Faculty and Staff Directory amp quotAll About Mequot Page

Faculty and Staff Directory & "All About Me" Page

                                                                                 

    Administrators

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Catherine Kelly

Principal

Catherine.Kelly@risd.org

469-593-4800

Bachelors Degree in Biology- Austin College

Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies -UTA

 

 

 

 Jennie Marx

Assistant Principal

 Jennie.Marx@risd.org

469-593-4800

 

 

 

Birthday: 7/19

Year I Joined MTE: 2015

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Snickers

Favorite Soft Drink: Dr. Pepper

Favorite Meal: Italian Food

Favorite Sport/ Team: Basketball - Mavericks!

Favorite Lunch: Cheeseburger

Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream

Favorite Restaurant: Papasitos, Big Shucks, Snuffer's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Colored Pens, Stationery

Hobby: Building stuff, Crafty things

Why I Work in Education: It's important to do everything we can each day to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

 

 

 

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Year I Joined MTE: 2016

 

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Hobby: Soccer, 

 

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    Office Staff

 

 

 

 

 

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 Kim Jannati

  Counselor 

 Kim.Jannati@risd.org

 469-593-4805 

BA English

Alternate Certification

Master in Couseling

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 Nyla Karim

  Nurse

 Nyla.Karim@risd.org

 469-593-4806

TWU

 

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 Tammy Sims

  Executive Assistant

 Tammy.Sims@risd.org

 469-593-4801

Associates in Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Long 

 Student Data Specialist

Danielle.Long@risd.org 

469-593-4802

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Minshew

 Bilingual Secretary

 Carol.Minshew@risd.org

 469-593-4803

 

 

Birthday: 4/4

Year I Joined MTE: 2010-11

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: M&M's

Favorite Soft Drink: Diet DP

Favorite Meal: Steak

Favorite Sport/ Team: soccer

Favorite Lunch: Burger King

Favorite Dessert: Brownies

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse, Saltgrass

Favorite Office Supply Item: Flair pens

Hobby: Movies, TV, read

Why I Work in Education:

I have a huge heart for children - especially disadvantaged and disabled children. I want to help them (and their families) however I can.

 Birthday: 1/1

Year I Joined MTE: 2003

Favorite Color: Blush

Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: coke

Favorite Meal: pizza

Favorite Sport/ Team: ice skating

Favorite Lunch: Cafe Max

Favorite Dessert: Chocolate mouse cake

Favorite Restaurant: Maggianos and Fadi's

Favorite Office Supply Item: pens

Hobby: entertaining

Why I Work in Education:               I have always enjoyed working with children since I was a child myself.  I enjoy helping them   learn and apply those tools into their daily life.  Espcially good hygiene.

 

 Birthday: 5/24

Year I Joined MTE: 2007 - I think...

Favorite Color: Turquoise

Favorite Candy: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite Soft Drink: Peach Tea

Favorite Meal: Mexican and Italian

Favorite Sport/ Team: Texas Rangers

Favorite Lunch: Chick Fil A

Favorite Dessert: Lemon Icebox Pie

Favorite Restaurant: Casa Mama & Maggiano's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Cute Notepads

and really good pens

Hobby: Love music and love to paint

Why I Work in Education:As a child 

I used to pretend I was a teacher and would put my poor grandparents through every lesson

 and they would allow me to attempt to teach. AsI got older, I did not go in that direction but I ave a great respect for those who did because because the future comes into our building every day.Whether as a teacher, an aide, secretary or nurse, making sure they know that where ever they come from  whatever s and chatheir circumstances are, they are respected, loved for themselves and challenged everyday to become the best at whatever it is they want to be. 

