Our People

Our People

From student to staff, parent to peer group, donor to director—every single person involved with Archway is absolutely vital to our collective success, and to the culture of gratitude, humor, hope, and love that inspires real trust and real transformation.

We could not be more proud of our community, and we invite you to connect with the wonderful individuals and organizations who keep us moving forward each day.

Student Life

Archway students are brilliant and sensitive, fearless and funny as hell. They are our future. And if we expect them to succeed—they will.

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Our curriculum, provided by Southwest Schools, is flexible but demanding. Archway students can qualify under the “Top 10%” rule that offers eligibility for automatic admission to any Texas public university to students ranked in the top ten percent of their class.

#southwestschools #archwayacademy #school #highschool #recovery #education #recoveryschool #houston #texas

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Join us this Tuesday, August 4th @ 6: 00 pm (CST) for a free parent educational presentation - Parenting For The Launch.

Parenting a teen is challenging, especially if your child is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance misuse or OCD.

This free education series provides parents with evidence-based tools to support their child's mental, emotional, and social health.

This series is made possible through a partnership with @SkylandTrail and @Fusion_Academy.

Event link with ticket info is https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lxt6V9R5TMyxAdglHFX6kg

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Today we are the largest recovery school in the country and are currently mentoring sixteen new recovery schools throughout the nation.

#mission #archwayacademy #school #highschool #recovery #education #recoveryschool #houston #texas

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Join us next Thursday, July 30th for The Mind of an Adolescent: Navigating the Stress of Social Challenges - 12:00 to 1:15 PM. This presentation will be the fifth in our 11 part virtual lunch and learn series. CEU available.⠀

Helena Washington, Clinical Consultant, Counselor, Wellness Coach & Author​ will be our presenter. Her presentation will examine the challenges that adolescents face in managing the continual chatter in society today, as they are developing their world view, managing their social relationships, family stress and trying to maintain mental/emotional/spiritual balance. This presentation will address current challenges many adolescents are feeling, experiencing, and how best to support them. ⠀

Training objectives will include:⠀
- Managing familial and social relationships that challenge emotionally productive responses.⠀
- Identifying & developing coping skills that support sobriety, mental wellness, and not compromise positive social cues.⠀
- Ways to create positive expression, discussions and support, while trying to have their voices heard. ⠀

The link for registration is in our bio.⠀

The CEU sponsor for this event is @SymetriaRecovery​⠀

We look forward to you joining us, Thursday, July 30th at 12 Noon.

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Archway families, students and parents, as well as alumni students and parents. We need your voices and your expertise.⠀

The Alliance for Adolescent Recovery and Treatment in Texas and the Texas System of Care have set aside FUNDS to COMPENSATE young people in recovery as well as family members of young people in recovery for their time participating in this Policy Roundtable. Information will be gathered during your registration to help us determine your eligibility. If you identify as a young person in recovery or are a family member of a young person in recovery and are interested in more information about these funds, please click the appropriate checkbox on the registration screen.⠀

Register for the Roundtable, at https://buff.ly/2E3BjR1⠀

About the Organizers⠀

The Texas System of Care (TxSOC) is a collaborative initiative aimed at developing coordinated networks of services and supports for children, youth, young adults with mental health challenges and their families that are family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically responsive, and community-based. TxSOC is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is led through a partnership between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH).⠀

The Alliance for Adolescent Recovery and Treatment in Texas (AART-TX) is a collaborative initiative aimed at improving access to evidence-based assessment, treatment, and recovery supports for Texas youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.⠀

Wed, July 29, 2020⠀

9:00 AM – 4:15 PM CDT⠀

#TexasSystemofCare #evidencebased #assessment #adolescents #recovery #TexasYouth #communitybased

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Join us on Thursday, July 30th for our next Virtual Lunch and Learn - “The Mind of an Adolescent: Navigating the Stress of Social Challenges”⠀

Helena Washington, Clinical Consultant, Counselor, Wellness Coach & Author will be our presenter. Helena is the owner and founder of Bravebird Counseling and Wellness. We are thrilled to have her join us to share on this topic.⠀

CEU offering is available through our partnership with Monica Garcia-Guinessey @SymetriaRecovery⠀

We hope that you can join us at 12 Noon. The presentation runs to 1:15 PM. Tickets will be available starting on Monday. Link to the event is in our bio. ⠀

As always this is a free event. We look forward to you joining us.⠀

#lunchandlearn #adolescent #teen #virtualtraining #continuingeducation #WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #houstonrecoveryschool

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In just over an hour Archway is live on 100.7

Get ready to listen and call in 😃

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The Big Texas Rally for Recovery is a NATIONAL rally this year. It will be held from September 17-19, 2020 online. Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections from around the nation virtual event.

We want to hear from young and old, families, individuals and groups. Everyone is encouraged to participate by submitting a FREE 15-second video that tells your story. Submission deadline – Saturday, August 15th.

To learn more about the rally and to submit your video go to https://bigtexasrallyforrecovery.org/video-submission/

Spread the word!!!

