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Tonya Haddox, Principal

 Email: thaddox@ptaaschool.org

 Education and Experience:  This is my 22nd year in education. I taught grades 5-8 math for 14 years and am starting year 8 as an campus administrator. I grew up in Mesquite and am thrilled to be back to support the community that helped me to become the person I am. I graduated high school from North Mesquite then attended Eastfield Community College and Texas A&M in College Station for my Bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. My focus was reading and math in the middle school grade levels. I completed my Masters degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont.

 
I have a family that I love dearly. My husband, David, have been married for over 20 years! My daughter Haley is starting her Junior year in high school and is in a collegiate program as well. She is a Letterman in Powerlifting! Dawn Rae is in 7th grade and is a cheerleader. Karsen is a fifth grader and is an avid baseball and basketball player. 
 
 I believe that every student can succeed with the right tools. I want to show all students and families that through struggle, we grow. Life isn't always easy but when you are successful, you learn the benefits of hard work. I want to work with our PTAA community to grow and continue learning!
 
Google Classroom PTAA/Mesquite ADMIN Code:     ynvjth2

   

Brooke Cook, Assistant Principal

 Emailbcook@ptaaschool.org

 Education and Experience: Dr. Cook received a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Principal Certification from Texas A&M University Commerce, and her Doctorate in Leadership and Learning with a Specialization in Education Administrations from the Aspen University. She has been an educator for over 13 years. She is currently pursuing her Superintendent Certification. Her classroom experience includes facilitating various populations in American History while at Mesquite ISD. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cook has served as a member of the curriculum writing team, an administrative intern, an At-Risk Coordinator, and Testing Coordinator. Dr. Cook’s ‘why’ is based on her belief of growing the capacity of others by first building meaningful relationships and second by using data as the guide. Dr. Cook received a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Principal Certification from Texas A&M University Commerce, and her Doctorate in Leadership and Learning with a Specialization in Education Administrations from the Aspen University. She has been an educator for over 13 years. She is currently pursuing her Superintendent Certification. Her classroom experience includes facilitating various populations in American History while at Mesquite ISD. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cook has served as a member of the curriculum writing team, an administrative intern, an At-Risk Coordinator, and Testing Coordinator. Dr. Cook’s ‘why’ is based on her belief of growing the capacity of others by first building meaningful relationships and second by using data as the guide. 

 

    

Anna Alonso, 9-11th Grade College Facilitator

 Email: lalonso@ptaaschool.org

             Google Classroom Class Codes:

             Maps:         yvgxvsl

 Education and Experience: I’m Ms. Alonso, I graduated from University of Texas at Tyler with an Education Degree. I’ve been in education for three years. I am a very big family person and love to help with students in the youth group at church. I have always wanted to work with students and help further their careers.

 

Jeff Andres, 6-7th Grades Art Teacher

 Email: jandres@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plan

            Google Classroom Class Codes:

            Bobcats:            4zmqc6y

            Cardinals:          kd6drkc

            Jayhawks:          esarr24

            Lions:                 4tu6ovk

            Raiders:              7p2cnox

            Spartans:            54bbrfn

            Volunteers:         vcsgafv

          

 Education and Experience: Jeff is a new middle school art teacher making his teaching debut with PTAA. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of North Texas, with a background in graphic design and custom framing. He is currently working on his alternative teaching certification. Mr. Andres brings real world experience to the classroom with 4 years at different ad agencies. His hobbies include playing guitar, making his wife laugh, quoting movies, and making bad jokes- but he still laughs at them (story of his life!) His goals are to get students engaged in creative problem solving, put smiles on their faces and hear laughter from their mouths! His moto is “Take what you do seriously without taking yourself seriously.”

 

   

Wilfrido Bejarano, 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

 Email: wbejarano@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plan

           Google Classroom Class Codes:

           Period 1:            copazck

           Period 2:            qsj7vtq

           Period 3:            7kj2two

           Period 4:            dn24p61

           Period 6:            yvd7kro

           Period 7:            36vlt5d

 Education and Experience: I was born in Venezuela and landed in the beautiful city of Omaha, Nebraska where I resided for 32 years. So, YES, I love the cold weather and mostly SNOW.  I earned my Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and my Bachelor of Science in International Business Management from Bellevue University.  I have been teaching Elementary and Middle school since 2013.  I enjoy golfing and flying fishing.  My favorite place to visit is the Rocky Mountain National Park, in particular staying at Estes Park, Colorado. I also enjoy visiting Yellowstone Park in Wyoming.

  

 

Stephen Burnett, 8th Grade History Teacher

 

 Emailsburnett@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plans

            Google Classroom Class Codes:

            Aggies:         v3hsl23

            Buckeyes:     zrlk5v4

            Bruins:          rri4tib

            Cowboys:      oywcfwg

            Hurricanes:   cq5ir5z

            Sooners:        itd3ctc

            High School Government:   fq3f4qn

 Education and Experience: Mr. Burnett graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both History and Government. Mr. Burnett also has a law degree from the University of Texas and practiced law for many years prior to becoming a teacher. He is certified in Social Studies 7-12 and is very much looking forward to sharing his love of history with his U.S. History classes.

   

Christy Frauman, 6th Grade Science Teacher

Email: cfrauman@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plan

            Google Classroom Class Codes:

            1st Period:   4cipj4l

            2nd Period:  ho2dak7

            3rd Period:   qzl6bn5

            5th Period:   rrneo6s

            6th Period:   a2ainq7

            7th Period:   qewl2qj

            9th Period:   mpp7snd

 Education and Experience: Christy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with minors in Chemistry and Agribusiness as well as a Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University. She is certified in Generalist 4th-8th grade. She was economic research associate at Texas Tech before teaching science. She is excited to share her love of science!

