive behavior classroom, and then as a 9th grade English teacher in College Station.  She then worked in sales for 9 years before becoming a stay at home mom when her daughter was 18 months old.  Mrs. Rudebusch served as a 3’s teaching assistant in 2017-2018, and then a 3’s teacher in 2018-2019 at DKH.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Rudebusch met her husband, Ian, at Texas A&M, and has been married since 2007.  They have a daughter, Gwen who was born in 2014.  Gwen attended DKH in the 2s, 3s, and 4s classes.  Mrs. Rudebusch enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking her daughter to gymnastics and dance, working out, running, family bike rides, being outside, and attending Aggie football games.

      Favorite Quote: Everything you don’t know is something you can learn.

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I strive to create a learning environment where kindness can thrive!