Support Staff

Skills Specialist

Breanna Kaiser (2).JPG    Breanna Kaiser
I am excited to be the Skills Specialist this year at Garcia-Leza EC/Pre-K Center. This is currently my fifth year at Garcia-Leza and sixth year in Aldine. Prior to teaching Pre-K, I taught Kindergarten at Worsham Elementary. I proudly represented Garcia-Leza as Campus Teacher of the Year (2012-2013), ESL Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), and SHABE Aldine ISD ESL Elementary Teacher of the Year (2014). I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a major in Elementary Education and minors in Early Childhood and Inclusion-Special Education. My main goal as an educator is to create a strong foundation of positive school experiences.


Skills Specialist

Monica Loas  Monica Loas     


Elizabeth Hopson  Elizabeth Hopson

I am Elizabeth Hopson, Garca-Leza’s Information Literacy Specialist. This is my 5th year as a librarian at Leza.  I taught Third Grade and Kindergarten for five years prior to becoming an Information Literacy Specialist.  I graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and received my Masters in Library Science from Sam Houston State University.   I enjoy teaching our young learners to become independent library users.  My mission for all our library students is to foster a love of literacy and learning, and to build lifelong learners through the library and literacy skills.

Visit her page for additional information.

Leza Library Website


Eric Hirtriter  Eric Hirtriter

I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Engineering Technology. I have been teaching since 2005 in multiple school districts. I have taught everything from EC-12 grade.  Math, Science and Technology are my favorites. I have written a children's book and have a patent at the USPTO. My goal is to assist all staff at Garcia-Leza in any way I can. I want to help increase the use of technology in the classroom to make life easier for teachers, learning more enjoyable for students, and help the students get ready for Kindergarten next year.



Tisha Moye  Tisha Moye

I am the school nurse here at Garcia-Leza EC/Pre-K Center. I enjoy working with the 3 & 4 year old kids. I have been a nurse since 1993 and have been working with the school district for more than 10 years.  I love being a nurse, the job is rewarding and there is never a boring moment when working with kids - the things they say are amazing.  

As a career, nursing offers so many opportunities that I find exciting and  so many different fields for learning and growth, I encourage anyone who loves to help people and who wants a rewarding job, to consider nursing for a career.



DrWashington  Dr. Stephanie Washington

I am the school social worker. As the school social worker at Garcia-Leza EC/Pre-K Center, my job is to counsel students, provide information to parents about the community, and to assist teachers with strategies and ideas to help our students perform better in school. I enjoy many things about my job, but the best thing is getting to see our students mature and become the great individuals they are meant to be!

Physical Education Teacher

Leisy Olivares   Leisy Olivares

Hello!  My name is Leisy Olivares and I am the Physical Education teacher here at Garcia-Leza EC/PK Center. I graduated from Prairie View A&M University majoring in Human Performance. My goal as a P.E. teacher is to strengthen my student’s motor and social skills. Also, to serve as a role model, and demonstrate knowledge of health, physical education and wellness. 


Speech Therapist

Christina BurnhamChristina Burnham



Speech Therapist

Amanda JarmanAmanda Jarman

Hi! My name is Amanda Jarman and I wor
k as a speech-language pathologist at Garcia-Leza EC/PK and Mendel Elementary. Being a Houston native, I am excited to work with the children of this great city. I received my bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas and my master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. I have experience in many settings and with many age groups, but my passion is to work with school-aged children. My goal is to promote speech and language development in children in order for them to become successful communicators in school, their home, and with peers.