Mesquite Campus

Greenville Campus

 

 Cayce

Jennifer Cayce, School Administrator

Heather Sumrow, School Administrator

Email: jcayce@ptaaschool.org Email: hsumrow@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience:  Ms. Cayce received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and her Master’s degree from Lamar University. She has been an educator for 11 years. Her classroom experience includes Math and AVID (a year-long course in rigorous college preparatory curriculum) at Mesquite ISD. In addition to teaching, she has held positions as an instructional specialist and an administrative Intern.    Education and Experience:  Ms. Sumrow received her Bachelor's, emphasis in ELA/Reading, and her Master's in Education Administration from Texas A & M Commerce. She has expressed her great love for students and learning through a 22 year career in education, first as a classroom teacher since 1995 (certified 1st through 8th, with ESL and GT) and then as a campus administrator and principal for the last 13 years. She is a conscientious and knowledgeable instructional leader with an extensive resume in public and charter schools, as well as being active in her community.   

 

 

Robyn Harden, Math Teacher

Robin Loomis, Math Teacher

Email: rharden@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://rharden9.wixsite.com/website

Email: rloomis@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Ms. Harden is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University.   She has been teaching math for over 20 years, and she is passionate about students learning math.  She presents Math as a puzzle and challenges students to find the missing pieces She is thrilled to see kids realize they can fill in those missing pieces and "connect the dots."   Education and Experience:  Ms. Loomis graduated from Texas A & M University- Commerce with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics focused in Education. She participated in the LeoTeach program which was designed specifically for future secondary math and science teachers, with a focus on STEM.  

 

Dong Ha Phan, Math Teacher

Email: dohan@ptaaschool.org 

 

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Christina Lage, English

Kelli Alish Lacy, English Language Arts & Reading Teacher

Email: clage@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: 

www.clage68.wixsite.com/website 

 

Email: klacy@ptaaschool.org

Education & Experience: Ms. Lage holds a Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Education degree with a specialization in Child Development from Ashford University. She has been teaching for the past 6 years in North Carolina and Texas, and has her certifications in EC-6 Generalist and ESL.  Ms. Lage strives to help students succeed while developing a love for learning in a nurturing and challenging environment. 

Education and Experience: Ms. Lacy graduated from Texas A&M University- Commerce with a Bachelor’s degree  in Business Marketing closely followed by a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a certified educator, passionate about teaching students Reading and English Language Arts. Ms. Lacy has past classroom experience teaching second grade ELA and Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.   

  

Emily Hendrickson, English

 Email: ehendrickson@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: 

https://baileebelledaisyhu.wixsite.com/mrshendrickson

  

 Education and Experience: Emily has a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University.  She has graduate coursework in curriculum development.  She taught English I/II Pre-AP and English IV AP in Dallas ISD for six years before taking a hiatus to stay home with her daughter.  This is her first year at PTAA and she is excited to share her passion for literature and writing. 

 

Samah Shaffer, Science Teacher

Nadia Mohammad, Science Teacher

Email: sshaffer@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog:  https://samahhalnahi.wixsite.com/website

 

Email: nmohammad@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Mrs. Shaffer teaches 6th and 7th grade science. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and recently returned to UTD to obtain her teaching certification.  She left her Career in Human Resources Management to teach at PTAA after realizing teaching science to kids was a lot more entertaining than teaching grown ups to fill out paperwork.  Education and Experience: Ms. Mohammad earned her Master’s degree and completed her student teaching in Las Vegas, NV.  She taught there until moving to Texas with her family. Last school year Ms. Mohammad taught high school Social Studies in the Rockwall area

  

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Chase Cortez, Science Teacher

Chesley Powell, Science Teacher

Email: ccortez@ptaaschool.org

 

Email:cpowell@ptaaschool.org

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This is Chesley Powell’s first year with PTAA teaching science, second year teaching. She is married to her wonderful husband Jonathan and they have two boys entering 1st grade and pre k. Chesley strive to be the teacher she would want for them.
Chesley graduated from TAMU-C in 2013, with a passion for working with children. She is very excited about this school year, and hopes to have a positive impact on the young minds that are our future leaders. 