 

 

 Birthday: June 8th

Year I Joined MTE: 2016-2017

Favorite Color: Blue or anything bright

Favorite Candy: Chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke or cherry coke

Favorite Meal: Steak

Favorite Sport/ Team: Cowboys

Favorite Lunch: Cheeseburger or salad

Favorite Dessert: cake

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Road House

Favorite Office Supply Item: Colored pencils

Hobby: Not much time for hobbies with 4 kiddos. I guess napping J

Why I Work in Education: Love working with kids. Feel we all making a difference and setting examples for what the new generations will become

 Year I Joined MTE: 13/14

Favorite Color: Black/White

Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate w/nuts

Favorite Soft Drink: Ginger Ale

Favorite Meal: Mexican & Asian

Favorite Sport/ Team: Texas Rangers

Favorite Lunch: Chic-Fil-A

Favorite Dessert: Gulten/Free Cookies

Favorite Restaurant: Matts Mexican Restaurant

Favorite Office Supply Item: pens /sticky notes

Hobby: Read

Why I Work in Education: I always wanted to work at the most economically challenged school--and help those kids & parents progress.

I enjoy lunch duty with K-1 because I like to teach them manners, etc. . . some have no clue . . . so if we can teach them when they are little--it will hopefully stick for a lifetime. (They can't say no one ever told/showed them). I love the time off - (pay not great) but, time off is wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Soto

 Sara Soto 

 Pre-K

 Sara.Soto@risd.org

(469) 593-4755

Master of Education Minor in Administration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Guadarrama 

 Pre-K Aide

 Abigail.Guadarrama@risd.org

(469)593-4755

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 3/23

Year I Joined MTE: 2014

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Sneaker

Favorite Soft Drink: Water

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Soccer

Favorite Lunch: Chick FillA

Favorite Dessert: Fruit Salad

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Land and Cattle

Favorite Office Supply Item: Notebook

Hobby: cutting yards for my house, my sisiters' and my moms'

Why I Work in Education: I enjoy teaching any content area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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 Julie Bigham

 Kindergarten

 Julie.Bigham@risd.org

(469)593-4793

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education

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  Mayra Valerio

 Kindergarten Bilingual

 Mayra.Valerio@risd.org

(469) 593-4764

TWU

 

  Alejandra Ramirez

 Kindergarten Bilingual

 Alejandra.Rameriez@risd.org

(469) 593-4753

Bachelors in Political Science

Bachelors in Education

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 7/7

Year I Joined MTE: 1996

Favorite Color: yellow

Favorite Candy: chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke Zero

Favorite Meal: Seafood

Favorite Sport/ Team: Football, hockey, soccer

Favorite Lunch: Chick-Fil-A

Favorite Dessert: my Grandma's chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Restaurant: Buzzard Billy's in Waco, Tx

Favorite Office Supply Item: felt tip pens, markers

Hobby: antiques - We own an antique booth.

Why I Work in Education: When I was a child, I always enjoyed being the "teacher or the leader" of the group.  I believe I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher of young children.  Helping to create an early foundation in student lives is where my heart is.  I feel that

children enter school with a variety of background knowledge. I accept each unique child into my classroom with open arms. I strongly believe that all children can be successful - different approaches, different techniques, and a lot of patience is needed.

 Birthday: 2/27

Year I Joined MTE: 2012

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: Mexican tamarindo candy

Favorite Soft Drink: Coca-cola

Favorite Meal: Mexican and Italina

Favorite Sport/ Team: Soccer Mexico and Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Lunch: Chick-fil-A

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant: Cheddar's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Pens and notepads

Hobby: I love to spend time with my family, sleeping when I can, and shopping.

Why I Work in Education: I believe that each student is an individual who needs a caring and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, socially and academically.  I love teaching!! Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. I hope to educate and motivate my students with the love of learning as I share my own passion for learning with them.

 

Birthday: 12/23

Year I Joined MTE: 2013

Favorite Color: red

Favorite Candy: Reese's

Favorite Soft Drink: peach tea

Favorite Meal: pork chops with rice and beans

Favorite Sport/ Team: San Antonio Spurs!!

