Fifth Grade

Zaida Johnson

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Jana Underwood

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Kevie Mercurio

Education:  I attended Texas Tech University and The University of Texas El Paso and have two bachelor's degrees, one in Design Communications and one in Elementary Education.  I have one semester left working towards my Master's Degree in Gifted Education from The University of Texas Pan American.  Not sure when I will finish this!

Experience:  I started my teaching career as a 1st grade teacher at All Saints Freida Tait School then as a bilingual for the Socorro ISD, in El Paso, Texas.  After three wonderful years in 1st grade, I moved to the 5th grade at the urging of a terrific principal who had an amazing gift of maximizing peoples talents and gifts.  I was hired by her to open a brand new school and spent twelve years in the Soccoro school district being part of many innovative programs and projects at the campus, district and city levels.  I moved to Fort Worth ISD in 2006 when my husband took a position at Cook Children's Hospital and have been very happy teaching my favorite subject:  reading.  Opening the world of literature and the power of reading is my passion.

Bio:  I married my soul mate Kevin in 1989.  We have two terrific children.  Anthony, a Paschal HS graduate.  He is very involved with JROTC, video games, working at ACE hardware and cars.  Our daughter Mimmi, also a Paschal graduate, is very creative, loves school, swimming, music and her friends.  My favorite food is artichokes.  My favorite way to spend an afternoon is lounging about with a good book or magazine.  My favorite way to spend the summer is hanging out with my family sunning in a chase at the side of the pool or the ocean reading.
 

Orpha Valverde

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I have a Bachelor in Business Administration in Management and Teaching Certifications which include Elementary Self Contained grades (1-8), Bilingual/ESL Spanish (pk-12), Special Education (pk-12) and an Endorsement in Gifted and Talented (pk-12).
 
Experience: I have been an educator in the State of Texas since 1998. My first teaching position was in Special Education at Calallen Middle School, Calallen I.S.D. I then continued my teaching career at Windsor Park Elementary, Gifted And Talented, International Baccalaureate World School with Corpus Christi I.S.D., where I taught 2nd grade, Math Specialist (1-5) and 5th grade. I was honored to be nominated Teacher of the Year during each of my grade level positions while at Windsor Park. It is with true happiness to begin another school year at Sweet Lily B.

Bio: I am a native of Fort Worth, Texas and a graduate of Paschal High School and the University of Texas at Arlington. I have been married to my wonderful husband Elias since 1989. We are both educators and we truly enjoy spending time with family and traveling. We have two grown sons; Elias II and Emmanuel Alejandro. Emmanuel is married to Mikayla and they reside in Atlanta, Georgia. We have one dog, a Blue Heeler named Sir Bradley Wiggins nicknamed Wiggo. 
 
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