Allison Ezell

Allison and her husband, Blake, grew up in Dallas and made the move to the 'burbs in 2010 when she began teaching middle school in Frisco. After attending Texas A&M for her undergrad, Allison came back to Dallas to pursue her Master’s in Education from SMU. She has a huge love of writing and has taught everything from preschool to eighth grade. Today, McKinney is home for her little circus which includes three children (four if you count her husband) and a troublemaking lab. Allison and her husband are both passionate about orphan care and adoption, a calling that led them to their adopted son from China and to pursue their foster care licensing during the pandemic. Keep up with all her shenanigans on Instagram!

Family Always Comes First at Lionheart Children’s Academy

When I was a preschool teacher, I remember one particular parent conference where I surprised a mother. She came in to discuss a behavior struggle we were having with her daughter at nap time,...

Effective Communication with School :: 5 Tips from a Former Teacher

Ahh, the fall season. The return of early mornings, homework, and yes, the dreaded flood of emails to your inbox from all your kiddos' teachers. If you're anything like me, nothing strikes fear in...

Lionheart Children’s Academy :: Creating Lifelong Learners Starts with Fun

When I was about six months pregnant with my first child, I began my very first search for a childcare center. I remember going from center to center hearing about curriculum and teaching styles...

“So, What Exactly Can He Eat?” Navigating a Child’s Food Allergy Diagnosis

One of our children was recently diagnosed with a food allergy. The diagnosis left me both relieved and panicked. I was relieved to hear that his symptoms and discomfort had a cause. But more...

Our First 75 Days Together: An Honest Look at Foster Parenting

75 days ago at 5:15pm, my phone rang. I was on the way home from watching my son do gymnastics, likely wondering what I was going to make for dinner that night, and hopeful...

Summer Road Trip Guide to Hot Springs, Arkansas

If your crew is anything like mine, summer is the time we like to get the heck out of town! One of our very favorite drivable spots is the beautiful town of Hot Springs,...

From Lockdown to an Open Home: How the Pandemic Led Us to Foster Care

"I'm just so thankful the kids are okay." Eight words. These eight words, said nearly daily by my husband in spring 2020, launched a very unexpected and unlikely chapter for our family one year ago. Like all...

Collin County Suburb Snapshot :: Prosper

Moving to Prosper and wondering about living there? This post is for you! Lived in Prosper for a while and aren’t really sure what all Prosper has to offer? This guide to Prosper, TX,...