The Lake Pointe Academy Team

....are credentialed and highly-qualified professionals experienced in working with children/adolescents living with complex learning differences.

Madalyn Cano, MSSW, LMSW - Founder/President

See Madalyn's story at the bottom of the page!

 

 

Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid. -Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Nelson, All Level SPED LEAD TEACHER/CASE MANAGER Lake Pointe Spartan for 3 years. As a Sunday school leader, God led me to work with children with special needs. Then he gave me my youngest son as a mentor. I have been striving to follow God's leading in this area for 35 years both professionally and with my family.  I go to Jeremiah 29:11 when things get overwhelming. God gives me hope and promises for a future for me, my family and my students. "For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Susan Nelson, All Level SPED

LEAD TEACHER/CASE MANAGER

Lake Pointe Spartan for 3 years.

As a Sunday school leader, God led me to work with children with special needs. Then he gave me my youngest son as a mentor. I have been striving to follow God's leading in this area for 35 years both professionally and with my family.  I go to Jeremiah 29:11 when things get overwhelming. God gives me hope and promises for a future for me, my family and my students.

"For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Paula Prater, MAPC LPRC Director of Community Outreach & Awareness First Year Lake Pointe Spartan I love being here at LPA! It's always exciting and full of life! "Be silly. Be Fun. Be different. Be Wacky! Be you! Because life is too short to be anything but Happy!"  -Unknown      

Paula Prater, MAPC

LPRC Director of Community Outreach & Awareness

First Year Lake Pointe Spartan

I love being here at LPA! It's always exciting and full of life!

"Be silly. Be Fun. Be different. Be Wacky! Be you! Because life is too short to be anything but Happy!"  -Unknown

 

 

 

Terri Hayner Administrative Office Manager First Year Lake Pointe Spartan Terri is here to stay and excited about that...get used to it!  I am thrilled to have joined the administrative team here at Lake Pointe. It is a real privilege to spend the day with such amazing kiddos! "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind"- Bernard M. Baruch

Terri Hayner

Administrative Office Manager

First Year Lake Pointe Spartan

Terri is here to stay and excited about that...get used to it!  I am thrilled to have joined the administrative team here at Lake Pointe. It is a real privilege to spend the day with such amazing kiddos!

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind"- Bernard M. Baruch

Susan Miller, M.S. CCC-SLP Co-Founder / LPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years!   I am a Speech Pathologist with over 34 years of experience. My husband and I have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. I am very passionate about working with children and families, developing social cognitive thinking skills needed for success in life beyond the school setting.   Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"- William Butler Yeats      

Susan Miller, M.S. CCC-SLP

Co-Founder / LPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years!

 

I am a Speech Pathologist with over 34 years of experience. My husband and I have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. I am very passionate about working with children and families, developing social cognitive thinking skills needed for success in life beyond the school setting.

 

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"- William Butler Yeats

 

 

 

Sally Stanfield Teacher: Science/ Social Studies PBL Lake Pointe Spartan for 2 years I am a creative, high energy, art loving, mother of 2.  I am currently a graduate student at Tarleton State University and working towards my Masters in Education. I am so honored to get to work with your amazing children this year in Science and Social Studies! "Tell me I'm clever, tell me I'm kind, tell me I'm talented, tell me I'm cute, tell me I'm sensitive, graceful and wise. Tell me I'm perfect- But tell me the TRUTH." - Shel Silverstein  

Sally Stanfield

Teacher: Science/ Social Studies PBL

Lake Pointe Spartan for 2 years

I am a creative, high energy, art loving, mother of 2.  I am currently a graduate student at Tarleton State University and working towards my Masters in Education. I am so honored to get to work with your amazing children this year in Science and Social Studies!

"Tell me I'm clever, tell me I'm kind, tell me I'm talented, tell me I'm cute, tell me I'm sensitive, graceful and wise. Tell me I'm perfect- But tell me the TRUTH." - Shel Silverstein

 

Mary Coleman Teacher: Math Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years I am a passionate teacher with 15 years of experience. I hold 2 bachelors degrees, one in social work and another in elementary education. In addition to teaching I also worked as a third party facilitator at CPD.  My biggest thrill as a teacher is watching students change their mind about enjoying new subjects like math. It's not as complicated as it appears and I love to see them understand what they thought was impossible.  

Mary Coleman

Teacher: Math

Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years

I am a passionate teacher with 15 years of experience. I hold 2 bachelors degrees, one in social work and another in elementary education. In addition to teaching I also worked as a third party facilitator at CPD.  My biggest thrill as a teacher is watching students change their mind about enjoying new subjects like math. It's not as complicated as it appears and I love to see them understand what they thought was impossible.

