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A B C D E F G H I J K L M 
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Amy Bates            

I have been teaching middle level math and science for 15 years, the last 10 in Plano ISD. I received my undergraduate degree from Texas A&M, and my master’s degree from Texas A&M Commerce. Needless to say, I love my Aggies during football season, although I am learning to have more patience these days!

Currently, I write curriculum for Plano ISD and train teachers within the district and across the state in effective teaching methods. I enjoy swimming, reading, and spending time with my wonderful husband and 4-year-old son.

I have a passion for learning and discovering new things. I think the role of the teacher is to help students find the joy in learning.

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Keisha Benton

I currently teach, and have been teaching secondary mathematics for 8 years in PISD.   I also teach TAKS remediation classes in the summer. 
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. 
I love coming to work every day, only because I know that each day presents another opportunity for me to help a young man/woman, get one step closer to achieving their goals. 

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Jenny Bird

Teacher: Jenny BirdMy name is Jenny Bird, and I have been a teacher at Williams High School for almost 7 years.  I teach Regular, Pre AP, and Pre IB English II as well as English IV in night and summer school.
Naturally I enjoy reading, but I also find plenty of time for movies.  Over the years, I have built quite a collection of VHS tapes, yes they still exist, and DVDs.  In my spare time, I try to spend as much time as I can with my husband, family, and dog.  My husband, my parents and brother, and my extended family are my support system, and I don’t know what I would do without them.  Additionally, traveling is another love of mine, and I hope to take a second trip to Europe with my husband in the next year.  I really must see the Sistine Chapel before I die.
Motivating students to learn is one of the most difficult jobs that a teacher faces.  I firmly believe that a passion for educating is one of the best resources that a teacher may draw upon in order to motivate students.  I love to teach, and more specifically, I love to teach English.  Although my students my leave my class enjoying English no more than when they came, if I have aided in their greater understanding of literature, themselves, and the world, I have been successful.       

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Laura Blankenship

I have been teaching for 18 years. In that time I have taught French I and II, English I, Pre-AP English I, English II, Pre-AP English II, English III, and English IV. Currently I am working as a librarian at Shepton High School.

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and French. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Teaching College English and am a certified school librarian.

I love that my “homework” is reading! After reading high school English papers for many years, I have been enjoying reading novels that appeal to young adults and sharing them with my students.

I believe that we are all lifelong learners and that the skills we build now will aid us in all of our future endeavors.

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Anne Blois

I have been teaching in Plano ISD since 1998. I have taught in the past both regular and honors Geometry. Currently at Plano Senior High School I’m teaching Honors Algebra 2 along with MIS. Before coming to PSHS, I had the honor of teaching at the campuses of Williams and Jasper High Schools.

During my teaching career, first and foremost, I have found it tremendously rewarding and gratifying to teach our students. But just as important, no matter what campuses I’ve joined, I have been blessed to work with exceptional administrators and fellow teachers.

Last year, I had the honor of joining the Plano eSchool team. It’s been a rewarding experience just like being in the classroom. Most of all, it’s fun!

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Sharon Blum

I graduated from LSU with a BS and have a MED from UNT. I have completed certification in counseling. I have taught all levels in high schools for 25 years. I have also taught for 5 years @ Collin County Community College, Richland Community College, and SMU.

I'm a grandmother of a 5 year old. My son, a single parent, is finishing his degree at SMU and living with me, so that I can really get the "grandmother" experience up-front-and-close!

I have found that students learn best when given a variety of learning options. The opportunity to become a facilitator with eSchool will give me another forum to enhance the learning experiences of my students. I currently use sites on the Internet for activities for some of my classes, which has enriched their experience in class.

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"Thank you so much for all the help and support you have given David.  He learned a lot and has come away from this course with added confidence and motivation in his school work."                                             parent

BettyAnn Bonneau

I have been with Plano ISD for 16 years and am currently a math teacher at Jasper High School.  I have served as an eSchool teacher since its inception and hope to continue for many years.  A few other things I have accomplished while in Plano ISD are listed below.

Experienced Teacher of the Year for Williams High School in 1997
Math Department Chair
Team Leader
District Based Improvement Committee
School Based Improvement Committee
Textbook Advisory Committee
Curriculum Writing Committee

If I have spare time, I enjoy working Sudoku puzzles and playing with my grandson. 

I believe teaching is a privilege.  My ultimate goal for my students would be to love math as I do.  I realize that may be asking too much…

If they learn to enjoy learning and take something of the magic of math with them, then I feel it has been a successful year.

If I could choose any other profession, I would be a student.  There is soooo much information out there I still don’t know.

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Sharon Bradley

I have been teaching special education/social studies in PISD for 4 years. I am a native of Greenville, MS and received my undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University “Go Bulldogs”. Currently, I teach US History and Economics during the regular school year. During the last two summers, I taught Economics.

My hobbies include: reading, playing with my 2-year-old, and cooking. My husband and I love traveling to MSU football games during the fall.

I believe that every child deserves an educated and encouraging teacher with the passion to help others. Teaching is exciting to me and I incorporate that same energy in my classroom.

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Cindy Bray

I have been a teacher for 32 years. I have taught in both middle school and high school. Subjects taught include life science, earth science, and all levels of Biology. I am currently the science technology instructor for the high schools and senior highs in Plano. My job description includes instructing students and teachers in preparing and using multimedia, web page development, Microsoft Office software, and science probeware labs. I am also currently working on my CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate.)

AWARDS AND HONORS
Excellence in Secondary Teaching Award, 1993-94
Williams High School Teacher of the Year, 1993-94
Honorable Mention, 1992 TEX (Technology Excellence) Contest, Best of Texas Educational Computing Productivity Software Contest)
Coordinator Williams Earth Week, winning three awards for environmental/recycling programs
Friend of Bowman Award, 1975
Bowman Middle School Teacher of the Year, 1975
Nominee Earth Science Teacher of the Year, 1974

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Science Education 1975-78
Texas Technological University, Bachelor of Science 1965-69
University of Texas at Arlington, assorted classes for professional development
Texas Women's University, assorted classes for professional development
University of North Texas, assorted classes for professional development
East Texas State University, assorted classes for professional development
Collin County Community College, assorted classes for professional development

My favorite hobbies are reading, travel, and genealogy. I have traveled to almost all of the 50 states in the US and abroad to Mexico, Canada, Belize, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. I love old ruins, castles and cathedrals. I am fascinated with genealogy and have traced some of my line far back into Britain. Other ancestors are harder to trace, and I am only back into the 1700's. I love the hunt and the clues to solve the mystery.