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Archway Academy Executive Director, Sasha Coles, along with alumni father and son duo, Mitchell and Sebastian are guests this week on the @positiverecoverycenters (PRC) podcast. ⠀

Episode 3 of the new PRC podcast explores the benefits of Archway Academy and how families can support each other through addiction and recovery. ⠀

The guest discuss the depths of addiction and recovery through the lens of adolescence and parenthood. Mitchell shares his experiences as a father and Sebastian shares his personal experiences as a teen struggling with a substance use disorder and what it's like to find recovery at a young age. ⠀

Other topics covered in this episode include:⠀

* Dealing with addiction and recovery as a parent⠀
* The importance of an Alternative peer group (APG) ⠀
* Blending education and recovery as an option for ⠀
adolescents. ⠀
* Learning how to control your own environment⠀
* Supporting loved ones through their own decisions⠀
* Handling the fear behind adolescent recovery⠀
* Coping with loss and trauma at a young age⠀
* Uncovering shame, denial,and guilt ⠀

You can download the Positive Recovery MD Podcast on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast or Spotify.⠀

We hope you'll tune in. To learn more about Archway Academy please visit our website at https://buff.ly/2NVB7Gi To learn more about Positive Recovery Centers visit their website at https://buff.ly/2DkuzOk ⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #prcmd #podcast #podcasts

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Join us tonight, July 7th, for the second installment in our series on Parenting. The presentation will run from 6:00 PM to 7:00 CST. Register at https://buff.ly/3e7vqyy⠀
We look forward to having you join us. ⠀

Finding a Middle Path: Dealing with Control & Compromise Issues⠀

As parents, it can be hard to know when to draw the line and if you are being too strict or too loose when it comes to parenting your teen. This session will explore the issues of control and compromise through expert-led discussions as well as an experiential learning component from our art therapist. No prior art skills are necessary!⠀

Attendees will learn about: the difference between normal teenage struggles and issues of clinical concern that may require professional help; a new perspective on the role of control in the parent/teen relationship; creative ways to explore those roles at home; and practical strategies for approaching topics like house rules effectively and with confidence.⠀

This series is made possible by our partnership with Skyland Trail and Fusion Academy⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #parentingseries #partnership #educationalseries

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Reminder to join us this Thursday, July 9th for a Virtual Lunch and Learn - 12 PM to 1:15 PM (CST) - CEU's available⠀

Jamie McKibben, Owner of @LifeGivingLife "The Recovery Project" and Michael Lohan will be presenting on adolescent substance use disorder and the role of alternative peer groups (APG) and other services available for teens and their families. ⠀

CEU is sponsored by @SymetriaRecovery ⠀

We look forward to having you join us.⠀

Registration link is in our bio.⠀

#lifegivingliferecovery #lifegivinglife #symetriarecovery #virtuallunchandlearn #WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #RecoveryHighSchool #SoberHighSchool #Houston #Htownproud

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Happy July 4th

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday weekend

#WeAreArchway #whereeducationmeetsrecovery #happyjuly4th #july4th

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We love our faculty and staff. 💙⠀

Archway is a close-knit group of teachers, recovery experts, and students working in tandem to create a welcoming campus that not only physically challenges our students to remain sober, but stretches their expectations socially, spiritually, intellectually, and academically.⠀

One way we do this is by having an incredible teaching staff who have expertise in a diversity of subjects and talents.⠀
Meet Mrs. Tara Hrozek. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a major in Biology (Pre-med track) and a minor in Spanish. While at Southwestern, she played on the soccer team and was on the swim team as well. Most of her current free time is spent with her husband as they prepare to welcome their first child in November 2020!! (We are so excited for them.)⠀

Mrs. Hrozek teaches Algebra I, Geometry, Algebraic Reasoning, and Spanish at Archway. This upcoming year will be her 4th year at Archway, but her 6th year teaching overall. Before coming to Archway, she taught for 2 years at Kempner High School in Fort Bend. While at Kempner, she taught Algebra I, Geometry, and Geometry Pre-AP, and coached the girls’ JV soccer and freshmen volleyball teams.⠀

Thoughts on Archway:⠀
“I truly love teaching and am especially grateful that I get the opportunity to teach at Archway. I enjoy getting to be a part of a school culture that supports the students’ recovery and inspires them to reach their full potential. My goal is to make as much of a difference in my students’ lives as they do in mine.”💙⠀

We are so grateful to have Mrs. Hrozek at Archway. ⠀

We appreciate you Tara and the work you do. ⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #Weloveourteachers #Staffspotlight

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Some want it. Some wish it. Some make it happen! ⠀

93% of Archway graduates made it happen this year by being accepted into a university or college. We applaud our students, teachers, and parents for this incredible statistic.⠀

Graduating high school can seem unattainable for teens and families in the throes in substance misuse. ⠀

Archway, and other sober high schools around the nation, play a critical role in making the unattainable, attainable. We do this by providing educational and therapeutic support to students with treated substance use disorders who are at risk for school failure or dropout and substance use relapse. ⠀

