TOPS CONTACT GUIDE
Kristina Davis (Family Advisor)
Kate Vela (6th A-R)
Caudia Canales (6th S-Z, 7th A-G)
Laura Wintemute (7th H-S)
Ashley McKenzie (7th T-Z, 8th A-H)
Joshua Williams (8th I-Z)
Lindsey Aguiniga (9th A-T)
Allie Landry(9th U-Z; 10th A-R)
Julie Ivonye (10th S-Z, 11th A-O)
Breanna Condon (Family; 11th P-Z)
Becca Aydelott (12th)
Joann Wardlow (A-Ci)
Norma Rain (CL-GON, AP Coordinator)
Jan Richburg (GOO-LOT)
Gena Powell (LOV-Ni, Dual Credit Coordinator)
Robyn Best (NU-SHA)
Beverly Wyly (SHE-Z)
Academic Calendar 2020-21
Mr. Smith, Head of School
Mr. Smith is a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida (BA, English) and Fort Hays State University in Fort Hays, Kansas (MLS, Literary Arts; Ed.S, Educational Leadership). In addition, Mr. Smith holds post-graduate certificates in Educational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and in Principal Preparation from Lamar University. Formerly, Mr. Smith was Visiting Professor of English at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. As an educational leader, Mr. Smith has owned and operated his own after-school learning program, served as Principal and Assistant Principal on various campuses, and has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum writer. His hobbies include golf, basketball, reading, and anything involving espresso. He lives in the Houston area with his wife and children.
Mrs. Laechelin, High School Principal
Mrs. Laechelin graduated from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. She earned her Master of Education degree from Texas State University. Mrs. Laechelin has been honored to teach science courses ranging from AP Physics all the way down to 6th grade science, and everything in between. In 2016, Mrs. Laechelin joined the K12 family as a Southern Region Instructional Coach where she supported schools across the nation on improving instruction and student learning. 2019 was the best year for Mrs. Laechelin as she joined the TOPS family as High School Assistant Principal. She is currently the High School Principal. She and her husband live in south Texas with their four boys, dogs, cattle, cows, horses, donkeys, chickens, peacocks, and more. Mrs. Laechelin has a love for education and supporting each student to reach his/her potential. When not working, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Mrs. Frost, Middle School Principal
Crystal graduated from Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Diversity and Education. In 2010, she earned her Master of Arts teaching in from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is currently enrolled in Lamar University’s Principal Certification Program. Crystal has taught grades K-8 in Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas. Her experience in the K12 family includes 5 years of 8th grade ELA-first at TXVA and then at TOPS. Most recently she was 8th grade ELA and Lead Teacher at TOPS Middle School.
Mrs. Watt, Elementary School Principal
Mrs. Watt graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and religion. She completed her master’s in educational leadership with Lamar University in 2011. Mrs. Watt began her educational career at a private school in Fort Worth where she had the opportunity to teach students in PK through 12th grade and eventually served as elementary principal. In 2013, Mrs. Watt joined the K12 team as a high school English teacher and later became the ELA department chair. Mrs. Watt became the TOPS elementary school principal in September of 2017. She and her husband, Michael, live in a small town in west Texas with their four boys, two pet prairie dogs, and pet coati. Mrs. Watt enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles, binge watching Netflix, cooking, and dreaming on Pinterest.