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Damian Patton, M.Ed.
Director & Jean W. Roach Chair of Laboratory Schools
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Angela Rangel
Academic Program Specialist | KinderFrogs
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LaJean Sturman
Academic Program Specialist | Starpoint School & KinderFrogs
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First Steps Classroom

Libby Middleton, M.Ed.Libby Middleton

Hello! My name is Libby Middleton, and I am honored to be the lead teacher in the toddler classroom at KinderFrogs. I love what a warm and inviting environment this school offers to both families and the university. It is a place where learning occurs on every level, and individuals work together seamlessly to provide high-quality instruction.

I have been teaching at KinderFrogs since 2008, and taught in public schools for four years before starting here. I graduated in 2003 from Texas A&M with my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and in 2011 with my Master’s degree from TCU (Go Frogs!). My husband, Brandon, and I live in Fort Worth with our two girls. We love being a part of the TCU community, and more importantly, the KinderFrogs family. As a teacher, I cherish all the teachable moments that occur throughout our days. I love watching my little friends learn, grow and exceed even the highest expectations.

Pre-K Classroom

Kaitlin Kountz, M.Ed.Kaitlin Kountz

I am thrilled to be the lead teacher in the Pre-K class at KinderFrogs. I have served in a variety of roles here, including volunteer and KinderFrogs Associate, and I feel like this is where I am meant to be. I know what a truly special place this school is, and what an encouraging environment it provides for all its students and families.

I taught in public schools for two years prior to coming to KinderFrogs, in self-contained classes and co-taught, inclusive Pre-K settings. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and in 2014 with my Master’s degree from TCU. My husband Zach and I live in Mansfield with our two dogs. We are both excited to be part of the KinderFrogs family.


Courtney Heigel, M.Ed.Courtney Heigel

Hi! My name is Courtney Heigel, and I could not be more grateful to be the lead teacher in the L.E.A.P. classroom here at KinderFrogs. I have dreamed of working here since the first day I walked through the door and am so happy to be part of the KinderFrogs family! It is a great honor to be a part of each of my friends’ journeys at KinderFrogs, to help them learn, and to watch as they grow and develop.

I officially began teaching here in 2019 after serving as an inclusive kindergarten teacher in a local public school for four years. However, I feel like this is truly my home away from home. I first stepped foot in the doors as a volunteer during high school and instantly fell in love with the students and the school! I knew from a very early age that I wanted to pursue a career in special education because of my cousin, Jenny, who has Down syndrome. I graduated from TCU with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. During my time at TCU, I spent every minute I could here at KinderFrogs. I am so happy to be back! My fiancé, Jackson, and I actually met here at KinderFrogs as well! Needless to say, KinderFrogs holds a very special place in my heart for so many reasons. I am so thrilled to continue to build memories with each new student and family who walks through the door!  

Lab School Adapted Physical Education

Amy Talbert

Teacher Assistants

Meghan Hodges
Catherine Finder
Lorraine Evans
Vicki Oram
Nan Prodonovich
Maritza Gloria


Teacher Supported Aides

Daniel Blackwell

Nick Hamilton

Jenny Stone

Rayna Unger

Music Educator

Jennifer A. DeSantis, M.M.  - TCU School of Music

Speech & Oral Motor Therapies

Lynita Yarbrough (Speech/Oral Motor Therapist – Miller Speech & Hearing)
Monday through Thursday for individual and group therapy

Occupational Therapy

Saori Matthews
Horizon Rehab

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Physical Therapy

Kathy Manthuruthil (Cook Children’s Hospital)
Every Thursday