Maude Pampel, M.S.
Director of the Rise School of Dallas, 2015-present.
MS in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. BA from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. Experience includes 3 years as a Child Development Specialist/Teacher at the Callier Preschool for Communication Disorders, a practicum at Bryan’s House, and volunteer in a PPCD program. Started working at Rise in 2009 that included roles as a Lead Teacher and Educational Coordinator before becoming the Director. Email Maude
Director of Development
MaRetta "Rita" Dyer
Rise Administrative Assistant
Annie Altman Herndon, Music Therapist, Degree, privately contracted
Meredith Salge, Physical Therapist, Master degree, privately contracted
Elizabeth Gorman, Speech Therapist and Educational Coordinator
Rachel Wolverton, Occupational Therapist, privately contracted
Supported Employment Classroom Assistants
Rise's supported employment program employs adults with developmental disabilities as classroom helpers and assistants. This program provides staff members who provide valuable assistance while reinforcing to students, their families, and the community that adults of all abilities can hold fulfilling jobs, earn money to support themselves, and contribute to society.
Javier Flores, Luke Maberry, Lori Munoz, Veronica Castillo, Paris Nason
Tara Bailey, M.Ed.
Red Room Lead Teacher, PreK 5 Class. M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education, Texas Woman’s University. BA in English Literature, University of Texas at Arlington. Texas Teacher Certification EC-4. Experience includes 5 years at Walnut Hill United Methodist Church as a preschool teacher and 6 years at the Rise School.
Teacher Assistant: Annie Wiggins
Teacher Assistant: Hannah Hwang B.S.
Marli Kimball, M.S.
Pink Room Lead Teacher, Preschool 4 Class, M.S in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S in Psychology from Texas A&M.
Teacher Assistant: Anne Harper
Teacher Assistant: Katie Davidson
Julie Clark, M.S.
Blue Room Lead Teacher, Preschool 3 Class. Julie completed her Master degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas.
Teacher Assistant: McKenna Farley B.S.
Teacher Assistant: Miranda Pelaez-Rojas
Nicholas Patterson, M.S.
Green Room Lead Teacher, Toddler II Class. Master Degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. Nick completed his graduate internship with the Rise School of Dallas in the spring of 2014. He continued to volunteer his time at the school before being hired in the summer of 2016.
Teacher Assistant: Kasia Soltysik, MA
Teacher Assistant: Julie Wheeler
Katie Patterson, M.Ed
Yellow Room Lead Teacher, Infant Class. Master Degree, Early Childhood Special Education and Bachelors in Child Development from Texas Women’s University.
Teacher Assistant: Bekah Sandsmark, B.S.
Teacher Assistant: Sydney Warner
Jessica Shelhamer, M.S,
Purple Room Lead Teacher, Infant Class. Jessica has completed her Master degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas.
Teacher Assistant: Taylor Denton, B.A.
Teacher Assistant: Lucy Guel