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Special Education Team

Cherilyn Diewald

Mrs. Diewald graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Communications. After a career in the business world, she began working with students with autism at a private school. Encouraged to get her teaching certificate, she went back to school and earned her certification in Special Education. She began her teaching career at Jackson Elementary in Plano and moved to Schell when it opened. Since arriving at Schell, Mrs. Diewald has taught special education for Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grades and has obtained her ESL certification. In 2010, Mrs. Diewald earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of North Texas. In her time away from school, Mrs. Diewald spends her time with her husband raising their three teenagers, who all attend Plano schools. She also has a dog (Izzy), a cat (Emma), a lizard (Pythagoras) and a corn snake (Slither). She also likes visiting her first home….Northwest Oklahoma and the family farm.

Jennifer Rutledge

Ms. Rutledge graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX with a degree in Elementary Education. This is her first year at Schell Elementary, and loves it! She previously was a full-time substitute at Schell from February – May, and taught at The Crisman School in Longview, TX for a year and a half. She has a dog named Piper. Ms. Rutledge’s favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Haper Lee.

Karen Daniel

Ms. Daniel graduated from Bauder College with a degree in fashion marketing. Following a career in retail management she returned to school and completed her degree in psychology from Dallas Baptist University. She has teaching certifications in Special Education, General Education and English as a Second Language. Working in Plano ISD for ten years, Ms. Daniel has been blessed to work at Schell since the school opened and has taught Fifth Grade, First Grade, Second Grade and Kindergarten in a resource setting. Her daughter is a graduate of Plano East HS and is currently attending the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!). Together they love to travel and spend time at the barn with Louie V, their Appaloosa horse. Ms. Daniel’s favorite leisure activities include hiking, biking and playing Frisbee with her dogs Bella, Zelda and Lucky. Her cat CoCo loves a rainy day because it means they will curl up together on the couch with a good book!

Caitlin Cissell

Ms. Cissell was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Richardson. She went to Texas Woman’s University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Special Education in 2011. She has been subbing in the Richardson and Plano districts for almost 2 years. This is her first year as a Special Education teacher. In her free time she loves to ride horses, spend time with her boyfriend, and being with good friends. She is very excited to be a part of the Schell team this year.

Prabha Gupta

Kim Thomas

Fatema Zamanian

Stephanie Smith

Jennifer Finnerty

Ms. Finnerty is a graduate of Plano East SH and is currently a student at Collin College. She has a great deal of experience with children, including working as an assistant in Special Education at another school district. This is her first year at Schell and she is very happy to be back home in Plano ISD! When she’s not at school, she’s enjoying time with her three children; Jordan 17, Preston 14 and baby Madison who just turned 1 in May. She loves bowling, camping, and game nights with her family. Ms. Finnerty is looking forward to a wonderful year at Schell!


Macy Beedy -- Team Leader

Mrs. Beedy did her undergraduate studies at Abilene Christian University and graduated with her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has been the Speech-Language Pathologist at Schell Elementary for three years and loves it! Her favorite part of being a Schell Coyote is all the awesome students she gets to work with. She has a husband named Kevin and a puppy named Zoe. In her free time, Mrs. Beedy loves to take Zoe to the dog park, exercise, cook, go to the movies, play with her nieces, and read. She especially loves books by Jodi Picoult and James Patterson.


Jennifer Mathis


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