Mrs. Holly Kiser
is the Academy’s Director of Admission and Marketing. She earned her BSEd from Baylor in Education/Secondary English and an MSEd from UNT in Student Services/Counseling/Higher Education. Mrs. Kiser has been in education-related jobs her whole career. Her first job was teaching ninth and eleventh grade English at Irving High School, a job she held for five years. She transitioned to working with college students in admissions work and worked with college students and administration at various colleges, including Texas Woman's University and Texas Wesleyan University for fifteen years. Mrs. Kiser joined the Academy staff in 2015.
Mrs. Kiser couldn't wait to get involved professionally with the Academy. She had 'worked' for years, helping her mother, Lana Mathis, Academy First Grade Teacher setting up her room, helping out, and meeting and learning about her wonderful families. So, she knew a great deal about the Academy, its philosophy, its families, and its goals. She even attended an Extravaganza event and was so inspired by the community's generosity and overall enthusiasm for the school. Holly’s niece, Rachel, was also welcomed by the Academy family when Rachel joined as a seventh grader, graduated in May 2016 and is now attends her top-choice high school, the Honors Program at Paschal High School. So, once she learned about the opening at the school, she literally jumped at the chance to join this incredible school and serve its families.
Mrs. Kiser loves school and loves learning - she even loves school supplies! One of her earliest childhood memories is teaching math (she used her mother's outdated math books and teacher's guides) to her stuffed animals and playing with her brother, Keith, who was always the principal. She even had lesson plans, success and discipline charts, and announcements. Mrs. Kiser enjoyed helping her mother organize her classroom or helping with projects. When she started college, she had big plans to go into completely different fields than her parents...and then felt the appeal of helping people and leading them, which led to her degree in secondary education. Her own needs and circumstance in college and graduate school showed her how important it is to have people in schools who can be facilitators for students' best interests. It's motivating for her to seek out what parents and children need, now, and help them find their way.
One of the things she appreciates most about the Academy is the school's approach to learning. We are all unique, and the ways our brains work is unique, too. Strategies and techniques that we know, as adults, work, are implemented and shared with children too, so they have a responsibility for their own learning. She appreciates the flexible learning environment and the attention to new technologies, too.
In her spare time Mrs. Kiser enjoys treasure hunting and finding all sorts of amazing things through traveling, reading, and unique shopping trips. She and her husband, Jim also enjoy playing with their dog, Lucie, cheering on their Baylor Bears at football games, participating in church activities, and spending time with family.