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Our Educators

Trisha

ELAR / Dyslexia Specialist/ ESL/ASL

Hi! I am Miss Trish. I am eager to make your acquaintance! I am a married woman to Todd M. Ramsey of 28 years. I have 2 grown children ages 25 and 24. I graduated from High School and went to Texas Woman’s University. I graduated with my degree in Education of the Hearing-Impaired in 1989. My minor was Spanish, and I have also taught American Sign Language. I have taught in the public-school setting for 27 years. During that time, I also became Texas certified in General Education K-4, and English as a Second Language. All those years were spent in Special Education classrooms. During those years I had the privilege of working with a variety of age groups and disabilities. While working in the Keller ISD, I went to very specialized training through Scottish Rite to become certified in teaching students with dyslexic tendencies. Throughout that time frame I have worked to train both teachers and staff, parents and students on how to work within the scope of helping their child to become more successful.
When I retired from public education I began a tutoring ministry at Lake Country Church in Fort Worth, Texas. After 3 years, I moved my business home to Saginaw, Texas and have been working with clients that are homeschooled, in private, charter, and public schools alike. I continue to work with Dyslexic students to help them achieve their dreams. I have served as a student advocate, and expert witnesses at the Tarrant County Court House. Children learning, and comprehending are my passion. When they get that “aha” moment, and they understand that they are smart and that they CAN do what they think they cannot, my heart becomes full of joy.

Melissa

ELAR Lead/ RTI/SPED/Early Childhood

Hello all! My name is Melissa Kellems (Miss Melissa) and I am so excited to be working with your child here at Craniums Learning Center. I would like to tell you a little about myself so you will be more knowledgeable about who is working with your child.
I have been married for almost 40 years, coming up in July, to David Kellems. He and I have three grown children, two boys and one girl, all married, and they have blessed us with four beautiful grandchildren, ages 12, 4, 3, and 2, with only one of those, the youngest, being a granddaughter (finally)! We see our children and grandchildren often, and one of my favorite things is spending time with all of them together. I also very much enjoy reading and sewing, and would spend every day doing both if I could! I have even started a small sewing business since I retired.
I graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a BS degree, emphasis in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, we got to Texas as fast as we could, because all of the good teaching jobs were here! We have been in this area now for almost 40 years and we currently live in the Azle area. I taught kindergarten for one year in the Dallas ISD and decided I preferred a much smaller school setting than the huge Dallas district. I left that job after one year and we moved closer to Fort Worth. Just before school began the next year, I got a job teaching kindergarten at a school in the Castleberry School District, and it immediately felt like home. I taught in that school for 32 years before I retired several years ago. During my time at CISD, I taught in a multiage setting (Pre-K and K combined), in a Dual Language Program (English/Spanish), taught and directed Saturday School and Summer School programs with multiple grade levels, and also did after school tutoring. The elementary level has always been my love, right along with my kids and my families at Joy James Elementary. In addition, I was lead teacher for my grade level for a number of years. I developed curriculum and assessments, advocating for real learning situations. My main goal has always been to make children feel safe, secure, and comfortable in any learning situation in order to maximize learning.
My focus has always been doing whatever it takes to help children achieve their potential. I believe all children can learn. With that belief, I currently travel throughout the state of Texas, working for a professional development company, presenting workshops to help teachers work with struggling students in Reading and Writing. I advocate hands-on learning experiences for children, as I believe we learn by doing.

Susan

Program Director/ Math

Susan Sutherland is an experienced educator who works with teachers and students in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Susan’s professional career includes roles as a mathematics teacher, campus and district administrator, and educational consultant. Susan served as an Assistant Superintendent during her career as well. She believes that utilizing data driven instruction is key in maximizing individual student learning. Susan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and English from Texas Wesleyan University. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Education Degree from the University of North Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Susan has lived in Azle for nine years. She and her husband Garry have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.

Sherrie

Secondary Mathematics

Sherrie is a veteran public school teacher with nine years of teaching and tutoring experience. She holds certifications with the Texas State Board of Education for grades K-12 in several subject areas, including Math, Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts and Reading, and Special Education. She attended the University of California at Irvine, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescent Development. She has one daughter, whom she home-schooled through junior high school. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, needlepoint, learning Spanish, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Weatherford with her daughter, Elizabeth, three dogs and two cats.

Margie

SPED/ESL/Spanish

My name is Margarita Gonzalez. My family and friends call me Margie. This past summer, my family and I moved to Azle. We love living in Azle and being part of the Azle ISD family. My husband Sergio and I are both are employed by Azle ISD and both of my kids attend Azle schools. It is wonderful to be an Azle Hornet.

I am a graduate from Tarleton State University and the University of Texas in Arlington. I have been in education since 2010. I am certified in EC-4th General and Bilingual Education, LOTE-Spanish EC-12, and Special Education EC-12. I have taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade, High School Spanish I & II, and Special Education. I enjoy working with young students and especially enjoy working one-on-one and small groups because it allows me to focus in each individual student.

My free time is spent reading, going to the park with my kids, playing board games with the entire family, playing with my two Pomeranians, and watching Netflix.

Ashley

ELA/Primary Math/ SPED

Hello, I am excited to be apart of the Craniums Crew and your child's tutor!

In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood-4th Grade from the University of North Texas... Go Mean Green! My teaching experiences have ranged from preschool to public school, and the brief time I homeschooled my own children.