Favorite Lunch: Wendy's

Favorite Dessert: creme brulee

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite Office Supply Item: post its

Hobby: watch horror/suspense movies, listen to music, read

Why I Work in Education: You can do marvelous things with good motivation:-)

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Stiles 

 First Grade Monolingual

Amanda.Stiles@risd.org

 

 

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   Xiomara Membreno

  First Grade Bilingual

 Xiomara.Membreno@risd.org

(469) 593-4818

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday: February 3

Year I Joined MTE: 2016

Favorite Color: Teal/Coral

Favorite Candy: Snickers

Favorite Soft Drink: Cherry Coke (prefer coffee)

Favorite Meal: Cajun food

Favorite Sport/ Team: Baseball/ Texas Rangers

Favorite Lunch: Raising Canes

Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu

Favorite Restaurant: Razzoo’s

Favorite Office Supply Item:  Felt tip pens, post-it notes, dry erase markers, chisel tipped markers

Hobby: Crafting/Sewing

Why I Work in Education: I work in education because I love working with kids and challenging them the reach their potential. Seeing the growth in students while also growing alongside them as an educator.

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 6/8              

Year I Joined MTE: 2014

Favorite Color: pink

Favorite Candy: Sour patch kids watermelon, pink and red starbursts

Favorite Soft Drink: Goold 'ol water

Favorite Meal: Mexican and Italian

Favorite Sport/ Team: NA

Favorite Lunch: Paneras, La Madeline, Raising Canes

Favorite Dessert: Anything chocolate

Favorite Restaurant: Saltgrass, Cheddars, Roadhouse, Olive Garden

Favorite Office Supply Item: Post its

Hobby: I like working out, jogging, spending time with family

Why I Work in Education: I love children and believe it or not I've always wanted to be a teacher. I stuck to my goals and pulled through. I believe our students are our future, and we must do what we can to get them ahead. It's also a rewarding job, being there when that light bulb comes on. There is nothing more satisfying!:)

 

 

 

 

 

Katy Johnstone 

 Second Grade

Katy.Johnstone@risd.org 

(469) 593-4784

 

Alvarado 

 Celine Alvarado  

 Second Grade Bilingual

  Celine.Alvarado@risd.org

(469) 593-4788

 

Maria Mora

Second Grade Bilingual

Maria.Mora@risd.org  

(469) 593-4751 

 

Jeanie Stokx 

Second Grade

 Jeanie.Stokx@risd.org

(469) 593-4766

 

 

 

 

Birthday: 2/24

Year I Joined MTE: 2014

Favorite Color: Royal Blue

Favorite Candy: Twix

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: None

Favorite Lunch: La Madeleine

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant: Mi Cocina

Favorite Office Supply Item: Post-It Gridded Chart Paper

Hobby: anything outdoors

Why I Work in Education: I love kids.  I am passionate about helping kids become the best of whoever they will be as adults.  I want all kids to love learning and be successful.  I love seeing their faces as they experience new things.  I love being a teacher (most of the time)! :)

 

 Birthday: January 7

 

Year I Joined MTE: 2016

 

Favorite Color: Blue

 

Favorite Candy: Reese’s, Pecan Caramel Clusters

 

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke Zero

 

Favorite Meal: Italian, Mexican, Sushi

 

Favorite Sport/ Team: Dallas Cowboys, Golden State Warriors, Mexico’s Soccer National Team

 

Favorite Lunch: Lasagna, Fettucine Alfredo

 

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

 

Favorite Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory, Afrah, Olive Garden.

 

Favorite Office Supply Item: Dry Erase Markers

 

Hobby: Spend time with my family, going to the movies.

 

Why I Work in Education: I work in Education because I believe that life is about continuous learning and growth, and being able to share what you are and what you know to inspire your students to keep working in order to achieve their dreams is amazing. 

 

 

 

 

  

Pamela Pingree 

 Third Grade Bilingual

 Pamela.Pingree@risd.org

(469)593-4751

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies

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 Caitlin Foerstner

Third Grade

Caitlin.Foerstner@risd.org

(469) 593-4816

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies

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 Erica Ramos

 Third Grade

 Erica.Ramos@risd.org

(469) 593-4757

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 Morgan Stevens

 Third Grade Bilingual

 Morgan.Stevens@risd.org

(469)593-4790

Bachelors in EC-6th Bilingual Generalist with a Minor in Spanish

 

 

 

 

Birthday: 12/15

Year I Joined MTE: 2015

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: Cherry Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Lunch: Jimmy Johns

Favorite Dessert: Brownies

Favorite Restaurant: Glorias, Chilis, ... anywhere

Favorite Office Supply Item: Notepads, erasers, pencils, pens...