 

Ariel Porter  Teacher: Movement and Creative Art Lake Pointe Spartan for 3 years

Ariel Porter 

Teacher: Movement and Creative Art

Lake Pointe Spartan for 3 years

Jeremiah Keith,BS from ASU, Graduate Student PROGRAM THERAPIST - Behavior & Education Jeremiah is currently working on his Masters in Education/Curriculum with a focus on Applied Behavioral Therapy.   First Year Lake Pointe Spartan! I am a graduate student seeking my M. ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Applied Behavioral Analysis with Arizona State University. I have been working as a Registered Behavioral Technician for two years and am working to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. What attracted me to Lake Pointe is how everyone does not see what they do as a "job" but as a passion. Quote: "You only have one life, so don't waste it." -Anonymous

Jeremiah Keith,BS from ASU, Graduate Student

PROGRAM THERAPIST - Behavior & Education

Jeremiah is currently working on his Masters in Education/Curriculum with a focus on Applied Behavioral Therapy.  

First Year Lake Pointe Spartan!

I am a graduate student seeking my M. ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Applied Behavioral Analysis with Arizona State University. I have been working as a Registered Behavioral Technician for two years and am working to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. What attracted me to Lake Pointe is how everyone does not see what they do as a "job" but as a passion.

Quote: "You only have one life, so don't waste it." -Anonymous

Lacinda (Cindy) Buscher Teacher: FOCUS First Year Lake Pointe Spartan   I am a retired special education teacher who missed working with students. I am excited to use my skills and learn new ones while working at Lake Pointe. When I'm not teaching I sing in my church choir, quilt, play with my grandkids, and travel. "You're never to old to try something new"    

Lacinda (Cindy) Buscher

Teacher: FOCUS

First Year Lake Pointe Spartan

 

I am a retired special education teacher who missed working with students. I am excited to use my skills and learn new ones while working at Lake Pointe. When I'm not teaching I sing in my church choir, quilt, play with my grandkids, and travel.

"You're never to old to try something new"

 

 

Molly Dixon, Bachelor Degree in Communication Disorders.

Instructional Support/ Social Skills Teacher

Lake Pointe Spartan for two years

Molly is excited to return to Lake Pointe, after being a summer intern in 2015. 

I am currently working on my certification to become a special education teacher. I enjoy learning from my students, watching them grow and become the best versions of themselves. When I am not at Lake Pointe, I enjoy taking pictures, running, reading, and traveling. 

Quote: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." -A League of Their Own

Becci Shipman Instructional Support: Neuronet Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years

Becci Shipman

Instructional Support: Neuronet

Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years

Alicia Turner, All Level SPED  LEAD TEACHER/CASE MANAGER Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years! I am married and have 4 littles, Isaac 13, Caleb 9, Joel 5 and Lean 2. Not only do I work with students with Autism, I am a member of the Autism mom club. I have13 years of experience thank to my son Isaac. He has taught me so many things about different learners.  I've been in a classroom setting for 10 years and continued to learn daily!!!     "The education of even a small child should not aim at preparing him for school, but for life"- M.Montessori  

Alicia Turner, All Level SPED

 LEAD TEACHER/CASE MANAGER

Lake Pointe Spartan for 4 years!

I am married and have 4 littles, Isaac 13, Caleb 9, Joel 5 and Lean 2. Not only do I work with students with Autism, I am a member of the Autism mom club. I have13 years of experience thank to my son Isaac. He has taught me so many things about different learners.  I've been in a classroom setting for 10 years and continued to learn daily!!!

 

 

"The education of even a small child should not aim at preparing him for school, but for life"- M.Montessori

 

Shaunice Cyrus Social Work Intern I am a senior in the Social Work Department at Tarleton State University.  I am looking forward to working with the students at Lake Pointe this year and I'm excited to see them learn and grow!         If God is for us then who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

Shaunice Cyrus

Social Work Intern

I am a senior in the Social Work Department at Tarleton State University.  I am looking forward to working with the students at Lake Pointe this year and I'm excited to see them learn and grow!

 

 

 

 

If God is for us then who can be against us?"

Romans 8:31

Megan Cook Teacher: ELA First Year Lake Pointe Spartan I recently moved to Granbury with my husband and 2 sons. I am excited to be here at Lake Pointe to share my passion for literacy, language and writing! I hope to integrate language development and enhance communication skills! "I still fall on my face sometime and I can't color inside the lines, 'cause I am perfectly incomplete. I'm still working on my masterpiece" -Jessie J

Megan Cook

Teacher: ELA

First Year Lake Pointe Spartan

I recently moved to Granbury with my husband and 2 sons. I am excited to be here at Lake Pointe to share my passion for literacy, language and writing! I hope to integrate language development and enhance communication skills!

