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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Savannah Stevenson

Licensed Master Social Worker

Mrs. Savannah Stevenson has always had a passion working one on one with students to help them find an outlet for their stress and anxiety. Savannah  graduated from Texas A&M with her degree in Education and continued on to obtain her Masters in social work from the University of Houston. She is currently in the honor society and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She holds the title of Licensed Master of Social Work.  Savannah has a big heart and has years of experience working with youth and teens. One of these experiences made her realize she wanted to dedicate her career to helping young people, volunteering one Summer working with children at a Moroccan orphanage during her undergrad. Before joining the Focus Team, she worked as a case manager for foster children and provided safety and normalcy for this vulnerable population of youth.  Savannah is very excited to be a part of the Focus Family. She has been married to Niklas for 5 years and they have a 14 month old daughter along with 2 dogs and 2 cats. When not working, she enjoys traveling and learning as much as she can about different cultures.

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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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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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DC Caldwell

Academy Teacher - Stafford


                                         

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Holly Jones

Teacher


Holly's bio will be updated as soon as I finally get her to give me one!!


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