Mario Alvarado, Chef – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tia Banks, Intervention TA – email@example.com
Scarlett Calvin, STEAM – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Calvin has been a teacher at UTES for 5 years. Her expertise lies in creating engaging, hands-on lessons that challenge students to develop essential 21st-century learning skills such as collaboration, communication, self-control, and tolerance. In her free time, she is a mother to her two children and loves to be outside.
Class site: utsteam.wordpress.com
Kevin Cofield, Café – email@example.com
LuLu Cordoza, Café – firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Castaneda, Orchestra – email@example.com
Ms. Castaneda is the orchestra teacher at UT Elementary and the assistant director of the UT String Project. She has a master’s degree in cello performance and a master’s degree in music and human learning from UT Austin. She began her musical career at her Houston elementary school where she started on the violin the 1st grade!
Class site: littlelonghornsorchestra.wordpress.com
Christopher Clark, Fourth Grade – firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Clark was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in a small suburb near Princeton. Mr. Clark moved to Austin in August of 2015 and spent last year teaching 8th Grade English at KIPP Austin Beacon Prep before joining the UTES community. In his spare time, Mr. Clark enjoys sports, cooking, music and the outdoors.
Lily Dominguez, Counselor – email@example.com
Mrs. Dominguez is entering her third year at UTES and as a school counselor. She has been working in the field of education going on her thirteenth year. Her passion is working with students to understand their emotions and social behaviors so that they have the tools to be able to self-manage and advocate for themselves. During her free time, she loves hanging out with her son, husband, and family.
Jan Evans, Librarian – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Evans has been at UTES for 14 years. She enjoys wearing many hats, including librarian, math and reading interventionist for 2nd grade, and gifted and talented testing coordinator.
Megan Ferrell, Nurse – email@example.com
Maria Figueroa, Reading Interventionist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Figueroa has served as a reading interventionist at UT Elementary School for eight years. She has been in the education profession for almost 20 years, previously teaching at both Austin ISD and Pflugerville ISD. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she enjoys going to the beach, eating Caribbean food, listening to Latin music, and singing.
Melissa Garcia, Assistant Principal – email@example.com
Erin Green, Fifth Grade – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Green has been with UT Elementary since the Spring of 2015. She is passionate about social justice and bases much of her curriculum around current events. Ms. Green’s goal for her students is that they would feel empowered to make a change in the world around them and that they would grow to have a lifelong love of literature.
Class site: www.UTESfifthgrade.com
Nick Hall, Fifth Grade – email@example.com
Mr. Hall is an exceptionally enthusiastic educator that was born and raised in the great state of Michigan. The super son of two wonderful teacher parents loves to play sports, share kindness with others, sing, rap, and dance with passion yet without purpose, and be the very best teacher and person he can be! He is always happy to meet new people so be sure to find him and say hello! Class site: utes.fifthgrade.com
Thelma Herrera, Kindergarten – firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be Ms. Herrera’s 18th year of teaching. She earned her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and her master’s in elementary education at Texas State University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Ms. Herrera and her husband Steve are proud parents of Laura, a UT Austin graduate and Monica, a senior at Johns Hopkins University.
Natacha Jones, Primary Math and Reading Support – email@example.com
Ms. Jones has taught 1st grade at UTES for 7 years and Spanish 1. This year, she will put on a new hat and support primary students with math and reading. She is also a UTES parent of a 3rd grader. She looks forward to a great year with our amazing Little Longhorns.
Molly Kelly, First Grade – firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be Molly’s 31st year of teaching/training/writing curriculum! She grew up in the military and lived all over the US. Austin has been her home for the past 40 years. She can’t wait for the new school year to start.
Carly Kennedy, Pre-K, ESL – email@example.com
Coming from a long line of educators, Ms. Kennedy knew she wanted to become a teacher. She attended The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in multicultural special education. Ms. Kennedy taught for three years in special education classrooms, three years as a reading specialist and is currently in her fourth year of teaching Pre-K.
Kameron Koeffler, Third Grade – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Koeffler is the 3rd grade reading and social studies teacher at UTES. He graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a focus in Special Education as well as English-Second Language and Early Childhood certifications. His hope is that students can have fun and foster a joy of learning as they prepare to follow their own passions.
Class site: www.imxprs.com/free/koeffler/koeffler-website
Jessica Loredo, Office Staff – email@example.com
Ellen Mangelsdorf, Second Grade – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Mangelsdorf has a BS in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of Texas. She has been teaching for 16 years – this is her 10th year at UT Elementary! Mrs. Mangelsdorf has taught grades from 4th to Kindergarten. She is excited to start another year in 2nd grade teaching Language Arts and Social Studies.
