At Archway Academy, our faculty and staff fill two distinct roles. Our dedicated faculty are laser focused on educating our students, while Archway staff members funnel their time and talents into ensuring that students stay on track with their recovery. Think of us as a two-lane street: Each group stays in their own lane, but they work in tandem to keep each other informed and on the same track—and everyone’s going in the same direction.

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.

ACADEMIC FACULTY

SONNY SANBORN

Social Studies & Lead Teacher
Sonny came to Archway Academy in 2009 to join our faculty as the social studies teacher—his classes include U.S. history, world history, government, economics...

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CHRIS MILLER

English
Chris has been at Archway since 2013 where he teaches English I, II, III, and IV as well as an elective law class. The son of a retired Air Force colonel...

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David Claunch

Math & Science
David joined the faculty at Archway Academy in 2017 and instructs Archway students in algebra II, pre-calculus, and physics...

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JOMOSO WILSON

Science
Hello, my name is Jomoso Wilson and I am an 8th year educator. Prior to entering the field of education in 2015, I spent 17 years working in information technology...

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ISABEL SCOTT

Lab Instructor
Isabel is brand new to the education field and just joined the Archway Academy family in 2021 as a lab instructor. The daughter of a Marine, she grew up...

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NANCY COLES

Social Studies & English
Nancy joined Archway Academy at the PaRC, an adolescent residential substance abuse treatment center, in 2017 as a lab instructor...

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ROLAND PARSONS

Physical Education
Chris has been at Archway since 2013 where he teaches English I, II, III, and IV as well as an elective law class. The son of a retired Air Force colonel...

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Recovery Support Staff

ANDREW WARREN, LPC-A, LCDC

Clinical Director
Andrew became an alumnus of Archway Academy in 2010 and he joined the staff in 2013, working in various capacities before becoming our admissions...

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HAILEY CLAY, BSW, LCDC

Recovery Coach
Hailey has the unique position of being both an Archway Academy alumnus and a staff member, having reunited with the Archway family in 2021...

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PRECILLA WILLIAMS, BS, LCDC, CCDC, CART

Recovery Coach
Precilla recently joined the staff at Archway Academy as a Recovery Coach. She believes in the philosophy “change nothing, nothing changes”.

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MICAH CULVERHOUSE

Recovery Specialist at PaRC
Micah joined the Archway Academy staff in 2022 and is an alumni of the school, having graduated in 2017. After graduation, he spent four months in India...

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Business Development Staff

AMANDA FLANNERY

Executive Director
Amanda is a dedicated leader with a passion for helping young people navigate the challenges of education and recovery. Serving as the executive director...

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CLIFTON GILLOCK

Director of Marketing & Communications
Prior to joining Archway Academy in 2024, Clifton honed his entrepreneurial skills by owning and operating...

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MADISON JAMES

Director of Grants & Operations
Madison joined Archway Academy in 2023 as the director of grants and operations. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas State

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Board of Directors

Amanda Flannery

Executive Director

Emilie Booth

President

Chase Bice

Jennifer Burdette

Ryan Davis

Christine Odusola

Walt Parmer

Aylin Poulton

Cory Rush

Dr. Daryl Shorter

Renee Stewart

SONNY SANBORN

Social Studies & Lead Teacher

Sonny came to Archway Academy in 2009 to join our faculty as the social studies teacher—his classes include U.S. history, world history, government, economics, psychology, sociology, and world geography. He also holds the distinction of lead teacher, serving as a liaison between teaching staff and school administration. Sonny grew up in Denton and went on to earn a degree in history with a minor in education as well as a master’s degree at a seminary in Fort Worth. He quickly moved back to Texas and earned his master’s degree at a seminary in Fort Worth. Prior to joining us at Archway, he served as a youth minister/associate pastor at two different churches for about 10 years before making the transition to a teaching career. He began his new path as an educator at a private, college preparatory school and was there for five years. He likes to say that he’s been working with teenagers for 28 years, and before that, he was one!

