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Kelly Finnerud, music


I earned my music education degree in 2001 from SFA, and I spent a few years teaching middle and high school band before staying home with our young children. Now our four kids are growing quickly, and I'm loving teaching elementary students. I've been at the SFA Charter School since 2010 as a parent, then as an educator. I enjoy teaching the students to read and write music while giving them a safe place to explore and create.

Russ Havard, art


I earned my master’s degree in art in 1997 from SFA and spent a number of years as a professional artist. I began teaching in elementary and college in 2010 and have really enjoyed the artistic adventures of children and adults. I joined the SFA Charter School in 2020 and have enjoyed seeing and sharing the art students create.

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Cori Crittenden


I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and majored in marketing. I began my second career of teaching in 2015 with 3-year-olds. I gained my EC-6 alternative certification in 2016, and I taught prekindergarten at Nacogdoches ISD for two years. This will be my third year in kindergarten at the SFA Charter School. I have two daughters, Bridget, who is an SFA Charter School student, and Kellen, an SFA Charter School graduate.

Imelda Garcia


I worked with prekindergarten and kindergarten students as a teacher assistant at Nacogdoches ISD for 15 years. I joined the SFA Charter School family in August 2016. Working in kindergarten is a gratifying experience, and the academic and personal growth the students acquire throughout the year is amazing. I am looking forward to another successful year.

Keaton McKinney

Shakeitha Hyde

My name is Shakeitha Hyde, and I joined the SFA Charter School in 2019. I have worked with children of all ages for more than 25 years. I'm married and have two wonderful sons. During my spare time, I love to do family activities and arts and crafts.

Vanessa Macias



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Physical Address:
Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center
2428 Raguet St.

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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962