 

Tim Cooper, Social Studies Teacher

Nadia Mohammad, Social Studies Teacher

Email: tcooperl@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://tcooper936.wixsite.com/website

 

Email:Email: nmohammad@ptaaschool.org
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Education and Experience: Mr. Cooper earned his Associates from Collin College and his Bachelor’s from Baptist Bible College. He has taught at Anchorage Christian School, Anchorage, Alaska, and was the boys Varsity basketball coach.

 Tim has served as a youth director in Alaska, Alabama and Texas. He was a member of the United States Army and is now changing careers after 12 years at the United States Postal Service. He is married to Shelley Cooper, a kindergarten teacher in another district, and they have 6 sons.

 Tim loves being involved with young people and helping them achieve success in the things they truly love to do. He believes that education is the key to unlocking numerous opportunities throughout a person’s life and a motivator to becoming a fantastic human being.

Education and Experience:  Ms. Mohammad earned her Master’s degree and completed her student teaching in Las Vegas, NV.  She taught there until moving to Texas with her family. Last school year Ms. Mohammad taught high school Social Studies in the Rockwall area

 

 

Gavin Stewart, Social Studies Teacher

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Email: gstewart@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://gstewart83.wixsite.com/gpstewptaa

 

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Rajkamar Tiwari, STEM Teacher

Marjorie Fyffe, STEM Teacher

Email: rtiwari@ptaaschool.org 

 

Email: mfyffe@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Mr. Tiwari received his first Master’s degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, second Master’s degree from Texas A&M Kingsville and Bachelor’s degree from Indore India. He has been an educator for 10 years. His classroom experience includes Physics, Chemistry, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, New Design and Modeling (PLTW), Robotics (PLTW), Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW) at ISD and Charter schools. In addition to teaching middle and high school, he has held positions as a Computer Science Instructor in college. Education and Experience: Ms. Fyffe earned an Associate degree from Texas State Technical in Software Engineering with an emphasis in Web Development and Multimedia. She continued her education at Texas A & M – Commerce completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Education. She has been teaching for 10 years and began her career as a Technology Applications teacher. Ms. Fyffe also has experience in special education and math classrooms and in technology support

 

 

Evelyn Yu, Foreign Language/Mandarin Teacher

Levi Si, Mandarin Teacher

Email: eyu@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://eyu838.wixsite.com/website

 

Email:lsi@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Ms. Yu (yú l?o sh?) earned her Bachelor’s degree at Jishou University in Hunan, China and completed her Master’s of Education at Texas A&M University. Ms. Yu worked for two years teaching the Guzheng (Zither), a traditional Chinese instrument, and is passionate about the interplay between language acquisition, music, and culture. She is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese as well as several Chinese dialects. Education and Experience: 

 

Susana McDowell, Spanish Teacher

 

Kassidy Perkins, Spanish Teacher

Email: smcdowell@ptaaschool.org

 

Email: kperkins@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience:  Education and Experience: This is Mrs. Perkins sixth year teaching Spanish. She began her career teaching preschool children Spanish and then spent four years teaching at the high school level before coming to PTAA. Mrs. Perkins holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a focus on education. While attending the university, she was able to spend a summer traveling and studying abroad in Spain. Mrs. Perkins has a passion education and loves watching her students discover the doors that open up from learning another language.

 

Donnie Bell, Music Teacher

Bethany Hargrove, Music Teacher

Email: dbell@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: ptaamusic.tumblr.com

Email: bhargrove@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://bhargrove.wixsite.com/website

Education and Experience: Mr. Bell earned his Bachelor’s in Music from the University of Southern California. He previously served as Director for the Parish Episcopal Camp Drumline, Medrano Rock!, Seattle Lecture Arts Program, Pierce College Percussion Ensemble, and has performed with the NFL Seattle Seahawks’ Blue Thunder Drumline and the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ Rhythm & Blue Drumline. Mr. Bell is a proponent of actively communicating with his students the importance of accompanying critical thinking and creativity with a strong work ethic. Through developing these skills students will be successful in music and life.  Education and Experience: Beth Hargrove earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Sculpture and Time-Based Arts in 2012 from Sam Houston State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Texas A&M University - Commerce. She has produced multiple solo and collaborative public performances as well as participating in juried, group, and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has been featured in The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, the VisVidFest at the University of Houston, The Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene, Texas, CICA Museum in Korea, and McLanahan Gallery in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

