The leadership team at UME Prep is a group of up of hard-working, experienced educators who are passionate about providing students and their families with the best educational tools and opportunities available. Each member of the leadership team brings vital talents and experience to the table, and they each share a passion for making the University Method of Education available to the public sector. We invite you to take a moment to view our organizational chart and get to know our campus leadership better by reading their bios below.
Degrees and Certification: Mike received a BBA in Economics from Baylor University, an MBA from Texas Christian University, and an MHA from Trinity University.
Educational Experience: Mike Spurlock is an extremely successful businessman, administrator, and adjunct professor. He owns his own company and has spent 43 years in the health care field as a care giver, president of 3 hospitals, regional administrator for 2500 doctors, an executive of a senior living facility (CCRC), a developer of ALZ, and a lobbyist in Austin, TX for hospitals/healthcare. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Houston in HRD and at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Graduate School of Healthcare Administration, and is a guest lecturer at DBU regarding strategic planning and ethics. He has served on the Board of two private schools and is a certified mediator.
His Family: Mike has been married 38 years, is the father of three, and the grandfather of two. He is a former coach to a girls varsity fast pitch softball taking them to three state playoffs in 3A TAPPS. He is a Sunday School and Bible Teacher in his church to both children and adults, has a black belt in Karate, and loves golf.
Dr. Brance Barker
Degrees and Certifications: Elizabeth graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a BA in elementary education, and a minor in English and psychology. She has done graduate work in curriculum and instruction, elementary math, elementary literacy, and gifted education. Elizabeth has a lifetime Texas teaching certificate in elementary grades 1st-8th grade. She is also certified in ESL.
Educational Experience: Elizabeth has many years of experience teaching all elementary grade levels. She taught in Duncanville ISD, as well as in Highland Park ISD; she also has taught in two private schools in the Dallas area and in a home school co-op. She wrote curriculum and served on administrative curriculum and instruction teams both in Duncanville ISD and in Highland Park ISD. Elizabeth spent three years as an Educational Consultant with a large charter school in Dallas. During that time, she developed curriculum, provided instructional support to teachers and staff, and presented staff development workshops. Elizabeth has been included three times in Who’s Who of America’s Teachers, and was twice nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award.
Her Family: Elizabeth has been married to Edwin Shafer for 24 years. Edwin is the director of security and IT at UME Prep. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, movies, spending time with friends, and all sports, especially professional, and college football. She particularly loves the Georgia Bulldogs, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers!