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Dana Judd

After graduating with her BS in Psychology, Dana married her best friend almost 24 years ago. Joel is a physical therapist and owns two private practice clinics in Colleyville and Southlake.  They have four beautiful children – two daughters and two sons. Their kids are one of the most important parts of their lives.  All four of their children struggle with the learning disabilities of ADHD and dyslexia. Their struggles well prepared Dana to pursue a Master’s degree in Special Education and specialization in Multisensory Instruction from Dallas Baptist University.  

Through her specialization study at The Shelton School in Dallas, Dana obtained her certification as an academic language therapist (CALT), as well as, her Dyslexia Therapist licensure for the state of Texas. Her time with The Shelton School was inspirational and provided in depth instruction in brain learning, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, other learning disabilities, diagnosis, evaluation, as well as the emotional components of anxiety and behavior. She has ACSI educator and specialization certification.

Over the last 15 years, she has taught in many different private education environments but privately tutored and provided academic language therapy to public, private, and homeschool students across the metroplex. Dana has always been known to be the teacher with “heart” who’s classroom is “A Safe Place to Learn”, but now she has created this environment in all the classrooms within Inspire Academy. She loves teaching students “outside the box”!

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Joey Begley 

Joey loves working with numbers in many different fashions, and she has a passion for helping others to love math and numbers as much as she does. Joey has been married to her high school sweetheart now for 28 years. Todd and Joey attended UT Arlington together, and were married on Todd’s graduation day.    Upon graduation from UT Arlington, Joey acquired a BA in mathematics with a minor in education. She graduated magna cum laude in December of 1991.

After teaching in Irving ISD for 2 years, she spent the next several years at home raising children while dabbling part time with various teaching outlets which includes Dallas Community College District/Brookhaven College teaching GED prep classes, the First Baptist Church Learning Tree teaching 4 year old students the basics, and Grapevine Colleyville ISD teaching math skills and techniques to middle schoolers struggling with math concepts, as well as, private math tutoring.

Joey and her husband, Todd, have been blessed with 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls) ranging in age from 11 years to 24 years. The family is growing as well with the 2 oldest boys marrying their soul mates this past fall and winter.  Family time is her absolute favorite. And, traveling with family is the icing on the cake.

In addition to playing with numbers and spending time with family, Joey also is in love with Jesus and His global mission. Prayer is also important to Joey, and you can be sure she will be praying both over and with your students and this school. 

 

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Patricia Richardson 

Coming out of retirement to teach at Inspire Academy, Patricia Richardson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oklahoma Christian University.  Mrs. Richardson has been married to her college sweetheart, Dave, for nearly 50 years. They have three grown daughters, two sons-in-love, and six amazing grandchildren. Trish, as she is better known, has taught in both public and private schools in Oklahoma and Texas.  Trish believes a child’s self-esteem is key to successful learning. A happy classroom doing fun things helps her students enjoy knowing and growing.  Within the student’s personal space, Trish is a hugger. With the power of this philosophy, never should one of her students fall between the cracks due to the individual attention and instruction he/she is receiving.

 
 
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Jerry Browder

Mrs. Browder was first introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) as a teenager in San Angelo, Texas.  During the early 1960s, ASL was being studied as a unique language, separate and distinct from English.  Mrs. Browder learned to sign and think conceptually.  She interpreted in church services and had her first experiences in the deaf community.  

Mrs. Browder is a Registered Nurse having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her love of children led her to work in pediatrics.  

After marrying her husband, David, she helped start a deaf ministry in Missoula, MT, and taught ASL.  Some of her students went on to become certified ASL interpreters.  

In 1983, Mrs. Browder, her husband, and two small children, went to Venezuela as missionaries.  In the early years, the Browders became aware of the deaf people in Venezuela and other Latin countries.  The Venezuelan government was in the process of accepting the use of Venezuelan Sign Language (VSL) in schools for the deaf.  The Browders saw this as God preparing the way for them.  As the Browders learned their new languages of Spanish and Venezuelan Sign Language, they were welcomed into the deaf community and ministered to both hearing and deaf people through local churches.  

In 2002, the Browders returned to the United States, Mrs. Browder worked in Cooks’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until she retired in 2014.  The Browders’ daughter and son have blessed them with five grandchildren.  Mrs. Browder is anxious to see what God is going to do at Inspire Academy.  The same God that led the way in Venezuela is preparing the way here.

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Kathryne Judd

Kathryne graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Liberty University. She is the oldest of the four children in her family and blessed to be working at a school that sees each child as a gift from God. She loves spending time with her friends and family. She plans to eventually go back to school and obtain her Master’s Degree but is trusting God’s timing!

Kathryne truly understands her students. Although she was not officially diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia until the ninth grade, she struggled with her learning disorders for as long as she can remember.  She also struggled with an anxiety disorder having done her best to compensate for so long. Because of her own experiences in school, she understands what the students she teaches need from her daily. She loves working with students who like to explore the world around them. She wants her students to understand that learning can and should be fun.! She tries her best to bring out the best in her students allowing them to use their best learning strategies in a team atmosphere. She wants to be there for her students when they need her help.

