First Grade

Laura Beard

Education: I received by undergrad degree from the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER SOONER) and my Masters in Education from Tarleton State University.

Experience: I have taught for 12 years in PreK, kindergarten and 1st grade. This is my 4th year at Lily B. Clayton.

Bio: I am from Fort Worth and grew up in the Lily B neighborhood. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER SOONER) and a Masters in Education from Tarleton State University. This is my 14th year teaching and I absolutely love Early Childhood Education.  

Hobbies: I enjoy reading and going for runs (once it is over). I like to be outside with my husband, two children and our dog, Molly. 


Kendell Bruner 

Lupita Olazaba

Education:  Master's degree in Advance Literacy Instruction from Concordia University. 

Experience:  I have been teaching since 2005 and enjoy this group.

Bio:  I have lived in Fort Worth all my life and was a former FWISD student myself.  I went to Daggett Elementary, McLean Middle school and then graduated from Paschal High School.  So it is very nice to look back and thank many of my teachers from this District who made a difference in my life.  I am also thankful to be teaching in the Paschal pyramid where I went to school.  I have been teaching first grade for seven years and enjoy the age group I teach.

Besides loving my job, I enjoy collecting children’s literature, jogging, gardening, and decorating our home. I play co-ed softball every year with friends and family.  I am an only child, married and have 3 dogs.  I enjoy spending time with close friends and family. My husband and I are now parents of a healthy baby girl who was born May 18, 2011.


Karla Paez Ortiz - Dual Language Teacher