After completing the study and the 1960-61 school year, Dr. Woodring returned to Dallas and taught first grade at Stephen F. Austin Elementary School. She implemented much of the Carden Method into a “Look Say” system. As a result of her teaching, these first graders, many from low economic, low enrichment, and low parental participation backgrounds, learned to read.
In 1962 she resigned from DISD so that she and her husband could start a family. Their daughter Jill was born the next fall, and three years later their son, Greg. As Jill approached four, the Woodrings began searching for a school using the Carden Method of teaching reading. However, to their dismay, the nearest one was a school for boys in Ft. Worth, and thus they made the decision to start a Carden School themselves here in Dallas.
On September 7, 1966, the Woodrings opened Highlander School with one kindergarten and one junior kindergarten for a total enrollment that year of twenty-nine students. The next year they added a first grade class and the enrollment increased to eighty-seven students. The trend of adding a grade each year continued until 1973 when the desired size of the school was reached.
Today Highlander is located on six acres of land in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. The school encompasses early childhood and elementary school through sixth grade with a total enrollment of approximately one hundred students and still uses the Carden method in its teaching.