Elementary Teachers:

Jennifer Knagg:

Director of Elementary


  • Masters degree from Texas A&M - Commerce in Educational Administration 

  • Bachelors degree from Texas A&M University in Elementary Education 

  • State of Texas certified Elementary Educator (EC-4)

  • HPISD K-4 Instructional Coach

  • 12 years teaching experience (6 years in HPISD) 

  • 10 years tutoring experience 

  • District and Campus leadership experience 

  • In her free time, Jennifer likes to spend time with her husband, Eric, and their two girls, Landry and Cora. 

  • Jennifer believes in creating an exciting and nurturing environment where students are not afraid to take educational risks. She helps students by giving them the tools they need to unlock their full potential and become a lover of learning!

Kathleen Berry


  • Bachelors Degree in History with an Education Minor -Southern Methodist University

  • Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented-Southern Methodist University

  • State of Texas Certified Teacher (1-8)

  • 21 years teaching experience (3rd grade)

  • 18 years experience in HPISD

  • Bradfield's Teacher of the Year (2011-2012)

  • 10+ years of tutoring experience 1st-6th grades

  • In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Kathleen believes in creating a fun, encouraging, and meaningful learning environment, so that all students will develop a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. 

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Lori Luna



  • Master of Art and Teaching with Specialization in Multi-Sensory Learning-Dallas Baptist University

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Spring Hill College

  • Licensed Dyslexia Therapist

  • Certified Academic Language Therapist

  •  20+ years teaching experience (Shelton) (St. Monica Catholic School)

  • Language Therapy: Take-Flight, Sequential English Education, The           Association Method

  • I enjoy going to the lake, walking and spending time with family.  

  • My goal for students is to give them the confidence and strategies they need to feel successful in the classroom.

Kristi Kimple


  • •Masters of Education from SMU with an emphasis on Gifted and Talented Education
    •Bachelor degree from Texas Tech University in Multidisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education)
    •State of Texas Certified Teacher (1-8)
    •24 years of teaching experience (1st grade)
    •18 years experience in HPISD
    •12+ years of tutoring experience (kinder-4th grade)
    •Bradfield’s Teacher of the Year (2015-2016)
    •District & Campus leadership experience 
    •In her free time, Kristi loves to read and spend time with her family, friends, and mini-dachshund Hazel. 
    •Kristi feels her most important job as a teacher, is for her students to feel loved and successful by creating a safe and fun environment for students to learn and take risks. She hopes to pass on a love of learning that her students can take with them throughout their lives. 



Fatima Ruiz


  • Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington in Political Science, with a Minor in Spanish.

  • Native Spanish Speaker.

  • State of Texas Certified (LOTE EC-12)

  • Spanish Curriculum Specialist (K-6th Grade) 

  • District and Campus leadership.

  • 5.5 years of teaching experience at HPISD. (Kinder-4th Bradfield Elementary, 5th-6th McCulloch Intermediate, 2PAP and Spanish 4 HPHS)

  • Current 6th Grade Spanish teacher at McCulloch Intermediate School. 

  • 4  years tutoring experience.

  • In her free time, she loves spending quality time with her family, jogging, and traveling.

  • Fatima believes in the importance of early language acquisition as research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. She strives to design engaging course work that caters to the needs of her students.

Kathlyn Lehner


  • Bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Elementary Education

  • State of Texas certified Elementary Educator (EC-4)

  • 13 years teaching experience (4 years in Richardson ISD, 10 years at Momentous Institute) 

  • Currently a substitute teacher at Momentous Institute

  • Campus leadership experience 

  • In her free time, Kathlyn likes to run, cook, and spend time with her husband, Andrew, and their children, Edward, Lynlea, and Thomas. 

  • Kathlyn believes in building upon students natural curiosities and empowering students with tools to be academically, socially, and emotionally successful.  She believes in creating a learning environment where students can build self-confidence, take risks, and acquire skills that will help them persevere 

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Ellen Talley


  • Master's degree from SMU in Gifted and Talented Education

  • Bachelor's degree from UT Austin in Applied Learning and Development (Elem Ed)

  • State of Texas certified elementary teacher

  • 14 years teaching experience (5 years in HPISD)

  • Past Director of Early Childhood Ministry at Saint Michaels and All Angels

  • Current HPISD substitute teacher

  • Mother of 4 HPISD students

  • In her free time, Ellen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, and attending her children's sporting events.

  • Ellen believes that every child's potential can be reached if their individual needs are met by a caring, engaging instructor who can make learning fun and meaningful.

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Katie Owens

katieowens@holahp.com ​​

  • Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University in Elementary Education

  • State of Texas certified Elementary Educator (EC-6)

  • 5 years teaching experience

  • 3 years experience in HPISD (1st and 3rd grade at Armstrong)

  • 3 years tutoring experience

  • In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors, and traveling.

  • Katie believes in providing a fun yet structured learning environment, where students feel comfortable to take risks. She wants students to leave her feeling more confident and equipped than before, with a strong passion for learning.

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Emily Manning

emily@holahp.com ​​

  • Bachelors degree in Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin

  • State of Texas Certified Teacher (EC-6)

  • Current Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at ESD (7 years)

  • 8 years teaching experience

  • 10+ years tutoring experience PreK3-1st

  • In her free time, Emily loves traveling with her husband, Corey, and spending time with their little dog, Tyler.

