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Katy Independent School District

Pattison Elementary


Kindergarten Team


Hi!  I am Kit Frishman and ​I have been an early childhood teacher for the past 12 years. This is my 6th year teaching kindergarten and my fourth year at Pattison. I believe that hands-on learning and individualized instruction are key to building confident and well-prepared learners! I am excited to get to know my new students and embark on a year of discovery! I have been married to my amazing husband Jonathan, who is also a teacher, for 16 years. Together we have three daughters.  Our oldest attends SLJH, and we have 2 here at Pattison, one in 3rd grade and one in Kindergarten!  In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing video and board games with my kids, playing the piano, running, and hiking.


Hi! My name is Lindsey Yeates. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. I also received my Masters degree in Reading and Language Arts from Texas A&M. This will be my sixth year teaching, and I am excited to begin a new school year at Pattison. I am looking forward to a wonderful year in Kindergarten!

Hi! My name is Kristie Cavanaugh.  I graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree.  This will be my third year teaching kindergarten.  My husband and I have three children.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, cooking, swimming, and reading. I'm looking forward to a fantastic school year!


Hi! My name is Megan Janczak and I am thrilled to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year! I have previously taught kindergarten and first grade here at Pattison over the last 6 years. I was born and raised in Katy and went to Taylor High School (Go Mustangs!) I then went to Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I recently got married this summer! So many of you may know me as Ms. Mitcham! ;) In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our little puppy Chloe, reading, and going to sporting events! I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Hello! My name is Kevin Nguyen and I will be your child's Kindergarten teacher this year! This will be my 3rd year at Pattison, but my very first year as a teacher and I am super excited to begin my journey at Pattison. I graduated from the University of Houston in 2014 with my Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I was born and raised in Houston and love this city. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy traveling to new cities and learning about different places. Again, I am so excited to be your child's Kindergarten teacher, and I am looking forward to a great year!

Hi! My name is Lisa Welch. I am thrilled to be back with my Pattison family after taking the past 3 years off to stay home with my daughters. This will be my 4th year to teach kindergarten at Pattison and I couldn’t be happier to be back in this grade and on this team. I was born and raised in Louisiana and I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Jason, since December 2006. We have three girls, Collins (5) who will be attending kindergarten this year at Pattison (yay!), Faith (2) and Annie (9 months). I graduated with a master’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education. I look forward to a wonderful year! Kindergarten is my passion and I love walking these sweet kids through their very first year of elementary school!

Hi! My name is Grace Touchstone. I am so excited to be a part of the Pattison family and such an amazing Kindergarten team! This is my second year teaching at Pattison and my first year in Kindergarten. I was born and raised in Houston and am thrilled to be back. I graduated from Baylor University (Sic'em Bears!) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Outside of school, I enjoy trying new recipes, staying active, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I know it's going to be an awesome year!

My name is Lexi Smelcer. I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. I graduated  from Texas A&M (WHOOP!) and then earned my Masters of Education at Houston Baptist University.This will be my fourth year at Pattison. I have taught 2nd grade math and science for 3 years, and this will be my 1st year teaching Kindergarten.  My husband Tim and I have been married for two years, and have a rescued chocolate lab named Ellie! In my spare time I love exercising, cheering on the fightin' Texas Aggies, as well as spending time with friends, family and our dog, Ellie! I am excited to teach your children.  I cannot wait to get to know each one of you this school year!

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