I believe that everything we do has the potential to be a learning experience for us; thus I feel that learning is a life-long occurrence. There is no way we can ever remember all the knowledge that we are exposed to in school but we can learn the skills and appreciation for knowledge that will enable us to learn and accomplish more in our lifetime. Learning to be more aware of everything around us will enable us to get the most out of our experiences. We must dig a little deeper, be willing to make that mental side-trip that can open new encounters that will enrich our brains and lives. I want my students to realize that life is a banquet of exotic foods and delicacies, and they cannot settle for mashed potatoes.

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Donna Brombacher

25 years teaching experience: 4 in Allen ISD, 1 at Texas Woman’s U, the rest in Plano ISD.
I have been selected to Who’s Who since ’92.
Since in Plano, I have taught English I, III, and IV.  I have worked with CBOI, E school, summer school and night school.
I love collecting pigs, working out, snow skiing, enjoying my four dogs, hanging out with friends and watching hawks.
I believe any student can learn, yet, I may not be that teacher for them. We all connect to students and them with us. If I can make them feel comfortable in my classroom and make them want to come to class; I feel I have achieved a goal.


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Felicie Brown

My name is Felicie Brown. I currently teach Calculus and Computer Science at Plano West, but I have taught every level of high school math and college accounting. I have a BS in math from Loyola and an MBA in accounting from Tulane. I’ve taught for twenty years, seventeen of those at the high school level. I teach Algebra II and Precalculus in eSchool.
Outside of school I love to read, play games, and solve puzzles. I have two grown children, who live in Virginia and Missouri, so I also like to travel. I prefer pets with wings. Right now I have a nineteen-year-old cockatiel and a baby parakeet. And I’m a rabid Rangers fan!!
I believe that teachers perform one of the most important jobs in our society. It is an awesome responsibility to be entrusted with the education of our youth. While I take that responsibility very seriously, I also feel that learning should be fun.
Good luck in your eSchool classes!!


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Jane Carlson

Teaching History:
Vines HS – 6 years – US History, World Geography, Honors World History
Plano Senior High – 2 years - Honors World History, World History, US Government, US History
Plano West Senior High – 5 years – AP US History, US Government, AP US Government

Philosophy of teaching and or learning:
I believe that the best way to learn is to make connections between things. If more young people would realize how government policies affect their lives, maybe they would be more inclined to participate in the political process and vote. A democracy is only as good its people allow it to be.


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Rachel Carlson

I have been teaching for 10 years, the last 7 in Plano ISD at Jasper High School and Plano Senior High.  I started my teaching career in math, and I have taught everything from basic math to calculus.  For the last 8 years, I have been teaching IPC and physics.
Currently, I teach eSchool physics and chemistry, tutor, and write science curriculum so I can stay at home with my baby son.  We enjoying cooking, reading, going to the park, traveling and watching football and hockey.
I love to teach, and I believe every student has a gift for learning.  My job as the teacher is to encourage and support my students so they can see and achieve their full potential.

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Terry Cavallito

For 13 years I was a teaching assistant in the library, special education department and technology. I received my degree from the University of Texas at Dallas after going to school for 8 years at night. I have taught United States History for 5 years and English for 1 year.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I have been married to my husband Frank for 29 years and have lived in Plano for 25 years. We have two children Robert, 27 and Jennifer, 25 both of whom graduated from Plano East. My favorite hobby is going to New York and spending time with my mom and my grandson, Noah who is 2. I have a large dog, Cindy who loves chocolate, cookies, chips and all food that is left on the kitchen counter. In my spare time I love to read the newspaper, fiction and non-fiction books, watch the news and Seinfeld, try new restaurants and of course shop.

All students have a gift. As a teacher I try to see that gift and direct the student toward a career goal based on that. Learning is more relevant for the student if they see an end goal in sight and know what they are working for.

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"I would like to thank you for supporting my daughter . . . with her e-school this summer.  E-school was a great experience for her and it taught her self discipline and prioritizing her activities. . . ."                      parent

Kim Chandler

My name is Kim Chandler and I have been teaching at Williams High School for 10 years now.  I teach medical science and health.  In the past I have also taught PALS, Biology and have been the cheerleading coach.
I was raised in Plano.  I went to Christie Elementary, Carpenter middle school, Clark HS and graduated from Plano East.  I attend Texas Tech University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy.  I worked as a recreational therapist for 5 years at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.  The teaching opportunity was presented to me and I decided to jump right in.  I have truly enjoyed my teaching experience.
My free time is spent doing volunteer work, golfing, time with niece and nephews and reading.  I have the most adorable dog, a min pin named Sophie and two goofy cats, Sterling and Silver.
My philosophy of teaching is that I believe every student has the ability to be successful in school and life.  As a teacher, I am there to help them find the right path to their own successes and celebrate those with them.   I also believe the student does not necessarily need to like the subject to enjoy the class and benefit from it.  It is my job to reach out to the students and see that they are gaining from the class.

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Renee Cole

I am originally from Arkansas.  I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing.  I earned my Master of Education Degree from the University of North Texas. My hobbies are playing any kind of competitive game, spending time with friends, and reading. I spend a lot of my free time serving with friends at my local church.
I have been teaching in Plano for 5 years. I teach Multimedia and have taught BCIS (Business Computer Information Systems) and Keyboarding at Vines High School.  For two years I was the cheerleading sponsor and am now coaching 9th grade Volleyball and Basketball.
My philosophy of teaching is if you believe in the students, they will believe in themselves. If the learning environment is positive and fun, the kids, in turn, will have fun learning. Learning is a joint effort and I am committed to learning right along-side of my students.

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Tina Cone

10th Year at PSHS, Currently teach BCIS and Multimedia, have taught BCIS2, Webmastering, Business Law, International Business and Business Programming.  I was Beginning Teacher of the Year in 1997.  I am the Webmaster for PSHS.

