Meet the Elevate Team
Sandra Briley, Owner & Director
Sandra holds teaching certifications in EC-4 Elementary Education and EC-12 Special Education. She taught in both public and private school settings before deciding to homeschool her own two children with learning differences. She has now worked in the homeschool industry for over 10 years and her children are both in college. Sandra has a passion for helping students find success in learning. She is a certified provider of Interactive Metronome, a scientifically proven neurotiming therapy which improves cognitive and motor skills. When Sandra isn't working with students she enjoys family time, reading, walking, and learning about new intervention strategies.
Kelly Cox, Elementary Math Tutor
Kelly has been a Math Paraprofessional at Canton Intermediate School for 16 years. She loves kids and math and she knows how to make math fun! Kelly has a daughter, Shelby, and will be getting a new son-in-law soon. When Kelly is not tutoring students she enjoys shopping, gardening, and spending time with family.
Leanne Davis, Speech-Language Pathologist
Leanne has been a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist for 7 years, with six of those years serving Van Zandt County. She graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Leanne is licensed by the state of Texas and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Leanne has evaluated and treated children ranging in age from 3 years through high school. She has served children with a range of disorders, including articulation, phonological, language, fluency, and pragmatics. In her spare time, Leanne enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and daughter Sydney.
Terri Easley, Educational Diagnostician and Certified Teacher
Terri Easley has been an educator in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties for 28 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration. She holds teaching certifications in Elementary Self-Contained, Elementary English, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. Along the way of serving students, she also obtained her Principal certification. Her heart has always been in working with students with special needs. After spending the majority of her career in the classroom, she was drawn to the work of helping students identify and understand their unique needs and so obtained her Educational Diagnostician certification. In this capacity she has worked with not only public school students but also private school and homeschool students in crafting a learning plan for success.
Shelley holds a BBA in Accounting as well as teaching certifications in EC-4, 4-8, Math for 9-12, and English as a Second Language. She has been teaching math for 14 years. She has taught math for Kindergarten through 9th grade, and most recently 5th, 8th, and Algebra 1. She has been married to her husband, Todd, for 28 years, and they have two children, both graduates of Canton High School. Her son, Austin, graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) in 2018 with a BS in Physiology and is now finishing his second year of medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Her daughter, Sara, is attending the University of Texas at Tyler (Go Patriots!) to study Nursing. Shelley loves Math, enjoys helping students, and giving them the support they need to understand, and love it too!
Becky Mayfield, Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP)
Becky has been an educator in Van Zandt County for 26 years. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BA in English in 1990. She decided to obtain teacher certification and began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in 1993. For the past 5 years she has been a Reading Interventionist for grades 3-5. After working so closely with struggling readers, she was inspired to pursue training specifically in dyslexia intervention. For the past year, she has trained at the Shelton School in Dallas in the Take Flight Program developed by Scottish Rite Hospital. She completed training while teaching the program throughout the 2018-19 school year and became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP).
Jasie Perry, Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)
Jasie has been an educator for 18 years. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She taught Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade in Tyler ISD from 2003-2008 and then became a First Grade teacher at Canton Elementary School. In 2007 she switched positions to work with struggling students in the area of reading as a Reading Intervention teacher and Dyslexia Specialist. In 2018 she went through training to become a Dyslexia Therapist with Scottish Rite Hospital via McKinney Christian Academy. Her duties in this capacity have been to assess and identify students for dyslexia and service them utilizing the Take Flight dyslexia therapist intervention program from Scottish Rite Hospital. Jasie is married with one son and is also a worship pastor at her church, Victory Church. She loves her family and her friends and thrives on seeing the growth that her students make as they begin to enjoy their success in reading and writing.
Dale Pierce, Certified Teacher & Neurotiming Specialist
Dale received his Bachelor's degree in Education at the University of Texas - Tyler. He has been an educator in Van Zandt County for 29 years in both public and private school settings. He holds lifetime certifications in general education for grades 1 through 8, and in special education for grades K through 12. He has worked extensively in special education in the areas of one-on-one behavior intervention, content mastery, and subject-specific resource teaching. He is a certified provider of Interactive Metronome. When Dale isn't in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 50 years, their two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Susan Wood, Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)
Susan has been an educator in the Van Zandt county area for 19 years. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1989 with a Bachelors of Business degree in Accounting. She was a stay at home mom for eight years before deciding to pursue teacher certification at Texas A&M Commerce. Upon completion of her teacher certification, she trained for two years at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). She has since served as a dyslexia teacher and coordinator for 17 years. Her duties in this capacity have been to assess and identify students for dyslexia and service them utilizing the Take Flight dyslexia therapist intervention program from Scottish Rite Hospital.