Donna Jones is the Director and Owner of the Center for Home Education & The Cottage Theatre. She has a MSSW (Master of Science in Social Work), and spent almost 6 years with CPS and another 6 years with MHMR where she served as the Clinical Supervisor of the outpatient mental health program. She began homeschooling in 1997 after the birth of her 3rd child, at the time she had a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old and a newborn. She continued to homeschool all of her children all the way until graduation. Her last child graduated in 2015, concluding 19 years of home educating her own children.
Kathy Abelanet is honored and humbled to be the new Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theatre director for 2021-2022. It is an awesome responsibility that she does not take lightly and realizes that she is following in the footsteps of three very good directors: Anicia Brown, Nathan Reyna, and Asia Wall.
She has been with The Center for Home Education since 2006. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education with teaching fields in English and Spanish, an M.S. in English, and is currently pursuing her PhD. She has taught reader’s theatre, Spanish reader’s theatre, rhetoric, composition, literature, Shakespeare, and play writing. Her Spanish reader’s theatre performed at the Watauga Public Library and the North Richland Hills Library over several years. At the Cottage Theatre, she produced/executive directed Six Men and a Room, The Empty Seat, the trial scene from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and several reader’s theatre productions. She has successfully coached the Center’s students in competitions at the University of Dallas’ annual Shakespeare monologue competition from 2017-2019 with her students winning back to back second place awards. Recently, she executive directed the 2019-2020 Play Writing Class’ production of Bunker Down in a successful February run at the Cottage Theatre.
She has performed in the adult productions at the Cottage Theatre, which include The Beverly Hillbillies and Arsenic and Old Lace. She currently performs in a flute choir called Flutissimo.
She is married to a wonderful man and has two children. Both of her children attended the Center for Home Education for twelve years participating in over 30 theatre productions. It was through watching them that she realized the importance of theatre as a tool to help them find their voice. Her teaching philosophy with her children and with students is that every person has been given a purpose and a message from God; her goal is to help each child realize their God-given potential. It is through performance that a child can develop the tools to successfully and confidently speak their message.