Faculty and Staff

Karen Boothe

Head of Lower School

Dr. Vince Janney

Head of Middle School, Asst. Head of School for Academic Affairs

Craig Selig

Head of Upper School

Contact

Email: seligc@houstonacademy.com

Debbie Thornton

Business Manager

Kristyn Clark

Director of Advancement

Contact

Email: clarkk@houstonacademy.com

Melanie Woodcock

Director of Technology

Brian Jackson

Director of Marketing and Communications

Brian Hart

Dean of Students, History Teacher

Contact

Email: hartb@houstonacademy.com

Mike Sickafoose

Athletic Director

Jim Robbins

Director of Buildings and Grounds

Nicole Lisenby

Director of Admissions

Board of Trustees

Mr. Taylor Flowers

Chairman

Mrs. Katherine Lee

Vice-Chair

Mr. Kevin Savoy

Treasurer

Mr. Harrison Morris

Secretary

Mr. Reid Dove

Emeritus

Mrs. Mary Heersink

Emeritus

Mr. Hayne Hollis

Emeritus

Mr. Mark Saliba

Emeritus

Mrs. Kelton Morris

PTO President

Mr. Scott Applefield

Dr. Roben Ash

Dr. Bill Beckett

Mrs. Jeanne Dismukes

Dr. Michelle Freeman

Mr. Henry Ivey

Mrs. Mary Beth Marshall

Mr. Steve McCarroll

Mrs. Rebecca McDonald

Mrs. Shannon McRae

Mrs. Kelli Shirley

Mrs. Valerie Thompson

Mrs. Suzanne Woods

Mrs. Arwa Yunis

About the Board

Since 1970, the Houston Academy Board of Trustees has operated as a self-perpetuating board, which governs itself according to its bylaws. A self-perpetuating board is one on which new board members are selected by existing board members. The functions of the board are to ensure that the school is well funded for current and future needs, to employ and supervise the Head of School, to establish broad policies consistent with the school’s mission, and to monitor the school’s success in meeting its stated mission.

As with all independent schools, Houston Academy’s routine or daily operations are the responsibility of the Head of School and the school’s Division Heads, in whose decisions the Board of Trustees does not intervene.  In particular, the Board of Trustees does not serve as an appellate court to review the decisions of the Head of School.  Members of the Board want to be knowledgeable about matters of concern to the HA community, and welcome opportunities to discuss them with parents, students, and alumni. However, challenges to decisions and actions of teachers, coaches, staff, and administrators should be made to the appropriate Division Head, and then, if needed, to the Head of School.

Houston Academy’s Board of Trustees subscribes to the Principles of Good Practice established by the National Association of Independent Schools for its member schools. These principles define the high standards and ethical behavior that are expected of member schools in key areas of school operations.

Karen Boothe

Head of Lower School

Ashley Skinner

Lower School Counselor

Patti Flowers

Learning Specialist

 

3P

Vanessa Howell

3P Teacher

Shanna Boothe

3P Teacher

Rachel Pope

3P Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: kingr@houstonacademy.com

Karen Phillips

3P Teacher Assistant

4P

Carrie Bishop

4P Teacher

Connie Capaldo

4P Teacher

Nancy McClung

4P Teacher Assistant

Kama Owen

4P Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: owenk@houstonacademy.com

5K

Cara Dennis

5K Teacher

Paisley Kelly

5K Teacher

Contact

Email: kellyp@houstonacademy.com

Jill Dykes

5K Teacher

Contact

Email: dykesj@houstonacademy.com

Jennie Lee

5K Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: leej@houstonacademy.com

Cherrie McKinnon

5K Teacher Assistant

Ann Zeron

5K Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: zerona@houstonacademy.com

