Our Staff

Marsha Wesley

Owner/Director

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 six grandchildren. 

Mackensie Chaffin, LDP, CALT, CDT

Assistant Director

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 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 through her company, Let's Read, after school hours. Mackensie and her husband, Spencer, live in Grapevine with their son, Lawrence.

Rebecca Wesley

Office Assistant

Marsha's youngest daughter, Rebecca, has been part of the Reading Friends family since its beginning. She has worked professionally at Reading Friends since 2010. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Journalism from TCU. She will be working behind the scenes for Reading Friends with accounting and other work while she lives in Waco to pursue a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law.

Laurie Briggs, CALT

K1 Kindergarten

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 will finish her Master of Arts in Teaching Multisensory Education from DBU in August 2017. 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. 

Ashley Harris

K1 Kindergarten Aide

Ashley joined the Reading Friends family as a substitute teacher after her children started attending Reading Friends in Keller. She has worked as the aide in our private Kindergarten class since 2018. 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.

Marcy Wetsel
Shanna Blair

Pre-K Language

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 one grandson, Zeke. 

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. 

Melissa Butler

Pre-K Discovery and Art

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. 

Carrie Wood

Primary Language / 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!

Yayi Polanco

Primary Math and Art / 5-day Primary

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. Yayi enjoys the outdoors, going to the gym, listening to music, and sewing for fun.

Michelle Dillard

Primary Gross Motor / Developmental Teacher

Michelle joined the Reading Friends family in 2010 after working as an ultrasound technician for 17 years. She is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technicians, and has a Registered Vascular Technician Certification. Michelle has a gift working with our youngest children in the building, our “baby two’s.” Every child that goes through her class shares a bond with “Ms. Chelle” that is unparalleled. She is an extremely gifted teacher with incredible patience and kindness. Michelle is married to Tony, and they have two children — Seth and Abby. 

Adriana Cesta-Tapia

Developmental Teacher

After visiting several preschools and day cares in the Keller and Southlake area for their kids, Ms. Adriana and her husband decided that the best option was Reading Friends of Keller. Ms. Adriana joined the Reading Friends Family in 2014 when a position opened up in our Developmental class, and she jumped at the opportunity to work here. She enjoys teaching and loving our youngest kids in the building. Ms. 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.

Lisa Grandberry

Developmental Aide

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. 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 are an Army family, so she has lived in many different states with her children: Michael, Kerrigan, and Jonathan. 

Ceci McNeff

Developmental Aide

Ceci joined the Reading Friends family, first as a substitute teacher, after her two youngest children started attending the school, and then full-time in 2017. She is continuing her education to receive a Bachelor's degree from UNT. Ceci is active in her church through leading a small group for Intermediate age children and helping lead a summer program for the past two summers. She has been married to her husband, Beau, since 2005 and they have five children - three girls, one boy, and another boy due December 2019. 

Valentina Polanco

Developmental Aide

Valentina joined the Reading Friends family part time in 2018 after graduating high school. Valentina is pursuing an Education degree at TCC and plans to work in early childhood education. As one of Ms. Yayi's daughters, she has worked many summers at Reading Friends over the years. She has also babysat  since 2012, so she brings a lot of individualized experience working with children of all ages. 

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