NTLA Staff

Jennifer Pasteur, Executive Director

Jennifer Pasteur earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University. She went on to teach in Texas public schools for seven years and earned a Master of Education with a major in Educational Administration, also from Texas State University. Her desire to influence and motivate students to become active participants in their communities led her to found Education in Action, a non-profit organization that provides hands-on learning, travel experiences for Texas students through summer camps and field trips. She has served as Education in Action’s Executive Director since the organization was founded in 2001. In 2011, she expanded on the unique learning experiences offered during Education in Action’s programs by creating yet another educational opportunity, the North Texas Leadership Academy private school. In August 2012, the North Texas Leadership Academy opened its doors to provide bright and gifted students with a Project Based Learning education where learning is applied and relevant. The school’s educational model, which incorporates leadership and service-learning, fulfills Jennifer’s passion, to encourage students to excel and become lifelong learners and leaders.

Sara Schroeder Gashi, Administrative Dean, Fine Arts Educator, Science Educator

Sara Gashi graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Texas Lutheran University. She also holds a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining NLTA, Sara taught in public schools for eight years and was a private instructor for seven years. Sara has worked with Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. She is currently the Alumni Coordinator for the Lone Star Leadership Academy. Sara has taught students of all ages and enjoys watching them learn and develop skills they need in life. Sara hopes to instill a love of learning in her students and believes they learn best through real life experiences. In her spare time, Sara enjoys time with her husband, Adam, and their dogs Lola, Milo, and George Washington. She also enjoys attending cultural and fine arts events, and cooking.

Azucena Bryan, Spanish Language Educator

Azucena Bryan earned her Bachelor of Science in Leadership from CBS in Houston. She taught and trained leaders at the Blossom Institute for several years and went on to teach Spanish within Carroll, Northwest, and Colleyville ISDs. She is currently working on a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Ms. Bryan loves learning and inspires her students with her passion for education and the course material. She strives to empower her students to take ownership of their own learning and to advance and succeed on their own road to becoming great people who impact their world.

Erica Clark, Math and Social Studies Educator

Erica Clark graduated from Texas A & M Commerce with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has 11 years of experience in teaching kindergarten through fourth grade. Erica loves to see her students learn through hands on activities and wants to make learning fun. In her spare time she likes to read, bike, spend time with her son, and swim.

Diane Kelt, Early Childhood Educator, Reading/ELA Educator

Diane Kelt holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Radford University and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has 21 years of full time teaching experience. Prior to working at NTLA, she held lead teaching positions at Oak Hill Academy and Hill School of Fort Worth. During that time, she taught children who were at many different academic and behavior levels, including dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, as well as gifted and talented. In addition, to the continuing education hours she receives each year in her current teaching position, she has MSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Certification. This training focused on how to teach fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension using the Orton-Gillingham philosophy of multi-sensory, sequential, direct reading instruction.

Diane enjoys using her creativity, as well as the joy she finds in teaching, to make learning come alive for her students. She is committed to encouraging her students on the path of becoming lifelong learners. Diane's greatest treasures are her three sons, Jacob, Joshua, and Jonah. She enjoys scrapbooking, World War II history, and has added swing dance lessons to her bucket list.

Rhonda Richardson, Fine Arts Educator

Rhonda Richardson graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in English/Language Arts and Speech Communication. She taught for 17 years in public school in Coppell, Gorman, May, and Mullin ISD. Rhonda is also the Programs Director for the Lone Star Leadership Academy with Education in Action. She has been with Education in Action for 14 years. Rhonda enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending theatre productions.