I run agility with my Border Collie and have traveled all over the country competing with him.  I also have a Cocker/Poodle mix that competed in flyball and agility but I retired her at age 10.  I married another teacher on campus after 7 years of teaching together.  I am a product of Plano ISD, I attended Meadows Elementary, Bowman Middle School, Williams High School and Plano East Senior High.

As a computer teacher I believe that technology is great as long as it is used effectively.  Most students work best when they have hands on experience.  I am more of a facilitator in my classroom and like to provide my students with a structured environment where they can work independently at their own pace.

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Pat Copher

My name is Pat Copher and I am the Department Chairman for Career Education and Technology at Plano West Senior High School.  This is my fifth year at Plano West and I currently teach BCIS, Multimedia, and Webmastering.  Other courses that I have taught include:  Keyboarding, Office Career Preparation, Business Law, and Accounting.  Prior to my position at Plano West, I taught 21 years at Plano Senior High School.  I have also been a summer school teacher in PISD for over 10 years.

I received my bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Business Administration and my master degree from the University of North Texas in Vocational Education.  Yes, I am an avid UT fan and enjoy going to Austin for various sporting events.  On weekends during football season, I am either in Austin or glued in front of the television watching my favorite team.  My hobbies include traveling with my husband and reading.  My oldest daughter has also blessed me with two beautiful grandchildren that I try to see as often as possible.

I decided I wanted to teach when I was in high school, and I have never looked back.  I am a life long learner because the courses I teach are continually changing.  As a result, I am always learning new software and concepts.  It is my belief that all students can be successful.  It is up to the teacher to find ways to deliver information in a way that meets the students’ needs.  Teachers should not only teach content, but should show students how that knowledge can be applied to everyday life.

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Shawn Coryell

I have taught 12 years. As for the sciences, I have taught Earth Science, Physical Science and Physics. I have taught classes in Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II. I also have tutored privately for 8 years all the above subjects along with Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Business Calculus.

I enjoy sailing and curling up with a good book. I have traveled quite a bit growing up as my father was in the United States Navy. I lived in Japan and on most of the US coasts. As an adult I have traveled in Mexico and Central America. My wife Ann and I have two beautiful children. Caitlin is 8 and Molly is 6.

When I plan a lesson, I concentrate one other aspect in addition to the content of the material. I plan something I will find fun. I don't worry too much about whether the students are going to have fun. I find I don't have much control over their attitudes. Most of the time, however, when I'm having fun, they end up having fun. I feel that being an effective teacher is a moral obligation. My students, my self-worth and society depend on it.

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Linda Cox

Education: M.Ed./B.A in English from Austin College

Teaching experience: 18 years at the secondary and college level; 6 years in PISD
Subjects taught: English IV, Honors English IV, AP English IV, CBOI English 2,3 & 4 Leadership roles: English IV Team Leader, High School Project Curriculum Writing Team, New Teacher Mentor

A native Texan, I enjoy all things connected to the Lone Star State – the food, the music, the sports, the arts.  Although Texas always remained my true home, my husband and I were fortunate to have had the occasion to live in Australia for five years, and our youngest daughter was born there.  Then, upon our return, we moved to Plano, which afforded me the opportunity to teach in Plano ISD.

Philosophy Of teaching: I believe a teacher’s role is to equip the student with the tools necessary to become an independent learner.  The greatest gift I can offer my students is to instill in them a thirst for knowledge and a passion for learning.      

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Julia Curbo

I received my BA from The University of Texas and have since taught all of the social studies to eighth graders through seniors in three different states. 

My favorite subjects to teach are economics and history. Having lived and traveled all over the world and the United States, I believe that both subjects are important to understanding the events happening around us. My job as a teacher is to help students understand and apply the social sciences to their lives.

I enjoy reading, cooking and traveling.

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Jackie Daniel

I have been teaching Social Studies in Plano ISD for over 11 years now (mostly Economics and Government).  I was born and raised in England, and have lived in Belgium, Canada, and Mexico as well as various States within the US.  My parents, brothers and extended family still live in England so I love to visit them whenever possible.

One of my favorite things to do at home here in Texas is spend time with my husband and family.  I have 3 grown children and 2 delightful grandsons.  Gardening, reading, watching good movies, and learning to play the piano are among other things that I like to find time for.  

I really enjoy working with my students, both in the classroom and online.  I believe that the job of every teacher is to inspire in students a love of learning which continues long after formal schooling is over.  It is also to encourage the commitment required to stay with a task, since self-discipline is required to accomplish anything worth having.

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"I really like your program.  My son had a problem his senior year in school and took two of your courses during the summer.  It allowed him to graduate on time and get into college."                      parent

Jacqueline Dillon

I’ve taught US History and Economics at PSHS for a total of four years. Prior to my current teaching assignment, I substitute taught social study classes for five years at a variety of PISD campuses.

My undergraduate degree came from West Virginia Wesleyan College and my masters from University of North Texas.

Learning is my passion! It is a vital component of my life because I believe it to be a life-long process for myself and every student I teach. My overall goal, as a teacher, is to enable students to realize this for themselves and engage them in this process.  While learning, I help students make the connection between the subject matter they are studying and the importance of its application in their every day lives. It is extremely rewarding to witness students experience “aha!” moments.  

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Eric C. Edwards

I am into my second year of teaching. Prior to teaching, I worked as a Human Resources manager. While I finished obtaining my degree at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000, I began substituting for Plano and began teaching fulltime the following school year.

I have an insatiable appetite for reading. I enjoy all kinds of genres: the classics, mysteries, thrillers, Christian fiction, history, biographies, etc. etc. Also, I love going to the movies. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Literary Studies at UTD

I cling to the cliché that knowledge is power. Therefore, I believe one of the best gifts a teacher can give a student is a life long love of learning. I credit my success, and my passion for education to my 12th grade English Teacher, Sharon Kingston of Coronado High School in Lubbock Texas.

