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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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Diane Wright

Diane loves working with kids! Mrs. Wright (or Coach Wright) has a passion for taking kids right where they are. She delights in studying each student and cheering them on to new and exciting places! She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University and has been married to Kevin for 43 years. They have three grown children and 8 grandchildren ranging in age from 20 months to 15 years. Diane taught briefly in public school, but most of her time teaching has been in private Christian schools. Having a child who struggled in school because of health issues and learning challenges, Diane is uniquely qualified from a student, parent and teacher perspective. She understands all sides and can advocate, encourage and admonish each Group. Together with her husband, they have spent years working with families and kids. Diane continues to teach Bible classes, Ladies classes, mentor young moms and co-teach with her husband on a variety of subjects pertaining to family life. For her, it’s about giving back to her kids, grandkids, church, and community!

 

 
 
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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 last year 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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Caila Williams

Caila Williams is a Junior and will graduate in 2 years with her B.S. in Psychology. She has a heart for those with special needs and has been working with this type of student for 8 years. She was given a divinely inspired opportunity to take a class helping special ed buddies when other classes were closed for enrollment. She instantly fell in love and decided to make special needs her new priority. She has grown up attending Compass Christian Church now 17 years and is the ministry leader of the Compass Buddy Ministry. 

Caila met Dana after a Saturday night worship service and knew instantly working for her would be a blessing! As Dana’s assistant, her strong Type A personality and amazing organization skills perfectly place her as a great addition to Inspire Academy. She cares about all of the students and will strive to make this school year the best yet!

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Brynlee

Hi! I'm Brynlee the Aussiedoodle. I'm a stress and anxiety response puppy. Currently, I'm learning new techniques to assist the anxious students that I'm so excited to meet. I belong to Mrs. Judd's daughter, Karolyne, who has anxiety. I enjoy playing tag and with my toys. You may see me around carrying my favorite toy squeaky dog 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!