Hobby: Reading, shopping

Why I Work in Education: I love to work with children especially those in an at-risk area.  I think all students should get a good education no matter what their economical background. I enjoy teaching students and seeing their faces light up when they learn something new!

 

 

Birthday: 9/4

Year I Joined MTE: 2012

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Snickers

Favorite Soft Drink: Diet Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Texas Rangers

Favorite Lunch: Chick fil a

Favorite Dessert: Cookies

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse, Amigos, La Madeleine, Del's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Markers! Sharpies and Anchor Chart Markers

Hobby: Playing with my dogs and watching TV/Movies

Why I Work in Education: I love working with kids. They are so smart and keep everything interesting and new. Kids want to learn and it is fun to see their passion come out in different areas in the classroom. I enjoy seeing the students grow from day one and seeing that every child can grow no matter what. 

 

 Birthday: 9/23

Year I Joined MTE: Jan. 2013

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Candy: Snickers almond

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke $

Favorite Meal: Chinese & Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: San Antonio Spurs

Favorite Lunch: Chic-fil-A

Favorite Dessert: Frozen yogurt

Favorite Restaurant: Red lobster, Olive Garden, Amigos

Favorite Office Supply Item: Sharpies & Expos

Hobby: Empty my DVR and spend QT with my little ones.

Why I Work in Education: Because I want to make a difference. I believe that every child is capable of doing something great in their lifetime if they receive a great education and are given the opportunity to shine. I also want to be the mom or dad that some don't have, the disciplinarian that some need, and the support that they need to make it through the day and year.

  Birthday: 3/4

Year I Joined MTE: 2015

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Chocolate Almonds/peanut m&ms

Favorite Soft Drink: Starbucks Caramel Machiatto/Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Basketball-Mavs

Favorite Lunch: Chickfila

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite Office Supply Item: Mr. Sketch Markers for Anchor Charts

Hobby: Cook, dance, exercise, and read.

Why I Work in Education: I work in the educational field because I want to share my love for learning with my students. I want to empower them and instill ambition.

 

 

 

 

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  Jennifer Johnson

  Fourth Grade

  Jennifer.L.Johnson@risd.org

(469)593-4789

TWU Bachelors


   Chloe Anstead

  Fourth Grade

  Chloe.Anstead@risd.org

(469) 593-4791

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 3/10

Year I Joined MTE: 2013

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: Starburst

Favorite Soft Drink: Sprite

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Cowboys

Favorite Lunch: Chick fil a

Favorite Dessert: Ice cream

Favorite Restaurant: Ida Claire

Favorite Office Supply Item: Felt tip pens

Hobby: Knitting

Why I Work in Education: My goal is to make the world a better place by educating one student at a time. 

Birthday: 2/22

Year I Joined MTE: 2014

Favorite Color: pink

Favorite Candy: sour gummy worms

Favorite Soft Drink: Pepsi

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Rangers

Favorite Lunch: Chick-fil-a

Favorite Dessert: mint chocolate chip ice cream

Favorite Restaurant: Maggianos

Favorite Office Supply Item: Sharpie pens

Hobby: Sewing

Why I Work in Education: I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children, especially children who have no one at home to motivate and believe in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 Amber McBride

 Fifth Grade

 Amber.McBride@risd.org

(469) 593-4776

  

Irene Holley

 Fifth Grade

 Irene.Holley@risd.org

 (469) 593-4775

Bachelor Business Education

Master Education

Masters Biblical Studies

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Phillip Gilbert

 Fifth Grade

 Phil.Gilbert@risd.org

(469) 593-4792

Bachelor of Science (Multidisciplinary Studies)

Master of Education

(Educational Leadership)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 01/18

Year I Joined MTE: 2015-2016

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: chocolate (peanut m&m’s)

Favorite Soft Drink: Cherry Pepsi/Coke

Favorite Meal:  Combination nachos at Amigos

Favorite Sport/ Team:  volleyball/Dallas Cowboys!!!!!

