Meet the Elevate Team
Sandra Briley, M.Ed., ADC-C
Vee Bradway, Science Instructor
Vee has been a versatile tutor at Elevate for three years. Her primary focus is in math and science for all grade levels, but she has also tutored reading and social studies. She grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School in 2022. Vee graduated with honors and an Associate's of Liberal Arts from TVCC. She is now studying at The University of Texas at Tyler for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduation, Vee plans to attend medical school to become a doctor of medicine. She is passionate about learning and has always been academically focused. She enjoys sharing this passion to help her students grow and overcome challenges.
Tessia Cain, Social Emotional Learning Interventionist
Tessia has a passion for working with children and has spent most of her life helping to make a difference in the lives of our youth. She has taught all ages of preschool, worked with children with special needs in public school and later became a Daycare Director. As a Social Emotional Learning Interventionist, her goal is to get to know each child as an individual and help them understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
Amanda Casso, Certified Teacher, Elementary Reading & Math
Amanda is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce. She has taught 15 years
ranging from 1st-8th grade. She enjoys teaching the most when the “light
bulb” turns on and the student understands a concept. She believes every
child has the potential to be successful with diligence from their teacher,
parents, and themselves. She believes it’s important to respect everyone no
matter their age and provide an environment that works with their learning
style. She has 3 teenage children and a wonderful family. She enjoys
spending time with them and being outdoors.
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 been married to her husband, Craig for 30 years. She has a daughter, Shelby, and will be getting a new son-in-law soon. Her son, Cameron, also recently married. When Kelly is not tutoring students she enjoys shopping, gardening, and spending time with family.
Andy Davis, Math & Science Instructor
Andy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and has worked in Engineering and IT. Before pursuing his degree he was an active United States Marine for 8 years. He has a breadth of experience in Math, Science, and Engineering. Andy is married and has one daughter in elementary school.
Leanne Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP, 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.
Taylor Deen, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Taylor has been a speech language pathologist for 9 years, serving children in the public schools for two years and in the home health setting for seven years. Taylor received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in speech-langauge pathology from the University of North Texas. She has treated a wide range of pediatric disorders from birth to 18 years of age. This treatment experience includes early language development and delay, articulation and phonological disorders, and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She also has many years of experience with the use of augmentative/alternative communication in children with a variety of medical diagnoses. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys reading, traveling, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and spending time with friends and family.
Terri Easley, M.Ad., 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.
Dana has been a school based Speech-Language Pathologist for 2 years and a contract therapist for the last 2 years. She has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 32 years. She has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Van Zandt county since 1993. She has worked with articulation and language delays and disorders in children and is gaining experience in dysphagia (swallowing) therapy in children. She has 32 years of dysphagia therapy experience with adults. Dana is Licensed by the state of Texas and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and hearing association. Dana has evaluated and treated children from the age of 3 through high school. She has served children with a range of disorders including articulation, phonological and language. In her spare time Dana enjoys spending time with her daughter Natatlie and her dogs Daisy and Sonny.
Angie Jordan, Pre-K/K Teacher & Administrative Assistant
Angie has been teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten for 9 years. Her experience includes positions with First Baptist Church, Kingdom Kid's Preschool in Sunnyvale and First Baptist Canton, Parent's Day Out in Canton. She teaches Kindergarten Awana classes for First Baptist Church, Edgewood, and currently teaches in Elevates Homeschool Support Program. Angie is happily married to Michael, her husband of 20 years, and they have two sons, Aaron and Austin.
Dean R. Kinney, MPA, Community Programs Partner
Dean holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in criminal justice. He worked in law enforcement and taught criminal justice at Kilgore College and was an instructor at the East Texas Police Academy. During that time he found a passion for literacy and began reading for area elementary schools. He retired after 30 years, and for the last decade has maintained a busy schedule reading at Christmas time, for Texas Day, Dr. Seuss Day and others. When Dean is not reading to students and promoting literacy, you will find him training and working with horses and their owners.
Sarah Mullen, Certified Math Teacher
Sarah graduated from Haskell High School, near Abilene, TX and attended Texas Tech University. She moved to Lakeland, Florida where she received her B.S. from Florida Southern College. She completed her teacher certification in secondary mathematics for grades 6-12 at Sam Houston State University. She teaches at Canton High School and is currently teaching Algebra 1 and Math Models. She has 20 years experience teaching junior high and high school math. She has taught 6th-7th-8th grade math, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, PreCalculus, Financial Algebra, Finance Math, & Math Models. She loves teaching and she has a passion for helping students become successful. As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, she knows first-hand the struggles that a child may experience in the classroom and the importance of good communication between parents and teachers. Sarah's outside interests include playing tennis on a ladies tennis league, playing with her 2 Boston terriers, and watching movies with her youngest son. She travels to Florida frequently to visit her family and friends.
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.
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.