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Jill Engelking

Teacher: Jill EngelkingMy name is Jill Engelking, and I will be teaching English III, Semesters 1 and 2 and English II, Semesters 1 and 2.
I grew up in a small town in Northern Oklahoma and followed my husband to Texas after we both graduated from Oklahoma State University.  I just completed my 11th year of teaching.  The first 9 years of my career were at Clark High School in Plano, Texas, and I am beginning my 3rd year at Williams High School. Over the years, I’ve taught several levels of 10th grade English: Honors, Special Education, At-Risk, and Regular. In 2002, I was humbled and honored to be named teacher of the year by my co-workers at Clark High School.
I am a devoted mother to my 2 young daughters named Madalyn (8) and Sophia (5). We love to be outdoors, especially in the swimming pool, and my husband, Jon, is a dedicated golfer. We also enjoy playing with our miniature Australian Shepherd named Pete.  In my spare time, I love reading; my favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird and The Count of Monte Cristo.  As a teacher, I believe that student effort should be rewarded. I realize that not all students relate to literature in the same way as an English teacher, so it is my goal to make learning fun.  Building a trusting relationship with my students is one of my highest priorities.  I truly look forward to working with my eSchool students!

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Jon Engelking

Coach Engelking teaches the morning physical education classes at Mathews. The morning classes consist of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In the afternoon Coach Engelking is men's and women's head golf coach at Plano East Senior High. He has been teaching in Plano for 12 years and teaching eSchool for the past 3 years. This is his second year at Mathews Elementary. His wife Jill, is the English Department Chair at Williams High School. Coach Engelking has two daughters. Madalyn, 9 is a 3rd grader at Hickey Elementary and Sophia is 6 in Kindergarten. One interesting fact about Coach Engelking is that he attended Harrington Elementary, Carpenter Middle School, Clark High School and Plano East Senior High. Coach Engelking holds a B.S. Degree in Physical Education and Health from Oklahoma State University.

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 Sherry Gleason

Teacher: Sherry GleasonAfter growing up in the Dallas area, I graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a B. A. in English, and I received my M. Ed. in Education/Supervision from Texas Woman’s University. 

In my 26th year with Plano ISD, I currently teach Pre-IB English at Williams High School.  I’ve taught Night School and Summer School for Plano ISD, written eSchool English curriculum, and I’m currently on the High School Project Curriculum Leadership Team. 

My favorite things are reading, the beach, the Dallas Stars, playing with our cats and our Chihuahua puppy Tots, spending time with family and friends, and watching Animal Planet.  If I had time, I’d read more.

I love teaching and have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl.  I believe this profession is a true calling and that I touch the lives of students in more ways than simply teaching them about the English language.  By becoming a teacher, I feel that I’m giving back to all my wonderful teachers who helped make me the person I am now. 

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Linda Havins

Teacher: Linda Havens

I am Linda Havins.  I have been teaching 27 years and have taught Geography, World and US History, ESOL Social Studies, and English. 

I have been Teacher of the Year at my school and was runner up for ATPE Teacher of the Year in Texas.  I love teaching and believe that learning should be fun.  Teaching is not just my job, it is how I spend everyday and so I have to enjoy it.  I love to help my students discover new things about the world. 

I have traveled quite a bit.  I have been to Russia five times, Honduras three times, Canada, Mexico, England, and Kenya.  I would love to travel throughout the world! 

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Patt Henry

Teaching experience: 17 years of experience
Subjects taught: Middle School Math and Algebra 1 
Awards received: Armstrong Teacher of the Year-1994-95 & 1998-99, 
Who's Who Among American Teachers -1994, 1996,1998, & 2000, and
Lifetime PTA Award

I like to read and have 2 grandchildren and 1 puppy (17.5 years old). 
I was born and raised in Chicago.

I believe that there should be a way for every child to learn. I think eSchool gives children one more opportunity to do this.

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Brenda Hudnall

I have a BS from UNT and graduated Cum Laude.
I will be finishing my Masters at UNT this summer.
I have been teaching for 14 years and have taught in Lewisville ISD, Richardson ISD and Plano ISD.
I have taught Government, Economics, World History, Psychology, Sociology, and Special Ed.
I work with youth at Christ United Methodist Church.
I love learning and think it should be a lifelong journey.
I love teaching and working with young people.
I love to travel and read.
I was awarded Texas Blue Ribbon Economic Teacher by the Foundation for Economic Enterprise in 1998.

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"While taking the course online . . . economics has struck an interest in me.  I am currently enrolled to attend UTD next year on a full scholarship . . .  because of this course online, I am going to be pursuing economics as a major."                 student

Andrew Jacob

My name is Andrew Jacob. I have been teaching for two years at Larry D. Guinn Special Programs Center where I was nominated for beginning teacher of the year.  I teach U.S. History, World History, World Geography and Government. I have a beautiful wife and a one year old son that makes me laugh every day. As for hobbies, I love to play guitar and go fishing. I also love teaching. I believe that if the teacher has high expectations then the students will have high levels of success. I do not only expect my students will succeed, I believe in them. I believe that my students can and will be successful. 

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Jeff James

I am an '82 graduate of Plano Senior High School and a really proud Wildcat. I received my Bachelor's degree in Historical Studies from UTD in 1994. I have taught Geography, World History, Pre-IB World Geography, American History, ESOL World Geography, and Honors World Geography. I have been teaching in Plano for 11 yrs. I have a wonderful falmily of 5 including my wife Kim, also a Wildcat, and kids Bryan, serving in the US Navy, Austin, freshman at Williams, and Jessie, 7th grader at Murphy Middle.

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Ashli Kottwitz

Teacher: Ashli Kottwitz

After receiving my B.A. in Spanish and Masters in Education from Austin College in Sherman, Texas; I began working as a high school Spanish teacher in PISD.  I taught 6 ½ years in the classroom and then began teaching eSchool Spanish.  I have been with eSchool since December of 2005.   Teaching eSchool allows me to be able to stay home with my little ones and motivate students in the Spanish language.

In my spare time, I love to go camping with my family, cooking, scrapbook the growth of my kids, go on playdates for my two year old and stay involved in groups such as Moms Of Preschoolers. 

In my opinion, Spanish is a very valuable tool to learn for today’s society.  I love teaching this language and will go back to the classroom in a couple of years when the kids are older.  I have lived and traveled all over Spain, Honduras and Mexico.  I believe the language needs to be utilized on a daily basis to really learn and retain it.  Practice really is the only way; saying your words aloud as you write and read them is a perfect way to work on pronunciation and flow. 

With regards to the eSchool program, I am here to help all my students in any way that I can and will push them to be successful in this course.  I believe in eSchool and am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful program.