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David Richardson

David Richardson is a dedicated Christian who believes the most important element of life is commitment to following the path that emulates our savior Jesus. He holds a BSE degree with major in speech and minors in science, psychology and Bible from Oklahoma Christian University. “Dave” is a published author and has extensive experience in business management and marketing with leadership skills developed in various venues of business and personal avenues. Possessing a fervent spirit of grace Dave has a dedication to be a blessing to those who cross his path in life. He is a husband, father of three and grandfather of six. He has a special understanding of what is involved in overcoming challenges in life. He was undiagnosed but lived with learning difficulties and found his own way to success in education and life. Having discovered his first fossil when in middle school he developed a personal interest in geology that has stayed with him throughout life. Dave is blessed to have a service dog named Bailey who understands his anxiety and makes it possible for him to breathe. She will be by his side daily.  

 
 
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Alison Williams

Alison is excited to be part of the Inspire Family. She has been teaching voice for 12 years. She is currently a worship leader at Compass Church, and has also led worship at Fellowship Church. Alison directs Compass Kids Worship, and is a mentor for potential worship leaders.

Alison has been a performer her entire life. She studied music at the University of Oklahoma. Some of her personal singing highlights include performing the National Anthem for the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and Lone Star Park.

When she lived in New York City, she recorded and released an EP on iTunes. She also learned Mandarin Chinese, and performed for foreign dignitaries at large corporate events. She recorded a song in Mandarin for an advertisement used during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Alison lives in Colleyville with her husband Eric, and her three children.

 

 
 
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Katie Conaster

Katie Conatser joins us after a 6 year break from teaching to stay home with her daughter. During her 7 year teaching career, Katie taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade English, AVID, and a business/technology elective, all in Irving ISD where she and her husband grew up. 

Katie’s passion for helping kids and wanting to see them succeed brought her back to the classroom a little earlier than anticipated. Inspire has been the perfect “baby step” back into the career she loved so much. Having the ability to focus on a small, yet challenging group, is the vision Katie always had for teaching. At Inspire, she can make a huge difference for a few, instead of a little difference for some. 

 

Christa Keltner

Christa has a passion for teaching children in a way that makes learning engaging and meaningful. She graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in Elementary Education. Christa's past teaching experience includes teaching 4th grade at a local public school as well as Library, Music/PE and Pre-K at Grapevine Christian Preschool. One of her favorite things about being in the classroom is getting to partner with parents and watching their children grow and develop throughout the school year.

Christa has been married to her husband, Michael, for 16 years and together they have four children. Weekends and evenings you can find her cheering her kids on at the hockey rink, soccer field and during Taekwondo practice. She has experience parenting children who struggle with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD and anxiety. Having children who have struggled in the classroom has given her a great passion for helping other students find the right key to unlock their learning potential. Christa is very excited to be joining the team at Inspire and looks forward to being in a classroom and at a school that is a safe place to learn!

 
 
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Kate Parrish 

As a full time portrait photographer for the past 3 years, Kate is excited for the new opportunity to teach at Inspire Academy. She began teaching private photography lessons and has developed a desire to instruct and help others find their creative eye. She is looking forward to teaching in the classroom setting where students can grow in their artistic potential and confidence through mixed media. 

She is a graduate of John Brown University where she received her degree in Photography and Graphic Design. At school, she received technical training as well as a Christian approach to being an artistic and creative in today’s world. She has traveled all over the world for missions and Photography, and has gained valuable experiences where she has put this training into practice. She also has a passion for student ministry and has volunteered at Compass Christian Church with middle school and high school students for the last few years. She has been married to her husband, Andrew for the past year and a half. He is also just as excited for Kate to have this opportunity to teach at Inspire Academy. If she’s not taking pictures or teaching, you can find her spending time with family, singing on the worship team at

Church with Andrew, or drinking coffee just about anywhere. 

She is most passionate about teaching students how to love and serve God and others through their creativity. Her goal is to help them discover new passions, and/or build on existing ones. It is most important that students find that her class is a safe place to be creative and expressive as they learn to approach art and media from a Biblical worldview.

 

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Brynlee

Hi! I'm Brynlee the Aussiedoodle. I'm a stress and anxiety response dog. Currently, I'm learning new techniques to assist the anxious students that I enjoy hanging our with. I belong to Mrs. Judd's daughter, Karolyne, who has anxiety. I enjoy playing so, you may see me around carrying my favorite toy a ball or Ducky.

One of the new things I'm learning is modified ASL (American Sign Language). I am currently working on perfecting DPT (deep pressure therapy) which I should perform in the case of an anxiety attack to lessen the effects. Though I belong to Karolyne, I am in tune to each of the students around me.

Warning! If you don't greet me, I will follow you around until you at least pet me or say hi. I'm hypoallergenic meaning I don't shed and make you sneeze. You can always come find me if you need a big smile or just a hug!