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P.G. and Chelli Morrison, both Paris area natives, each received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas. P.G. also earned a Master of Education degree from Concordia University.  P.G. has 23 years of experience as a teacher and coach, with 22 of those years at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and 1 year at Prairiland ISD.  P.G. also served as the owner/operator of a business franchise for 2 years. Chelli’s work experience has consisted of 25 years in the field of clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry, including 15 years of management experience.  They have a daughter, Lexi, who is currently a college student, and a son, Landry, who is a student at Prairiland High School.  In addition to spending time with their children and other family and friends, they both enjoy reading and sporting events. P.G. also enjoys home audio, and Chelli enjoys writing and serving in various faith-based ministries.     


Pam Christian-ShipmanPast Owner of Success Center for Learning, attended Paris Junior College before entering Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her B.Ed. degree. She then graduated from East Texas State University with a M.Ed. degree in supervision and curriculum. She has taught math, elementary school, middle school gifted/talented and high school reading. She also served as an administrator with the Paris I.S.D. for ten years. She will remain active in the business as a consultant.  Pam has two children-Trase and Mally and is married to Robert Shipman. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and playing Pickleball.


Patty Echols, Center Director at Success Center for Learning, received her B.S. degree in mathematics from Texas A&M-Commerce, and has worked for Success Center since 1999.  She is married to Lance Echols, and they have one son, Dalton.  In her spare time, she volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America throughout the year by leading her son’s Cub Scout den.  Patty enjoys photography, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.


Ruth Lestock received a BA and MA from Valparaiso University and Western Michigan University. In addition to her teaching duties at Success Center, Ruth is the SAT/ACT and College Prep Coordinator. Her teaching experiences include East Texas Literacy Council, Kilgore College, McLennan Community College Adult Education, and Paris Junior College Adult Education. She has two grown children - Emily Ransom and Alex Lestock, and two grandaughters. Hobbies include bird watching, reading, gardening, and walking her dog.


Alva Mason received her B.S. in Mathematics from Texas A & M-Commerce.  She currently teaches at Paris High School in addition to adjunct teaching at Paris Jr. College.  In 2007, Alva was selected as the Region 8 Teacher of the Year.  She enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her family and has a daughter who attends Texas A&M-Commerce.


Ann Kuebler has a B.A. in biology and a minor in chemistry from Texas A&M University, College Station. She previously taught biology at North Lamar High School and was voted NLHS Teacher of the Year 2002. She is married to Kevin Kuebler, and they have two children, William and Caroline. She enjoys volunteering at the Sam Bell Maxey House and is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Paula Welch attended Denison Business College and Paris Junior College.  She plans to become a certified early childhood teacher with a special education certification.  She has been a Special Service Inclusion Assistant at Justiss Elementary School since 1997 and with Success Center since 2009.   In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends.


Amelia Frierson received her B.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Education from Texas A&M University-College Station. She also received her Masters Degree in Psychology with specializations in teaching bilingual and special education as well as Principal's Certification.  She taught 6th grade math for 3 years at Crockett Middle School; PK-5 special education at Aaron Parker Elementary School for 4 years and special education at Spring Shadows Elementary for 2 years.  She and husband Matt Frierson have 3 children:  Sidney, Mazy, and Grant.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. 


Myrna Look is an instructor at Success Center.  She received her B.S. degree in Education from East Texas State University and also has reading and special education certifications.  She taught 4th and 6th grades and spent over 11 years as the reading specialist at Success Center before retiring a few years ago.  She has three grown children and nine grandchildren.  She enjoys painting, reading, and knitting. 


Virginia Pry attended Sam Houston State University and Texas Women's University where she received a BBA in Business Education and math certification.  She has taught math in several school districts including Hearne, Marlin, Frisco, and Bonham.  She has two children and one grandchild.  She loves spending time with her family (especially her grandchild!), backpacking, golf, and hiking.


Wendy Dougherty, In-School Director at Success Center, is a graduate of Paris Junior College, Texas Tech University and East Texas University. She has her B.S. and M.S. degrees. She also has School Counselor Certification. She has taught Algebra, Geometry, Science, and Computer Science. She is married to Mike Dougherty, and they have two children, Beth Ann and Ryan. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys playing the piano, cooking and working on her house.


Karen Baker has an Associates in Arts degree from Carl Albert State College and both a B.S. in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has taught 3-year-olds for the Lamar County Head Start program since 1995. Prior to that, she taught at the Choctaw Nation Head Start program for two years. Currently, Karen is the librarian at Bailey Intermediate School at North Lamar.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading.


Wadonna Cherry received her B.A. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.  After teaching two years in Nacogdoches, she moved to Paris where she has taught in the Paris I.S.D. for the past 15 years.  She is married to Roosevelt Cherry, Jr. and has two sons.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

Yesica Munguia is a Paris High School graduate and attended Paris Jr. College. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M Commerce. Yesica has taught bilingual ELAR and SLAR in 5th and 6th grades and currently is Paris ISD’s Bilingual/ESL Coordinator. In her spare time, Yesica enjoys working out, cycling, reading, watching NetFlix, and spending time with her family. She will be tutoring Spanish at Success Center, instructing reading, and teaching Spanish classes/camps for students
Frankie Jarrell is Success Center's new Office Manager.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University. She has taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at T.G. Givens and Lamar County Head Start and high school Family Consumer Science. Frankie serves on the ATPE board, is a past Region 8 ESC Elementary Teacher of the Year, and past president of Kindergarten Teachers of Texas. She is married to Jerry Jarrell, and they have two sons—Ryan and Bennett. In her spare time, Frankie enjoys crocheting, reading, cooking, collecting Jadeite, and antiquing.

Ryan Skidmore is a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce where he received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees.  He is currently a high school Chemistry (Dual Credit and A&P) and Biology (Dual Credit) teacher for the Chisum ISD where he was also named their Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015.  He is married to Christie Skidmore, and they have 2 children.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, movies, and fitness.





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