Head of School

louise dyer
Louise Dyer - Head Of School
Mrs. Dyer believes that all children are unique and should be afforded the freedom to flourish at the proper moments for each individual student. She has an extensive background in education in the public, private, and collegiate settings. Mrs. Dyer founded Oak Forest Montessori School in Longview and Oak Hill Montessori School in Tyler and is excited to be able to continue as a leader in Montessori education as The Leadership Academy Head of School. She holds a Master's Degree in Supervision from Lamar University and  a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics from Stephen F. Austin University as well as numerous age-specific certifications from Baylor University, Lamar University, the American Montessori Society, and the North American Montessori Center ranging from birth to 6th grade.
Elli Lind - Assistant Head Of School
Welcome to The Leadership Academy!My name is Elli Lind and I am the Assistant Head of School at The Leadership Academy.I was born and raised in Würzburg, Germany, where I met my husband who was stationed in the area with the US Army at the time. We have been traveling the world together and lived in different places on several military assignments until we decided to retire in Tyler, Texas – my husband’s last duty station. Originally studying linguistics, I am fluent in German, English, Spanish and French. I am currently completing my degree in education and leadership studies. My hobbies include photography, reading, traveling, dancing, and baking. I have been with our school since 2013. Specifically looking for Montessori education for my firstborn when initially arriving in Tyler, I was thrilled to find Oak Hill Montessori School. I started out as a parent when my daughter enrolled as a Primary student. In 2014, I began working at the school as a guide. When Oak Hill Montessori School merged with Cumberland Academy and became The Leadership Academy in 2017, I began my administrative career as the school’s office manager and am excited to now be taking on the role of Assistant Head of School continuing to serve and help wherever needed. I have two children – Karla and Gabriel – who both attend the charter school at The Leadership Academy. Dr. Montessori’s philosophy has become a way of life for me and my family. Respectful interaction, continuous character building, as well as fostering a curious mind and loving heart are all important aspects which promote a passion for lifelong learning, connection and growth. Dr. Montessori’s approach helps our children develop into independent, self-motivated, responsible adults preparing them to become our future leaders. I am proud to be part of this process as I get to guide as well as learn from our staff, students and TLA families every day on this spectacular journey.