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Ruth Kramp

I taught Economics for ten years prior to becoming a counselor, and I have taught Economics in summer school since that time. I also taught Psychology for five years. I love working with students as both a teacher and a counselor, and find a great deal of overlap in the two positions. A good teacher will also be a good encourager and motivator. I’ve always agreed with the sentiment that “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I am excited to be working with students and helping them achieve academic success.

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Brigitte Lehman

Teacher: Brigitte LehmanI teach English and social studies. This is my third year teaching in Plano. Before that, I took an unexpectedly long break from teaching to work in a law firm in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. I earned my undergraduate degree in English from Mississippi State University, and I also earned an associate degree in psychology from Northwest Mississippi Community College. I have taught English, science, social studies and reading at different schools and in other settings, but my first love is English. I love to read, especially fantasy and some science fiction, and I also have a lot of fun writing, mostly children and young adult fantasy. I love all kinds of stories, which is one of the reasons my interest spilled over from English into social studies – history is full of stories! I have recently taken up running and have found out that I actually enjoy putting myself through physical pain in order to achieve a goal. I also like to draw. Other than that, I like to spend time with my husband and family and my three cats, Sasha, Mali and Buddy.

Learning should be fun, and real learning is fun! I believe if someone learns to read well and learns to enjoy it, that person can learn anything. I have fun sharing my enthusiasm for reading and learning with my students. Sometimes it rubs off!

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Kristy Logan

I have been teaching for 14 years. This is my 9th year of teaching in the Plano Independent School District. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Lubbock Christian University. I am certified in Health Education, and Physical Education. I have been awarded with Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers since 1996.

I enjoy reading, and traveling, or doing both at the same time. Every summer I travel to a different destination. Right now I am planning a trip over to France to visit family. When I’m not traveling, I spend time with my family. I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers all of whom have children. I love doing things with my nieces and nephews. I have a great family. I believe that family is the cornerstone to growth.

As a teacher, I believe that each student is unique and can bring many qualities to the classroom. I cling to the belief that “Knowledge is Power” and I want to prepare my students to use their “Power” for healthful, successful decision-making after high school.

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"I am glad I decided to use eSchool as part of completing my high school career.  It truly did teach me more about responsibility and gave me the discipline I needed . . . ."   student

 

Teacher: Camille McCrawCamille McCraw

My name is Camille McCraw and I teach Chemistry and Physics PISD eSchool.  I graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama with a BS in Chemistry and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science.  I also have enough college credit hours to qualify for minors in Physics and English.  I have completed half of my coursework for a Master’s of Arts in Science Teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas.  I am the Science Department Head at Clark High School in Plano, Texas, where I currently teach Chemistry 1 and PreAP/IB Chemistry.  I have also taught Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Pre-kindergarten, and music classes.

I have been honored to be selected as a member of “Who’s Who in American Teachers” and also am a member of the Cambridge “Who’s Who in Business and Professional Women”.

My hobbies are reading, trout fishing in Colorado, and sewing.  I also enjoy traveling to Mexico with my husband of 35 years whenever possible.  I have 3 children (2 married) and 2 beautiful granddaughters!

I believe every student can be successful when motivated to WANT to learn.  It is my job as a teacher to ensure that students understand the relevance of the subjects I teach to their future, so that they will want to carry the knowledge gleaned from the course with them into their adult lives.

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Jackie McKnight

This is my fifth year of teaching. I received my teaching certificate in Special Education after working in the business field for 8 years and being a stay-at home mom for another 8 years. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas and have completed masters' level courses at Texas A&M Commerce and the University of North Texas.

I have two sons attending Plano schools. I enjoy playing softball, reading and spending time with my friends.

I believe each student has unique and individual qualities that need to be nurtured and appreciated. I want to see each student succeed!

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Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore is in his 6 year of teaching at Shepton High School, where he teaches World Geography and Pre-AP World Geography.  In the summer, Kevin teaches Communication Applications and is a former debate instructor, coaching many champions on the state and national levels.  Kevin is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and Southwestern University, holding degrees in Theatre and Political Science; his teaching certificate was earned from coursework at University of Texas, Austin.

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Jennifer Morbitt

My name is Jennifer Morbitt. I am a government teacher for Plano ISD. I have been teaching for five years and still enjoy ever minute of it. I love studying the history and current state of American politics. I received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science, and therefore, having the opportunity to teach my favorite subject is my dream come true.

I also believe in the e-school program. It is an excellent alternative for those students who are better served by studying at their own pace or need the class and don’t have the physical time to fit sitting another hour in a traditional classroom. It is a very good program and for students that dedicate themselves to doing the work for the class, an excellent opportunity to do well.


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Allison Morrow

My name is Allison Morrow and I have been teaching in PISD for the past 3 years.  I graduated from Baylor University (go bears!) with a degree in Secondary Education, concentrating in History and Political Science.  I have two masters’ degrees:  one from UNT and the other from SMU.  I really enjoy school!
Currently, I teach Sheltered US History and Sheltered World History to English Language Learners.  I am also the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator for my campus.
I enjoy traveling!  I’ve been to Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa.  My trips provide great fodder for my other hobby, scrapbooking!

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Sherri Newman

Education

          Bachelor of Science – Social Sciences, Health & Physical Education from Southwestern           Oklahoma State University
          
Masters of Education from University of North Texas
          
Masters of School Counseling from Amberton University

Teaching Experience – 24 years experience in instructing students in Social Studies

          Plano East Senior High – 1990 - 2006 instructing students in US History, World History,           ESL, US/World History
          
2006 – Academic Specialist at Plano East Sr. High
          
Plano ISD summer school teaching US History, Health, and ESL Economics
          
Plano eSchool – Health, PE Foundations, World History

Educational Philosophy –

I believe that every student is an individual who can learn and be successful. It is my goal to help my students in any way that I can to achieve their goals and be successful after high school. Technology is changing our schools in that it  provides flexibility so that students can succeed using their own learning style with guidance from their teacher. It is my goal to make learning fun!