Favorite Lunch:   Spicy chicken sandwhich (plain) meal from Chic-fil-a

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant:  Razoo’s/Pappadeux

Favorite Office Supply Item: colorful tabs

Hobby:  sleeping, running, music (singing, dancing, listening to)

Why I Work in Education:   When you are called, you just know.

 I love sharing my knowledge and love with eager students whom

 possess innocent hearts.  The education field is all I know and it

 doesn’t feel like a job, it’s my lifestyle.  

 Birthday: 11/29

Year I Joined MTE: 2015

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: m&m

Favorite Soft Drink: Fanta

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Basketball

Favorite Lunch: Chick fil a

Favorite Dessert: pecan pie

Favorite Restaurant: Christina's Mexican Grill

Favorite Office Supply Item: organizer

Hobby: Gardenin and reading

Why I Work in Education: The following ideals provide the basic framework that shape my lessons and learning.

Cooperative learning is an excellent approach to learning. Learners develop skills that are all encompassing. The Johnson and Johnson model highlights the skills cooper

 

Birthday: 3/7

Year I Joined MTE: 2013

Favorite Color: Royal Blue

Favorite Candy: Kit Kat

Favorite Soft Drink: Dr. Pepper

Favorite Meal: Chinese (no spice)

Favorite Sport/ Team: Texas Tech Football, Bayern Munich soccer, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers

Favorite Lunch: Jimmy Johns

Favorite Dessert: brownies

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse, Alamo Drafthouse, Amigo's

Favorite Office Supply Item: V5 pens (all colors)

Hobby: Skydive, long-distance running

Why I Work in Education:

Every student deserves an advocate that will love them whilst highlighting hidden talents and strengths from within.  Students need role models and I have the energy and excitement that is needed in the classroom.  (Don’t tell anyone, but teaching is also fun!)

 

 

 

 

 Michelle Brashear

 Sixth Grade

 Michelle.Brashear@risd.org

(469) 593- 4786

Bachelors in English Literature

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 Amanda Burge

 Sixth Grade

 Amanda.Burge@risd.org

(469) 593-4765

 Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 8/24

Year I Joined MTE: 2009

Favorite Color: green

Favorite Candy: none - always on a diet

Favorite Soft Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Lunch: Chick Fil A

Favorite Dessert: nonenone - always on a diet

Favorite Restaurant: Chick Fil A

Favorite Office Supply Item: Sharpies

Hobby: Reading

Why I Work in Education: My favorite thing about teaching every year is getting kids excited about reading. I want my students to ask questions and be risk takers. They need to understand that mistakes are part of the process. I truly believe that all kids are capable of learning

Birthday: 3/15

Year I Joined MTE: 2010

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Candy: Jelly Beans

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke Zero

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: None

Favorite Lunch: Chik Fil A

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant: PF Changs

Favorite Office Supply Item: Post Its and File Folders

Hobby: Read, work out, play board games (Catan!)

Why I Work in Education: I believe in making the impossible things in life, possible. I love helping kids realize how great they are. I love helping them realize they are smart. I love the smiles on their faces when the achieve something they never thought they could.

 

 

 

 

 

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  Michele Park

 Art

 Michele.Park@risd.org

(469) 593-4756

BFA in Art History minor in

Business and Studio Art

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 Rebecca Pohlen

 PE

 Rebecca.Pohlen@risd.org

(469) 593-4750

Bachelor in Physical Education

Masters in Physical Education

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 Terry Liles

  Music

 Terry.Liles@risd.org

(469) 593-4773

Bachelor of Music

Master of Education

 

Rachel Nelson

Music

Rachel.Nelson@risd.org

(469) 593-4773

 

 

 

Birthday: 1/31

Year I Joined MTE: 2005

Favorite Color: Teal

Favorite Candy: Reese's peanut butter cup

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: If I had to choose, tennis.

