Staff Bios



Jacquelyn Mulkey, MA

Founder & Executive Director

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

After completing the coursework for a doctorate in Business Administration, Jacquelyn set her sights on a doctorate in psychology. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial/Organization Psychology through Northcentral University.  Her doctoral study -Exploring the Prospects of  Employing those with Asperger's Syndrome –will align very closely with her goals for Focus Academy.  Jacquelyn holds an Associate’s degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in School Psychology. Prior to starting Focus Academy, 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 was also the co-founder of ASPIE of Houston - Asperger's Syndrome Parent-Professional Information Exchange.  During her 20 years with Focus, she has presented at numerous conferences and held multiple training seminars in a variety of states.

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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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Miranda Kinnet

Office Manager

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 joined the Focus Academy team in 2014 as the Office Manager for both Focus Academy campuses. When you call, Miranda is the one to help you out! She also enjoys reading books, attending concerts with her husband Michael and snuggling with her beautiful baby boy Mikah. 

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Katie Guthrie

Academy Teacher - Woodlands Campus

Ms. Guthrie graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Dallas, with a degree in English. She then completed additional coursework to teach secondary grades. She's taught children from age 2 through high school over the years.  Ms. Guthrie's 19-year-old son, Noah, is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and she worked tirelessly over the years to get him where he is today. When he was first diagnosed, she was told that he would never speak in full sentences; however, today he is an articulate young man. His final two years of high school, Ms. Guthrie made the difficult decision to home school Noah in order to get him ready to for the "real-world".  In February 2018, Ms. Guthrie noticed the lack of social opportunities for teens with High Functioning Autism in the Montgomery County area and founded a social skills group for HF teens on the spectrum out of her own home (using her own money!). To date, her social group has over 85 members! Ms. Guthrie organizes weekly events and special activities, and works hard to encourage friendships among the members. Ms. Guthrie sent her daughter, Brooke, off to college this summer and is ready to get back in the classroom! Ms. Guthrie currently lives in Conroe with her son, Noah, their labradoodle, Mav and goldendoodle, Bowie. 

                                         

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