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Debra Nockels

Certified 8-12 English Plano ISD Teacher
          - Jasper HS English II Teacher
          - Yearbook Teacher
          - Plano English II Curriculum Writing Team Member
          - English Department Head
          - Plano English II Final Exam Writer
          - Saturday TAKS Tutorials Tutor
          - Finals Round-Up Tutor
Education
Master of Education - Secondary Education, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 2006
Master of Arts - English, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 2004
Bachelor of Arts - Mass Communication, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2003

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Resa Prescott

My name is Resa Prescott.  I earned my BS from The University of Texas at Austin and my M.Ed. from the University of North Texas.  I taught all levels of high school for 9 years in Plano ISD before leaving full-time teaching to raise my family.  I was recognized as the New Teacher of the Year at Williams High School in Plano ISD during my first year of teaching.  Within eSchool, I teach Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus.  I am also a private math tutor.  I truly enjoy teaching and chose this profession because I am fascinated with learning and desired the challenge of being a part of this awesome process.  I am grateful that I can continue working with students through eSchool and my tutoring.  

I am married, and we have a daughter in elementary school in Frisco.  I am part of a wonderful Christian home, and I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am a native Texan, but I love to travel to the Colorado wilderness for cool summers and experience the fall foliage season in New England.  As a UT graduate, I bleed orange.  The fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons, and UT football is definitely one of those reasons.  I also enjoy the work I do as a volunteer at my daughter's elementary school.  Watching my daughter grow has taught me that time is fleeting, and I try to savor every precious moment.

I believe that we are continually learning.  As learners, we construct our own knowledge by utilizing a variety of resources.  Educators can help guide students to connect their prior experiences to their present knowledge and then encourage them to apply this knowledge to their future endeavors.  My objective as a teacher is to aid in producing responsible, knowledgeable, and independently thinking individuals.    

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"As Sam's parents, we'd like to thank you for the way you handled the online course.  This was a first for Sam and you did a good job with reminders, positive reinforcement and feedback . . . to make it a positive experience."                      parent

Jennifer Pustejovsky

Hello! My name is Jennifer Pustejovsky. I taught for three years at the Special Programs Center, and three years at Williams High School. Right now, I am a stay-at-home mom for a two-year-old boy and a three-month-old girl. I am definitely busy, but I have the time to teach English with e-School because I truly love teaching English.  I believe all students can enjoy and appreciate the subject of English if they keep an open mind. 

Of course, one of my hobbies is reading, and I am currently working thorough a book about the Great Dust Bowl.  My all-time favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It is a must read for all book lovers!  I also have a wonderful husband of four years.

Besides spending time with my family, I love to travel, especially to New York where most of my family resides.  Going to New York coincides with another favorite hobby-eating! My family and I love to eat and try new foods, and New York is the perfect place to do just that. I also enjoy cooking, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. My goal for this year is to train to complete a half marathon.

I truly look forward to your participation in this course!

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Jennifer Reiken

I am originally from Kansas.  I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  My hobbies are working out, and spending time with friends.  I love to be outside whether it is being out on the lake, laying out by the pool, or camping out.

I have been teaching in Plano for 3 years. I teach BCIS (Business Computer Information Systems) and Desktop Publishing (Photoshop and InDesign) at Plano Senior High School.  My first 2 years at Plano Senior High I was also the Junior Varsity Cheerleading sponsor. I am currently in Graduate School through UNT to get my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Education.

My philosophy of teaching is if you believe in the students, they will believe in themselves.  I have at the core of my philosophy of education the assumption that teaching involves a relationship in which I join with the student in their effort to learn. An important element of this relationship is that I will be learning along with the student. It is my belief that the success of the students is dependent on me.

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Christy Saenz

I earned my Bachelors degree in Historical Studies and Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999. I then taught for four years in Plano, and did a bit of graduate work. I began teaching in the eSchool program in 2002 (I believe) and have been a part of eSchool ever since  I am currently a home-schooling mom, teaching eSchool World History and World Geography.
I love being able to devote much of my time to my 2 little boys, and we will be adding a new family member in March 2009. I also enjoy time spent with my husband and family, friends, and church community at Chase Oaks Church in Plano. My interests include my boys, reading, reading, reading, church stuff, scrapbooking, traveling, dreaming about traveling, haning out with friends & family, food, making the house pretty, political/social commentary stuff, public policy/issues, history, and the occasional dumb tv show.
I believe that every student has unique gifts, abilities, and learning needs. As a teacher, whether it is within a traditional or a virtual classroom environment, I believe it is my role to develop relationships with students that will help them make a connection to their learning, and encourage them to strive toward their personal best. I have a passionate interest in the social studies, and I love to learn. Plano’s eSchool offers students amazing opportunities to get ahead or catch up, and I am excited to be a part of it.

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Teacher: Rick SaiglingRick Saigling

I have 30 years teaching experience, all in Plano ISD.  I have taught Texas History, Journalism, Yearbook Production, Newspaper Production, World Geography, American Government, and U.S. History.

Currently, I teach U.S. History at Plano East Senior High, where I am the team leader for the U.S. History team of 15 teachers.  I also teach Accelerated Credit Recovery for students in American Government, World Geography, and World History.

I have both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, along with certifications in Journalism, History, Geography, Government, and Public School Administration.

Outside of school, I am involved in church and family activities.  I enjoy working out and landscaping my lawn as hobbies.

The job of a teacher is to inspire students to make the most of themselves.  Within each student, there is a drive to achieve a goal in life, even if the student does not recognize this at a young age.  If students are dedicated to their studies, and learn to balance school and “life in general”, they will become successful and productive citizens.  This is a tough job for any teacher, but success stories are the reasons teachers continue to work as diligently as they can in educating the young minds of tomorrow. 

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"I cannot thank you enough and I want you to know how much I appreciate your working with Taylor and her Fall school and athletic schedule.  I appreciate the care and concern that you gave to Taylor and myself."                               parent

Connie Seelhorst

Teaching experience: 30 years - One year in Arlington, Three years at Plano Senior High School, and Twenty-six years at Plano East Senior High.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Texas Tech University and Master of Education Degree from University of North Texas.

I am currently teaching computer classes: Business Computer Information Systems I and II, Webmastering, and Business Co-op.

I spend most of my free time at the soccer games of my daughter.

A teacher friend once told me that learning is not a spectator sport. I couldn't agree more. Students in my classes are actively involved in the learning process.

I consider myself a facilitator. My role as a teacher is not to "preach" to an uninvolved audience but to recognize the unique learning style of each individual student and to promote that learning style within the classroom. Because of this philosophy, my classroom has several different activities going on at the same time, and I always expect my students to give me their best.

