Meet Our Staff

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Owner, Director

Marsha Wesley

Marsha is the owner of Reading Friends Keller and knows firsthand how important it is for children to develop a strong foundation and love for learning at a young age. After her two youngest children attended preschool at Reading Friends in Fort Worth, she and her husband, Lyn, were amazed at how well prepared their children were academically and developmentally. Marsha was so impressed with the program that she jumped at the opportunity to open her own Reading Friends location when the owner, Nancy Spencer, decided to franchise her business. She opened the doors to her first Reading Friends in 2002 in Colleyville, and opened the Keller location in 2008. Marsha graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Marketing and spent most of her career in yellow page sales and publishing. She and Lyn have been married over 25 years and have four children, three children-in-law, and seven grandchildren. 

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K1 Kindergarten Teacher

Dyslexia Services

Laurie Briggs, CALT

Laurie works as both the K1 Kindergarten teacher and with individual clients for Dyslexia Services after school hours. Laurie joined the Reading Friends family in 2008, after teaching 5th and 6th grades at White Settlement ISD and teaching 2nd grade for 9 years in Fort Worth ISD. She was a mentor teacher, a member of several curriculum development teams, a presenter at the district wide teacher inservice days, and presented on management and implementation of student learning centers in the classroom at the Texas State Teachers Association Annual Conference. Laurie has her Master of Arts in Teaching Multisensory Education from DBU. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNT and holds a Lifetime Texas Teaching Certificate in Reading and Self-Contained. Laurie is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist, and has completed therapy-level training of the Shelton Academic Reading Approach at the Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas. Laurie and Mark have 2 children. 

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Pre-K Language Teacher

Marcy Wetsel

Marcy joined the Reading Friends family in 2015, after retiring from 30 years in the public education system. She worked both as a teacher and in administration, eventually finishing her career as an Assistant Principal at the Elementary school level. Marcy has certifications in Special Education and as a Reading Specialist. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton and a Bachelor of Science in Education from UNT. Marcy and Gary have 3 children who are all married and two grandchildren, Zeke and Georgia.

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Mackensie Chaffin, CALT

Director

Dyslexia Services

As Marsha’s middle daughter, Mackensie has been part of the Reading Friends family since its beginning, but returned to work in 2017 after her family moved back to Texas. Mackensie serves multiple roles at Reading Friends. She works in the office during the school day and works with individual clients for Dyslexia Services after school hours.  Mackensie is a Certified Academic Language Therapist with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Child Development from TCU. She worked at Reading Friends during her time at TCU and then at the Read Write Center in Oklahoma City, where she taught dyslexic students to read. She tutors a limited number of students after school hours. Mackensie and her husband, Spencer, live in Grapevine with their children, Lawrence and Annabelle.

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Shanna Blair

K1 Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Shanna started the 2020 school year as the K1 Kindergarten assistant teacher after teaching Pre-K Math and Gross Motor. Shanna rejoined the Reading Friends family in 2017 when she and her husband moved back to Texas. She had previously worked at the school for eight years before her move, both as a substitute and full time teacher. Shanna has a 16 year background in early childhood education and 13 years of experience as a legal assistant. She attended Lamar University. Shanna and her husband have four adult children.

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Melissa Butler

Pre-K Art and Discovery Teacher

Melissa teaches Pre-K Art and Discovery. Melissa joined the Reading Friends family in 2012, after working at Fidelity for 10 years. She has a BBA in Finance from UTA. Melissa has a love for art, finding random animals, and instilling a love for the natural world with the students. Melissa and Blake have two children, three dogs, and a fish. 

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Kim Owens

Pre-K Math and Gross Motor Teacher

Kim teaches our Pre-K Math and Gross Motor. She first joined Reading Friends several years back as a substitute teacher. When a position opened on our Pre-K team in 2020, she was ready for the opportunity to join our staff full-time. Kim is known to tend to any scrapes, bumps, bruises, or wiggly teeth here at school. Kim and her husband have two daughters (both of whom frequently volunteer at our summer camps) and a son. Kim is a proud military wife, but is happy to have set down roots here in Keller after her husband's career with the U.S. Navy.

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Yayi Polanco

Primary Math/Art Teacher

Primary 5-day Teacher

Yayi teaches Math and Art Primary students. Yayi joined the Reading Friends family in 2008 after teaching in KISD and BET home groups. She also co-directed at Spanish School House for a year. Yayi has a BA in Elementary Education with certificates in Spanish and early childhood education. She is one of eight children in her family. Yayi and her husband have been married for 25 years and have five children. She loves spending time with her family and friends enjoys the outdoors, going to the gym, listening to music, and sewing for fun.

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Adriana Cesta-Tapia

Developmental Teacher

Office/Pre-K Aide

After visiting several preschools and day cares in the Keller and Southlake area for their kids, Adriana and her husband decided that the best option was Reading Friends of Keller. Adriana joined the Reading Friends Family in 2014 when a position opened up, and she jumped at the opportunity to work here. Adriana has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from a prestigious university in Mexico. In 2002, she and her husband, Pablo, moved to the United States to pursue new opportunities. She obtained a Master's degree in Administration from the University of Philadelphia in 2006. Adriana and her husband have a son and a daughter. She loves spending time with her family and participating in her children’s activities.

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Natalie Sartell

Developmental Teacher

Natalie is a Developmental teacher in the older 2's class with Ms. Carrie. As Marsha's oldest daughter, she has been a part of the Reading Friends family in different capacities over the years. She is happy to be here to teach and love on the students again. Natalie, and her husband Ryan, live in Keller with their two children, Ben and Emma.

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Carrie Wood

Primary Language Teacher

Developmental Teacher

Carrie teaches our Primary language class and is also a Developmental teacher. Carrie joined the Reading Friends family in 2003. She has an Associate’s degree and a long background in Child Development for preschool-aged children. She has been teaching at Reading Friends for many years and shows great love for all the children she teaches. Carrie enjoys cooking, gardening, and sewing when she is not teaching. Carrie and Tim have 3 adult children — 2 boys and 1 girl. She can’t wait to have grandchildren!

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Ashley Harris

Primary Gross Motor Teacher

Ashley joined the Reading Friends family as a substitute teacher after her children started attending Reading Friends in Keller. She worked as the aide in our private Kindergarten class for two years and has rejoined the Reading Friends staff to teach Primary Gross Motor. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Education from TCU with a focus on Special Education and a minor in Psychology. She has received her Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and worked in a public Montessori school in FWISD for ten years. She has also worked as a substitute teacher in Carroll ISD since 2016 and has extensive experience in play therapy with autistic children. Ashley and her husband, Todd, live in Southlake with their children Ella, Caroline, and Knox.

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Lisa Grandberry

Developmental Teacher

K1 Kindergarten Aide

Lisa works with the Developmental students for part of the week and as an aide to the K1 Kindergarten classes for the other days. As Marsha's daughter, Lisa joined the Reading Friends family initially to teach summer camps and started working full-time in the fall of 2017 after moving back to Texas. Lisa attended UNT pursuing an Education degree before having her first child and is currently enrolled in classes to complete her degree. She worked in early childhood education for 5 years, as an Elementary and Middle School aide for 2 years, and as a Librarian for 2 years. She and her family moved to many different states with the Army, but she has returned to Texas with her children: Michael, Kerrigan, and Jonathan.