Founder | Head of School
Kathy Lyda serves as Head of School but prefers the title “Director of Awesomeness.” Mrs. Lyda comes with an intrinsic, passionate commitment to gifted, talented and high-ability scholar education. She was named the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented’s Parent of the Gifted Award for the Piney Woods/Prairie Area in 2013-2014. Prior to forming E.A. Young Academy, Mrs. Lyda served on the GT parent advocacy board as the GTAC (Gifted & Talented Advisory Committee) liaison for Keller ISD. She collaborated with parents and educators to form “Keller Area Creativity” which supports Destination Imagination (DI) in the Keller area and has led multiple trainings for area DI teams and managers. She has also shared her knowledge about the social/emotional needs as a presenter at TAGT and led gifted youth in teamwork activities at the national Mensa Annual Gathering.
Mrs. Lyda holds a BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University and a MS in Health Promotion from the University of North Texas. Mrs. Lyda previously served as President of the Camenae Group, Inc., a strategic health promotion organization where she developed and implemented post-graduate continuing education programming and award-winning health education curricula and models. Prior to founding the Camenae Group, Inc., Mrs. Lyda was responsible for the management of the Health Promotion Dept. of Americaid Community Care, serving more than 23,000 members. Additionally, Kathy was employed by MD Anderson Cancer Network – Tarrant County where she was the Education Manager for cancer survivors and caregivers, boards, vendors, and voluntary agencies. Prior to her experience with MD Anderson, Kathy worked for Harris Methodist Health Plan as their Cancer Education Specialist and Continuing Medical Education Coordinator. Other experiences include serving as the Program Director for the American Heart Association and the role of Substance Abuse Counselor at Schick Shadel Hospital in Fort Worth.
Mrs. Lyda has been married to her best friend, fellow Horned Frog and E.A. Young Academy co-founder Lance Lyda for 22 years and is inspired daily by her daughters Avery and Lindy.