"Lifelong learning" is the future slogan of education. I constantly strive to instill this goal within my students' minds. In order to survive in this technological society, students must be able to learn and continue to learn.  

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Carolyn Sinor

I have 22 years of teaching experience:  1 year at Plano Senior High; 1 year at Clark High School; 8 years at Vines High School; 12 years at Plano East Senior High.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Texas Tech University.
I currently teach Multimedia and BCIS 1 at Plano East.
I am married with two children.  My daughter is a senior at Plano East and my son is in 8th grade at Hendrick Middle School.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading and doing crafts.

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Richard Sklar

I am in my second year of teaching. I teach History, Government and Economics at the Special Programs Center. Prior to teaching, I spent fifteen years in business working primarily in brand marketing and advertising. I was born and raised in New York and have a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. I love teaching. It is really what I always wanted to do.

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my wife and two boys who are twelve and six. I also like to read, mostly nonfiction, and love basketball, both playing and coaching.

As a teacher, I believe it is important to help my students build their self esteem, understand the importance of being a lifelong learner in order to flourish in society and to develop the skills necessary to compete in the world. Specifically as a Social Studies teacher, I strive to strengthen my students’ oral and written communication skills.

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Ashley Slaughter

I have six years of classroom teaching experience.  I taught English I at Jasper High School for three years and taught pre-AP and regular English II and English III at Berkner High School in Richardson for three years. Additionally, I have been tutoring all levels of secondary English, SAT prep, TAKS prep, and study skills for two years. 

In 1999 I was awarded Beginning Teacher of the Year for Jasper High School. I have attended the SMU Advance Placement Summer Institute.

I am the mother of seven children.  Since my husband and I married in 2003, we have become “Yours, Mine, and Ours.”  His two children live in Florida, and we live with the beautiful chaos of five active children.  When I get a moment to myself I love to write and am currently working on my first novel.  I also love to read, sew, and paper craft.

I believe learning is a lifetime commitment.  I value the opportunity to facilitate students in gaining an appreciation of literature and writing.  I strive to ignite a fire within each student to find their passion for learning.

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Kevin Sowell

I have been teaching since 2000. I entered the world of teaching after practicing Podiatric Medicine for 10 years. I teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics, IPC and Health. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas. I obtained my DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA and then received my Master's from the California College of Podiatric Medicine while doing my residency program.

I have two Shelties, Rocky and Lucy, and two cats, Tiger and Diego. I enjoy gardening, boating and spending time with my friends.

I feel that every day is a chance to learn. We should always strive to learn something new and always try to become better persons. Basically, if you are not learning anything new, you are not living life to the fullest!

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Nila Stewart

I am a graduate of the University of Texas, and I hold a BA in history and in Spanish. I have been teaching in Plano ISD for five years, and have taught US government for the past four. In addition to government, I also teach AP American politics and AP European history.

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"Tyler really enjoyed the Government class and I think he has retained the knowledge he learned . . . ."                                            parent

Patti Stewart

After raising a family of three delightful children and a quite wonderful husband, I returned to college to get my degree. I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1997 with a BA in Government and Politics. I began substituting in Plano. After a year and a half substitute position teaching Economics, I was encouraged to pursue a teaching certificate. I taught US History and AP US History for eight years for Plano ISD as well as eSchool Economics, eSchool US History, and eSchool US Government. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling.

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Diane Strawn

·        32 years in the Business Department at Plano Senior High School
Taught Business Computer Information Systems, Desktop Publishing, and Webmastering

·        Graduated with a B.B.A. from Texas Christian University
Have also taken classes at East Texas State University, Richland College and Grayson College

·        Currently teaching part time at Collin County Community College

·        My husband and I live on our 50-acre farm, which is located east of Lucas. We enjoy attending Texas A&M football games. I also like to garden, read and baby-sit our 9-month old grandson. Family is a very important part of my life.

·        Having taught computer courses for so many years, I can only agree with the eSchool philosophy.  eSchool gives students the flexibility to succeed using their individual learning style with the teachers’ guidance. I do believe a person can learn something new every day and Internet classes are another means of doing so. I’m looking forward to working with these students whatever their goal may be.

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Kathy Sutton, M.Ed.

Masters in Education, University of North Texas
Bachelor of Science, Northeastern State University and University Center at Tulsa
Certification: Social Studies, U.S. History, Psychology and Special Education
Classroom Teaching Experience
      
32 years experience instructing students in Social Studies and English.

I am currently teaching wonderful students AP History at Plano West Senior High School.
I have been teaching in Plano ISD for 17 years.
Plano eSchool Teaching Experience
7 years: Spring 2001

  • Government
  • U.S. History
  • Psychology
  • World History

Technology changed the way students learn and teachers instruct.  I am proud to be a part of eSchool and the opportunities it provides for students thru out the United States.

Students from Africa and other parts of the world have received instruction through our program.

I enjoy reading and traveling and enjoy sharing those experiences with my students.

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Lauren Thompson

I have been a 9th and 10th grade English teacher for 6 years, and over the years I have taught Academy, co-taught, regular, and Pre-IB levels. I also have taught sections of the SAT Prep class offered at our school. I earned Clark High School’s Beginning Teacher of the Year award. I will be co-department chair of the English department as well as the 10th grade regular team leader this coming school year.

I earned my BA in English with a minor in secondary education from the University of North Texas in 1998. Currently, I am working toward earning my MA in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.

I love to read and try to do so whenever I can. I also am a certified SCUBA diver and have traveled around the Caribbean to see all I can below sea level.

I believe all students have the capacity to learn, and they all can find something that they enjoy from school. So many students have come to my class with a negative attitude about English, and I make it my personal goal to find something even the most reluctant ones can enjoy learning. Granted, I don’t always reach all of those students, but I hope that even if they don’t love English by the end of the year, they realize that they have someone at our school who truly cares for them.

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Sharon Townsend

Teaching History:  I graduated from the University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners!).  I have been teaching in Plano ISD for 17 years.  I have taught at Clark High School (speech, debate, and English I), Plano Senior High (English IV), and I have been at Plano West the past 7 years teaching English IV and CBOI English. 

I love to spend time with my grandchildren.  I have 7 grandkids in the Plano area, so they keep my husband and I busy with their soccer games, cheerleading, and dance.  I am always reading a book.  Shakespeare is my all time favorite author.  Braveheart is my all time favorite movie.  I have 2 adorable cats, Shakespeare and Sadie.  My husband and I love to go on cruises.  I am a football fanatic.