"I still fall on my face sometime and I can't color inside the lines, 'cause I am perfectly incomplete. I'm still working on my masterpiece" -Jessie J

 

 Supplemental/Specialty Consultants: 

Sarah Laing, MS, NMT, Board Certified Music Therapist

BJ McVey, BS, Yoga Instructor

Madalyn Cano, MSSW, LMSW - Founder/President

Madalyn completed her undergraduate in Social Work in 1991 from SWAU, and Master's in Social Work from UTA with an emphasis in Administration and Community Practice in 1997. Madalyn brings a unique perspective as a professional and parent of a child with special learning needs. With 30 years experience serving administrative and clinical roles in neuropsychiatric residential treatment for children and youth, hospital and community based health care and mental health, crisis care programs for children, adolescents, and families including substance abuse intervention, domestic violence, parenting education and infant developmental assessments, involvement in various programs targeting educational and developmental needs of children in the Tarrant County area, and has served on the Board of Directors for Families for Effective Autism Treatment - North Texas.

Madalyn has held the professional licenses and certifications of Licensed Child Care Administrator, Clinical Case Manager, Special Education Advocate, RTS-Grief and Crisis Response, Parent Training Facilitator, as well as numerous hours of continued education in the areas of children's mental health, family and children's services, administration, program development and evaluation, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In addition, has previously served as a student-intern supervisor, and adjunct faculty at the Bachelor's level School of Social Work program at Southwestern Adventist University, in Keene, Tx.

As a parent of a now 19 year old on the Autism Spectrum, Madalyn has dedicated much of the last 17 years to research and further education in the area of neurobehavioral conditions, while accessing a wide variety of services needed for support and advocacy of her own son’s educational and developmental needs. Madalyn and her husband, Steve, also have two adult daughters, and a grandson.

Besides increasing access to therapeutic & educational programs for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar, and other neurologically based social, behavioral and developmental differences, Madalyn's professional goals include creating a climate and environment where students with learning differences can not only benefit from current research in learning based programs, but will spark a paradigm shift from a "disability" view, to one of understanding, embracing and responding to "Neurodiversity" from a strength based and solution focused perspective.

Madalyn strongly believes in the necessity of including parents and outside professionals into the educational process so there is truly a "team" effort towards each student's success in school, home and in the community, with the end goal of preparing students for maximum level of independence. Madalyn conducts individual and group counseling implementing the principles of Cognitive and Dialectical behavioral intervention, and coaching to build self-esteem, strong character and relationship/social skill development towards resilience in overcoming life's set backs. Madalyn practices the belief that all students can thrive when there is a strong sense of "belonging" and "significance" woven into and from their environment and interactions with others.

*Madalyn's foundational philosophies include the cumulative works from Berry Brazelton (Touchpoints), Thomas Armstrong (Neurodiversity), Stanley Greenspan (Floortime), Ross Greene (Collaborative Problem Solving), Mel Levine (All Kinds of Minds), and Howard Glasser (Nurtured Heart Approach). Program practices are based on, but not limited to, the techniques of Carol Kranowitz (Out of Sync Child), Tony Attwood (Asperger's Syndrome), Michelle Garcia Winner (Social Thinking), and Ellen Notenbome (10 Things...), and research from the M.I.N.D institute at UCBerkley.

In addition to academic program development, administrative responsibilities, providing teacher and student support, Madalyn leads the parent support groups for the Resource Center and works to develop external funding supports to keep tuition for families reasonable, while developing community partnerships and networking for program growth. 

Madalyn is the organization's founder and chief program visionary, but attributes the inspiration of Lake Pointe to God's blessings in her own life and the desire to "give back" or "pay it forward". Madalyn is a non-paid contributor, donating all of her time.

As we grow, we will be adding to our TEAM...

If you are interested in learning more about joining our Team, we invite your inquiry through our "contact us" page or by phone. 

  • We are interested in individuals who are degreed, certified and professionally licensed, as well as experienced implementing evidence  based programs of instruction for children with learning disabilities and behavioral differences. 
  • You must posses a high degree of integrity, passion for making a difference, and willingness to be part of a dynamic team of professionals experienced in working with children and families, you may be a great candidate to join us as we grow.  
  • In addition, we screen, train and develop strong relationships with students enrolled in college level education programs, and professional level volunteers.  
  • Our priority is providing a safe and therapeutically sound social and educational experience that leads to student's progress, as well as developmental & emotional growth that leads towards life success.  

 

We look forward to getting acquainted with well qualified and highly committed individuals!

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