Academic Staff

Erika Dean

Academic Director

Dallas, Texas is home for Erika where she attended Dallas Baptist University where she received a bachelors degree in Psychology.  Her desire is to obtain a future career in counseling, so believes that her time at Heartlight is an opportunity to gain the experience she needs to prepare for later years.  Her previous experience of working with kids was with Young Life.  She loves trying new food, camping, boating, watching movies, running, and playing board games.    Her willingness to be a “part” of the Heartlight girl’s lives is packaged with excitement and a fun-loving attitude.  She is truly a “kid-magnet” and is loved by all.

Scott Harclerode

Charles is from Longview, Texas, and attended University of Houston where he received a BS degree in Electronics and Control.  He furthered his education by attending the University of Kansas and Rice University where he received his MEE degree in Electrical Engineering.  He’s been semi-retired and is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.  He’s been tutoring and involved in public education for almost 20 years.  His desire at Heartlight is “the opportunity to help students with subjects I love; math and science.  His hobbies include remodeling his home that was built in 1845, farm and gardening, cooking, baking bread and making jewelry.  He brings a little bit of “age,” and a “whole lot of wisdom” to the content knowledge pool of the academic staff.

Carolyn Aylor

M.Ed. – Teacher (English/History)

Carolyn is a native Texan, growing up in West Texas and spending much of her life in Lubbock. She came for a conference at Heartlight several years ago and wound up returning to serve on our teaching staff. Carolyn attended Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. She then went on to earn a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Stephen F. Austin University.  A lady with a heart of gold, Carolyn spent seven years teaching high school English and twenty seven years as a high school counselor. Her passion is all about helping teens, and appreciates their youthfulness as she says it keeps her young. Carolyn also likes to travel, watch sports (especially football, as any true West Texan would appreciate), spend time with her family and friends, play cards and solve a mean Sudoku puzzle. She is married and has three grown sons.

Jane Fidler

M.S. – Teacher (English/Reading)

Jane is originally from East Aurora, New York. She attended State University of New York at Buffalo where she received a B.A. in Secondary English and a Master’s Degree in Reading. Jane has had 12 years experience with teaching in the public schools located in New York as well as Texas.   She began teaching at Heartlight in 2002 and absolutely loves it.  Jane is one of those caring teachers that students will always remember because of her willingness to laugh, love, and “push” those around her to greatness.  Her witty personality is attractive, her fun-loving mood creates an atmosphere of care that is felt by all those she teaches.