Favorite Lunch: Chic Fila

Favorite Dessert: Cookie doe ice cream

Favorite Restaurant: Chili's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Label Maker

Hobby: Paint

Why I Work in Education: I believe every child should have the opportunity to experience creativity and learn about art  in a safe and encouraging environment.

Birthday: 7/10

Year I Joined MTE: 2005

Favorite Color: magenta

Favorite Candy: Reese's Peanutbutter Cup

Favorite Soft Drink: Dr. Pepper

Favorite Meal: Italian

Favorite Sport/ Team: tennis

Favorite Lunch: Taco Bueno

Favorite Dessert: Blizzard from Dairy Queen

Favorite Restaurant: Scicilianos

Favorite Office Supply Item: pens and markers

Hobby: playing tennis!

Why I Work in Education: I would like to make a positive difference in the lives of children. As I try to do that, they certainly bless me in return.

 

 Birthday: 12/3

Year I Joined MTE: 1999

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Hershey Kisses

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke Zero

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Football-Texas Longhorns

Favorite Lunch: McDonald's

Favorite Dessert: Cookies

Favorite Restaurant: On the Border

Favorite Office Supply Item: Markers-Dry Erase

Hobby: Sports and Weather

Why I Work in Education: The reason I work in the educational field, and the educational philosophy for my practice, is the dedication to contributing positive influences to the future society, through providing for positive outcomes for upcoming members of that future society. T

 Birthday: November 11th

 

Year I Joined MTE: 2016

 

Favorite Color: Purple

 

Favorite Candy: Butterfinger and snickers

 

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke

 

Favorite Meal: Mexican

 

Favorite Sport/ Team: OSU Cowboys, OKC Thunder, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys

 

Favorite Lunch: Chik Fil A

 

Favorite Dessert: Cupcakes  

 

Favorite Restaurant: Chili’s

 

Favorite Office Supply Item: Expo markers/any kind of markers and pens

 

Hobby: Playing any kind of sport or outside game

 

Why I Work in Education: I work in education because I had teachers in my life who took time to invest in me and also she me that I could do anything and overcome my fears and I want to provide that for my students. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Kolleen Dominguez

 Librarian

 Kolleen.Dominguez@risd.org

(469) 593-4808

Bachelors Secondary Education

Masters of Library Science

 

 

 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

 

 

 

 Brittany Scott

 Instructional Specialist

 Brittany.Scott@risd.org

(469)593-4778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 6/26

Year I Joined MTE: 2013

Favorite Color: Soap Opera Blue

Favorite Candy: Snickers

Favorite Soft Drink: Diet Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Mavericks

Favorite Lunch: Chick Fil A Cobb Salad with Avacado Ranch

Favorite Dessert: Chocolate, chocolate cake

Favorite Restaurant: Celebration

Favorite Office Supply Item: Sharpie Fine Tip Pen (not markers)

Hobby: Read, run

Why I Work in Education: I love all the different students, they teach us as much as we teach them.

 

 

Birthday: December 27th

Year I Joined MTE: 2016

Favorite Color: Depends on my mood J Anything bright and fun!

Favorite Candy: Almond Joy, Sour Straws, Twizzlers, Dark Chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: Diet Coke with Vanilla

Favorite Meal: Brunch/Breakfast (Blueberry pancakes…yum!)

Favorite Sport/ Team: I love soccer but my favorite local teams are the Rangers and the Mavs.

Favorite Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad or Taco Salad

Favorite Dessert: Pacuigo Gelato (Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel is AMAZING-try it!) J

Favorite Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Office Supply Item: Colored paper/Cardstock

Hobby: Playing with my nephews, playing soccer, going to concerts…anything that involves family, friends, and my dogs!

Why I Work in Education: I love working with students, teachers, and families to help them reach their fullest potential. Working with children energizes me. Their smiles make me smile. Seeing children grow academically, physically, and socially over the course of the school year is so special.  Children are a constant reminder of all things good in this world. 

