Mrs. Lisa Smentek (Mama Tek)
Lisa Smentek “Mama Tek” has been in the Drill Team business for 37 years as a director both in California and Texas. Born and raised in Northern California, she began her drill team career in middle School. That experience allowed her to kick through high school and land in Texas to audition for the Kilgore College Rangerettes. “Those two years at Kilgore have shaped me into the woman I am today, I have Gussie Nell Davis and Mrs. Bolton to thank for pushing me to never give up, strive for better than best, always act like a lady and to see the world through rose colored glasses.” After Kilgore, Mama Tek returned to Northern California to direct both middle school drill team and eventually her alma mater drill team before returning to Texas. Upon her return, she attended Stephen F. Austin as a dance/kinesiology/health major and thus began her Texas director career. As her husband’s coaching career locations changed, so did hers moving to Georgetown, Abilene and finally Allen.
She is enjoying her thirteenth year on campus and has had such memorable experiences with the girls including: Rose Parade in a monsoon, The Super Bowl in Arlington, opening the Perot Museum in Dallas, Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York Dance Tours, House of Diffa Fashion Show at the Omni Hotel, Holiday in New York at the Ritz-Carlton, State Championship performances at Cowboy Stadium and Reliant Stadium and of course several spectacular Showcase performances in our own PAC. And there are so many other events that have filled the memory box! Perhaps some of the most memorable experiences have included watching “my girls” go on to pursue their dreams. Those young ladies who went on to pursue Kilgore Rangerettes include: Breanna Burns, Whitney Cook, Cassie Dyson, Rachel Harvey, Ashley Hibbs, Korinne Manjarres and Emily Diehl who was named captain of the 75th line. Shannon Rockwell- Texas Tech Pom Nationals winner, and a myriad of young ladies who continue to dance at the collegiate level and those who pursued their dreams in other avenues.
She has been married to “Happy” as her grandkids call her husband, for 34 years with 2 daughters (Chantel and Nicole) and 4 grandchildren in California and 1 son (Theron) and daughter in-law in Texas expecting in September. She enjoys travel, sewing and if the lights are on Friday night, she is there!
Tallenettes Assistant Director:
Ms. Whitney Wilson (Mama Willy)
Whitney Wilson began her dance training at the age of 3 in ballet and tap. She later trained in jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, modern and contemporary. She was a member of the Quintessence Ballet Company in Lewisville before discovering drill team at the start of her high school career. Ms. Wilson was a 4 year member of the Marcus High School Marquettes where she served as Sophomore & Junior Lieutenant positions and Captain her Senior year. She was named Rookie of the Year, All American Dance/Drill Team 4 years, toured Europe with American Dance/Drill Team, Miss High Kick and Marquette of the Year.
Ms. Wilson studied dance at Texas Women’s University, but fell in love with the University of North Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Program Management and a minor in Health Promotions. She later pursued her teaching certificate in Dance & Physical Education.
Ms. Wilson’s past teaching experience includes teaching at the City of Corinth Parks & Rec Dance classes, Dance Industry, Extreme Dance, Next Step Dance, MA Dance Summer Camps across the United States & adjudicating regional and national dance competitions for 12 years, Allen HS Color Guard, and founded the Lowery Dance Company Stars. She also danced for the Lyric City Dance Company, starred as Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense at Grapevine’s Runway Theatre and was a member of DefiANCE Dance Company.
Ms. Wilson has been teaching dance in Allen since August of 2005 and has been the Tallenette Assistant Director since 2009. She also teaches summer workshops at Pure Movement Dance & Fitness and spends every New Years since 2000 in Orlando working the ESP Citrus Bowl Halftime Show with All American Dancers & Cheerleaders from all over the USA.
Her passion for dance and drive to “push” dancers to the next level only excites her year after year. Ms. Wilson feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of young ladies and Mrs. Tek, a wonderful mentor and friend.