Lucy McCoy, First Grade – email@example.com
Ms. McCoy is so excited to be working with The University of Texas Elementary School this year as a first grade teacher! She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in social work from Texas State University. This will be her fifth year teaching in the Austin Area.
Jennifer Montoya, Office Staff – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Montoya’s smile has been welcoming UT Elementary School families and students to the school for the past four years. “Helping someone—whether parent or child—is the favorite part of my job,” she said.
Danna Oakes, Second Grade – email@example.com
Mrs. Oakes is a born and raised Austinite and attended The University of Texas at Austin. This is her eigth year teaching and her third year with the UT Charter School System. She loves spending time outdoors with her son and husband, as well as trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She is excited to inspire and nurture a love for learning in all students!
Mary Roark, Special Education – firstname.lastname@example.org
As Ms. Roark enters her third year at UTES, she is excited to move into the role as lead special education teacher. Moving into her eighth year of teaching, she began her career working with students of all ages at a residential treatment center, where she developed a love of helping students learn in the way that works best for each individual. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, writing, and enjoying a cup of coffee with her husband and her cat, Queenie.
Norma Robinson, Multicultural Arts Teacher – email@example.com
Norma Robinson has been with UTES since last year. She comes to us with ten plus years of teaching in the classroom, as well as, a PE teacher/coach, Art, Music and Drama teacher. Mrs. Robinson’s passion for helping grow students through challenging age appropriate activities is evident in her creative, engaging and fun classroom. Her positive attitude is infectious and she passionately imparts her love of the arts upon each of her students. Through the arts students gain self-awareness and an understanding of who they are which in turn helps them gain an appreciation for all people and cultures. Mrs. Robinson is married and has a daughter at UTSA on a track scholarship, as well as, a foster daughter who they hope to adopt soon.
Megan Rojo, Math Intervention Specialist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Rojo graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has been teaching mathematics and science since 2009. In 2012, she received her master’s degree from Texas State in Bilingual and Bi-cultural Education and has spent the past several years studying and developing a model for guided math instruction. Her passions include response to intervention, social justice in education, and working with underprivileged youth.
Tori Sheard, Physical Education Teacher – email@example.com
Ms. Sheard is a first-year teacher at UT Elementary and a recent graduate of Texas State University where she majored in Exercise and Sports Science with received a minor in Communication Studies. Her my goal this year is to build and expand students’ skill set while motivating them to be lifelong participants in physical activity.
Eunice Tanco, Pre-K – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tanco was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s in child development from the University of Puerto Rico, and earned another master’s from Texas State University in curriculum and instruction/bilingual education. She has worked more than 30 years in every area of early childhood education. Her hobbies include traveling and reading.
Katie Trautman, Fourth Grade – email@example.com
Ms. Trautman is beginning her first year at UT Elementary and her seventh year teaching. She is especially passionate about language and literacy and has earned an MA in Literacy Instruction and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of San Francisco. When she is not teaching, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and their dog Luna.
Juanita Vazquez, Kindergarten – firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be Ms. Vazquez’s seventh year at UTES. She has a four-year-old, Gracelyn and an 18-month-old, Adelyn. This is an exciting year for her family as Gracelyn will be in Pre-K at UTES! She and her husband enjoy spending time with family and love watching the Longhorns and Cowboys, but kindergarten is her passion. Her students are going to have a fun and fabulous year!
Rebecca Vore, Wellness – email@example.com
Ms. Vore has been teaching gardening and science in Austin for 20 years. She is a certified Master Gardener, Junior Master Gardener Specialist, and Project Wild Specialist. Her biggest joy is her two grown daughters. She spends her time gardening, hiking, and enjoying living in Austin.
Class site: utschoolgrown.blogspot.com
Noura Wakim, Third Grade – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Wakim is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and has lived in Austin her entire life. She is pursuing her master’s in educational psychology at UT Austin. She taught 5th grade in the Del Valle school district for two years and is entering her fourth year at UTES. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Dr. Nicole Whetstone, Principal – email@example.com
Nicole Whetstone, Ph.D. is in her third year with the UT Charter School System and her 18th year in education. She serves as the Interim Principal and Deputy Superintendent/Special Education Director for the UT Charter School System. She earned a Ph.D. in Multicultural Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT Charter School, Dr. Whetstone served as a special education teacher, campus administrator and central office administrator. In her spare time she enjoys creative writing, reading and shopping.
Kimberly Wilson, Chef – firstname.lastname@example.org