Graduating high school AND being sober is momentous. But graduating high school, being sober AND attending college is epoch-making! ⠀

To learn more about Archway visit our website. The link is in our bio. To learn more about sober schools around the nation visit @ars_recovery ⠀

#recoveryschools #associationofrecoveryschools #highereducation #collegebound #WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #93percent

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Sign up today for our July 9th Virtual Lunch and Learn with Jamie McKibben owner of @LiveGivingLife Counseling and @michaellohan. The presentation will focus on adolescent substance use disorder and the role of alternative peer groups (APG) and other services available for teens and their families. ⠀

Start time is 12 Noon and runs to 1:15 PM - Thursday, July 9th.⠀

CEU is sponsored by @symetriarecovery . THANK YOU @themonicagarciaguinessey and @blksigmabro Peter Mott for partnering with us to provide the training certificate for this event.⠀

We look forward to having you join us. Link to registration is in our bio. ⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery #lunchandlearn #zoom #zoommeeting #addiction #ceu #onlinetraining #adolescents #substanceusedisorder #teenaddiction #houstonrecoveryschool #adolescentrecoveryleaders

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At Archway Academy we have layers of accountability and communication within school and across our students personal continuum of care.

We do this by working collaboratively with Alternative Peer Group (APG), counselors, family, and any other relevant parties supporting the emotional, social, mental, physical, academic, and spiritual development of our students.

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery

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We love our faculty and staff. 💙⠀

Archway is a close-knit group of teachers, recovery experts, and students working in tandem to create a welcoming campus that not only physically challenges our students to remain sober, but stretches their expectations socially, spiritually, intellectually, and academically.⠀

One way we do this is by having an incredible teaching staff who have expertise in a diversity of subjects and talents.⠀

Meet Ms. Barbara Combs. She has been in education since 1991 and has been been a Support Teacher at Archway since 2016. "I became a teacher because I wanted to instill in others the importance of being lifelong learners."⠀

Ms. Combs graduated from Indiana University. She was born in, Gary, IN - the same city as Michael Jackson. And like Michael Jackson lyrics in Heal the World, Ms Combs makes Archway "a better place." She helps to heal our students academically and emotionally. ⠀

Thank you Ms.Combs for your continued dedication and service to Archway.⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery

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Archway Academy is a blend of recovery support and education - so that students with substance use disorders and other mental health challenges can go to a school that respects and nurtures ALL parts of who they are as a teen - academic, social, emotional, spiritual.⠀

Instead of returning students to the same environments in which they’re most at risk for relapse—or where it’s nearly impossible to catch back up academically after treatment—Archway provides a structured place for teens to continue both their recovery and their education without compromising either.⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery

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Archway opened its door in 2003 to offer students and worried families in the throes of teenage substance use a viable option and support system for restoring their child's physical, mental, emotional, and academic health.⠀

Our mission is to provide a supportive and sober learning environment to meet the individual educational needs of adolescents in recovery.⠀

We love receiving testimonials like these from community members. They encourage and inspire us to continue doing what we do... Love fiercely. Offer unrelenting joy. Have faith. Trust the process. And help people uncover the best version of themselves.⠀

#WeAreArchway #WhereEducationMeetsRecovery

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Marian Kennedy

Assistant Principal

Sonny Sanborn

Social Studies & Lead Teacher

Tara Brace

Math & Foreign Language

David Claunch

Math & Science

Nancy Coles

Computer Lab

Barbara Combs

Special Education

Ilma Khanbabi


Lillian Li


Chris Miller


Roland Parsons

Physical Education

Anthony Russ

Computer Lab


Sasha McLean, LMFT, LPC

Executive Director

Brad Deason

Director of Advancement

Jamie Edwards

Director of Community Relations

Sally Gulledge

Director of Administration

Lisa Lyerly, LCDC

Passageway Program Director

Brooke Hudson

Senior Development Consultant

Ben Irwin

Recovery Coach

Andrew Warren, LCDCI

Educational Specialist at the PaRC

Cryslin Ward, LCDCI

Lead Recovery Coach

Board of

Jeanine Baker

Scott Basinger

Chase Brice

Dale Burrus


Joan Dunlap

John Flournoy

Michelle Fredricks

Anthony Fry

Vice President

Tracey Gerl

Hugh Gill

George Joseph


Randy Lack

Lisa McDougald

Renee McNiel


John Putnam

Todd Richey

Sheree Speck

John Wallace

Alternative Peer Groups

Choosing the right APG for your family is an important decision. Watch the video below to learn more.

Watch APG Video

The following five organizations work closely with Archway Academy and understand our criteria for enrollment. They provide each student with the emotional and therapeutic support they need to be successful in school.

Beyond Your Best Counseling

| www.beyondyourbestcounseling.com

Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP)

| www.pdaphouston.org

Soldiers for Recovery

| Contact: Darrel Sims

Teen and Family Services

| teenandfamilyservices.org

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