Kindergarten

Courtney Barrett

Experience: I started in 1995 teaching Pre K.

Education: Graduate of Texas Wesleyan University

Bio: My history with Lily B. Clayton runs deep. Not only did I do my student teaching here, but my father attended Lily B. and my mother's great aunt, Lulu Parker, was the first principal here, too. Both of my daughters attended school here also.

Teaching Kindergarten is very rewarding for me and my favorite thing about it is the fact that kindergarten is the beginning of each child's education and a launching pad for greater things to come. I know that leaving a child to begin their first year in a great big new place is difficult and being sensitive to the parents and the student is so important. Watching the child develop is the best reward a teacher can ask for and so much of that happens in kindergarten.

Email: courtney.barrett@fwisd.org

Education: I am a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Specialization in Reading and an Endorsement in Early Childhood. I hold a certificate to teach Pre-K through 8th grade. I also have ESL and GT certifications.

Experience: I began teaching in 2000. I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, Second, Third and Fourth grade. I love teaching children at all grade levels, but Early Childhood is my absolute favorite! Kindergarten is such an important year. My desire is to make the beginning of their school career positive and memorable! This year is geared towards social and emotional growth, building self-confidence, learning how to communicate and developing important foundational skills in reading, writing and math. I like to tell my kindergarten students that Kindergarten is magical! It is truly amazing how much they will learn and grow this year.

Bio: I grew up in a military family and moved seven times during my childhood (Hawaii, Kansas, Alaska, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Germany and Oklahoma). It was quite the adventure! My husband and I met at Hardin-Simmons (in Abilene, TX) and married shortly after graduating. We have two children, Nathan and Kate, who attended Lily B. starting their kindergarten year. We have loved the rich history, traditions and close friendships that Lily B. has given our children.

Email: jennifer.bearden@fwisd.org

Jennifer Bearden

Sara Filarowicz

Education: My sister, my husband, and I are all Lily B alumni! I moved to Fort Worth in the middle of my 5th grade year and finished my elementary school career at Lily B. I went on to McLean and Paschal and graduated from TCU with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Certifications: Pre-K - 4th grade; ESL; GT

Experience: I have been teaching since 2004, all of those years in PreK, K, and 1st. I love Kindergarten! A child’s Kindergarten year is full of new experiences, new discoveries, and new friendships. It is an honor to be a part of such a formative year!

Bio: I am a graduate of Lily B Clayton, as is my husband, so Lily B is a very special place in our family! I’m a Horned Frog who married an Aggie and we love cheering on our football and baseball teams. Our daughter Grace and our two dogs keep us very busy!

Email: sara.filarowicz@fwisd.org

Education: I am a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Communication. I have certifications in Bilingual Education (Early Childhood-4th) General Ed (EC-4, and Spanish (6-12).

Experience: My first teaching position was in Southern Mexico as an all-level English Teacher. I then moved to California and taught Spanish (Pk-6) in Simi Valley California. I returned to Texas and began teaching in 1997 for Grand Prairie I.S.D. and then Arlington I.S.D. I have taught 3rd grade, 1stgrade, Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten. I love being in Kindergarten! I truly believe it is a calling and I am glad to be an important part of every one of my student’s educational lives. This is my first year in Fort Worth I.S.D. and I am so happy to be part of Sweet Lily B!

Bio: I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but moved to Texas at a young age. My dad was a pastor and moved throughout Texas. I attended schools in Port Arthur, Austin, Fort Worth, and Arlington. I am happy to say I graduated from Paschal High School. After graduating from U.T.A. I experienced living in Mexico on my own and later moved to California. There I met my husband Gustavo, and started a family. Eventually I returned to the great state of Texas. I have two daughters (Cristiani and Alicia), one son (Carlo), and 2 dogs (Leo and Zuly).

Hobbies: I enjoy going to the gym, swimming, and kickboxing. I also enjoy going to the beach and spending my summer’s in Mexico.

Email: edith.fernandez@fwisd.org

Ruth Fernandez