Faculty & Staff

Meet the Educators who make it happen.

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Our Staff

JOSHUA SMITH

JOSHUA SMITH

VICE CHAIR

Joshua Smith, Vice Chair full bio info coming soon.

LIZ WEBB

LIZ WEBB

BOARD TREASURER

Liz Webb is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of St. Thomas and her Master of Science in Accounting from The University of Houston: Clear Lake.Liz lives in Houston with her husband and two school-aged sons. She enjoys baking and gardening.

HEATHER SEALE

HEATHER SEALE

BOARD CHAIR

Heather is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University earning her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. As an educator, she has worked in elementary and secondary education for 25 years. Certified in Special Education, many of those years were spent working closely with students with special needs and learning differences. This developed a passion for advocacy and deep love for helping students who struggle succeed. Heather believes in the mission of The Momentum Academy and its ability to help students reach their full potential through the unique learning environment it provides. Heather and her husband, Matthew, live in League City with their four boys.

PAUL MCRAE

PAUL MCRAE

EMERITUS

Paul McRae has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Texas and California. Paul worked for 34 years in the space industry for a major aerospace company. Paul has an extensive background of volunteer work. He has been a reading tutor for elementary level students along with math tutoring at the elementary level. He has also been a voluntary adult leader and teacher for senior high level students.

SHANNON HAYS

SHANNON HAYS

MEMBER AT LARGE

Administration with a focus in Marketing at California Polytechnic University.Shannon is married and shares her home with her husband Tracey, her daughters Kathleen and Gracie, and her 3 dogs and cat! She has lived in League City, Texas for 21 years. She loves sports, specifically football and baseball. She also enjoys traveling and gaming.‍

STEPHANIE EHLERS, MBA

STEPHANIE EHLERS, MBA

CO-FOUNDER AND MEMBER AT LARGE

Stephanie Ehlers is the Co-Founder of The Momentum Academy and is the Board Chair. She is the Primary Board contact for Admissions and Fundraising. Stephanie has worked in the non-profit setting since 1993, serving in roles ranging from Executive Director to Health Educator. She has worked extensively as a community volunteer since 1995 and has been an advocate for those without a voice. Her mission hit home in 1999 and became very personal for her after the birth of her first child, who has special needs. Stephanie knows that given the right environment, everyone can be successful.Stephanie is an Honors graduate from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. She received her Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1997. Stephanie and her husband, Richie, live in the Clear Lake area with their 2 children.‍

MELISSA HODGES, M.A.

MELISSA HODGES, M.A.

CCC-SLP, CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD SECRETARY

Melissa Hodges is the Co-Founder of The Momentum Academy and is the Board Secretary. She is the Primary Board contact for Evaluations and Curriculum. Melissa is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and specializes in working with children from preschool through high school, as well as having a background working with adult clients. She has been the director of Leaps in Language for 10 years. Previously, Melissa served as the first Speech Therapist at The Joy School in Houston and worked with CCISD. She is known for her commitment to helping her clients achieve success.Melissa graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Communication Disorders. She believes in educating the entire family so her clients will have continued success long after they leave her care. She believes each child is a blessing from God with gifts and talents. It is her passion to help them discover their gifts and talents and reach their maximum potential. Melissa lives in the Clear Lake area with her husband, Chad, and their 8 children.

ANGELINA FARELLA, M.D.

ANGELINA FARELLA, M.D.

MEMBER AT LARGE

Formerly with the Academy's Advisory Board, Angelina Farella is the newest member of our Board of Directors.

Head of School
Brenda May, M.ED

Brenda A. May is our full time Head of School. Mrs. May has a Master's Degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in Educational Mid-Management. She continued her education and holds not only a principals certificate, but a superintendent's certificate, as well. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from The University of Arkansas at Monticello. Mrs. May has taught grades 2-12 in public and private schools, been an Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Intervention Specialist, and Dual Credit Coordinator. Mrs. May just completed her 42nd year in education. She has been happily married to Larry for 45 years. She has a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Shelly, and two beautiful grandchildren, Malia and Mitch. Mrs. May truly feels and believes that God lead her to Momentum Academy and can't wait to work, teach and inspire the students to be the best.

Math Classroom Teacher
Barbara Chason

Mrs. Chason graduated from Graceland University with a B. A. in Mathematics and attended Texas State University to complete courses for Texas Teaching Certificate. Her teaching career has spanned more than 35 years, teaching grades 7th through Algebra 2 PAP. Mrs. Chason's last 8 years were spent working as a Math Instructional Specialist. She estimates that she has taught about 3,600 students! Mrs. Chason is married to her best friend, Tony and enjoys volunteering at her church's campgrounds in Bandera. She has had many volunteer roles there from directing youth camps, to working as a counselor and to serving on the Board of Directors.

Science and Social Studies Classroom Teacher
Thomas Lambert, M.ED Copy

Mr. Lambert is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Geography and the University of Houston with a Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction. He has a Lifetime Texas teacher's certfication and has taught over 25 years at several schools within CCISD and HISD. Mr. Lambert is known for being patient, easy to approach, and firm in his beliefs. Outside of school, Mr. Lambert is a dive master, holds a Merchant Marine license, enjoys woodworking and is quick to lend a hand. Tom has grown children and one grandchild. He lives in Clear Lake with his wife, Helen.

Social Skills
Melissa Hodges, MA, CCC-SLP
Language Arts and Vocational Education
Shae Spears, M.ED
Bible, Chapel and P.E.
Trista Crow
Art
Shay Ballew
American Sign Language
Juliey Riley

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