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About Us - Faculty

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  • Mrs. Barbara Kennedy, Principal at Pinnacle Prep School

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  • Mrs. Jaya Venkateswaran, Math - Lower School

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  • Mr. Greg Spivey, -

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  • Mrs. Anu Boparai, Math - Upper School

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  • Mrs. Tricia Hozie, Science - Upper School

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  • Mrs. Laura Venegas, Spanish -

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  • Mr. Steve Troxel, Theater, ELA - Upper School

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  • Mrs. Diane Hill, Math, ELA - Lower School

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Mrs. Barbara Kennedy - Principal

Mrs. Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Nebraska. She is certified in Special Education and Elementary Education for K-12. Her master’s degree was in Micro Social Work where she learned to examine behaviors and help clients change those behaviors. Mrs. Kennedy enjoys helping students identify behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes that are keeping students from being successful in both their academic and social settings. She has a true passion for working with our youngest learners and helping each child progress in all areas of their development— academic, social, language, and motor skills. She strives to create a positive and fun environment where her students can flourish. She has been married to her husband Tom for 28 years and has two wonderful children. She loves to watch OU football games, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Mrs. Jaya Venkateswaran - Math - Lower School

I believe the main facet of teaching mathematics is to help students appreciate its beauty and simplicity. Each child is unique in their own way and my role as the teacher is to assist them in developing their problem-solving skills and learning styles. I incorporate hands-on learning and strive to bring out the best in them.

“Math teaches us that there is every reason to believe that every problem has a solution.” -Anonymous

Email: jayav@pinnacleprepschool.com

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Lower School ELA

Mr. Greg Spivey - -

Mr. Greg Spivey, our Principal at Pinnacle Prep School is a firm believer in our school’s mission of creating a unique, accelerated academic environment that encourages children to reach their potential. Every child is different and we encourage and promote that student’s strengths. At Pinnacle, we focus on every child being special and making a difference in tomorrow’s world. We challenge and motivate our students to be lifelong learners.

Mr. Spivey has served for thirty years in the education field with the last fifteen as superintendent. During his career, he has performed the duties of teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. Mr. Spivey and his family have recently relocated to the North Dallas area.

Mr. Spivey was born and raised in Diboll, TX and graduated from Diboll High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Education degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University located in Nacogdoches, TX. Mr. Spivey has worked for school districts in Huntington, Diboll, Apple Springs, and Grapeland.

Mr. Spivey has been married to his lovely wife, Lori, for 30 years and has two beautiful daughters, an awesome son-in-law, an amazing granddaughter, and adorable new grandson. He has been active in various regional and state educational organizations. He has served as the Education Service Center VI Study Group Chairman (nominated and voted on by the superintendents of the region) as well as the Regional Advisory Committee Chairman. In addition, he has recently completed his second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Community Schools and has previously served on the Texas Association of School Administrator’s Small Schools Advisory Committee. He has also been a member of the Texas Rural Education Association and the Texas Association of Rural Schools.

At Pinnacle, we focus on every child being special and making a difference in tomorrow’s world. We challenge and motivate our students to be lifelong learners. Students should feel comfortable at school and classrooms in taking risks intellectually without fear of failure and learn to solve problems and communicate effectively.

Mrs. Anu Boparai - Math - Upper School

The mathematics teacher is responsible for teaching students to think, talk, and write in the language of mathematics. All children have the capacity to learn mathematics and express themselves through numbers. The teacher’s job is to teach empirical thought and encourage them to use it. As a teacher, I aim to bring an open mind, positive attitude, enthusiasm, flexibility, high expectations, and an adaptable knowledge of mathematics content to my students.

“Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It’s free. It can be played anywhere – Archimedes did it in a bathtub.” —Richard J. Trudeau

Mrs. Tricia Hozie - Science - Upper School

Every classroom has its unique community; my role as the teacher will help each child develop their potential and learning styles. I aim to model a "can do" attitude, have a positive mindset, and high expectations in the classroom each day. I believe that four essential elements promote learning: (1) The teacher's role is to act as a coach and guide.

(2) Students must have access to hands-on activities.

(3) Students must be able to incorporate their knowledge into all aspects of their education.

(4) Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment."Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be."- Rita F. Pierson

Email: thozie@pinnacleprepschool.com

Mrs. Laura Venegas - Spanish -

Mrs. Laura was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and graduated from El Paso Community College. Her entire career has been in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching at Pinnacle Prep for twelve years. Getting to help young learners is her passion. She strives to foster their love for learning while growing capable, confident, curious, and caring learners! Her favorite moments in the classroom are when she sees students do something they’ve never been able to do before where it be counting to 100, sound out a new letter, play an imagination game with a classmate, or make a new friend! Ms. Laura plans her curriculum and lessons to meet each child’s individual needs and learning styles. Ms. Laura lives in Lewisville with her husband and two daughters. She looks forward to working together with you as partners in your child’s growth and development! “Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.”- George Washington Carver

Mr. Steve Troxel - Theater, ELA - Upper School

Mr. Troxel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He has served for twenty-eight years as a teacher and principal in Texas. Mr. Troxel teaches Upper English Language Arts and History. His instruction employs a constructivist approach to learning. He believes that authentic learning is not passive memorization of data, but rather students creating their own understanding of concepts for long-term utilization. New learning must be built upon existing understanding of the world. He believes that the best method to accomplish this is interactive instruction, reading text together, discussing conceptions in relationship to others, and writing about new ideas as interpreted by students.

Email: stroxel@pinnacleprepschool.com

Mrs. Diane Hill - Math, ELA - Lower School

Diane Hill grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University with a BS in Elementary Education. She taught second grade in Lewisville ISD for 15 years, along with being the team leader for 13 of those years, as well as winning Teacher of the Year in 2008-2009. In 2011, Mrs. Hill taught fourth grade for five years at a private school in Plano. During this time, she also took master classes at Southern Methodist University for the past four years.

Email: dhill@pinnacleprepschool.com