Kiran Ali, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management
Kiran joined the Regis team in July. She brings to Regis 11 years of experience in education, having spent five years in the first and second grade classrooms at Lantrip Elementary in HISD through the Teach For America program. Kiran then went on to serve in several leadership positions at Teach For America in Chicago, including Senior Managing Director and Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President, and most recently, she served as the Director of Program Planning and Implementation at a local education non-profit.
Donna Cropper, Advancement Associate
Donna Cropper joined the Regis team in May 2021. She comes to us with many years of experience in Catholic schools such as St. Cecilia, St. John XXIII, St. Michael and Saint Thomas Episcopal. She will assist with Advancement operations, Regis Fund and school events. Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of St. Thomas, and she is a graduate of Catholic Independent schools as well, having completed high school at St. Agnes Academy.
Lisa Fikes, Second Grade Teacher
Lisa Fikes holds a Bachelor of Humanities and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University, San Antonio. She comes to us with experience as a lower school classroom teacher, Reading Interventionist and mentor for gifted students. Her extensive knowledge of small group instruction, differentiation and technology integration will be a great addition to our learning community. Lisa will serve on the second grade team, with a focus on Math and Science.
Sharon Held, Fifth & Sixth Grade English Language Arts
Sharon Held holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Creighton Universty and a Masters of Education from the University of St. Thomas. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas’s GRACE program, Sharon has long held a passion for Catholic Education. With fourteen years of experience in Catholic Schools and a TEA certification in middle school English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math, we are grateful to have such an experienced, well rounded and student-centered teacher to our ranks.
Noel Jett, Ph.D., Counselor
Dr. Noel Jett joins us after serving as a K-8 school counselor at the Hilldale School in the Bay Area. She is well versed in all three paradigms of gifted education and various counseling techniques, including motivational interviewing and DBT. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology specializing in Gifted and Talented Education. Her extensive knowledge as a school counselor, instructor, research assistant, and published author will be a great support to our faculty and students.
Kaya Jones, MakerSpace Teacher
Kaya Jones joins us after serving as a 6th-grade teacher in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is currently completing a Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology from Texas A&M University. Kaya has completed Level 2 of the Google teacher certification process and is EdPuzzle coach certified. Her passion and excitement for STEM education will guide our knights in developing and extending their understanding of technology and critical thinking skills.
Tyler Jones, Fifth & Seventh Grade Science
Holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, as well as a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Tyler Jones is passionate about making Science exciting for students. Entering his fifth year as a professional educator, he is a strong proponent of relational learning, forming bonds that motivate students to learn and perform at their best.
Nick Lepera, First-Fourth Grade P.E. Coach & Lower School Athletics Commissioner
Nicholas Lepera joins us after serving over ten years in independent schools. Most recently, he taught K-5 Physical Education at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio State University and a Master of Education focusing on Physical Education from The University of Toledo. His extensive experience with boy-centered learning and focus on developing athletic skills while encouraging healthy competition will be an exciting addition to our Athletic Department. Additionally, Nicholas has held various coaching positions that include basketball, football, baseball, and tennis.
Kirby Morgan, 4 Pre-K Teacher
Kirby Morgan joins us after teaching Pre-K for six years at Kipling Street Academy in Houston. Her approach to teaching is motivated by creating unique and innovative methods to help students retain information and build confidence in and out of the classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston and plans to begin working on a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in the near future.
Kimberley Nguyen, Kindergarten Teacher
Kimberley Nguyen joins us after serving as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher in both Fort Bend ISD and Garland ISD. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning Development from the University of Texas-Austin and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Univerisity of Texas-Arlington. Additionally, she has held positions as campus lead for grant fundraising and committee chair for Diversity. Her experience as an instructional leader versed in technology integration and differentiation strategies will guide our young scholars in navigating this exciting first year in Lower School.
Melanie Rhode, First Grade Teacher
Melanie Rhode is a beloved teacher with over 24 years of classroom experience in early childhood and lower school, this includes 20 years as a Sacred Heart educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edward's University and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of St. Thomas. Her student-centered approach to teaching includes lessons that speak to students' academic ability and social and emotional learning. Melanie is committed to enhancing overall student success by maintaining productive relationships with both students and parents.
Mara Scarbrough, Third Grade Teacher
Mara Scarbrough holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a minor in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, and a Master of Education with dual certifications in Special Education and Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University. She has previous experience teaching in grades Kindergarten-3rd. Additionally, Mara completed a fellowship with the Sisters of Bon Secours, living and working in West Baltimore. Mara prides herself in crafting learning engagements that inspire students to be experimental in the classroom and take ownership over their learning. Mara will serve on the third grade team, with a focus on Math and Science.
Audrey Thai, Events Coordinator & Parents' Association Liaison
Audrey Thai comes to us with 5 years of event planning experience at Mental Health America of Greater Houston and Social Motion, Inc., an organization that assists with life path solutions for those with autism, ADD, social anxiety and similar special needs. Audrey graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and is excited to return to an academic setting.