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”!
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.
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.