Focus Academy

the place for quirky kids

Focus Academy Staff Bios

Jacquelyn Mulkey, MA

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Jacquelyn holds an Associate’s degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in School Psychology.  She is currently working on her doctoral study for a Doctorate in Business Administration through Walden University.  Her doctoral study -Exploring the Perceptions of Managers Regarding Employees with Asperger's Syndrome –will align very closely with her goals for Focus Academy.  Prior to starting Focus Academy (formerly Focus Initiative), she established and directed the Developmental Assessment Team for Autism in the Katy Independent School District.  She has also worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, a pre-school director and an Autism In-Home/Parent trainer.  Jacquelyn is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) and a founder and current board member for ASPIE of Houston - Asperger's Syndrome Parent-Professional Information Exchange.  She has presented at numerous conferences and seminars. 

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Connitha Tyrer

Chief Operations Officer

Director of Financial & Strategic Planning

Connitha came to Focus in March 2012 after seeking the right school for her ADHD son across three states and multiple schools.  Her experiences with public schools demonstrated that they were unable to extract the full potential from unique children in a traditional classroom setting.  Some private schools were able to obtain high academic standards from these quirky kids, but lacked the understanding or ability to address the social deficits.  In March 2012 she came for a tour of Focus Academy for her son and never looked back.  After spending over 20 years in manufacturing as a Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations for multiple sites specializing in turn arounds, she decided on a career change.  She volunteered her financial expertise to Focus in helping to restructure the business aspects of the school and application for non-profit status in the Fall of 2012 before moving into a new career.  Through these experiences she decided on a new career path and joined Focus as Director of Finance in May 2013.  Connitha holds a BA degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Jeremy C. Anderson, MA, LMFT-S

Director of Therapy Services- Supervising Therapist 

Jeremy has always enjoyed working with people.  After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Communications, Jeremy held a variety of jobs involving direct interaction with people.  After finding himself engaged in strangers' life stories and with a desire to help, he decided to find a profession that encompassed not only working with people, but in helping others.  He then earned a second Bachelors degree in Psychology in preparation for a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.  He has since worked as a therapist; primarily providing Individual, Family, and Group Therapy, while working with adolescents in a Residential Treatment Center as well as in an Outpatient setting.  Working from a Solution Focus perspective and a foundation in systemic thinking, he also developed and applied the unique approach of Game Play Theory. This systemic notion of “games”, especially chess and other common strategic board games is used as an avenue to explore and explain concepts related to managing the whole of life. The “gamer” learns to apply the concepts and practice from game situations into corresponding real world situations.    As a licensed supervisor, Jeremy mentors those entering the MFT field.  He is the founder and president of Praxis Life Management, PLLC that provides Independent Contracted Professionals to expedite the process, for a multitude of services, including Individual, Marital/Couple, Relationship, Family and Group Therapy, Sports Performance, Life Coaching, Think Tanks, and Systemic Organization Consulting.  Jeremy and Praxis has been managing Therapy Services at Focus since January, 2013.

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Terisa Blanchette

Chief Information Officer

Terisa comes to us with extensive self-teaching and formal training in Quality Systems. She has previously worked as a Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager in multiple plastics manufacturing companies. She has implemented processes and procedures for numerous quality systems and was responsible internal audits. She studied in Japan to become a master color matcher and speaks some basic Japanese and Spanish.  She is currently building the academy's database through the access system designed to track student attendance, progress and accountability.

Terisa has a young adult son diagnosed ASD who completed his Associates Degree at Alvin Community College and another currently enrolled at Focus Academy.

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Miranda Echard

Office Manager - Stafford

Substitute Academy Teacher

Miranda graduated from Alvin High School in 2011 before attending Alvin Community College. She has previously worked in Alvin ISD as a teachers aide for a resource class. She enjoys reading books and attending concerts with her boyfriend Michael.

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Linda Rose

Academy Teacher - Stafford

I was born and raised in Huancayo, Peru in a missionary’s family until I was 13 years old.  After three years here in the States, my father went to work in Chile where I stayed for 36 years, getting married, started a family and went to work in education to be able to give my three children the best education possible. While working as a teacher’s aide in a British school, I began to study in a Chilean university to get my teaching degree. The last school I worked at was The Grange School in Santiago, Chile, a high achieving school where I was a homeroom teacher for fourth and sixth grades. I worked there for nine years, specializing with quirky children who were having difficulties, especially in the area of their social integration. I returned to the Stated due to a personal situation where I decided to uproot myself and start all over again. I have found a new home here at the Focus Academy. 

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Heidi Farnsworth

Academy Teacher - The Woodlands

Heidi knows education is where she can have the greatest impact on a child’s life.  Therefore, she continues to magnify her calling as a teacher at Focus Academy! Heidi holds an Associate’s degree in Science, Liberal Arts, and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. She has experience in teaching at the Elementary, Middle, and High School grade levels.  As a counselor and youth leader she enjoys working with the youth through her church. Aside from teaching she and her husband enjoy raising their three children.

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Mike Miller

Academy Teacher - Stafford

Mike is a licensed Intervention Specialist and Reading Specialist from Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Walsh University and has been working with special needs students from pre-school age through high school and transitioning adults. Prior to returning to college and earning his degree, Mike enjoyed careers in construction, automotive service, and retail. Mike believes his experiences in and out of the classroom will allow him to help college bound students and those transitioning directly to the work force to attain adult independence after school. Mike is married, has two sons, and two dogs. He enjoys anything outdoors (especially now that he lives a life without snow), riding his motorcycle, and traveling with his family.

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Holly Jones


Holly's bio will be updated shortly.

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