  • Emily believes the most important job of a Pre-Elementary teacher is to foster students' love of learning, encourage their willingness to take risks, and develop their confidence as they approach new academic tasks and social situations

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Kim Christopher

kim@holahp.com ​​​

  • Texas Woman’s University in Elementary Education

  •  State of Texas certified Elementary Educator (EC-6)

  • 15 years of teaching experience (Kindergarten – 2nd) in Richardson Independent School District

  • Reading tutor in RISD

  • In her free time, Kim loves watching her three kids play sports and spending time with family and friends. She loves to do art projects and enjoys reading,

  • Kim believes that children will learn best in a fun, exciting, and positive environment. She wants to build a child’s love for learning while building their self-confidence. Helping children develop a passion for learning will give children the tools and confidence that will help them throughout their life.

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Charlotte Hayes

charlotte@holahp.com ​​​

  • M.A. from George Mason University – Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education

  • B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin – Spanish (with Honors)

  • 12 credit hours of upper-division Spanish from La Universidad Nacional de Cordoba

  • State of Texas certified Elementary Educator and Elementary English as a Second Language (EC-6)

  • Eight years of teaching experience (Head Start, Pre-K and Kindergarten)

  • Teach For America Corps Member in Washington, DC

  • Highly Effective Teacher Rating from District of Columbia Public Schools

  • In her free time, Charlotte likes to be with friends and spend time with her husband, John, and their three children, Jack, Adele and Elizabeth

  • Charlotte believes in teaching the whole child, which depends on fostering a love of school at an early age!

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Natalie Phillips

natalie@holahp.com ​​​

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edwards University

  • Minor degrees from St. Edwards University in Elementary Education and Art

  • Undergraduate from The University of Texas at Austin in Communications

  • State of Texas Certified Teacher (1- 8)

  • State of Texas Certified Art Teacher (1 - 8)

  • 8 years teaching Pre-K at UPUMC, The Weekday School

  • 1-year teaching Pre-K at Parish Episcopal School

  • 2 years teaching Private Kindergarten at Primrose

  • 1-year teaching Kindergarten at Casis Elementary School

  • In her free time, Natalie likes to spend time with her husband, Troy, and daughter, Anna Michelle. She also loves organizing all spaces, interior design, painting and traveling. 

  • Natalie believes in a safe, loving, environment where students can be challenged without frustration and rewarded for success. She also believes that learning is fun and strives to make her students feel happy in the process.

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Marny Blake

marny@holahp.com ​​​

  • Bachelor’s Degree from Centenary College in Sociology

  • State of Texas Certified Elementary Educator (EC-8)

  • State of Texas Certified Special Educator (1-8)

  • 5 years teaching experience (2 years in HPISD)

  • 4 years Early Childhood teacher at UPUMC Weekday School  ​

  • In her free time, Marny enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their 3 children, cooking, and traveling. She loves spending the summer in the Bahamas making wonderful memories with her family.

  • Marny feels passionate about teaching and loves to work with children. She wants to make an impact on a child in a positive way while providing a safe and loving environment and a foundation of learning both socially and academically. She also believes it is important to be flexible adapting to the many different learning styles and to encourage each child to utilize their own curiosity. 

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Beth Smith

beth@holahp.com ​​​

  • Bachelor's Degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Elementary Education

  • Master's Degree in The Teaching of Reading from Fontbonne University

  • State of Texas certified Elementary Educator (EC-4)

  • SL Supplemental Certification (EC-4

  • 6 years of teaching experience (3 years in HPISD at Armstrong Elementary teaching 2nd Grade, 3 years in Austin ISD teaching Kindergarten and 3rd Grade)

  • 12 years of tutoring experience (K-3rd grade), including 6 year of private tutoring in the Park Cities 

  • District and Campus leadership experience along with serving as a member of the technology committee at Armstrong Elementary

  • In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and spending quality time with her husband, Marshall, and their children, Bobby, Bellamy and Presley

  • Beth believes in creating a safe and engaging environment where students grow and build confidence in their ability as learners. She works to build nurturing relationships with students to ensure they reach their highest potential and establish a lifelong love for learning! 

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Laura Rathjen

laura@holahp.com ​​​​

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Plan II Honors and a Pre-Medical Certificate from The University of Texas at Austin 2018

  • Current Masters of Education with Educator Preparation Student from Southern Methodist University

  • Will take Certification Exams in Summer 2020 and Graduate in Fall 2020

  • Will be ESL Certified and EC-6th Certified

  • Graduate of Highland Park High School with great appreciation for her wonderful teachers in the HPISD District

  • Works at Hola HP as an Administrative and Customer Liaison, as well as helping teachers in their classrooms as needed.

  • In her free time, Laura loves teaching Sunday school at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, talking her dog, Blair, on walks, cooking for her friends and family, and reading. 

  • Laura is passionate about teaching and so thankful for her opportunity to impact the lives of children. She is planning on teaching PreK or Kindergarten, and is committed to creating a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all of her students. She believes in developing students social-emotional skills in the classroom in tangent with helping them achieve their academic goals. She hopes her students leave her class with a love of learning, confidence in themselves, and excitement to come to school everyday. 

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Meghan Scott

meghan@holahp.com ​​​​

  • Master’s degree from SMU in Early Childhood Education

  • Bachelor's degree from SMU in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

  • State of Texas Certified Elementary Educator (EC-6)

  • Current Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at ESD (8 years) 

  • 10 years of teaching experience (K, 1st & 2nd at ESD)

  • 3 years of tutoring experience (Pre-K - 1st grade)

  • In her free time, Meghan likes to be with friends and spend time with her husband, Brian, and their two children, Jacob and Ellison.

  • Meghan believes that learning is a lifelong journey that truly begins in the early developmental years. She strives to nurture each individual's learning style to foster their academic and social-emotional success.