Ayn Laherty joins our Grade 1 team this year. A native of North Texas, she has always wanted to be a teacher and will realize that dream at Westlake Academy. Mrs. Laherty finished her undergraduate studies at Texas A & M and she earned her Masters in Education at the University of North Texas. After she finished her masters degree, she did her student teaching at Cannon Elementary, a STEM magnate school in Grapevine. While there, Mrs. Laherty fell in love with inquiry-based learning. What better place to land than Westlake Academy! When asked what she is most excited about with joining Westlake Academy, Mrs. Laherty said she "is excited to be a part of a learning community that shares a love for learning and nurtures the best version of both the students and staff." She and her husband Paul have two children, Kate (grade 8) and Elizabeth (grade 6) who will be joining the Blacksmith Family this year.