Meet Our Teachers

Serena Ashcroft

Executive Director | Founder

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Welcome to MAKE Greatness Academy! I am the mother of three children including 2 daughters in high school and a son in college, majoring in electrical engineering. My husband, children and I moved to McKinney 9 years ago, from California by the grace of God. We are proud to call Texas home and to be part of a community that values faith, family and education. I have been blessed to serve in many capacities including PTO President, substitute teacher, Texas history teacher, and have had fun directing children’s choirs and talent shows. I have been a licensed Realtor of 20 years and currently sing in the Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. Music is essential to a child’s education!

We started MAKE Greatness Academy to support parents and provide a classical educational option in the community that focuses on academics, fine arts with an emphasis on God and country. Our goal is to inspire children to realize their full potential, by instilling confidence and providing opportunities for growth and a desire to learn, serve God and others.

Sandra Muhitch


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EDUCATION: Master of Arts in Teaching December 2018
Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX
Certification: Life Science 7-12 August 21, 2018
Science Composite July 13, 2019
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Date of Graduation: May 2001
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2016 – 2016 Field Experiences – McKinney ISD; Cockrill Middle School, Grade 7
2018 – 2018 Field Experiences – McKinney Boyd High School, Grade 9

  • Assisted with student learning via feedback and re-teaching
  • Worked with students who were struggling with taking notes and completing class work
  • Reinforced classroom management plan
  • 2020-2021 High School Biology Teacher and Coach- Frisco High School, Grades 9th & 10th<
  • 2019-2020 High School Aquatics & Environmental Teacher and Coach- Frisco High School, Grades 11th & 12th
  • Coached Freshman Volleyball and Track
  • Taught Aquatic and Environmental Systems without a planning team
  • Taught last quarter online during COVID-19

2014 – 2015 Volunteer Reading ~ Lawson Preschool Read to the special education students once a week

  • Provided alternative materials and manipulatives


1996 – 1998 US Navy

  • Construction Equipment Operator

2002 – 2007 Virginia Beach, VA Police Officer

  • Street Patrol Officer, made arrests, prosecuted misdemeanor court cases and was an Auto Squad Detective

2014 – 2016 IT Technician

  • Helped clients fix computer malfunctions remotely


  • 2016 – 2018 Association of Texas Professional Educators, Student Member
Lisa Shepherd

Lisa Shepherd

K/1st Art

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I am so excited to be a part of a hybrid experience as a K/1 and art teacher.

As a public school teacher I spent thirty years teaching grades K-2; including two 1/2 combination classes and one K/1 combination. During my last few years in the school system, I focused on broadening my skills for project-based and process-based learning, individual goal setting and growth mindset, as well as problem solving and engineering. I also worked with The San Diego Department of Education in creating teacher course work for an Inclusion Certificate.

During my career I was recognized with the site Teacher of the Year Award in 1998 and 2016, the district Teacher of the Year Award in 1998, and the Lynette Robinson Inclusion Teacher of the Year in 2001.

Currently, I am a remote tutor for California students K-9 in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Many of them are from families I have known for years. I feel lucky to still be a part of their learning, supporting them and helping them to be more successful as they learn through the changes education has encountered because of COVID.

I am also excited to be the art teacher. For the past twenty years I have taught private art and academic camps during the summer. I love joining the two, making learning hands on, more visual, and definitely more engaging. Most recently, I hosted a Drop in and Draw time at the McKinney Farmers Market.

A little about my education: I graduated from UC Boulder with a Fine Arts degree, and both Art Education and Elementary Certifications. Later, I received my Bclad certification for bilingual education and a Masters in Special Education from the University Of San Diego, specializing in Effective Instruction.

For me, the best part of teaching is the learners. I love connecting with my students and finding ways to keep them curious and engaged. I am so happy to be a part of this team in both positions. I look forward to both the thinking and the creating.

Kirby Wilbur

Kirby Wilbur

US History

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Kirby was born in Washington DC and moved to Seattle at the age of 8. He attended the University of Washington and majored in History, graduating in 1981.

He got involved in politics in high school, and doorbelled for Richard Nixon for president and Republican statewide candidates during the 1968 campaign.

He worked for the King County Assessor’s office during and after college. He founded his own appraisal company, Liberty Consultants, in 1985, and left that in 1995 to go to work for radio station 570 KVI, the first all-conservative talk station in the country, where he was the morning drive show host until late 2009.

He then served as state director of Americans for Prosperity and in 2011, was elected Chairman of the Washington State Republican party. He was re-elected in 2013 but left shortly thereafter to become Executive
Director of the National Journalism Center, a project of Young America’s Foundation. He returned to KVI in late 2015, where he remained as a talk show host until January 2021, when he retired and moved to Texas.