My husband and I were married in 2010 and have 5 children, together the 7 of us form Team Mongoose ( we highly encourage every family to have a family mascot). We also have the best dog on Earth named Sirius. We grew our family out of fostering, adoption, our adopted children, and a whole lot of Jesus. As a family we know entirely too much about superheroes, Galveston, cookie recipes, and who the strongest man in the world is. You can catch us at any point playing board games, arguing about the best villains, serving our church, listening to NPR, or browsing a book store.

I am looking forward to getting to know each of your families and helping your child achieve their academic goals.

Jeanette

Reading/ Dyslexia Specialist

Jeanette Gassaway is a native of Ohio, growing up in Cleveland. She came to Texas from a small, rural community in southern Ohio.

Before relocating, she retired from her job as Adjunct Faculty at the local community college and from work in the local schools. She came to Texas to attend Bible College. She also attended Michigan State University where she received a Ph.D. in Community Psychology.

She is a Dyslexia Specialist and certified trainer in Classroom Management for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness.

Brian

Secondary Math/ Reading/History

Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M Commerce and has 20+ years in education. He is the husband to the most beautiful, hard working, and kindest 5th Grade teacher and has 6 kids, 2 cats, and 1 dog. He is a lover of 80's music, long bicycle rides, and hard to explain folktales. His mission is to: Serve his family, community, and planet with integrity, kindness and gratitude. "If you fill up the back of that shovel, the front will take care of itself." It is something his dad told him at 8 years old, while they were harvesting potatoes into a burlap sack. It was timely advice for the moment, as well as, now. Having priorities, using sound practices, and maintaining attention to the task at hand are mainstays to him. "It is what brought me to Craniums Learning Center," he stated.

Brandi

ART/ Administrative Lead

Hi there! I’m excited to be offering art classes at Craniums Learning Center. Art has always been a passion of mine and I’ve taught children’s art classes for the past several years. Though my B.A. is in Anthropology from University of North Texas, I have taken private and public art courses throughout my life. Some of my favorite studio courses were during my time at SMU in Dallas. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to share my knowledge, love and joy for art with others.
My main goal in any art class is to help students find their own unique creativity and inspiration in the world of art. Our classes at Craniums will explore a wide range of art mediums; although, we will do lots of acrylic painting on canvas, as I find it to be one of the most enjoyable with kids of all ages. We will take some time to focus on skill development in drawing and painting while also expanding students’ knowledge of art history, criticism, and aesthetics. It’s going to be so much fun!
Here are some key points about art classes:
• The course fee covers all art supplies necessary for our projects.
• Many of our projects will involve paint and could be messy. The kids will be given aprons which should help to keep most messes to a minimum, but please try not to send kids in their best outfits on art days.

Dina

Intermediate Math/ELA/Early Childhood

Dina Chrysler, a native Texan, has lived in Arlington and Houston and now resides in Azle. She and her high school sweetheart have been married since 1994. Together they run a carpentry business which keeps them both on their toes. They have 2 daughters, 2 dogs and 1 snake.
Dina graduated from Tarleton State University with honors in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is a certified teacher specializing in mathematics and language arts. Dina is also ESL certified. Her professional background includes retail management, loss prevention, professional training, safety and health administration, as well as financial & retirement planning as a certified Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional, FPQP ®.
Dina is very involved in her community. As an active volunteer since 2001, she has helped head many benefits and community & health fairs, as well as holding various volunteer positions in booster clubs and PTOs at her daughters’ schools. She is currently the president of the Azle High School Drama Booster Club and works closely with the theatre director in putting on productions, fundraising, promoting and anything else that is needed. Dina also heads the non-profit group Azle High School Projection Graduation 2020 and is a member of the Azle Chamber of Commerce.
Dina is an avid reader and loves being outdoors. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking, photography and shooting. She also enjoys web and jewelry design, attending musicals and playing music. She plays piano, bass guitar and can sing, too!
Dina joined the Craniums family in 2019 and feels she has really found a home here. She shares the same vision of community love as those at Craniums. The vision of a better future for the children starts by unlocking their potential and helping to assure they excel in their lives, both present and future. Dina looks forward to achieving these goals with her fellow teachers and growing the community through the children’s success!

Cindy

ELAR/SPED/Elementary Math

Hello! My name is Cindy Skipper, but everyone typically just calls me Skipper. I was born and raised in Azle. After graduating from Azle High School, I left home and traveled to west Texas for college at Wayland Baptist University. During my time at school, I met my wonderful husband Josh. We have been married 17 years and have two wonderful children. Our oldest, Emma, is 16 years old and is learning how to drive. Our youngest, Cole, is 13 years old and is active in sports at Rio Vista Middle School.

I enjoy spending my extra time with my family- whether we are camping or just having a relaxed night at home watching movies- I love being around them. I also enjoy spending time with our friends and making lasting memories all together.

This year is my 17th year to teach. I taught first grade for 2 years, kindergarten for 1 year, and finally PPCD. PPCD stands for Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities. Basically, any child that has any kind of special needs between the ages of 3-5 comes to my classroom. Last year, I won the “Teacher of the Year” award for my elementary campus. I was honored to receive such an award. My teaching career has brought me many adventures and fun stories. I would not trade that time for anything. I am thankful that I love what I do and that I get to continue enriching students’ lives every day.