Meet our Directors
Director - Hayley Mitchell
Hayley Mitchell began her dance training at Coppell House of Dance at the age of eleven studying ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She was in the dance company at CHOD and competed in many dance competitions in the Dallas area. Mrs. Mitchell was also a 3 year member of the Lariettes at Coppell High School and competed in the duet/trio category with her two sisters, where they won 1st place at MA Grapevine, Crowd Pleasers and HTE regional drill team competitions.
After high school Mrs. Mitchell became a member of the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. As a Rangerette she performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2003, Dallas Cowboys game, Cotton bowl pre-game and half time performance and had the opportunity to perform for President George W. Bush at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural ball and Inaugural parade. In 2005 she continued her dance training in modern and ballet at Texas Woman’s University studying under Mary-Williford Shade, Sarah Gamblin and Melissa Young. She graduated with a bachelors of Arts and Science in Dance. While attending TWU she was a member of Out on a Limb dance company under L. Brooke Schlecte. Mrs. Mitchell has been a 12 year staff member of the well known drill team company, Marching Auxiliaries also known as MA Dance. Through MA she was given the opportunity to travel the U.S. teaching and choreographing for various dance/drill teams over the summer. MA has also provided the experience of working and choreographing for the Cotton Bowl pregame and halftime show, working closely with the pageantry. Mitchell was also a 2 year instructor for A Dance Force studio in Southlake, TX. She was the company director for the 2009-2010 dance companies, leading them to win many awards at Platinum Dance Competition, LADF and Starbound Talent Competition. Following her career in the studio industry, Mitchell came to Coppell High School in 2010 as a long term substitute for the Silver Stars in the fall and was named the official director in the Spring of 2011. This is Mrs. Mitchell's 9th year as the Silver Star director and she loves working with the freshman squad. Mrs. Mitchell is married to the love of her life and has a 3 year old daughter and 2 year old son.
Assistant Director - Julie Stralow
Mrs. Stralow is in her 14th year as a teacher and drill team director at Coppell High School. She is originally from Richmond, Texas and is a former member and Colonel of the Stephen F. Austin High School Angels Dance Team. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance at TCU (Go Frogs!) and continued dancing professionally with Contemporary Dance Fort Worth for several years.
Mrs. Stralow came to CHS as a long-term substitute for former director Kari Korth and was hired the next year as the Silver Stars JV director and dance teacher. It wasn’t long before circumstances led her to direct both the Lariettes and Silver Stars that first year, and by the spring she was the official Lariette Drill Team Director.
In 2008, she married former CHS Head Wrestling Coach and Defensive Coordinator Carl Stralow. They are proud parents of their daughters, Morgan (7) and Reagan (3). Coach Stralow is the head football coach at Keller High School (Go Indians!), and Morgan is a 2nd grader in the Grapevine-Colleyville school district (Go Gators!). Reagan is a full time student at the Early Childhood Development Center in Colleyville (Go Roos!) and occasionally all four of them get to see each other at home!
Under the direction of Mrs. Stralow the Lariettes continued a tradition of excellence throughout football and competition seasons. Mrs. Stralow made several updates to the Lariette uniform; the addition of field boots to the uniform (formerly Keds) and the option of a sleeveless fringe uniform with gauntlets for the 100 degree games as well as the now "iconic" Red Jacket.
Additionally, the Coppell Larrys have become a staple at the Homecoming Game and the Annual Lariette Show-off attracts over 500 guests each year with the addition of CHS dance classes and special performance groups. The Lariettes have always been award winning and continue that tradition with technique and showmanship awards, Best in Class awards, Winner’s Circle trophies, and national titles year after year.
Mrs. Stralow is looking forward to another great year at CHS and expects the best year ever with the Lariettes!