Sonny married his wife, Laura, in 1988 and they have five children together, ranging in age from 8-22—their youngest was in their home as a foster child from birth, and they had the absolute joy of adopting her right before she turned two. He loves spending time with his family, and when he’s not at Archway, he’s with his wife and kids, at a basketball gym, on a soccer field, or simply at home enjoying games and movies together. Sonny’s love for Archway and the students runs deep, and he wouldn’t teach anywhere else, calling it a true community of people who expect each other to grow—not just the students, but the adults, too (although he admits he’s still working on his transformation!).

CHRIS MILLER

English

Chris has been at Archway since 2013 where he teaches English I, II, III, and IV as well as an elective law class. The son of a retired Air Force colonel, he grew up all over the country and the world, finally landing at Texas A&M University for college, where he majored in English and minored in philosophy. Before Archway, Chris taught high school math for four years at Gonzalo Garza High School in Austin, but his career path took a different direction when he decided to get his law degree at the University of Houston Law Center. He practiced law for five years, but realized that his heart was still in teaching, and returned to the profession at Archway.

Chris is engaged to the love of his life and they have an October 2022 date set for the wedding. Speaking about Archway, Chris says there’s nowhere in the country he would rather teach as he loves our students, staff, and mission. He feels that recovery provides an important and meaningful context for students’ education in terms of their personal growth and accountability, and learns as much from his students as he teaches them in the classroom. His hope is that his passion for both teaching and learning will inspire Archway students to be lifelong learners themselves.

David Claunch

Math & Science

David joined the faculty at Archway Academy in 2017 and instructs Archway students in algebra II, pre-calculus, and physics. Hailing from Kentucky and Tennessee, David earned an Associate Degree in Engineering from Tidewater Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University. For the next 21 years of his life, he worked as an estimator and project engineer in the construction industry in Virginia. In 2003, David began the long journey of recovery from alcoholism, and discovered a love for art—specifically the art of clowning, storytelling, and balloon sculpting—which led to a third degree in his repertoire, a Master of Arts in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University.

After he earned his master’s, he spent five years as a traveling performing artist participating in balloon story theater shows, storytelling festivals, and clown conventions. In 2014, he changed careers to begin teaching high school at his alma mater, where he also found out about recovery high schools; four years later, his journey led him to us at Archway. He enjoys his newfound passion, SCUBA diving, has earned his divemaster certification, and considers himself lucky to work with a STEM enrichment program every summer in Key West, Florida. David has long thought of teaching at Archway to be his dream job and loves nothing more than to come to work every day and spend time with his students.

JOMOSO WILSON

Science

Hello, my name is Jomoso Wilson and I am an 8th year educator. Prior to entering the field of education in 2015, I spent 17 years working in information technology, where I held various roles such as help desk analyst, network trouble ticket analyst, technology trainer, and new hire trainer.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University. My educational philosophy centers around the belief that every child deserves maximum effort and support, regardless of their situation.

Throughout my career, I have primarily worked in Title 1 schools, focusing on providing education to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. I have held diverse positions such as district instructional coach, new hire mentor, department chair, campus improvement team member, technology trainer, and classroom teacher.

In terms of subjects, I have taught a range of science courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Environmental Science, and Agriculture.

Currently, I am a part of Archway Phoenix, attracted by the school’s mission, its dedication to supporting students, and the opportunity to build meaningful relationships. Despite the challenges some of our students may have faced, I firmly believe that they are all bright shining stars who deserve the best.

In the past, I have worked at ProVision Academy in Houston, Texas for 2 years, La Marque High School in La Marque, Texas for 1 year, and Houston Can Academy Southwest for 5 years. Each of these campuses has had a special focus on meeting the unique needs of the students they serve, whether it be drop-out recovery, behavior support, or other specific areas.

