Families of the Month

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There are seven of us in the Kouri family. Jason, Keri, Joshua (17), Matthew (16), Shawn (13), Joseph (11), and Sammy (7). We moved here five years ago this June from the San Diego area. We knew we wanted a better long-term environment where we could raise our five boys, and have more opportunities for Jason to practice medicine and develop our growing companies.

As a family we enjoy spending time together outdoors, parks, recreation, and time with friends and our church family. All of the boys enjoy airsofting with their friends and each other. We also make it a priority to have family dinners, and Sunday afternoon lunches together. The older the boys get, the busier our lives become with school, jobs, businesses, and friends. We focus on life discussions, goals, dreams, and how the boys want to live long-term as well as long-term family goals. You can imagine at times the loud craziness that accompanies six males in the household, with all the different schedules and personalities. We love to get away from busy life for an annual trip to Jellystone Park. Or a yearly trip...

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We are the Etheridge Family and we have three children; Austin (11), Reagan (9), and Fontaine (5). We are an international family! Jim was born in Spain and I, Kay, was born in Thailand. We met in Thailand and have been married for 13 years. Jim is self-employed as an Intellectual Property lawyer. I work part-time as a legal assistant and a math tutor.

After starting a family, Jim wanted to move back to his beloved Texas. We left California to come back to Texas eight years ago. Having a young family, our main goal was to move to a better place with a top notch school district. That is why we ended up in Southlake. However, once our children reached school age, we were disappointed and frustrated with the education plan of the public school. The main goal of the district in primary school was to bring all students up to an average level. In the lower grade levels, not much was done for students already near the top of their class. We worked with SAGT and other parent groups, but after four years, we decided we needed a new plan.

We knew that finding a better school...

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We are the Galeghers. Sean is a police officer for the City of Fort Worth, and I (Marilyn) am an administrative assistant for Education in Action. I also volunteer as the Parent Liaison for North Texas Leadership Academy (NTLA). Liam, Jackson, and Maggie are all students at NTLA. Liam is in 4th grade, Jackson is in 2nd grade, and Maggie is in the PreKindergarten class.

I grew up in the Fort Worth area, and Sean is from the Houston area. We met at the University of Texas in Austin, lived in the Houston area for two years, moved to Maryland just after we got married, where Liam and Jackson were born, and then came back to Texas after seven years in Maryland. (Raising kids away from family is hard, y’all!) Before we had kids, we were very active in triathlon and Cyclocross racing. We have continued our love of the outdoors through running (especially on the trails!), hiking, and camping. We love to visit Colorado in the summertime, and we LOVE watching baseball! Liam enjoys playing baseball, swimming, acting, Pokemon, and reading; Jackson loves Star Wars, playing soccer and...

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We have three children. Phoebe our eldest is 5 years old and enrolled in Ms. Kelt's kindergarten class at NTLA. She enjoys reading, writing, art, cooking, soccer, swimming, ballet, and music among other things! She also loves playing with her siblings, is a great role model and gives the sweetest hugs. Little sister Soleil is 3 years old and attends class one day per week at the Fort Worth Science Museum. She loves puzzles and builds at least two or three per day. Our youngest, Lachlan is 1 ½ and into airplanes, hiding puzzle pieces, throwing objects and dressing up with his sisters. He also loves dogs.

Michael is employed as a software developer and system administrator at Sabre Inc in Southlake. He originally obtained a degree in zoology specializing in ornithology at the University of Florida. Before software development, he worked in Florida rehabilitating wildlife and then as a state park ranger. Soon after Michael and Sarah met, he wooed her with his bird watching and song identifying skills. If you ever have the opportunity, ask him to demonstrate his Pied Piper-like...

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We are the Tei Family. My husband Nana is an engineer at Lockheed Martin. I, Kami, am a business consultant at Southwest Airlines. We are transplants to North Texas who have lived in the area for 11 years. We are parents to Kumi who is four years old and in the pre-K4 class at North Texas Leadership Academy (NTLA). Kumi is a sweet and funny little boy who enjoys playing with his cars, doing puzzles and dancing.

Kumi started attending NTLA as a three year old in the pre-K3 class. When looking for care, we wanted Kumi in a program that provided small class sizes, a structured class schedule, and a strong learning environment. We found this at NTLA. We love the small class sizes and individual time he is able to spend with his teachers. In his two years here, we have seen improvements in his writing and growth in his math ability. Through the foundation set at NTLA, he started reading this past summer and is steadily advancing those skills throughout this school year.

I also love the community the school has created. Most of the children in the school know each other....

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We are the Young family. Our fearless leader is Greg, who runs Russell Industries in Fort Worth. He loves hunting, fishing, and being involved in Blast and Cast Ministries. My name is Kaylynn, and I practice medicine part-time as a Physician Assistant at North Hills Family Medicine. I enjoy reading, doing crossfit, and watching my kids do all their many activities. We have two children, Caleb who is 10 years old, and Lexie who is 7 years old. Caleb loves playing soccer, the guitar, and building or inventing most any project. Lexie enjoys playing soccer, football, and playing with shopkins. Both children are avid readers as well.

Our son Caleb started Kindergarten at a local public school where it was quickly apparent that he was ahead of most of the students within his class. He wasn’t growing as we knew he should and was bored with school. By first grade we were searching for a more appropriate learning environment for Caleb and found North Texas Leadership Academy online. The description of its project based learning, individual lesson plans, and small teacher to student...

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