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.  

 

 

Naomi Bonney, English Language Arts & Reading Teacher

Kelli Lacy, English Language Arts & Reading Teacher

Email: nbonney@ptaaschool.org

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

Email: klacy@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Ms. Bonney graduated from TWU with a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology.   She has over 22 years of home-school experience, as well as 15 years of substitute teaching experience.  For 2 years Ms. Bonney was curriculum director and authored the curriculum for an after-school program.  She worked as a paraprofessional in special education for three years while working on 6 state certifications.  She previously taught Special-Education Resource English I-IV, Study Skills and Content Mastery at Lone Oak High School. 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.   

 

Nadia Mohammad, Science Teacher

Nadia Mohammad, Science Teacher

Email: nmohammad@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://nmohammad6.wixsite.com/website

Email: nmohammad@ptaaschool.org
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  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

Donnie Bell, Social Studies Teacher

Damon McDowell, Social Studies Teacher

Email: dbell@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://dbell35.wixsite.com/website

Email: dmcdowell@ptaaschool.org
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:  Mr. McDowell graduated from Texas A&M- Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies.  Prior to teaching, he umpired fastpitch softball for 20 years and has worked with female athletes of all ages from Tee-Ball through NCAA Division I.  He has a passion for helping our youth understand the importance of physical activity in their everyday lives by making exercise fun for his students and promoting healthy lifestyles through physical fitness  

 

 

Christian Villanueva, STEM Teacher

Marjorie Fyffe, STEM Teacher

Email: cvillanueva@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://cvillanueva77.wixsite.com/website

Email: mfyffe@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Mr. Villanueva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Informational Technology Education and an Associate’s degree in Mass media communications. He is certified in STEM education and at the same time has a 4-8 Generalist certification. His 5 years of education experience includes technology instruction, assessment and curriculum design. Mr. Villanueva has provided direct student instruction and appropriate facilitation of technology integration into classrooms through coaching, modeling, and embedded professional development of teachers and community 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

 

 

Levi Si, Foreign Language/Mandarin Teacher

Levi Si, Foreign Language/Mandarin Teacher

Email: lsi@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://lsi493.wixsite.com/website

Email: lsi@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Levi Si is a Mandarin Chinese teacher, a native Chinese speaker. He completed his undergraduate degree in Lanzhou University of China, majoring in English Education. He also studied at East Texas Baptist University for two years earning a Master's in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction distinguished by a GPA of 4.0. Mr. Si’s experience consists of teaching English for 2-1/2 years in China. Education and Experience: Levi Si is a Mandarin Chinese teacher, a native Chinese speaker. He completed his undergraduate degree in Lanzhou University of China, majoring in English Education. He also studied at East Texas Baptist University for two years earning a Master's in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction distinguished by a GPA of 4.0. Mr. Si’s experience consists of teaching English for 2-1/2 years in China.

 

Sylvia Lyons, Foreign Language/Spanish Teacher

 

Sylvia Lyons, Foreign Language/Spanish Teacher

Email: slyons@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://slyons9.wixsite.com/website

Email: slyons@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Ms. Lyons earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, graduating cum laude, and is certified K-12 in Missouri. She has also worked as an interpreter and translator.  Education and Experience: Ms. Lyons earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, graduating cum laude, and is certified K-12 in Missouri. She has also worked as an interpreter and translator.

 

Donnie Bell, Music Teacher

Tony Ramey, Music Teacher

Email: dbell@ptaaschool.org 

Curriculum Blog: https://dbell35.wixsite.com/website

Email: tramey@ptaaschool.org
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: Mr. Ramey holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Marshall University. He is an established singer and songwriter with numerous awards to his credit.  He has alsreceived the Texas Country Music Association's Independent Artist of the Year award and has written songs recorded by the legends such as Ray Price, Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, and the group Alabama. His song, The Last Ride, was the theme song for the movie of the same name which garnered the Best Period Piece and Best Soundtrack from the 2011 Houston Indie Film Festival. Other work has been featured in the movie The Gift and the series The Young and The Restless and many more. 

 

Bethany Hargrove, Art Teacher

Bethany Hargrove, Art Teacher

Email: bhargrove@ptaaschool.org

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

Email: bhargrove@ptaaschool.org
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. 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.

 

Danielle Shepherd, P.E./Health Teacher

Damon McDowell, P.E./Health Teacher

Email: dshepherd@ptaaschool.org

Curriculum Blog: https://dshepherd25.wixsite.com/website

Email: dmcdowell@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: : Danielle Shepherd is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology. Ms. Shepherd encourages student learning by creating a positive atmosphere and by incorporating exciting sports, games, and activities that reinforce the importance of health and physical fitness. Her passion and goal is to inspire students to develop habits for a lifetime of wellness.   Education and Experience: Mr. McDowell graduated from Texas A&M- Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies.  Prior to teaching, he umpired fastpitch softball for 20 years and has worked with female athletes of all ages from Tee-Ball through NCAA Division I.  He has a passion for helping our youth understand the importance of physical activity in their everyday lives by making exercise fun for his students and promoting healthy lifestyles through physical fitness

 

Carol Berry, Business Office and Grants Coordinator

Sonya Gracy, PEIMS Coordinator 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. 

 

Amy Back, Front Office and After Care Manager

Yolanda Cook, Front Office and Attendance Clerk

Email: aback@ptaaschool.org Email: ycook@ptaaschool.org
Education and Experience: Ms. Amy works in the front office and manages the after school program. She absolutely loves coming to work each morning. She is currently studying to achieve her dream of becoming a 7th grade history teacher.  Education and Experience: Ms. Cook has 10 years experience in public school business. She has worked for the Rockwall and Caddo Mills school districts and also has experience as a paraprofessional support for Special Education students.

 

Frank Martinez, Paraprofessional

 

 

Email: fmartinez@ptaaschool.org Email:
Education and Experience: Mr. Martinez, a military veteran with six years of service in the Air Force, is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree and teaching certification. His goal is to achieve his Master’s degree in School Counseling