Hear what our amazing teachers have to say.

Maria Pape, 3rd grade assistant

B.A. Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College

Maria Pape, 3rd grade assistant“After working at a private school for awhile, I chose to work at Great Hearts because I was greatly impressed by the order and love of learning I saw in the students. This order was the result of the exceptional training and guidance the teachers had received from their headmasters and fellow teachers. I have felt that the leaders of Great Hearts make extraordinary efforts to train their teachers in the best teaching practices and provide many opportunities for them to re-ignite their love of learning through extra seminars with fellow teachers on exciting topics.”

Tami Perkins, 4th grade lead and dean

B.A. History, University of Texas – Austin

Tami Perkins, 4th grade lead and dean

“I have been watching Great Hearts for several years, waiting for them to come to North Texas. What attracted me was the organization’s commitment to a quality, liberal arts education, steeped in the classics, offered for all, not just the students whose families could afford private education.”

Carter Mogren, 2nd grade

M.A. Elementary Education, University of Phoenix
B.A. Communication, Arizona State University

Teacher_Carter_2-300x206“At Great Hearts I am a student much like the children I teach. Great Hearts continually pours into their staff through weekly enrichment activities, frequent cultural and intellectual special events and individual staff educational funding. Working for this organization enriches my life. It not only makes me a better educator, it makes me a better citizen, friend, mother, and wife.”


Darryl Orletsky, Sciences and Mathematics

PhD in Curriculum & Instruction Mathematics Education, Arizona State University (emphasis in biological mathematics)
M.A. Mathematics Curriculum & Instruction, Arizona State University
B.A. Mathematics, Arizona State University


“My daughters were attending 7th and 8th grade at the first school in the Great Hearts system. Every evening at the dinner table they were discussing some wonderful book or summarizing an incredible class discussion. I felt left out. I felt left behind. I had to be part of what they were experiencing.”