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Meet the Team

Mindi and Jeff McClure

Your School Owner-Operators

Mindi and Jeff McClure are the Owner-Operators of Celebree School of Dallas Arts District. Both Mindi and Jeff have had long careers in financial services and real estate investment banking industries, and they are looking forward to using the operational and management skills they have developed to serve the families who live and work in the Dallas community. Mindi and Jeff both come from a long line of schoolteachers and are honored to have the opportunity to build an education-based community of children and families in vibrant downtown Dallas. Having two daughters in college and high school, Mindi and Jeff have a great appreciation for the central role that high quality education and care plays in the lives of young families, and they are proud to provide this to the people of Dallas.

Mindi is actively involved in all aspects of the operations of their school while Jeff continues to provide financial advisory services to middle market financial and real estate companies as an investment banker at Commerce Street Capital. 

The McClures lived in the Washington, DC area for many years and recently (finally!) relocated to Dallas, just a few miles from Jeff’s hometown of Allen, Texas.  Jeff is a graduate of Texas A&M and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.  Mindi is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of Richmond.

Mindi and Jeff are deeply committed to serving the Dallas community and ensuring their school is a place to “Protect, Educate and Nurture” every child that walks through the doors. Welcome to Celebree School of Dallas Arts District!

Alisha Gardner

School Director

Alisha holds the position of School Assistant Director within the team at Celebree School of Dallas Arts District. She is deeply passionate about serving children, teachers, parents, and the community, considering it both her personal drive and a fundamental principle that has guided her throughout her career in early childhood education.

Alisha currently holds her Texas Directors License. With an extensive background spanning 16 years in the early childhood and education field, Alisha has gained valuable experience in various roles, including nannying, working with infants and preschoolers, teaching prekindergarten virtually, and supervising and mentoring teachers as an Education Specialist. As she embarks on her 16th year, Alisha’s expertise encompasses a wide range of experiences within childcare and education.

With 15 years of experience as a mother, Alisha has come to recognize the immense value and significance of early childhood education. Observing the effective teaching methods and developmental strategies employed by her daughter’s preschool teachers ignited a sense of inspiration within her as a parent. Witnessing her daughter’s educational journey unfold piqued her curiosity and motivated her to share that same sense of fulfillment with other families through the power of education. As she contributes to the leadership of our exceptional team, Alisha upholds the core values of professionalism, teamwork, integrity, compassion, and a strong work ethic, ensuring that these principles remain at the forefront of her role.

7 Domains of Learning

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Personal and Social Development

Children learn to develop healthy relationships with adults and their peers while cultivating a positive personal identity.
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Scientific Thinking

Children are taught to channel their natural curiosity to articulate questions and draw conclusions about the world around them.
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Mathematical Thinking

This discipline focuses on numbers and their relationships, in addition to the geometric concepts that explain spatial awareness.
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Language and Literacy

The basis of learning, this domain opens the door of communication through writing and drawing as well as grammar and comprehension.
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This sphere examines societal relationships based on social structures and the connections between people and their communities.
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The Arts

An exploration into visual arts, music, dance and theater, this domain celebrates distinctive expression of emotions and ideas.
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Physical Development and Health

Children are taught regard for health and nutrition in addition to the benefits of exercise to develop a strong mind and body.