Ashley Barnes earned her degree in Sociology from Southwestern University in 2006. She became a certified teacher in 2008, serving in both Mansfield and HEB ISDs before becoming a full-time member of Education in Action’s staff. Ashley’s own love of learning was ignited at an early age by passionate and dedicated teachers, and it’s now her passion to pass that love of learning along to the next generation. She particularly enjoys teaching math and technology. Ashley is the mother of two rambunctious boys and enjoys quilting, home improvement projects, and gardening.
Michael Benson earned his degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University in 2005. He became a certified teacher in 2007 in San Antonio where he taught for 10 years. After moving to Fort Worth, Michael taught fifth grade Science and Writing in Fort Worth ISD. Michael enjoys teaching Science because it encompasses just about everything that makes up the world we live in and there are always new discoveries in the scientific world. He also loves teaching Math because there are so many different ways to solve a problem and that really encourages different types of learners.
Kay Etheridge earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduation, she worked in the mechanical engineering field and as a private math and science tutor for students in 2nd-12th grades before moving to the United States in 2005. After moving to Texas, she tutored again, teaching elementary-high school math and GED students. Kay is passionate about learning and education. As a mother of three, she knows first-hand that all kids learn best when instructed at their own level and pace. Kay enjoys learning and reading and is dedicated to instilling a love of learning within her students.
Diane Kelt She has twenty years teaching experience, six of which were at Education in Action's private school, North Texas Leadership Academy. Diane holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Radford University and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys using her creativity, as well as the joy she finds in teaching, to make learning come alive for her students. She is committed to encouraging her students on the path to become lifelong learners. Diane's greatest treasures are her three sons, Jacob, Joshua, and Jonah. She enjoys scrap-booking, World War II history, and has added swing dance lessons to her bucket list.
Lorena Pudyk was born and raised in Saltillo, Mexico. She grew up speaking Spanish and English. Lorena has a Bilingual Executive Administrative Assistant Degree from her hometown. Her husband was transferred from Michigan to Texas and now Lorena lives in Fort Worth with her husband and their 10 year old son. Her first year living in Texas, Lorena started working as a part-time preschool Spanish teacher and chose to make it her career. She loves the time she spends in the classroom with the children, and loves teaching Spanish and her culture. Lorena is also very creative; she crochets, knits, and sews, and loves to teach others these skills. She makes beautiful pieces to donate to charities and sell.