Where Are They Now - Volume XVII

We proudly recognize the achievements of our alumni as they accomplish wonderful things around the globe. Within each issue of Results!, you'll find a list of graduates who have made a difference in their communities and beyond. If you would like to be featured, please send us an e-mail.


Ella Burkhalter
Van Alstyne, TX
'15 M.Ed., Secondary Education

Burkhalter was recently named Teacher of the Year for Van Alstyne ISD, where she teaches biology. She also implemented a new botany club, which included the construction of a modern greenhouse. She hopes to inspire a love of science and learning in all her students.


Peggy Brandt Brown
Arlington, TX
'76 M.Ed., '05 Ph.D., Higher Education

Brown won the 2015-16 North Lake College Excellence in Teaching (Adjunct) Award. She has been a faculty member at North Lake’s Irving campus since 2005. When she began work on her Ph.D. in 2000, she was a graduate fellow and teaching assistant, working for the College of Education, the psychology department and student affairs office. 

Jon Jay Lester
Abilene, TX
'07 M.Ed., Educational Administration

Lester was promoted to executive director of fine arts for Abilene ISD after serving as director of fine arts for the past four years. He previously held a similar position at Victoria ISD for four years. He also was elected secretary for the Texas Music Administrators Conference and passed a postgraduate course at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

Janie M. Grimes
Denton, TX
'70 M.Ed., '93 M.Ed., Counseling

Grimes retired from counseling at North Central Texas College last March. She is now sole proprietor of Janie Grimes, Counselor, in Denton. Her counseling experience includes serving as director of family violence services at Denton County Friends of the Family and as a counselor for TRIO, a program for first-generation college students. She is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor.