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Staff Directory


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.

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MaRetta Dyer

Office Manager

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Katie Purcell

Director of Development & Event Coordinator   

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Erin Davis

Rise Administrative Assistant 

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Contracted Therapists:

Annie Altman Herndon, Music Therapist, Degree, privately contracted

Anna Harper, Physical Therapist, Master degree, privately contracted

Elizabeth Gorman, Speech Therapist and Educational Coordinator

Amy Ornelas, Occupational Therapist, privately contracted


Supported Employment Classroom Assistants:

Javier Flores, Luke Maberry, Lori Munoz, Veronica Castillo, Paris Nason



Tara Bailey, BA

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: Aliaon Hsiao, MS
Teacher Assistant: Hillary Harrod


Lauren McAllister, MS

Teacher, Preschool 4 Class. Masters of Science in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas. BS in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience, Texas A&M University. Experience includes an internship at LifePath Systems ECI and a practicum in the Toddler II classroom at Rise.

Teacher Assistant: Erendira Dominguez, BA

Teacher Assistant: Katie Davidson


Liz Riggins, MS

Teacher, Preschool 3 Class. Master Degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Experience includes interning for The Rise School of Dallas and Playworks.

Teacher Assistant: Ashton Lattof, BA
Teacher Assistant: Ellen Moore, BA

Nicholas Patterson, MS

Teacher, Toddler II Class. Master Degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Nick completed his graduate intership with the Rise School of Dallas in the spring of 2014.  He continued to volunteer his time at the school before being hiried in the summer of 2016.

Teacher Assistant: Kasia Soltysik, MA
Teacher Assistant: Veronica Ortega, CDA


Katie Patterson, M.Ed

Teacher, Toddler I Class. Master Degree, Early Childhood Special Education from University of North Texas 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: Troi Merchant, BA
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