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.
Norma Lucio Vasquez
I graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-4. I am also Montessori certified through the National Center for Montessori Education (NCME). I received my masters in Library Science through Sam Houston State University in 2014. I have also taught PK Bilingual for 12 years. In 2009, I had the honor of representing Garcia-Leza EC/Pre-K Center as their campus Teacher of the Year. I was also one of the three finalists for District Teacher of the Year. I feel that every child has their own learning style and, as a skills specialist, I will work with the teachers and parents to provide lessons and activities that will maximize the child’s success in learning.
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.
I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Engineering Technology. I have been teaching for over 12 years now in multiple school districts but the last 7 years in Aldine ISD. I have taught everything from EC-12 grade. Math, Science and Technology are my favorites. I have written a children's book and published a patent. My goal is to assist all staff at Garcia-Leza learn more about and how to use technology in any way possible to make life easier, learning more enjoyable, and help the students get ready for Kindergarten next year.
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.
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
Hello! My name is Leisy Olivares and I will be teaching Physical Education. This will be my first year teaching and I’m very excited that it will be 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.
Hello, my name is Vanessa Moreno and I am a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at Garcia-Leza EC/PK Center. I graduated with honors from Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have extensive experience working with a variety of disorders and diagnoses in settings that include outpatient pediatric clinics, home health programs, and public schools. I am fluent in English and Spanish and I am a current member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. I am committed to improving the lives of the students and I look forward to seeing their progress in speech therapy.
Hi! My name is Amanda Jarman and I work 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.