 

Shannon Houston, Art/STEM Teacher

Bethany Hargrove, Art Teacher

Email: shouston@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://houstonptaa.weebly.com 

Emailbhargrove@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://bhargrove.wixsite.com/website

Education and Experience: Ms. Houston received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas State University and is working toward completion of her Master’s in Teacher Leadership with GTED Concentration from Lamar University. She holds Project Lead the Way STEM Certifications for Launch and Gateway Curriculum. Ms. Houston’s is a strong advocate for emphasizing the creative element within Technology. She inspires her students to add the “A” (for Art) to STEM. Her passion for children, art, life-long learning, and all things creative is the key to her educational facilitation of “STEAM” for PTAA. Education and Experience: Education and Experience: Beth Hargrove earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Sculpture and Time-Based Arts in 2012 from Sam Houston State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Texas A&M University - Commerce. She has produced multiple solo and collaborative public performances as well as participating in juried, group, and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has been featured in The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, the VisVidFest at the University of Houston, The Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene, Texas, CICA Museum in Korea, and McLanahan Gallery in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

 

Jesse Hinrichs, P.E./Health Teacher

Derrick Carrigan, P.E./Health Teacher

Email: jhinrichs@ptaaschool.org

 

Curriculum Blog: Http://jhinrichs5.wixsite.com/physed 

Email: dcarrigan@ptaaschool.org

Education and Experience: Mr. Hinrichs graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology, and from Texas Tech University with a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science. 

He has a passion for working with youth and his goal is to inspire and encourage students to develop and pursue a lifestyle of healthy living and fitness.  Mr. Hinrichs encourages student learning through various physical activities in a positive and encouraging atmosphere to help build confidence and inspire life long habits in each student.   

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Coach Derrick Carrigan is proud to call Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy his new home. He is a first year teacher and very excited to begin his teaching career. Derrick graduated from Paris Junior College-Greenville and received his Associates of Science degree. He received hos Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

He has always had a passion for sports and enjoy being physically active. His ultimate goal as a physical education teacher is to ensure that his students understand the importance of being healthy and active for a lifetime. When he is not teaching he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Carol Berry, Superintendent Assistant and Grants Coordinator

Sonya Gracy, PEIMS Coordinator, Business Office and HR 

Email: cberry@ptaaschool.org Email: sgracy@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Ms. Berry has a Bachelor's  degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. Her past experience includes business owner for over20 years, buyer for Federated Department Stores and General Manger of an Art Gallery. She has also worked with Federal Grants and Business office at a Texas charter school. Education and Experience: Ms. Gracy is a TASBO certified School Business Specialist with 14 years in public school service. She also lends her experience as a 26 year home building business owner and CFO to her work for PTAA. Ms. Gracy takes care of the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) submissions and all the details that involves. Additionally, Ms. Gracy has worked for the Collin County District Attorney's Office and is a licensed Dental Hygienist. 

 

Ebelyn Rojas, Front Office 

Email:erojas@ptaaschool.org

Ashley Roman, Front Office and Attendance Clerk

Email: aroman@ptaaschool.org

Education and Experience: Ashley Roman, is the Greenville school’s Secretary. She is so excited to be a part of such an awesome school for our community! I am looking forward to watching the school and our students grow. She will be sure to provide positive service to our school and students and she is ready to make this year the best one yet!

 

Carlissa Magouirk,  Aid 

 Email: cmagouirk@ptaaschool.org

 

 Education and Experience: Carly Magouirk has worked with children for about seven years now. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton and earned her Bachelors in Child Development. She is currently pursuing a teaching certificate to become a teacher. Her hobbies include: spending time with family and friends, spoiling my three dogs, reading mystery novels, buying ‘necessary essentials’ from Hobby Lobby and/or Target, and watching HGTV or criminal shows. 
Robin Cave,  Aid 

 Email: rcave@ptaaschool.org

 

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Charlotte Vazquez-Quinones,  Aid 

 

 Email:cvazquez@ptaaschool.org

 

 

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