ISABEL SCOTT

Lab Instructor

Isabel is brand new to the education field and just joined the Archway Academy family in 2021 as a lab instructor. The daughter of a Marine, she grew up moving all over the American coasts along with her two sisters and brother. After settling in Houston part of the way through high school, she graduated from St. Agnes Academy before heading to Texas A&M University (whoop!) to study geographic information systems.

Isabel is having a blast immersing herself in the Archway community and working with her students in the lab. She is extremely passionate about the growth, accountability, and recovery Archway stands for and she works hard to embody it by reflecting on the positive changes she can make simultaneously within herself. Supporting and transforming each other while still focusing on building a strong academic foundation is what she sees that makes Archway special, and Isabelle counts the Archway students on her gratitude list every morning while drinking her coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, crafting, and volunteering with the Red Cross.

NANCY COLES

Social Studies and English at The PaRC Campus

Nancy joined Archway Academy at the PaRC, an adolescent residential substance abuse treatment center, in 2017 as a lab instructor. Prior to that, she was at Southwest Schools and worked for many years in both retail and as a real estate agent. 

In her spare time, she shares her life with her family, especially her grandson Cole, and enjoys reading, going to movies, riding bikes, and socializing with her friends. Nancy’s favorite part of teaching at Archway is that her work matters, and she loves learning alongside her students, interacting and discussing the subjects at hand, and getting to know her students that she says change her life for the better.

ROLAND PARSONS

Physical Education

Roland first started working at Archway Academy through Southwest Schools back in 2011 as one of the physical education (P.E.) teachers. He is a born and bred Houstonian, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Alcorn State University, where he was a collegiate athlete.

Outside of work, Roland coaches basketball for his son’s team, and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son. Traveling is quickly becoming a new hobby for the Parson family as they all just received their passports, and they love to try out new restaurants around the country. Working with such a diverse population of students, learning new things from them every day, and watching how mentally tough they are as they walk through recovery is what inspires Roland’s love of teaching at Archway.

ANDREW WARREN, LPC-A, LCDC

Clinical Director

Andrew became an alumnus of Archway Academy in 2010 and he joined the staff in 2013, working in various capacities before becoming our admissions and navigation specialist. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas Tech University as well as a Master of Science in Clinical Health Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His journey with Archway began during adolescence while seeking treatment for a substance use disorder in 2008, and his family was introduced to several amazing resources available to teens struggling with addiction in Houston, including Archway. He enrolled shortly before his 18th birthday. 

Throughout his undergraduate career, Andrew stayed in touch with the staff at the school and was elated when they approached him about joining the team after his college graduation. He has never stopped believing in the Archway Academy mission, and he is thrilled to be a part of living out that mission every single day as a member of our team.

HAILEY CLAY BSW, LCDC

Recovery Coach

Hailey has the unique position of being both an Archway Academy alumnus and a staff member, having reunited with the Archway family in 2021 as a recovery coach. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Houston Downtown and is a licensed chemical dependency counselor. Her passion is working with adolescents struggling with substance use disorder, and she is currently working toward her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Houston Downtown. Prior to coming back to Archway, Hailey worked as a youth group coordinator for an Alternative Peer Group as well as a counselor in a residential treatment facility. 

Archway Academy holds a special place in Hailey’s heart as it was a symbol of hope and a second chance for her, and she feels like it provides the same comfort to many teens who need it.

PRECILLA WILLIAMS, BS, LCDC, CCDC, CART

Recovery Coach

Precilla is a native Houstonian, who believes in the philosophy “change nothing, nothing changes”. Precilla has earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Houston. She also earned a Graduate Certification from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Chemical Dependency Counseling. In addition, she has received accreditation as a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), State of Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a State of Texas certified Offender Education Program Administrator and Instructor. Precilla is also currently working on a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Texas A&M University – Kingsville.. Futhermore, she is a former Girl Scout troop leader of 12 years, while assisting with the Boys Scouts for 8 years.

