Families of the Month


We are the Tabony family, and our daughter Madison joined the larger NTLA family in the fall of 2017 at the Kindergarten grade level. Michael grew up in New Orleans, graduated from LSU, and is a Sales Market Manager for Whirlpool Corporation. He absolutely loves watching LSU and Saints football, movies, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family. My name is Brooke, and I was raised in Nebraska, graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2003, then spent over two years studying Spanish and teaching English in Spain and returned to the USA to start my sales career and Professional MBA at Texas Christian University. I am a Key Account National Sales Manager for Whirlpool Corporation. Our oldest daughter, Morgan, is eight years old, and she is an extremely creative little girl that loves art, theater, singing, playing club soccer, gymnastics and spending time with her friends and family. Madison enjoys dance class, piano lessons, basketball, pretending with her baby dolls, reading and playing with her friends.

The Project Based curriculum at NTLA has allowed...


We are the Olmos family. Jacob Olmos is four years old and joined NTLA in the fall of 2017. Jacob enjoys playing with cars and dinosaurs and reading books. He has really blossomed at NTLA. He enjoys his time at school and has developed so many new skills. Jacob enjoys garden club and recess with his classmates. Jacob is a great big brother to James! James is 19 months old and he loves to run and play catch and be silly with his brother.

My name is Bianka, I am a Pediatric Hospitalist; a pediatrician who cares for children when they are ill and admitted to the hospital. In my free time I enjoy time with family, craft time with my boys, and family movie nights. I have a special interest in writing and hope to write a children's book one day. My husband Vicente is automotive technician. The last few years he has enjoyed staying home with Jacob and James, however he does plan to return to his career after James has grown a little older. In his free time he enjoys working on cars, fixing and rebuilding engines, and has an interest in sports cars and racing. As a family we enjoy...

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We are the Holston Family. I am Jennifer, married to Christian (Chris) and mother of Amberle (7) and Alexander (4). I am originally from Massachusetts and Chris hails from Kansas. We’ve lived in Texas for almost eight years. The kiddos are Texas natives.

Amberle started at NTLA in Pre-K and is now in 2nd grade. The school has nurtured her love for learning and she is a loyal fan. When Amberle is not at school she enjoys riding her bike, playing the piano, dancing and researching butterflies. Someday she wants to be an artist or a “butterfly scientist on the moon.”

Alexander is in Pre-K at NTLA. He thinks Ms. Scott has the “coolest” toys in her classroom. He loves to spend his days building block cities and Hot Wheels roads. He also enjoys riding his tricycle to the doughnut shop, picking flowers for mommy, and reading stories. Someday he wants to be an “experienced construction worker” so he can build a “spaceship house” for his family and friends.

Christian spends his days solving problems, attending meetings, and doing homework. He recently started the...

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We are a small but unique family of three: William (dad), Lorena (mom) and Walter aka WallyBoy (seven-year-old son). Our family has been enriched by the many cultures, languages, and traditions from our families of origin. I was born and raised in Mexico and grew up speaking Spanish and English. William was born in Detroit. His parents are second generation American-Ukrainian (from his dad's side) and American-Maltese (from his mom's side). So growing up, he was around grandparents who mostly spoke their native languages, Ukrainian and Maltese. He also learned German while in high school. Currently we speak English and Spanish at home.

We met in Mexico. After we got married Michigan was our home for 13 years. I knew I wanted to move south to be closer to my family in Mexico; fortunately William's job made it possible and we moved to Texas in fall 2013. Between moving and finding a new house, we also had a few challenges as Walter had been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Children with sensory processing issues can be oversensitive to sights, sounds,...

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We - the parents - grew up in Brazil and moved to the US in 1995, when we were in our mid-twenties. Our children are Joshua (8) and Karina (5).

Having experienced different schools and various types of educational methodologies in Brazil, we decided to give NTLA a try, especially when feedback received from parents of other NTLA students was very positive.

Joshua joined NTLA as a first grader and immediately loved the school. He enjoyed all his regularly scheduled classes and had a blast with the after school programs. He experienced different art techniques, learned guitar basics, and started playing chess, cooking, and running. The great variety of activities was a blessing and he was never bored.

When school ended, he missed the activities and his friends and couldn’t wait to return. Second grade was great and he was very excited to get back to school. He just started third grade and still loves everything about NTLA. He enjoys the classes, the trips to the library, and the field trips. He enjoys telling us all about his day when he comes back home and we...

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Our family moved to Fort Worth from Pennsylvania in 2016. All of our children attended Project Based Learning schools and programs in the North and we felt strongly about continuing their education in a similar program here in Texas. We were excited to find that the education programs at North Texas Leadership Academy were Project Based.

Besides the Project Based Learning curriculum, NTLA provides monthly field trips to area museums for continued learning, morning leadership classes, daily Spanish classes, and programs in the Arts including fine art, music, and theater. After her first visit, Gina was excited to attend. She talked non-stop about her day there and once again looked forward to school. The fact the school works with her unique learning style and allowed her to move forward in her studies at her own pace is why we encourage families to look into the programs at NTLA.

The school’s program also embraces service projects and has encouraged our Gina to become actively involved in her community. We watched our shy and sometimes introvert child blossom into a...

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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...


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...


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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