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The Leadership Team

Ed.D., Doctoral Candidate, Leadership and Learning in Organizations, Vanderbilt University 
HBX, Harvard Business School CORe: Credential of Readiness
M.S., Communication Disorders, University of Central Arkansas
B.A., Cum Laude, Communication Disorders, Harding University
Shannon has served as Head of School of Fort Worth Academy since 2017, and prior to FWA, she was the Upper School Head at Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, Tenn. Shannon’s experience teaching in the classroom along with her various roles in school leadership continue to inspire her love of learning and educating young minds. Shannon currently serves on the board of the Texas Private Schools Association as the Tarrant District Director. 
Shannon and her husband, Skip, have two high-school-aged children, Tommy and Kennedy. 
Shannon’s favorite part of working at Fort Worth Academy is seeing the spark and smiles abound on the children’s faces as they experience the joy of learning.
B.S., Health Care Administration, Western Kentucky University
M.Ed., Texas Christian University 
Sharon began teaching at Fort Worth Academy in 1992, assuming the Head of Middle School position in 1999.  As a Schools Attuned certified facilitator, she spent numerous summers training teachers in the ALL Kinds of Minds curriculum. Sharon has presented at several professional conferences.  She continues to teach fifth grade math.
Sharon grew up in a military family and traveled worldwide. Meeting new people, traveling and reading are her favorite pastimes.
Being able to work with students in a school that truly understands teaching and learning makes each day delightful. 

Kathy Uhr, Head of Lower School

B.S., Business Management, Virginia Tech
M.A., Teaching, Johns Hopkins University 
Kathy has served in leadership roles for the last fourteen years at Fort Worth Academy. She has presented at state and international conferences and led educational workshops and training for project-based learning, design thinking, and cross-curricular teaching. She has served as a member of several Advanced Ed accreditation review teams. Kathy is also part of the middle school team and teaches 8th grade English.
Outside of the classroom, Kathy loves to travel to new places, explore cities, spend time in the mountains, scuba dive, hike, and ski.
Kathy’s favorite part of working at FWA is the connections made with the students and their families, and collaborating with the staff and faculty. 

Bret Hendrickson, Dean of Students

B.S., Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

Bret has served as an educator and athletic coach at Fort Worth Academy for the past 15 years. Three years ago, he took on the role of Dean of Students to better serve all students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Bret believes every child is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere in which to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially.  He works with faculty and staff to develop positive, risk-taking, collaborative environments for students to grow and thrive in. He leads by example and stresses positive character and leadership traits. Outside of school, Bret enjoys playing sports with his two children, stormchasing, mountain biking, and adventure travel destinations.  

School Directory

  Name Title
Ulises Asprilla Asprilla, Ulises MS Spanish Teacher
Bridget Belyeu Belyeu, Bridget 3rd Grade Teacher
Angela Bly Bly, Angela MS Math Teacher
Elizabeth Bonin Bonin, Elizabeth Reading Specialist
Karen Bullock Bullock, Karen Kindergarten Teacher
Hira Chaudhary Chaudhary, Hira Advancement Team Assistant
Ana Cole Cole, Ana Accounts Manager
Shannon Elders Elders, Shannon Head of School
Leslie Erwin Erwin, Leslie 2nd Grade Teacher
Anthony Farnsworth Farnsworth, Anthony LS and MS PE Teacher
Marcia Garoon Garoon, Marcia Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Harrison Harrison, Kelly 4th Grade Teacher
Bret Hendrickson Hendrickson, Bret Dean of Students / MS Math
Orlando Jaimes Jaimes, Orlando Facilities Manager
Kimberly Kowalski Kowalski, Kimberly MS English/History
Nuha Lackan Lackan, Nuha Director of Admission
Margie Lane Lane, Margie 2nd Grade Teacher
Laura Laurent Laurent, Laura 1st Grade Teacher
Kathryn Lemons Lemons, Kathryn Kindergarten Teacher
Mary Luker Luker, Mary Receptionist
Catherine McAna McAna, Catherine 1st Grade Teacher
Garrett McNutt McNutt, Garrett MS History/Music
Leslie Mitchell Mitchell, Leslie Student Services Assistant
Hayley Morrow Morrow, Hayley teacher
MaryEmily Pardue Pardue, MaryEmily Director of Development
FWA ParentsClub ParentsClub, FWA
Lauren Parker Parker, Lauren MS Science
Mindy Poitevent Poitevent, Mindy MS History/English
Jennifer Rand Rand, Jennifer Admission Associate/Registrar
Sharon Rice Rice, Sharon Associate Head of School for Programs/Head of MS
Laura Rivera Rivera, Laura Director of Communications
Darla Robinson Robinson, Darla MS Drama
Danielle Rosenberg Rosenberg, Danielle MS English/History
Sarah Saleh Saleh, Sarah LS and MS Art
April Sawey Sawey, April K-5 Science
Cynthia Speirs Speirs, Cynthia Director of Technology
Rienzi Templer Templer, Rienzi 4th Grade Teacher
Jolee Tidwell Tidwell, Jolee Director of Athletics
Katie Turner Turner, Katie After School Child Care
Marla Turner Turner, Marla LS Music
Shad Turner Turner, Shad Operations Manager
Kathy Uhr Uhr, Kathy Head of Lower School/MS English
Amy Webster Webster, Amy Administrative Assistant
Messhia Young Young, Messhia LS ELI/MS Science