Precilla has extensive experience assisting individuals with criminal histories and/or substance use disorders. Precilla has worked as a Care Coordinator for the Harris Center, assisting individuals with co-occurring disorders. She is a former Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation Officer, where she supervised juveniles who were ordered felony probation and/or classified as habitual offenders while promoting the idea of positive change and strengthening families. Precilla also counseled inmates at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Substance Abuse Felony Program by providing evidence-based substance use treatment services to facilitate positive change while fostering the hope in reducing recidivism and improving public safety. In addition, Precilla has contracted with numerous rehabilitation facilities and agencies across the Houston area as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor.

MICAH CULVERHOUSE

Recovery Specialist at our PaRC campus

Micah joined the Archway Academy staff in 2022 and is an alumni of the school, having graduated in 2017. After graduation, he spent four months in India trekking the Himalayas and taking leadership courses with NOLS, a nonprofit global wilderness school, and then returned to Utah where he became an assistant group lead at Elements Wilderness, where he attended as a student in 2015. Once completing Elements, Micah moved to Portland where he helped start an Alternative Peer Group that services under-represented communities in the area; after spending time there as the lead peer support specialist, he relocated to Salt Lake City and decided to attend the University of Utah studying software engineering. 

As a person in recovery, he is thrilled to have returned to Archway to be able to support and give back to the community that helped guide him through a crucial period in his life. In his spare time Micah enjoys reading, spending time with his dog Birdie, and writing code for a video game he’s developing.

AMANDA FLANNERY

Executive Director

Amanda is a dedicated leader with a passion for helping young people navigate the challenges of education and recovery. Serving as the executive director of Archway Academy since 2023, Amanda brings a wealth of experience in leadership, program management, and strategic planning. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, providing her with a strong foundation in understanding human behavior and the natural world.

Before her current role at Archway, Amanda served as the executive director of the Dickinson Education Foundation, where she showcased her exceptional leadership and fundraising skills. Under her tenure, she successfully doubled the foundation’s yearly revenue and support, enhancing its ability to provide educational opportunities and resources to students and teachers. Her ability to build strong community partnerships and drive growth played a pivotal role in the foundation’s success.

Amanda’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for her students and her focus on innovative educational solutions have been instrumental in the success of Archway Academy. She is known for her collaborative approach, building strong teams, and dedication to empowering students to reach their full potential. Amanda’s work at Archway is a testament to her belief in the transformative power of education and her passion for making a positive impact on the lives of young people.

Clifton Gillock

Director of Marketing and Communications

Prior to joining Archway Academy in 2024, Clifton honed his entrepreneurial skills by owning and operating a business for eight years. This experience instilled a profound understanding of the intricacies of business management, from strategic planning and financial oversight to marketing and customer engagement. Managing his business not only deepened his leadership capabilities but also emphasized the importance of resilience and innovation in achieving long-term success. 

As the director of marketing and communications at Archway Academy, Clifton is deeply committed to its mission, drawing on his personal journey of recovery and his extensive involvement as an alumni and a board member. His experience overcoming substance use disorder as a young adult not only fuels his passion but also uniquely positions him to advocate for the transformative impact of Archway Academy.

Leveraging his depth of experience, Clifton is dedicated to expanding the reach of Archway’s programs. His goal is to enable more young individuals to flourish within this supportive educational framework, thereby amplifying the program’s impact across the Houston community and beyond. 

Madison James

Director of Grants and Operations

Madison joined Archway Academy in 2023 as the director of grants and operations. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas State University and brings great dedication, experience, and liveliness to her role. With a background rooted in business management, she has honed her skills in leadership, operations, teambuilding, and achieving tangible results.

Madison thrives in dynamic, inclusive environments and is deeply committed to giving back to youth and young adults. Her journey at Archway is not just a career path but a heartfelt commitment to the organization’s mission. She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to such a unique and thriving community where she can make a meaningful difference in the lives of adolescents.