Middle School Administration

Kemlyn Stephens (Middle School Principal)

Kemy moved to the middle school principal role in 2013-14 after a year as a principal intern over all sites and two years as the assistant principal at the Beckley site. She previously was our 5th grade math teacher and before that taught for 7 years in Dallas ISD elementary schools.


Claire Forrester (Middle School Assistant Principal)

Principal Certification (Texas)

Claire joined LAE for the 2013-14 after six years as an assistant principal at Hector Garcia Middle School and three years as an associate principal at Stockard Middle School.  Previously, she taught at several schools within Dallas ISD.  She has a master's degree in English - Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of North Texas.


Jerica Visalli (Curriculum Coordinator, 3rd-5th)

Ms. Visalli has a Master's of Education & Curriculum with a focus on English Second to Other Languages. She started with LAE in its second year as a teacher and is currently the Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach for 3rd – 5th grade.


Kelly Whitfield (Curriculum Coordinator, 6th-8th)

Ms. Kelly Whitfield is the grades 6-8 Curriculum Coordinator. She has been part of the LAE team since 2013. Ms. Whitfield was a middle school classroom teacher for 14 years. She has taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. Ms. Whitfield went to the University of Texas at El Paso to obtain her Bachelors of Arts in History in 1996. She attended the University of Phoenix to earn her Master’s degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2002.


Sandra Medrano (Middle School Counselor)

School Counselor Certification (Texas)

Sandra is our new Middle School Counselor.  She has taught in elementary. middle and high schools for 13 years and received a Master of Arts in School Counseling.  


Eric Oliva (Athletics Director)

Eric joined LAE in 2015-2016 after serving two years as a police officer with the Midlothian Police Department and four years in the United States Army.  Also prior to coming to LAE, he ran and coached in a local soccer club.  He oversees our athletic department and manages the middle school discipline.



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