1st Grade

Jennifer Elliot

1st Grade Teacher

Julie Kinney

1st Grade Teacher

Rachel Gilmore

1st Grade Teacher Assistant

2nd Grade

Leisha Hayes

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: hayesl@houstonacademy.com

Segrid White

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: whites@houstonacademy.com

3rd Grade

Eve Espy

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: espye@houstonacademy.com

Jo Ellen Nelson

3rd Grade Teacher

4th Grade

Laurie Gilmore

4th Grade Teacher

Kristy Veale

4th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: vealek@houstonacademy.com

Enrichment

Hannah Braswell

Art Teacher

Cathy Chitwood

Attendance Secretary, Library Assistant

Diane Carn

Computer Teacher

Contact

Email: carnd@houstonacademy.com

Natalie Jeffcoat

Media Specialist

Shelley Keeley

Music Teacher

Ginny Adams

PE Teacher

Contact

Email: adamsg@houstonacademy.com

Leigh Griffin

PE Teacher

Dr. Vince Janney

Head of Middle School, Asst. Head of School for Academic Affairs

Cheryl Walker

Middle School Counselor

Lesley Marshall

Learning Specialist

Brian Hart

Dean of Students, History Teacher

Contact

Email: hartb@houstonacademy.com

 

Art, Music, Theater

Hannah Braswell

Art Teacher

James Holmes

Music Teacher

Ronda Paoletti

Music and Drama Teacher

English

Emily Blumberg

English Teacher

Ann Jordan

English Teacher

Jessica Pineda

5th Grade Teacher

Ashleigh Savoy

5th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: savoya@houstonacademy.com

History and Social Science

Natalie Cromer

History Teacher, Math Teacher

Karrie Hart

Journalism and Geography Teacher

Contact

Email: hartk@houstonacademy.com

Dr. Vince Janney

Head of Middle School, Asst. Head of School for Academic Affairs

Jessica Pineda

5th Grade Teacher

Foreign Languages

Linda Johnson

Spanish Teacher

Sonja Mack

Latin Teacher, Math Teacher

Contact

Email: macks@houstonacademy.com

Sarah McLaughlin

French Teacher

Ruth Mink-Mineo

German Teacher

Contact

Email: minkr@houstonacademy.com

Shelly Phillipps

Latin Teacher

Mathematics

Natalie Cromer

History Teacher, Math Teacher

Sandra Egan

6th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: egans@houstonacademy.com

Sonja Mack

Latin Teacher, Math Teacher

Contact

Email: macks@houstonacademy.com

Jessica Pineda

5th Grade Teacher

Ashleigh Savoy

5th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: savoya@houstonacademy.com

Pamela Sewell

US Learning Specialist, Math Teacher, Registrar

Elizabeth Whaley

Math Teacher

Kathleen Ziglar

Math Teacher

Physical Education

Ginny Adams

PE Teacher

Contact

Email: adamsg@houstonacademy.com

Leigh Griffin

PE Teacher

AJ Howard

PE Teacher

Jody Ryan

PE Teacher

Contact

Email: ryanj@houstonacademy.com

Science

Paula Dean

Science Teacher

Contact

Email: deanp@houstonacademy.com

Sandra Egan

6th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: egans@houstonacademy.com

Ashleigh Savoy

5th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: savoya@houstonacademy.com

