District Evaluation Team
Amy Durham, District Lead Educational Diagnostician
Greetings! My name is Amy Durham and I am the Educational Diagnostician for Life High School, Life Middle School, and Mountain Creek Elementary. I am a mother to a very inquisitive and talkative little girl named Adyson Grace. I graduated in 2004 with my Bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University. In 2012, I obtained a Master's degree in Educational Administration from LeTourneau University, and in 2014 I completed the Educational Diagnostician's program at Dallas Baptist University. I joined Life School in February of 2015 and I've loved every minute! Prior to joining Life, I spent 7 years as a special education teacher working primarily with self-contained students with autism. I truly believe special education is my calling. I love working for the students of Life School and I look forward to a fabulous, fun-filled school year!
Christina Henderson, Educational Diagnostician
My name is Christina Henderson and I am an Educational Diagnostician. Prior to becoming a diagnostician, I worked in various areas of Special Education such as Life Skills, Pull-out Programs, Resource, and Inclusion. I received my Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of Texas A & M Commerce. When I am not evaluating and writing reports, I enjoy traveling the world and getting the opportunity to experience the world’s vast cultures and all they have to offer. I am grateful to be a part of the Life School family and I look forward to working together.
Tanya Lollar, Educational Diagnostician
Hello! My name is Tanya Lollar. I am the Diagnostician for Red Oak Elementary, Oak Cliff Elementary, and Lancaster. I have been married to my husband for 23 years and we have two girls, Brittany and Jordan. I was Blessed to start my teaching journey as a Special Education Resource teacher at Life School Lancaster (go BEARS!) in 2008. I completed my master's in Special Education at UNT and went on to West Texas A & M to complete my diagnostician certification. This will be my 8th year with Life School and I am so thankful for the many opportunities I have been given to grow professionally as well as the great relationships that I have formed with staff, parents and of course the students! I'm looking forward to another great year of building relationships and watching our students grow.
Hello, my name is Karmin Thomas. I earned both my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Texas A & M Commerce. I earned my Leadership Certification through The McNeil Foundation Leadership Cohort. I have been a Special Educator since 1996 working in many different roles including Life Skills, Resource, and Inclusion. I have held the position of Educational Diagnostician since 2007. I am officially a "Lifer" and look forward to my many years serving Life School!!
April Taylor, Specialist in School Psychology - Intern
Hi, my name is April Taylor and I am the Specialist in School Psychology-Intern at Life School. I am originally from Denver, Colorado and have resided in Texas since 2014. I was a special education teacher for several years before deciding to pursue my degree/career in School Psychology. I'm elated to be a part of the Life School family!
Mishon Arbuckle, Speech-Language Pathologist
Hello, my name is Mishon Arbuckle and I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my undergraduate and master's degree from Southern University and my doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. I am happily married and we have two wonderful children. My hobbies include reading and cooking. I am extremely excited to be a part of Life School and I look forward to an outstanding school year!
Tiffany Garner, Speech-Language Pathologist
Hello! My name is Tiffany Garner and I one of the Speech-Language Pathologist for and Life School. I am a native of Mississippi and attended the University of Southern Mississippi where I received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science and master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I began my speech-pathology career in the skilled nursing setting servicing the geriatric population in language, cognition, and dysphagia, for which I am VitalStim certified. After three years in the skilled nursing setting, my love for working with children led me to transition into the school setting. My passion for my students’ success is evident in my connection with my students and their parents. In my spare time, I love to sing and am a very inquisitive foodie who loves to cook.
Andria Guten, Speech-Language Pathologist
Hello, my name is Andria Guten! I have been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2012. I love animals, especially dogs, medical science and appreciate all forms of art. In my leisure time I enjoy interior decorating, traveling and comparison shopping. As a Speech Pathologist, I strive in excellence in education and strive to make sure that my students are the best communicators they can be.
Chelsea Hall, Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
My name is Chelsea Hall. I am a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant for Life School. I am a mother to a very sweet and energetic little boy, Chase. My little brother, who was diagnosed with high function autism, was my inspiration to pursue a career in Special Education, particularly speech. I graduated in May of 2015 from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I became part of the Life School family in December of 2015. I love everything about the speech field and know that it is my true passion. I am so excited to embark in another adventurous year at Life School!
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