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 Math Specialist

 

(469) 593-4798

 

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 Lasley Bober

Campus Reading Specialist

Lasley.Bober@risd.org

(469) 593-4770

Univ. of Arizona

       

          Liz Bernfeld

 Campus Reading Specialist

     Liz.Bernfeld@frisd.org

(469) 593-4810

 

 

 

 

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Year I Joined MTE: 2016

 

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LaLaura Koloc

Special Education - Resource

Laura.Koloc@risd.org

(469) 593-4762

Bachelors Special Education

Bachelors Elementary Education

Master in Reading

cameron Annette Cameron

Special Education - Resource

Annette.Cameron@risd.org

(469) 593-4797

Degree in Health professions -Long term health care Administration

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 Debbie Stokesberry

 Resource Paraprofessional

Debbie.Stokesberry@risd.org

(469) 593-4822

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 1/11

Year I Joined MTE: 2002

Favorite Color: green

Favorite Candy: York Peppermint patties

Favorite Soft Drink: diet Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Chicago Bear (Dah Bears)

Favorite Lunch: Cafe Max

Favorite Dessert: flan (Nyla's!)

Favorite Restaurant: Aboca's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Post Its

Hobby: scrapbooking, gardening

Why I Work in Education: I work in education because my passion is teaching children, giving them new experiences, and loving each of them for who they are.

The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you'll GO! ~Dr. Seuss

Birthday: 8/1

Year I Joined MTE: 2014

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Candy: Sprees

Favorite Soft Drink: Dr. Pepper

Favorite Meal: Italian

Favorite Sport/ Team: Gymnastics

Favorite Lunch: Chic-Fil-A

Favorite Dessert: Coffee ice cream

Favorite Restaurant: Cappuccino's

Favorite Office Supply Item: Pilot Precise V5 extra fine rolling ball pens

Hobby: read, watch movies

Why I Work in Education: To make a postive impact with students that struggle learning.

 

Birthday: 5/16

Year I Joined MTE: 2005

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Candy: Payday Candy Bar and Reece's

Favorite Soft Drink: Water

Favorite Meal: Steak and Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Lunch: Cafe Max and Chick-Fil-A

Favorite Dessert: Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Cookies

Favorite Restaurant: Pappadeaux & Saltgrass

Favorite Office Supply Item: Ink Gel Pens & Post-Its

Hobby: Gardening and Walking

Why I Work in Education: I LOVE children! I want to help children have a great experience as they grow into responsible and happy adults. Working with children is very fulfilling to me because it gives me a chance every day to make a positive impact in a child's life, using the l

 

 

 

 

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 Chun Cornelius

 Upper DP Teacher

(Grades 4-6)

Chun.Cornelius@risd.org

(469) 593-4758

Bachelor

 

 

 

  

 

 

Erin Wackerla 

 Lower DP Teacher

 (Grades 1-3)

Erin.Wackerla@risd.org 

(469) 593- 4763

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday: 11/1

Year I Joined MTE: Aug, 2013

Favorite Color: green

Favorite Candy: M  & M

Favorite Soft Drink: water

Favorite Meal: Japanese food

Favorite Sport/ Team: swim

Favorite Lunch: McDonalds

Favorite Dessert: cheese cake

Favorite Restaurant: Osaka

Favorite Office Supply Item: hand soap, not hand sanitizer

Hobby: exercise, painting

Why I Work in Education: I believe I am making a difference in student's life.  I am privileged working with future generation.  I help them to be a great citizen near future.

 

 

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Steve Vanderpoel

 UUpper DP Aide

Steve.Vanderpoel@risd.org

(469) 593-4760

B.S., M.A., Ph.D Ed. Psychology

 

Christy Newhouse 

 Upper  DP Aide

 Christy.Newhouse@risd.org

(469) 593-4780

 

 

Christine Cox   

 Lower DP Aide

 Christine.Cox@risd.org

(469) 593-4754

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 Kelly Klassen

 Lower DP Aide

Kelly.Klassen@risd.org

(469) 593- 4772

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 Birthday: 10/11

Year I Joined MTE: 2011

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Candy: M & M Peanuts

Favorite Soft Drink: Coke

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Mavericks

Favorite Lunch: Macdonalds

Favorite Dessert: ice cream

Favorite Restaurant: anything Mexican

Favorite Office Supply Item: cheap pens/pads

Hobby: Pinball

Why I Work in Education: Mastery education with systematic interventions can be successful with all students.