Other Electives

Diane Carn

Computer Teacher

Contact

Email: carnd@houstonacademy.com

Karrie Hart

Journalism and Geography Teacher

Contact

Email: hartk@houstonacademy.com

Craig Selig

Head of Upper School

Contact

Email: seligc@houstonacademy.com

Ann Landers

Upper School Counselor

Pamela Sewell

US Learning Specialist, Math Teacher, Registrar

Brian Hart

Dean of Students, History Teacher

Contact

Email: hartb@houstonacademy.com

Art, Music, Theater

Anna Beasley

Art Teacher

James Holmes

Music Teacher

Ronda Paoletti

Music and Drama Teacher

English

Emily Blumberg

English Teacher

Jim Brown

English Teacher

Contact

Email: brownj@houstonacademy.com

Brian David

English Teacher

Contact

Email: davidb@houstonacademy.com

Jennifer Gaye

English Teacher

Contact

Email: gayej@houstonacademy.com

Ann Jordan

English Teacher

History and Social Science

Brian Hart

Dean of Students, History Teacher

Contact

Email: hartb@houstonacademy.com

Tammi Holman

History Teacher

Shannon Saunders

History Teacher

Foreign Languages

Linda Johnson

Spanish Teacher

Sonja Mack

Latin Teacher, Math Teacher

Contact

Email: macks@houstonacademy.com

Sarah McLaughlin

French Teacher

Ruth Mink-Mineo

German Teacher

Contact

Email: minkr@houstonacademy.com

Shelly Phillipps

Latin Teacher

Craig Selig

Head of Upper School

Contact

Email: seligc@houstonacademy.com

Lucia Woodson

Spanish Teacher

Mathematics

Starla Lewis

Math Teacher

Contact

Email: lewiss@houstonacademy.com

Jimmy Riggs

Math Teacher

Contact

Email: riggsj@houstonacademy.com

Elizabeth Whaley

Math Teacher

Kathleen Ziglar

Math Teacher

Physical Education

Dustin Harrison

PE Teacher

AJ Howard

PE Teacher

Tony Kirkland

PE Teacher

Science

Wanda Emblom

Science Teacher

Andrew Kirk

Science Teacher, Robotics Instructor

Contact

Email: kirka@houstonacademy.com

Vanessia Snell

Science Teacher

Contact

Email: snellv@houstonacademy.com

Other Electives

Karrie Hart

Journalism and Geography Teacher

Contact

Email: hartk@houstonacademy.com

Melanie Woodcock

Director of Technology

Counseling and Academic Support

Lesley Marshall

Learning Specialist

Ashley Skinner

Lower School Counselor

Cheryl Walker

Middle School Counselor

Ann Landers

Upper School Counselor

Pamela Sewell

US Learning Specialist, Math Teacher, Registrar

Technology

Melanie Woodcock

Director of Technology

Aaron Beeson

Network Administrator, Technical Support

Joey Keener

Technical Support

Library

Natalie Jeffcoat

Media Specialist

Cathy Chitwood

Attendance Secretary, Library Assistant

Maintenance

Jim Robbins

Director of Buildings and Grounds

Mark Kelley

Maintenance

Dave Williams

Maintenance

Office

Pamela Sewell

US Learning Specialist, Math Teacher, Registrar

Michelle Johnson

Assistant to the Guidance Office

Cindy Reyner

Administrative Secretary

Judy Speed

Administrative Assistant

Contact

Email: speedj@houstonacademy.com

Other Staff

Ethan Holland

Substitute Teacher

Mary Sanders

Extended Day Director

Susie Wilson

Extended Day Assistant

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Ginny Adams

PE Teacher

Contact

Email: adamsg@houstonacademy.com

Anna Beasley

Art Teacher

Aaron Beeson

Network Administrator, Technical Support

Carrie Bishop

4P Teacher

Emily Blumberg

English Teacher

Karen Boothe

Head of Lower School

Shanna Boothe

3P Teacher

Hannah Braswell

Art Teacher

Jim Brown

English Teacher

Contact

Email: brownj@houstonacademy.com

Connie Capaldo

4P Teacher

Diane Carn

Computer Teacher

Contact

Email: carnd@houstonacademy.com

Cathy Chitwood

Attendance Secretary, Library Assistant

Kristyn Clark

Director of Advancement

Contact

Email: clarkk@houstonacademy.com

Natalie Cromer

History Teacher, Math Teacher

Brian David

English Teacher

Contact

Email: davidb@houstonacademy.com

Paula Dean

Science Teacher

Contact

Email: deanp@houstonacademy.com

Cara Dennis

5K Teacher

Jill Dykes

5K Teacher

Contact

Email: dykesj@houstonacademy.com

Sandra Egan

6th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: egans@houstonacademy.com

