LWLC Instructors

Our instructors offer great energy and enthusiasm and bring a rich variety of experience:


JessicaCaglesmallJessica Cagle

Jessica is a certified math teacher in the state of Texas for grades 8-12 and a graduate of  Texas Tech University with a BA in mathematics. After teaching for several years, Jessica decided to stay home with her two young daughters and became a private tutor. Jessica has experience working with students from 8 to 19 years old and teaching 2nd grade math through calculus. Her greatest area of interest is Algebra. She believes all students can do math, and she believes they should have fun and enjoy doing it. She hates when people say they hate math or can’t do it, and her goal is to get them to think the opposite. Above all else, she believes a person needs confidence to succeed at the task at hand.


Maitri_headshotMaitri Smithhisler

Maitri has taught and sponsored three different delegations of GEMUN students over the past few years. She believes GEMUN is one the most expansive, interactive and creative critical thinking educational models of the “real” world. It teaches kids how to relate beyond their own realities to embrace a global understanding while problem solving real life issues.

Maitri is also a mom to a wonderful thirteen-year old boy as well as a certified yoga teacher, RYT 500. She has been teaching to diverse populations for over 20 years. She strongly believes that the techniques of yoga and meditation are essential “hygiene” for our nervous systems, especially for our children in this stress-filled world. She has homeschooled her son for four years.


donna-vail-fall2015-cropIMG_5687Donna Vail

A mother and entrepreneur; Donna brings her open, inspiring and down-to-earth style to empower her clients to activating their genius. Through her public speaking and private coaching practice, Donna guides her clients helping them discover their life’s purpose. Her programs are designed to help people live life authentically, find their voice and live the life they were destined to lead. Donna helps people find the cornerstone of their unique life establishing a firm foundation from which to set the building blocks for the person they truly want to become, paving a way for a lifestyle of learning and personal achievement.

Donna’s been home educating her six children for 20 years while also balancing leading women’s groups, teaching community classes. Founder of An Inspired Education and the Inner Circle, producer of the More for Mom Life Mastery Academy and continues to lead, support and teach clients from around the world. Donna lives with her family in Plano, Texas.


suzanne1Suzanne Carey Yaffe has been a teacher of many kinds for almost thirty years.  As a schoolteacher in both independent and public charter schools, she has been a middle and high school English and history teacher, an elementary Montessori classroom teacher, an ESL teacher to international students, and an academic tutor for middle and high school students.  Along the way, her passion for yoga, meditation and healing has led her to teach yoga to adults and children, as well as mindfulness and meditation to high schoolers.  A longtime lover of music and drama, she began teaching a musical theater camp to children ages 5-10 two summers ago.




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