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.
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 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.
Brandon Murphree has 20 years of teaching, training and coaching experience. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business/Spanish and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brandon also holds a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. Throughout his career, he has taught classes on 5 continents and enjoys learning other languages and cultures. Brandon is an avid traveler and has visited more than 50 countries. He is the proud father of four children and enjoys spending time with his family.
Sara Nickell graduated summa cum laude from the honors program at Texas Woman's University. She majored in Sociology with minors in Government, Global Studies, and Women's Studies. Since graduating her employment has focused on childcare, education, and civic engagement. She joined Education in Action's Discover Texas Field Trips in 2016, working with students as a Day Program Director and behind the scenes as a School Communications Coordinator. She enjoys teaching Social Studies and Environmental Science. Her favorite part of teaching is when students are able to connect what they are learning with their daily lives. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her dog, and consuming any media involving time travel.
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.
Rhonda Richardson earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education with a specialization in English and Speech Communications from Tarleton State University in 1991. She became a certified teacher and served in the Gorman, Mullin, May, and Coppell ISDs over her 17 years of teaching. In 2009 Rhonda transitioned from teaching in the classroom to being a full-time member of Education in Action’s staff where she has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps as well as other Education in Action programs. Rhonda comes from a family of educators and has a love of teaching and learning. During her spare time, she enjoys crafting, home projects, hanging out with her family and friends, and walking her pups.