Ms. Cruz graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and her Master's degree in Education from Texas Christian University. She was the founder and director of a Montessori preschool for five years in the Ryan Place Neighborhood. She worked for Bright Horizons client center in Seattle, Washington for two years. Ms. Cruz also worked for All Church Home as a home parent for and has been a Site Supervisor for Clayton Childcare at Trinity Valley School and the Child Study Center. This is her fifth year working at Chapel Hill Academy teaching 1st grade.
Mr. Shephard began working for Lena Pope Home as a Behavior Interventionist at Insights Elementary seven years ago. Mr. Shephard is looking forward to creating a structured environment so that the students can be academically successful. This will be his fifth year at Chapel Hill Academy. During the 2012 – 2013 school year, Mr. Shephard was given the honor of being the Teacher of the Year at Chapel Hill Academy. Prior to his employment with Lena Pope Home, Mr. Shephard worked as a youth care worker at United Methodist Youthville in Newton, Kansas. He received his Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Bethel College. Mr. Shephard is looking forward to another awesome year at Chapel Hill Academy!
Mrs. Porter is excited to start her 3rd year teaching 1st grade here at Chapel Hill Academy! She received a Bachelor’s of Science from Tarleton State University in Human Sciences-Child and Family Studies and graduated magna cum laude in 2009. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill Academy, Mrs. Porter worked for the Head Start Program teaching Pre-K at Western Hills Primary and substituted for the Jane Justin School in the Child Study Center. She is a dedicated teacher who tries to ensure that each student becomes an independent learner, and reaches their fullest potential. She loved watching her students grow in their reading skills and become excellent readers this past year!!
Ms. Fisher graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas Christian University in 2013. Go Frogs! She is certified EC-6 with her ESL and Special Education Supplemental certification. This is her first year at Chapel Hill Academy as well as her first year teaching. Ms. Fisher completed her student teaching in kindergarten and second grade at the Fine Arts Academy in White Settlement ISD as well as having placements in third and fifth grade in Fort Worth ISD. She is very happy to begin her teaching career at CHA. She has three teenage boys and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching football. She is very excited to watch her students learn to love reading.