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Our Team

Chris McDavid
Academy Director

Chris McDavid has nearly a decade of experience in education and holds certifications in Early Childhood through Sixth Grade Education, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. He also has a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in Business and Master of Science in Educational Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Chris’ career began as a substitute teacher in 2009 and includes four years of teaching a Social Development class in Clear Creek Independent School District. As a Social Development teacher, he taught all subject areas in grades ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, served as a mentor to first-year teachers, and sponsored extracurricular activities on campus. Chris was awarded Teacher of the Year at John F. Ward Elementary for the 2014-15 school year. Since finding a home with Grand Oak Academy, he has had opportunity to not only lead the campus through the initial accreditation process, but to serve as an accreditation Review Team member with AdvancED.

Lissette Espinoza

Lissette Espinoza is an experienced teacher from Houston, TX. She holds a teaching certification in Early Childhood through 6th grade education and a Special Education certification in Early Childhood through 12th grade. Lissette started her career as a substitute teacher in 2012. She has four years teaching experience in a Life Skills class in Pasadena Independent School District. As a teacher, she taught all subject areas, facilitated social inclusion clubs at her campus, and was awarded First Year Teacher of the Year in 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from The University of the Incarnate Word. Lissette is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Special education and BCBA certification at Sam Houston State University.

Tyler Liberatore

Tyler Liberatore, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, is a graduate from Schriener University with a Bachelor of Science in Bio Chemistry. He then went on to achieve a Masters in Special Education/ABA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Tyler is now in his third year with Behavior TLC and Grand Oak Academy and will soon be sitting for his BCBA examination. He gained a year’s experience as a Registered Behavior Technician before moving into his current role as a teacher. Prior to being with Grand Oak Academy, Tyler spent 7 years as a private caregiver for an adult with special needs. While working toward his Bachelor degree, Tyler spent summers working as a counselor at Camp C.A.M.P. in Comfort, Texas, a camp for children and adults with severe disabilities. Although Tyler is beginning his second year in a traditional classroom, he has had many years of teaching and coaching children through his varied experiences. Tyler has also recently had the opportunity to serve as an accreditation Review Team member with AdvancED.