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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Hillary Byrd
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

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: Aliaon Hsiao, MS
Teacher Assistant: Ashton Lattof


Lauren McAllister, MS

Pink Room Lead 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


Kimberly Smith, MS

Blue Room Lead Teacher, Preschool 3 Class. Kimberly completed her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and Master degree in Special Education from Texas State University.  She has had experience as an Elementary Teacher, Special Education teacher and a Special Needs Director at a church where she created an inclusive program for families and children.

Teacher Assistant: Anne Wiggins
Teacher Assistant: Dakota Becker, BA


Nicholas Patterson, MS

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


Michelle Chica, M.Ed

Yellow Room Lead Teacher, Toddler I Class. Master Degree in Special Education from University of Texas Tech and Bachelors in Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Experience as an Assistant Teacher at The Rise School of Dallas and practicum and internships in child development.

Teacher Assistant: Makala Methvin, BA
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
Teacher Assistant: Candace Fenimore, BA