Forest Path Academy

Helping families on their homeschool journey

Owner, Friendswood Music and More

Music, History, Language Arts

Sarah Hames is the proud owner of Friendswood Music and More / Forest Path Academy.  Sarah was home-schooled through high school and after working for several years as the manager of a comic book store, attended North Harris College where she received music and academic scholarships and was named Outstanding Music Student of the year.  She then transferred to HBU where she received a full Endowed Academic Scholarship and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, with piano as her secondary instrument. Sarah served as the organist and music director/choir director at St. Luke's Lutheran church for a number of years, and is also a fully licensed Kindermusik educator.  She started Forest Path Academy for her three children- Arwen Elizabeth, Nathan Joseph, and Emma Rebekah.   Sarah welcomes you to our program and hopes to see you soon!

Bridget Berry

Science, Math

 Originally born in Germany, Ms. Bridget moved to the US at the age of 10. She didn’t speak a bit of English but learned very quickly! Bridget has a Master’s of Science in education, and has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught a variety of classes including 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science as well as English and study skills. She is the proud mother of 5 children and grandmother of 18.

Kawanna Holmann

Band, Piano, Music, Spanish

Ms. Kawanna comes to Texas from New York. She has a degree in Music Education and Jazz Composition from Five Towns College. Kawanna has performed with the Nassau Symphony, Long Island Pops, Coast Guard Auxiliary Band, and at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Disney World.

Beverly Flance

Language Arts

Jackie Was
Language Arts

My name is Mrs. Jackie Was and I have been teaching for seventeen years.  I earned my Master’s Degree in Reading/Literacy from the University of St. Francis and my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University.  Additionally, I am a certified Reading Specialist. I began my career in Illinois as a third grade teacher, which I sustained for six years, and I have been a Reading Specialist for the past eleven years.  Recently, my family and I moved to Texas and I am very pleased to have joined the staff at Forest Path Academy. I am excited to work with the students of Forest Path Academy and share my teaching knowledge and expertise in reading/literacy here in Texas, while continuing to grow as an educator. Beyond teaching, I enjoy spending time with my mother, husband, eight-year old daughter and our golden-doodle, Buddy.  I love theater, movies, music, books, reading, baseball, football and crafting. 

Leigh Anne Marx

Third grade, Art












Ms. Holly: Holly Ayala is a graduate of Texas A&M Galveston with a bachelor’s in Marine Biology. Upon graduation she gained employment at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, as a Dive Operations Specialist, supporting astronaut spacewalk training. Holly is a Texas certified science teacher with 8 years of experience at Clear View High School. Her course work includes Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics & Chemistry, and Aquatic Science. She also has an extensive background in animal care through her work with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Moody Gardens Aquarium, and two different veterinary clinics. Holly enjoys SCUBA diving, maintaining aquariums, aquaponics, upcycling, art, and spending time out in nature with her daughter. She is a big believer in following dreams and passions though using immersive learning to engage and inspire students. Holly is currently developing an app that will allow students to design and prepare for life beyond high school.

Johnny Reed

Technology, Math

Johnny Reed comes from a family of teachers and received his BS in Physics from the University of Houston.  A former Space Shuttle communications instructor and ISS flight controller, he currently works in IT at NASA.  He enjoys spreading his love of programming, engineering, and technology to the local community, while getting outdoors with his three sons as much as possible.  Johnny teaches both the Lego and Teen Robotics classes and has also taught upper level math classes.

Carla Reed

Spanish, Math

Carla Reed holds a degree in archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked a wide variety of jobs from local archaeological consulting, to oil and gas, and lab work with the meteorites in the astromaterials lab at NASA.  Carla is our field trip coordinator, event planner, and school assistant that helps keep families and teachers communicating and connected. Carla shares her love of the outdoors with her husband Johnny Reed and their three sons.

Arwen Hames

Preschool Assistant

Arwen is Ms. Sarah's daughter, and a home-school graduate.  She enjoys assisting with the preschool students and showing off her reptiles during our summer camps and animal care classes.