Jennifer Elliot

1st Grade Teacher

Wanda Emblom

Science Teacher

Eve Espy

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: espye@houstonacademy.com

Patti Flowers

Learning Specialist

Jennifer Gaye

English Teacher

Contact

Email: gayej@houstonacademy.com

Laurie Gilmore

4th Grade Teacher

Rachel Gilmore

1st Grade Teacher Assistant

Leigh Griffin

PE Teacher

Dustin Harrison

PE Teacher

Brian Hart

Dean of Students, History Teacher

Contact

Email: hartb@houstonacademy.com

Karrie Hart

Journalism and Geography Teacher

Contact

Email: hartk@houstonacademy.com

Leisha Hayes

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: hayesl@houstonacademy.com

Ethan Holland

Substitute Teacher

Tammi Holman

History Teacher

James Holmes

Music Teacher

AJ Howard

PE Teacher

Vanessa Howell

3P Teacher

Brian Jackson

Director of Marketing and Communications

Dr. Vince Janney

Head of Middle School, Asst. Head of School for Academic Affairs

Natalie Jeffcoat

Media Specialist

Michelle Johnson

Assistant to the Guidance Office

Linda Johnson

Spanish Teacher

Ann Jordan

English Teacher

Shelley Keeley

Music Teacher

Joey Keener

Technical Support

Mark Kelley

Maintenance

Paisley Kelly

5K Teacher

Contact

Email: kellyp@houstonacademy.com

Julie Kinney

1st Grade Teacher

Andrew Kirk

Science Teacher, Robotics Instructor

Contact

Email: kirka@houstonacademy.com

Tony Kirkland

PE Teacher

Ann Landers

Upper School Counselor

Jennie Lee

5K Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: leej@houstonacademy.com

Starla Lewis

Math Teacher

Contact

Email: lewiss@houstonacademy.com

Nicole Lisenby

Director of Admissions

Sonja Mack

Latin Teacher, Math Teacher

Contact

Email: macks@houstonacademy.com

Lesley Marshall

Learning Specialist

Nancy McClung

4P Teacher Assistant

Cherrie McKinnon

5K Teacher Assistant

Sarah McLaughlin

French Teacher

Ruth Mink-Mineo

German Teacher

Contact

Email: minkr@houstonacademy.com

Jo Ellen Nelson

3rd Grade Teacher

Kama Owen

4P Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: owenk@houstonacademy.com

Ronda Paoletti

Music and Drama Teacher

Shelly Phillipps

Latin Teacher

Karen Phillips

3P Teacher Assistant

Jessica Pineda

5th Grade Teacher

Rachel Pope

3P Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: kingr@houstonacademy.com

Cindy Reyner

Administrative Secretary

Jimmy Riggs

Math Teacher

Contact

Email: riggsj@houstonacademy.com

Jim Robbins

Director of Buildings and Grounds

Jody Ryan

PE Teacher

Contact

Email: ryanj@houstonacademy.com

Mary Sanders

Extended Day Director

Shannon Saunders

History Teacher

Ashleigh Savoy

5th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: savoya@houstonacademy.com

Craig Selig

Head of Upper School

Contact

Email: seligc@houstonacademy.com

Pamela Sewell

US Learning Specialist, Math Teacher, Registrar

Mike Sickafoose

Athletic Director

Ashley Skinner

Lower School Counselor

Vanessia Snell

Science Teacher

Contact

Email: snellv@houstonacademy.com

Judy Speed

Administrative Assistant

Contact

Email: speedj@houstonacademy.com

Debbie Thornton

Business Manager

Kristy Veale

4th Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: vealek@houstonacademy.com

Cheryl Walker

Middle School Counselor

Elizabeth Whaley

Math Teacher

Segrid White

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact

Email: whites@houstonacademy.com

Dave Williams

Maintenance

Susie Wilson

Extended Day Assistant

Melanie Woodcock

Director of Technology

Lucia Woodson

Spanish Teacher

Ann Zeron

5K Teacher Assistant

Contact

Email: zerona@houstonacademy.com

Kathleen Ziglar

Math Teacher