Our Valuable Team Members

Rosie Montgomery, Ph.D.
Rosie is a licensed clinical psychologist with an extensive background in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Montgomery completed her doctorate at the University of Houston followed by a one year internship at the Olin E. Teague Veteran’s Center and a one year Child Psychology Fellowship at Baylor Scott and White. Dr. Montgomery has more than 20 years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders and learning differences helping them to develop strategies to navigate the social and academic world.
Vicki Slye – Principal
Mrs. Slye graduated from UMHB with a degree in Elementary Education for grades pre-K through 8th with specialty areas of English, Kindergarten, and Early Childhood-Handicapped certifications. She received a degree from Southwest Texas State University with a Mid-Management Administrator certification as well as a Special Education Supervisor certification for grades pre-K through 12. She joined the TAMRA team in January of 2018 after being retired from Academy ISD for 4 years where she served as the Elementary Principal for 17 years and taught kindergarten for 17 years prior to that.
Debra Caldwell
Mrs. Caldwell graduated from UMHB with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English & Masters in Mid-Management. She taught many years in Bartlett ISD before retiring from public school. She joined the TAMRA team in 2018 to teach secondary English/language arts and history.
Heather Linzy
Heather Linzy worked in the public-school system for seven years. While there, she worked in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), Special Education Resource, Functional Academics and Title 1 Math. We are excited to have Heather on the TAMRA Learning Academy team!
Sheri Braun
Sheri Braun, now in her second year at TAMRA Learning Academy, teaches the middle group. Sheri graduated from UMHB with a Bachelor of Science in Education, a minor in physical education, and a kindergarten and early childhood endorsement. She brings more than 33 years of education experience including 10 years of junior high school coaching experience. After retiring from Academy ISD in 2014, Sheri thought she was finished with her career aspirations and in her words, “God brought me to TAMRA and I feel so blessed to be working here.”

She has been married to her husband, Tommy, for 36 years and they have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys working in her garden and yard, caring for her many animals, singing in the Praise Band at her church and of course, being with her family.

Sheri shares, “I am looking forward to working with your child with not only school subjects but also about the love God has for them as well. Thank you for entrusting your child with us.”

Jenice May
Jenice May is graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor of Science degree for Elementary Education. She is from Academy, Texas where she has taught EC-4th at Academy Elementary. She is now in her second year with TAMRA and is very excited about the opportunity to teach with the TAMRA team. Jenice says, “My goal is to motivate and use effective time management skills to enable students to feel safe and confident in their learning while attending TAMRA.”

Jenice and her husband are proud parents to their two sons and are newly grandparents to a precious granddaughter. Outside of TAMRA, her family runs an auto repair business. When not working, Jenice enjoys caring for her home, reading and loves horses!

Myriam Lawson
Mrs. Lawson is “Texan by choice” (married to a Texas Aggie whoop!) was born and raised in Argentina where she lived until she got married and moved to Haiti as a missionary and wife in the year 2000. She attended a bilingual school growing up. She grew up in church and served in many capacities, but teaching has always been her passion. She attended seminary and received a degree in Pastoral Theology and later went back for a degree in Art/Crafts Education with an emphasis in Project-Based Learning. During her first year in Haiti, she helped with a school where she taught high school world history. She then took a sabbatical from teaching to take care of her children, Ruth and John, when they were young! The last few years in Haiti she taught English to college students. She also worked in a preschool there for several children involved in the ministries in Haiti. It was a trilingual school (English, French and Spanish), parent taught and a very unique experience. In 2009 she moved to Texas, and her husband, Mike, joined Hope for the Hungry as the missions director. She worked in Belton as a substitute teacher, then as a pre-K paraprofessional. The 4 years prior to joining the TAMRA family, she worked in Special Education.
Brett Brunell
Bret Brunell is a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering while being a scholarship athlete for the Boilermakers’ football team. He later received a teaching certificate through UMHB and has taught school for the past 24 years. Bret is certified to teach science for grades 8 through 12 and most of his teaching experience is centered in Chemistry and Physics. His wife of 29 years, Becky, is a pharmacist at the temple VA Hospital. His son, Benjamin, is currently attending medical school after completing a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. His daughter, Bethany, earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Texas State University and is employed in Austin.

Bret retired from teaching in 2018 but felt compelled to join the TAMRA team. When not at work, he enjoys working on cars, fishing and most importantly, keeping his wife happy!

Kim Bates
Mrs. Bates earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College, a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at The University of Alabama, and a Master of Music Education degree from Samford University. She began piano lessons at age eight and is currently learning ukulele, guitar, and cello.

Mrs. Bates has taught music in a variety of settings, including Rhodes College Music Academy and public and private schools. She has taught beginner to advanced levels of piano, beginning guitar, elementary, middle and high school choir, and music appreciation. Throughout her years of teaching students of all ages, including adults, Mrs. Bates has been committed to designing instruction that builds on the unique abilities and strengths of each student. She is excited to be part of the TAMRA team.