Founder and Head of School
Kristen Renner is a determined entrepreneur and educator who has dedicated her career to helping diverse learners reach their full potential. With a background in public education, Kristen saw the need for radical reform in the way that students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences were being taught.
Kristen started her own business, Happy Camper Learning Services, which provides educational diagnostic services and tutoring to diverse learners. In response to the strain that the Covid-19 pandemic placed on the education system, she later founded a nonprofit school, Renner Academy, Brazos Valley’s only school that specializes in dyslexia and language-based learning differences.
Kristen is passionate about building a bridge between neuroscience, psychology, and education, and ensuring that all children with dyslexia and other learning differences have access to the tools and support they need to be successful.
Her vision for the future is to continue to expand and find new ways to serve the dyslexic population of the Brazos Valley and to inspire others to push through their own barriers to make a positive impact on their little slice of the world.
Kim Pagach is the Executive Director of Renner Academy, a role she has held since joining the academy in January of 2023. Kim is a strategic-thinking director with a proven record of accomplishment. She is well-equipped to drive necessary change and enable long-term growth.
She is a talented team leader, builder, and motivator with expertise in administrative management.
Before joining Renner Academy, Kim retired with a distinguished career in public education that spanned over 30 years. During this time, she held various positions, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Director of Communications and Special Projects.
Throughout her career, Kim has remained committed to the success of her students. Her passion for education is evident in her leadership style, which is characterized by a focus on student-centered learning and a dedication to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
Under her leadership, Renner Academy has continued to grow and thrive, providing students with an excellent education that prepares them for success in their futures.
Jodi Renner is the Managing Director of Renner Academy, one of the many titles she has held since the organization’s founding. With years of experience in team management, sales, customer service, professional development, and human resources, Jodi brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position.
Seeing the need for someone with Jodi’s expertise, Kristen recruited Jodi shortly after opening Happy Camper Learning Services. After a lifetime of seeing the impact dyslexia had on her own family, Jodi was excited for the opportunity to help families affected by dyslexia. At the time, neither Jodi or Kristen would have imagined that in just a couple short years they’d be founding a nonprofit school together. Jodi was fundamentally involved in the formation of Renner Academy and continues to play a crucial role in managing the daily operations of Renner Academy and Happy Camper Learning Services.
Jodi’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of families touched by dyslexia drives her continued involvement and leadership within both organizations.
Student Services Coordinator
With a dedicated career spanning over 12 years, Mrs. K. holds a generalist teaching degree and a special education certification for Early Childhood through fourth grade and is a trained dyslexia specialist through region 6 in Texas. Her commitment to fostering academic and social excellence among students is truly commendable.
Believing fervently in the potential of every child, Mrs. K. is passionate about providing students with the necessary tools and instruction to succeed. Grounded in the belief that tailored support can unlock the abilities of each student, she has dedicated her career to ensuring that every child receives the opportunities needed to excel.
With a focus on special education and expertise in addressing dyslexia, Mrs. K. stands as a beacon of support for students facing unique learning challenges. Her unwavering dedication to creating an inclusive and empowering educational environment has left a lasting impact on the academic journey of countless students.
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, Mrs. K. continues to be a driving force, advocating for the belief that with the right guidance and resources, every child can achieve success. Through her years of service, Mrs. K. has become a respected figure in the field, embodying the spirit of educational excellence and inclusivity.