My teaching philosophy is to passionately teach my students with an open mind and heart.  Teachers must not be so set in their ways that adaptability is lost.  I adjust when timely topics come up instead of staying with the planned lesson.  I can vary from routine and rules when necessary to help a student.  I invite humor and enthusiasm into my classroom and encourage them to stay.  In the words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  I am a teacher, and I would not trade places with anyone!!

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"I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with PISD's eSchool.  It has been such a benefit to many of our students trying to graduate early, recapturing credit, or if they just don't have enough hours in the day to take everything they want!  Thanks for sharing this opportunity with other districts."                                      educator

 

David J. Van Derven

Teaching Experience: 2 years – Plano West Senior High School
Qualifications: I have a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and am a Texas Social Studies Composite (6-12) Certification from the Region 10 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program.
I am currently teaching: World Geography, US History, and E-school Economics
Interests: Travel, Sports, Martial Arts, Film, My Dogs – Max & Drew, etc

Philosophy of Teaching: Teachers should focus their time on variety, make the material applicable to students’ daily lives, and of course make it fun! Throughout the past two years, I have made a series of instructional adjustments in order to better meet the needs of all my students. I have implemented a variety the types of learning activities: Straight Lecture to Power-Point Presentations, Hands on Activities like the making of volcanoes and culture collages, Group Projects (Van Derven’s Road Rules), Making complete use of all curriculum resources available – Internet Lesson Sharing, Team planning, ESOL and Special Education Services, Librarian Know-How, Department Computer Labs, and Incorporating Contemporary Films like The Legends of the Fall to further illuminate the atrocities of WWI.

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Nicole Vickerman

I have been teaching world geography at Clark High School in Plano since 1997. I also attended Clark as a student many years earlier. I was honored during my first year of teaching to be selected as Clark’s Beginning Teacher of the Year and again in 2003-2004 to be selected the Experienced Teacher of the Year. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and a master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas in 2002. I am the world geography team leader at Clark and Clark’s representative on the district curriculum committee. I am also the co-writer of the world geography course for Plano’s eSchool.

Teaching Philosophy: Successful students are responsible, curious, and open-minded.
Happy students attempt to find something interesting to relate to in every subject.
Successful teachers realize that each student is an individual and will need a variety of teaching styles and motivational techniques.
Happy teachers see it not as a job but a calling and find joy in the success and happiness of their students.

Personal Information: I love to travel and just recently returned from Australia. I have also been to parts of Europe and the Caribbean, and I hope to travel to Asia in the near future. I love to read, play soccer, and spoil my niece and nephew.

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Donna Voelk

I’ve been a Special Education and English teacher at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, since 1998. Prior to undertaking a career in education, I was an officer in the regular and reserve United States Air Force for twelve years. In both capacities, I had many opportunities to interact with students, teachers and service members from a variety of levels and nationalities. Since I also came from a military family, I’ve lived in many different places! These include: England, France, Guam, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and, not least, Texas!

I have three children; one son in middle school, another in high school and a daughter in preschool. As you can see, I deal with a wide range of ages during my day. My hobbies include reading, gardening, stained glass and training my new dog!

I uphold a teaching philosophy that encompasses all students regardless of ability. “Imagination is more important than knowledge” by Einstein is one of my favorite quotes. Different students may have different learning styles and instruction should address these needs. In today’s society, it is absolutely critical that high school graduates be able to communicate clearly through both reading and writing. As a teacher, I hope to foster a love of literature, reading and writing so students continue to grow independently once they graduate.

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Kristin Wagner

I have been teaching in PISD since 2003.  I taught 1 year of middle school health at Frankford middle school.  I then moved to Shepton high school, where I taught health for 3 years.  I currently teach physical education at Shepton high school.  I also coach 10th grade volleyball at Shepton and am the junior varsity soccer coach at Plano West.

I love teaching the life skills that Foundations of physical education and health promote.  I believe that health and physical activity are the most important habit to learn when you are a student, because it is then when you pave the way for the rest of your life.  If a student can find one activity they enjoy, and can use that activity to keep them healthy for the rest of their life, then I have done my job.

I grew up in Midland, Texas, where I participated in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track.  I am also a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

In my free time I love to workout, play any sport, play with my dog Heidi, watch movies and be with friends and family. 

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Susan Walker

Teaching has been my joy for the last 30 years.  Math, Physical Education and Dance have been the subjects that I have had the opportunity to teach. Extra curricular subjects have ranged from coaching athletics to math teams. Honors for teacher of the year have come my way, along with recognition at the state level for excellence in teaching mathematics. Leadership roles range from team leader to department chair.

Outside of school I love to travel with my husband. We have explored the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the south of France and the beautiful Caribbean.  We have three wonderful daughters and we enjoy a close family relationship. When we are home we both love to ballroom dance and garden. When I find a spare moment, I relax by reading.

Teaching is a rewarding profession. I am passionate about helping all of my students make progress with their educational goals. My curricular subjects are great to teach, but I have always recognized the learner as the most important part of the process. I  am dedicated to continually search out the best way to help the students achieve their highest potential.

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Kevin Welborn

I’ve taught social studies for over eight years, including government, history, AP history, geography, and criminal justice. I enjoy reading, camping and hiking, and traveling.

My philosophy of teaching is that I believe every student, regardless of their ability is able to be successful. Our job as teachers is to help convince the students that they can be successful.


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Cindy Wisdom

I have taught in PISD for 23 years and in Birmingham, AL for 2 years. 
As a business teacher, I have been an Administration Coop teacher for the past 21 years. My students have received valuable experience working in companies such as Nortel, ARCO, and EDS. I also have taught Business Computer Information Systems.

Other experience:                 
1980-82-lnstructor for Grayson County Community 
1977-78-Instructor for Eastfield College

When I am not at school, I enjoy playing tennis and watching college softball.

Each individual uses different methods to learn. As a teacher I believe it is my responsibility to structure the curriculum to help that individual learn. Throughout my teaching career, I have focused on teaching individuals and not just classes. Many times in my classes students will be at different places in the curriculum. It is most important to me that the students learn the required curriculum at their pace using their learning styles.

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