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 6 years at the Rise School as Lead Teacher and Educational Coordinator. Email Maude

Caroline Snabes
Director of Development
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MaRetta "Rita" Dyer
Office Manager
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Hillary Byrd
Rise Administrative Assistant 
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Contracted Therapists

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


Claire Knobbe, M.S.

Pink Room Lead Teacher, Preschool 4 Class, M.Ed in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis and BS in Human Development and family Sciences.  Claire has experience as a lead teacher, special education mentor and ABA therapist.

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: Angela Tsai, M.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: Veronica Ortega, CDA


Candace Fenimore

Yellow Room Lead Teacher, Toddler I Class.
Teacher Assistant: Julie Wheeler
Teacher Assistant: Sydney Warner


Katie Patterson, M.Ed

Purple Room Lead Teacher, Infant Class. Master Degree, Early Childhood Special Education and Bachelors in Child Development from Texas Women’s University. Experience as an Assistant Teacher at The Rise School of Dallas and Teacher at Highland Park United Methodist Church Preschool.
Teacher Assistant: Maria Aguilar