Jamie Harmon started dancing when she was five, and she hasn’t looked back since. She grew up taking studio classes at Cynde Lomonte’s Dance Dimensions, where she was a member of the performing and competing company. Mrs. Harmon attended Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, and was a member of the Clements Stars Dance Team. During her senior year, she served as her dance team’s Colonel, or highest-ranking officer. She graduated from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Minor in Dance. While in college, Mrs. Harmon worked for Crowd Pleasers Dance Company and was a member of The TAMU Dance Ensemble, the modern company for Dance Minors.
Mrs. Harmon began her education career in 2012 as an English teacher in Allen ISD. In 2015 she accepted a position at Independence High School in Frisco ISD. At IHS, Mrs. Harmon taught Family and Consumer Science courses and served as the Assistant Director of the Royals Drill Team. The Royals won many awards during this time, including an ADTS National Championship in 2016. Mrs. Harmon is honored to direct the Emerald Elite at Lebanon Trail High School and looks forward to building new traditions and creating a successful program. Directing a high school drill team has been her dream since she was in high school herself, and she is thrilled that it is finally coming true!
Mary Williford was born and raised in Beaumont, TX. She began dancing at the age of seven at Marsha Woody Academy of Dance. She also performed as a company member in the Beaumont Civic Ballet. In high school, Ms. Williford became a member of the West Brook High School STARS and served as an officer during her junior and senior years. After graduating from high school, Ms. Williford attended Kilgore College and was a member and lieutenant of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. Ms. Williford graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Dance. During her college years, she taught ballet and jazz technique at Paragon Dance Centre, performed at ACDA with UNT’s dance department, and was a copyeditor for the North Texas Review. After graduating from UNT, Ms. Williford taught and directed as a long-term substitute for the Shepton High School Stallionettes and taught Dance I and II. Ms. Williford is beyond thrilled to join Lebanon Trail High School as the Assistant Director of the Emerald Elite and as an English III teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.