He has served in various leadership positions including state Young Republican chairman 1979-81, Washington State Republican Party chair 2011-2013, seven-time delegate to the Republican National Convention, and serving on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, Young America’s Foundation, Citizens United and the Washington Arms Collectors.

He also taught history and American government and economics, to high school students in several home school coops between 1999 and 2020. He considers this work the most important and meaningful he’s done, to educate young Americans on the greatness of our country, the truth of our history, and why we should appreciate and love her.

He met his wife Trina while they both worked as volunteers on the 1980 Reagan campaign. He has never forgotten that he married up. They have two sons, Nathan and Adam, who have both moved to Texas. He enjoys reading a good history book, an occasional cigar, his friends and
recreational shooting ( his favorite caliber is .45 ). His family are members of Our Saviors Lutheran church in McKinney.

Keshlea Grant

Keshlea Grant


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I am a mom to 4 beautiful children. I have 3 boys and a girl. I have been married for 20 years. We moved to Prosper four years ago from the Houston area. I have been a Pre-K and kindergarten teacher for private schools in the past. Most recently I worked for Prosper ISD first as a substitute teacher for two years, then as a Pre- K aide for a Blended pre- K classroom. I am looking forward to working with your children this year!

Patrick Rushing

Patrick Rushing

Math & Science

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My name is Patrick Rushing and I’m excited about teaching math/science this year with 5th/6th graders. I was born and raised in Irving, TX and graduated from the University of North Texas. I went back to Irving and taught 3rd grade for 3 years. That school is also where I met my wife, Melissa. We have now lived in McKinney for 18 years and we have two boys Eli and Aiden. I continued to teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in McKinney ISD when we moved to McKinney. In total I taught for 17 years in the Texas Public School System. When I stopped teaching I began selling residential and commercial real estate, which I have been doing for over 6 years now. I’m looking forward to plugging into this new teaching community.
Cyndi Darland

Cindy Darland

Biology & Science

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Cyndi Darland graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, PE, Biology, and Associate in Music and Foreign language. She started teaching in 1979 in Trent Texas. From there, Cyndi taught at Abilene Lincoln Jr High and Cooper HS. She then moved to Plano and taught Biology and Physical Science at Plano SR. High. She taught and coached at Allen HS and got Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year and District Coach of the Year when taking her Soccer Team to State 2 years in a row. She retired from Princeton HS after teaching Astronomy. She is now a School Board Trustee for Princeton ISD. She also currently teaches private piano, voice and swimming. Her passion is sharing the love of Christ through teaching and coaching others.

Lisa Ohrn

Lisa Ohrn

Creative Writing / English

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Lisa Ohrn is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English. While studying at BYU, she performed in the acapella group Noteworthy. She later earned her master’s degree in teaching from Grand Canyon University. She is the mother of three teenagers and a cute cocker spaniel. Lisa and her husband moved to Texas eight years ago having previously lived in Southern California. Lisa began her teaching career in Utah where she taught all levels of high school English at Lone Peak High School. Lisa also coached cross country, and she coached the Sterling Scholars. In addition, she worked in southern California teaching high school English and SAT prep. Most recently, Lisa worked for several years at Collin Community College as an associate professor teaching developmental English. Lisa has been very involved in the community working as a youth minister, directing church choirs and volunteering in many organizations. An avid researcher, Lisa loves doing genealogy and learning about her Italian heritage. Lisa is thrilled for the opportunity to work with the students at the academy and looks forward to a wonderful year.

Sonja Farrell

Sonja Farrell


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My name is Sonja Farrell, and I am very excited to be a teacher at M.A.K.E Greatness Academy. I received my BA in Elementary Education from The College of Saint Catherine in Minnesota.

I have a passion for working with children in all areas of development, and creating a community of learners in a positive, and fun environment.

I am a mother of four wonderful children and Grandmother of two. I have been married for 30 years. I enjoy travel, reading and spending time with my family.

I look forward to working together with parents, in their child’s journey through education.

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Jina Kim

Children & Youth Chorus Conductor

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Mrs. Kim is an educator, performer, and a choral conductor.

She has taught piano, voice and directed numerous local youth choruses and church choirs in California.

Now, residing in Plano, Texas, she is excited to teach and make music with Christie students!

With the background of masters in music, her philosophy is to build community and bring awareness to the beauty of arts through music.

Jina Kim, born in South Korea, is also married with two children and the family loves to travel, explore new things and be adventurous.