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Trusted Educators

Experienced People Who Care About the Development of Your Child

Castle Creek Christian Academy is founded by experienced Christian educators who understand education, curriculum, teamwork, and administration. Most importantly, they’ve built a center that reflects the type of environment that they would want for their own children. Castle Creek and the children within are blessed to have a phenominal group of teachers who are proven to lead a team to much success. 


Kelly Braugh    Academy Director

With twenty years of Early Childcare experience, Kelly has found this job field to be the most rewarding.  She has a passion for children, and has adopted two of her own.  This love for children, in addition to her background, education, and degree in Accounting, provide the ideal components for her role as Director.  Kelly has five beautiful children, and claims many more within these four walls.  Her past times include running in the outdoors, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.  "Castle Creek is a wonderful opportunity to reach the children in the community with the love of God, and a chance to change lives.  I am blessed to be a part of it!  Thank you for this chance to build a relationship with your child, and with you!" -  Kelly

Tammy Fitzgerald    Assistant Director

Tammy has 32 years of experience in the Early Childcare field.  Along with her administrative experience, Tammy carries most of her experience working directly in the classroom.  She has worked with all ages, including newborns through 5th grade.  She has also worked with special needs children in many capacities.  She enjoys living in Flower Mound with her husband Ryan. Her daughter attends Castle Creek in the afterschool program.  She enjoys cooking, reading, music, and time with family and friends. 

Zoe Conrad    Assistant Teacher - Infants

Zoe has over seven years of experience in childcare as well as child play therapy and 0-12 month milestones.  Zoe believes that every experience a child has is a teachable moment.  She enjoys soccer, yoga, and singing.  

Tracy Gunther    Lead Teacher - Young Preschool

Tracy came to work at Castle Creek when they opened 9 years ago.  Tracy attended Leary Technical where she earned her CDA in Child development.  Tracy has been working in child care for 20 years, and absolutely loves it!

Wendy Nelson    Assistant Teacher - Young Preschool

Wendy has over 16 years experience working with children from infants to after schoolers.  Her favorite age group is older three and four year olds.  She has a passion for teaching and she feels blessed to join the CCCA team.  For the past 3 years she was a preschool teacher/nanny to 2 little girls where she had the opportunity to encourage, teach, and nurture them to prepare them for school.  Being able to teach is one of the best blessings in the world!  It is so much fun to be a part of childrens path of learning and watch them light up with enthusiasm.  My husband Chad and I have 2 fur babies Peanut and Butter.  We enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to church, doing crafts and watching football.  Teacher's Moto: "Always do your best and be the change you want to see in the World".  What a wonderful blessing it is to be here! Looking forward to meeting you all.

Valarie Walker    Lead Teacher - Preschool 1

Valarie is originally from North Carolina.  She moved to Texas in 1999.  She has 23 years of experience in early child care.  She loves teaching children and always looks forward to seeing the progress they make throughout the year.  Valarie feels that encouragement and praise are very important during the informative years.  She loves spending time with her husband and two sons.  She enjoys church, camping, reading and shopping, especially the flea market and craft shows.  Valarie feels blessed to be a part of the Castle Creek family.

Amber Smith    Assistant Teacher - Preschool 1

Amber comes to Castle Creek with over 6 years of experience in childcare.  Amber started as an assistant teacher and found her life calling caring for and teaching children.  She has always wanted to help others and her community and found childcare to be a perfect fit.  She is the oldest in her family being 27, she has a younger sister.  Her hobbies include gardening, making art, and enjoying books.

Karen Holland    Lead Teacher - PreSchool 2

Karen and her husband recently moved to Texas from Indiana and have three children, one grown son and two daughters in college.  She also has two fur babies.  She has worked in the elementary education field for over ten years.  She loves working with children and finds it a privilege to assist in the beginning steps of a child's academic, social and spiritual life.  She believes that parents and teachers communicating is a key to a child's success in life.  

Shea Culbreth    Assistant Teacher - Preschool 2

Heather Boothe    Lead Teacher - Junior Kindergarten 2

Heather is originally from Kansas where she attended Olathe North High School. Her passion for working with children was instilled in her since a young age. She has worked extensively in early child care for over 27 years through nannying, in-home daycares, homeschooling for 10 years, teaching Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) ages 4-16 for 6 years, and Children’s Ministries for over 10 years. Raising her three grown children has freed her time to pour out her love of teaching by helping children grow and learn in ways that best express their personalities and development. 


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Alliris Rivera    Substitute Teacher

Alliris "Allie" graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Visual Art Studies, a minor in Art History and a Masters' in Business Administration.  Allie completed her clinical teaching in LISD including Donald Elementary.  Allie believes that CCCA creates a safe place for both staff and students which promotes a great learning environment.

Mireya Medrano    Head of School Food Service

Marta "Mireya" is originally from Guatemala.  She speaks fluent English, and of course Spanish.  She has four sons and five grandchildren who she loves spending time with!  She has worked in the cooking industry for 20 years, all primarily in childcare.  Mireya loves children and has a servant's heart!  She has worked with several of her coworkers for upwards of 15 years.  She enjoys attending church and doing crafts. 

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