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    Kemlyn Stephens

     

    Education:

    B.S. in Psychology (University of Oklahoma)

    M.Ed. in Educational Administration (Concordia University)

     

    Texas Educator Certification:

    Principal EC-12th

    ESL 1st - 6th

    Elementary Self-Contained 1st-6th

     

    Mrs. Stephens has served as an LAE administrator since 2010. Her primary responsibilities include providing strategic direction in the school system, ensuring student safety, monitoring student achievement, encouraging parent involvement, assessing teaching methods, and hiring and evaluating staff. Prior to joining the LAE staff in 2009 as a 5th grade math teacher, Mrs. Stephens taught in Dallas ISD for 8 years.

     

    When Mrs. Stephens is not enjoying the company of her husband and two children, she’s reading, organizing, crafting, exercising, or mingling with close family and friends.

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    Claire Forrester

     

    Education:

    B.A. in International Relations, Minor in East Asian Studies (Beloit College)

    M.A. in English (University of North Texas)

    Principalship Certification (University of Texas at Arlington)

     

    Texas Educator Certification:

    Principal EC-12th

    ESL 1st - 12th

     

    Ms. Forrester currently serves as the middle school assistant principal. Her primary responsibilities include testing coordinator, scheduling, and supervising substitutes. Prior to joining LAE in 2013, Ms. Forrester worked for the Dallas ISD. She served as an ESL teacher, MLEP (ESL) Coordinator, Dean of Instruction, Assistant Principal, and Associate Principal.

     

    Ms. Forrester has one son and two grandsons that keep her busy. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs. Her favorite pastimes include reading, swimming, and watching movies.

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    Jerica Visalli

     

    Education:

    B.S. in Communications (Oklahoma Christian University)

    M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, ESOL (Concordia University)

     

    Texas Educator Certification:

    Generalist 4th-8th

    ESL Supplemental 4th-8th

     

    Other:

    Foundational Training for Gifted and Talented

    Google for Education - Level 1 Certified Educator

     

    Ms. Visalli has been with LAE in various roles, including teaching, since 2007. She is currently the Curriculum Coordinator & Instructional Coach for core teachers in grades 5 through 8. Her primary responsibilities ensure high-quality instruction through professional developments, mentoring, modeling, co-planning and providing instructional feedback. She brings with her a unique skill set and an infectious enthusiasm for education. Prior to joining the LAE staff, Ms. Visalli worked at an outreach program for inner-city children in Fort Worth, TX. This outreach focused on teaching children to read and succeed.

     

    Ms. Visalli is a fur-mommy with 2 beautiful dogs, Garbo & Winston. She is also the proud “Zia” (aunt) of 5 beautiful children and is very active in their lives. On the drive to and from school every day, Ms. Visalli listens to audio books and finishes 2-4 books a month using this media. In her free time, she is always up for a good Netflix binge or a well-earned nap.

  •  Kelly Whitfield

     

    Education:

    B.A. in History (University of Texas at El Paso)

    M.Ed. in Educational Curriculum and Instruction (University of Phoenix)

     

    Texas Educator Certification:

    ESL EC-12th

    Language Arts/Reading 4th-8th

    Social Studies 4th- 12th

     

    Ms. Whitfield currently serves as the 3rd – 4th Grade and Middle School Electives Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach. She has been at La Academia de Estrellas since 2013. Her primary responsibilities include providing leadership in the ongoing development, improvement, and evaluation of curriculum, instruction, professional development, and student assessments. Prior to joining the LAE staff, Ms. Whitfield served as a teacher in Arizona for 9 years. This year, 2018-2019, will be her 18th year in education.

     

    Ms. Whitfield was raised in El Paso but moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. She enjoys traveling and visiting her family, who still lives in Phoenix.

  • Sandra Medrano

    Middle School Counselor

     

    Sandra Medrano

     

    Education:

    B.A. in Psychology and Spanish (New Mexico State University)

    M.A. in School Counseling (Amberton University)

     

    Texas Educator Certification:

    School Counselor EC-12th

    Secondary Spanish 6th-12th

     

    Mrs. Medrano currently serves as the Middle School Counselor. Her primary responsibilities include working with students and parents to help guide students’ academic, behavioral and social growth. She brings with her years of experience working with students, parents and teachers. Prior to joining the LAE staff in 2017 as a Middle School Counselor, Mrs. Medrano worked as a high school and middle school Spanish teacher for 12 years. Mrs. Medrano also worked as a 5th grade bilingual ed. teacher, with a total of 14 years in education.

     

    Mrs. Medrano has been married to Ramon for almost 30 years. Together they have 3 children, Joseph, Clarissa and Maya. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at home with her family and their boxer dogs.

  • Eric Oliva

    Discipline Coordinator & Athletic Coordinator

    Eric Oliva currently serves as the discipline/athletic coordinator. His primary responsibilities include investigating and resolving all discipline problems in a fair manner and scheduling all middle school athletic events. Prior to joining the LAE staff in 2015 as a discipline/athletic coordinator, Mr. Oliva was a police officer with the city of Midlothian for three years. He served as a patrol officer. He also served four years in the United States Army.

     

    Mr. Oliva has two daughters, Eriana and Analee, and a son, Isaac.

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