Mike Landers, Principal
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Eighteen years ago, an accounting executive decided to leave the business world and venture into the exciting field of education! After several years serving as a Children’s Pastor and Director of Childhood Education, as well as teaching elementary and middle school students (where he taught his two favorite subjects – math and science!), Mike Landers found his way to Carroll ISD. Mike has served as an administrator at Johnson Elementary School during the past seven years, and now has the honor of serving the Walnut Grove community as Principal.
Although born in California, Mr. Landers has spent his entire life in the Hurst, Texas area. A graduate of L.D. Bell High School, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of North Texas and Master’s Degree at the University of Texas in Arlington. Mr. Landers also spends time as a workshop presenter where he trains teachers on topics such as Continuous Improvement Strategies, 21st Century Educational Leadership, Multiple Intelligence Styles, Cooperative Grouping Strategies, Brain-Based Learning Applications, and Team Building Leadership Skills. He has been a past speaker for the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics and the Council for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching.
In 2003, Mr. Landers was recognized as an Elementary Teacher of the Year, as well as nominated for the Disney All-American Teacher in 2004 and Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Mr. Landers enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering at his church, and traveling with his wife, Shelli (also an educator at the Fort Worth Museum School!). They are extremely proud parents of two grown children: Lauren, who is currently a graduate of TWU and pursuing her nursing degree at TCU, and Matthew, who is an educator and high school football coach in Lubbock (plus Matt’s wife Cara, their newest daughter, who serves Lubbock County as an Assistant District Attorney).
“I am honored to be a part of the Walnut Grove team! Please call on me anytime, and share with me how I can serve you and make your experience at WGES a memorable one!”
Allison Fike, Assistant Principal
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It is with great pleasure and excitement that I serve Walnut Grove Elementary as Assistant Principal!
This school year will be my 24th year as an educator. Over the course of my career I have appreciated the fact that making a difference in students’ learning takes exceptional leaders at all levels in a school district. I started my education career solely focused on supporting the students in my Kindergarten classroom, and then became inspired to use my teaching experience to support struggling readers and coach teachers on my campus as the Literacy Specialist. It was a natural evolution in my career to take it a step further and focus on how I could support the district as a whole, as Carroll ISD’s Response to Intervention Specialist for 3 years.
This is my fifth year as an Assistant Principal at the Grove, where I can support students, teachers and families first hand. I strive to be a servant leader that inspires, motivates, and provides focus to the details of educating our students.
On a personal note, I have a house full of Dragons! My husband is Jon Fike, the principal at Old Union Elementary. We have three little Dragons- a Junior, 8thth grader and Second grader! We are very active in the community and might possibly run into you at one of our children’s soccer games, baseball games or tailgating before a Dragon football game.
Ashraf Mobh, Assistant Principal
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Ashraf Mobh has eighteen years of experience in education. She began her educational career as a Fourth Grade Teacher in Duncanville ISD. After ten years with Duncanville ISD, she moved to Highland Park ISD where she was again a Fourth Grade Teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University Texas at Arlington and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.
Ms. Mobh’s leadership experiences and professional memberships include:
- Fourth Grade Teacher, Highland Park ISD (8 years)
- Fourth Grade Teacher, Duncanville ISD (10 years)
- 2020 Unsung Hero District Award – Highland Park ISD
- 2014 Teacher of the Year – Highland Park ISD
- 2014 Park Cities Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year
- Fourth Grade Team Leader, Duncanville ISD & Highland Park ISD
- National Thinking Maps Conference Facilitator
- Diversity Trainer – Highland Park ISD
Dana Gamache, Counselor
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My name is Dana Gamache. I am the school counselor and thrilled to support our students, teachers, and parents in any way possible. I take great pride in knowing the students. They will often ask me, “How do you know so many names?” This is my eighteenth year in education. I started my counseling career at Durham Elementary fifteen years ago.
I recently got married and my name changed from Fangue to Gamache. I tell the kids I will happily answer to either name. I live in Southlake with my husband, Dave. My oldest daughter attends Carroll Middle School while my youngest two attend Walnut Grove Elementary.
Jolie Allen, Principal Secretary
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My name is Jolie Allen and I have been at Walnut Grove Elementary since 2014. My family and I moved to the area in 1991 and we love it. We have four sons who have graduated from Carroll: Blake ’08, Drew ’10 and Brent ’12, and Craig in ‘16. I attended BYU where I met my husband and we have sent our 4 sons to school there. We love cheering on the Dragons on Friday nights and especially enjoy the Dragon Band and Jazz Band. I also have a deep and abiding love for the Dallas Mavericks.
Cheryl Bischof, Campus Secretary & Registrar
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I’m Cheryl Bischof and I have worked for the district since 2006 and I have B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Arlington. My family and I have lived in Southlake for over 17 years now. We have a son at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. I am an avid fan of the Harry Potter series and Nebraska Football. GO BIG RED!
It’s always a joy to see the little faces both here at school and out in the community, so be sure and say “Hi!”
My name is Stefanie McCarty Mahan and I am excited to be a part of Walnut Grove! I come from Keller ISD where I spent 2 years as a substitute teacher and 4 years as an office assistant on an elementary campus in their district. I love people, I love to serve, and I’m looking forward to the relationships and the friendships that will be formed here at The Grove! I have 3 daughters, two of which are in middle school and one who is in elementary. I am a cheer mom, a soccer mom, a dance mom and a band mom! I am newly married to the love of my life. We got married and then 1 month in we were locked up together due to the Corona-virus pandemic. What better way to get acquainted with your new husband?!! We are very active members of our church in Keller, TX where my husband serves on the worship team as a guitar player and I love to volunteer as much as I can with the kiddos, specifically the students ministry. In my spare time I love to travel, I love to eat, I enjoy cooking, and I love a good pair of running shoes. Andy’s frozen custard is my weakness & I love to be in the summer sun! (You will often find me holding a cup of coffee in hand!) Looking forward to meeting you!