 

 

Birthday: 2/5

Year I Joined MTE: 3.5

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Kit kat

Favorite Soft Drink: Diet dr pepper

Favorite Meal: Mediterranean

Favorite Sport/ Team: Hockey Winnipeg Jets

Favorite Lunch: Subway                  

Favorite Dessert: Molten lava cake

Favorite Restaurant: Texas land and cattle

Favorite Office Supply Item: Pens

Hobby: Cycling

Why I Work in Education: I work in the educational field for enrichment and development of our special kids.

 

 

  

 

John Beriault 

 ESL/Bilingal

 John.Beriault@risd.org

(469) 593-4812

 

 

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 Fabiola Anaya

 ESL/Bilingal

 Fabiola.Rodriguez@risd.org

(469) 593-4769

Bachelors in Applied Learning and Development with a minor in Spanish

Elba Cabrera 

Elba Cabrera 

 ESL Aide

Elba.Cabrera.risd.org

(469) 593-4761

 

 

 

 

 

 Speech Pathologist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hobby: Soccer, 

 

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 Birthday: 9/20

Year I Joined MTE: 2010

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Candy: Snickers

Favorite Soft Drink: Big Red

Favorite Meal: Thai

Favorite Sport/ Team: Longhorns

Favorite Lunch: Panera Bread

Favorite Dessert: Caramel Brownie Sunday

Favorite Restaurant: PF Changs

Favorite Office Supply Item: Colored Divider Tabs

Hobby: Photography

Why I Work in Education: I really enjoy getting to know the families of the students I service.  I honestly believe that they are the key to being able to unlock student potential.

 Birthday: 9/28

Year I Joined MTE: 2014

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Candy: Chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: Water

Favorite Meal: Chiles rellenos

Favorite Sport/ Team: None

Favorite Lunch: Chicken salads or subway

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant: Cuquitas

Favorite Office Supply Item: Pens

Hobby: Baking

Why I Work in Education: I love working with kids ,

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 Vicki Restrepo

 Materials Center

Natalia.Restrepo@risd.org

(469) 593-4813

 

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  Barbara Pierce

 Technology Assistant

 Barbara.Pierce@risd.org

(469) 593-4821

Bachelors Elementary Education

Bachelors Accounting

 

 David Mankin

Student Service Representative

David.Mankin@risd.org

 

 

 

Sussana Serrano 

Communities in Schools

Sussana.Serrana@risd.org

(469) 593-4795

 

 

 

 

 

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Birthday: 10/29

Year I Joined MTE: 2011

Favorite Color: teal green

Favorite Candy: white or dark chocolate

Favorite Soft Drink: A & W Rootbeer

Favorite Meal: Lasagna

Favorite Sport/ Team: Football

Favorite Lunch: Creamy peanutbutter and strawberry jam sandwhich

Favorite Dessert: cream pies

Favorite Restaurant: I-Hop

Favorite Office Supply Item: Happy bright design pens and stamps

Hobby: beading and latch-hooking

Why I Work in Education: All children deserve the chance and have the right to a good and meaningful education. If I come to work with a smile and brighten the day for a child and open their eyes to a brighter world than maybe they will go on in life and make something of themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Eusebia Portillo

 AM Custodian

 469-593-4759

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 Herman Chapman

 PM Custodian

 469-593-4759

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 Ethel Hines

 PM Custodian

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 Janice Hukill

 Cafeteria Manager

 469-593-4811

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Birthday: 1/11

Year I Joined MTE: 2010

Favorite Color: Any thing Bright

Favorite Candy: M M'S

Favorite Soft Drink: Rootbeer or Sprite

Favorite Meal: Mexican

Favorite Sport/ Team: Soccer

Favorite Lunch: Taco Casa

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Restaurant: Red Robin

Favorite Office Supply Item: Highlighters

Hobby: Read, Swim, spend time with the grandkids

Why I Work in Education: The hours, the holidays off, the summer off.