 

Robyn Harden, 8th Grade Math Teacher

 Email: rharden@ptaaschool.org

          8th Grade Current Lesson Plan

          Algebra I Current Lesson Plan

         Google Classroom Class Codes:

         8th Grade 1st Period:      qhuoen3

         8th Grade 2nd Period:     4m4qsye

         8th Grade 6th Period:      76xlaxg

         8th Grade 7th Period:      ggw4gur

         Algebra 1  8th Period:      d74a4gj

         8th Grade  9th Period:      ey3qyfg

                      

 Education and Experience: Ms. Hardin  graduated from Dallas Baptist University.   She has been teaching math for over twenty years, and she absolutely loves the interaction with the kids.  She believes math is like working a puzzle....trying to find the missing pieces, and it is thrilling when she see kids realize they can fill in those missing pieces and connect those dots.

 

 

Jacob Haynes, 8th Grade ELAR Teacher

Email: jhaynes@ptaaschool.org

           Current Lesson Plan

           Google Classroom Class Code:

           8th Grade ELAR:       pwcbqdn

 Education and Experience:  Mr. Haynes is a former U.S. Marine, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences from Texas State University. Jacob is a certified Generalist 4-8 with a passion for sports and education. Mr. Haynes joins us this year as his first year at PTAA, he will be teaching eighth grade English and coaching.  

 

 

Emily Hendrickson, 9-11th Grades ELAR Teacher

Email: ehendrickson@ptaaschool.org

        9th Grade Current Lesson Plan

        10th Grade Current Lesson Plan

        11th Grade Current Lesson Plan

        Google Classroom Class Codes:

        9th Grade English I:         h6my4ti

       10th Grade English II:      wpmkvkq

       11th Grade English III:     hfu2kt7

 Education and Experience: Ms. Hendrickson has a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University.  She is ELA 8-12 and ESL supplemental certified.  Ms. Hendrickson taught English I/II Pre-AP in Dallas ISD for six years, and is in her third year teaching at PTAA.  She loves reading and sharing her passion for literature.  She believes that education is the key to changing the world.  

 

David Hernandez, 9-11 Computer Science Teacher

Emaildhernandez@ptaaschool.org

          CS I Current Lesson Plan

          CSII Current Lesson Plan

         Google Classroom Class Codes:

         1st Period TEALS AP CSA:             v75slrl

         2nd Period CS2:                             scpdroi

         3rd Period CS2:                              pfupyip

         4th Period CS2:                              yw6tycji

         6th Period CS1:                              t5qgy66

         7th Period CS1:                              vb4hdoz

         9th Period CS1:                              zuh3e3x

 Education and Experience: Mr. Hernandez has been teaching math and science since 1988. He has taught classes with students ranging from 4 years to 20 years in math, computers and science. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (1985) and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics (1990) from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters in Education at Texas A & M at Commerce. He works hard for student understanding and their success.

 

Jesse Hinrichs, PE/Coach

 

Email:jhinrichs@ptaaschool.org

         Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Code:     lwxqamo

 Education and Experience: Mr. Hinrichs graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology, and from Texas Tech University with a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science.  He has a passion for working with youth and his goal is to inspire and encourage students to develop and pursue a lifestyle of healthy 

 

Elizabeth Jones, 8th Grade STEM Teacher

Emailejones@ptaaschool.org

          8th Grade STEM Current Lesson Plan

          Microsoft TEALS Digital Arts STEM Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          1st Period TEALS HS Digital Arts:        6lxmsvd

          Aggies:          4qnlijh

          Bruins:          gdz5gv2

          Buckeyes:     2bzjj2f

          Cowboys:      o2nyz4e

          Hurricanes:   utisw7m

 Education and Experience: Ms. Jones earned her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A & M University at Galveston in Structural Engineering. She worked for six years as a Structural Engineering for Oil and Gas firms in Houston, Texas. This is her first year teaching and is excited to share her passion for STEM.

 

Shiba Mathew, 7th Grade Math Teacher

 

 Emailsmathew@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plan

            Google Classroom Class Codes:

            Bobcats:             svticcz

            Cardinals:          7s34nlk

            Lions:                 qhvxnik

            Jayhawks:          7vh3n5a

            Raiders:              czntob3

            Spartans:            so5nwkr

            Volunteers:         modpbki

 Education and Experience: Shelbi graduated with Bachelor's in Biology and minored in Chemistry from Texas Tech University. She is certified in Generalist 4-8 and has taught both math, now and science and now is teaching PTAA students 7th and 8th math. Shelbi enjoys showing real world connections to math and helping students see the relevancy of mathematical thinking in everyday life.

 

Steven McCune, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Email: smccune@ptaaschool.org

           Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          1st Period:        t32iozs

          2nd Period:       x5n4wk6

          3rd Period:        uvbd3da

          5th Period:        ukesqbo

          7th Period:        4h6ida6

          8th Period:        tb4vf3i

          9th Period:        k2vhod2

 Education and Experience: Steven McCune received a BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1993 and a Texas Teacher Certification from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997.  He is certified to teach history; sociology; social studies composite; earth and life science; special education; and English as a second language.  He has worked and traveled around the United States and the United Kingdom.  Steven has 10 years of teaching experience in Texas public schools.  He has also returned from 6 years of teaching Western Culture and Government at major universities in the People’s Republic of China. 

   

Robert Nation, 6-8th Grade PE Aide

Email: rnation@ptaaschool.org

 

   

Jamie Odom, 9-11th Grades College Facilitator

Email: jodom@ptaaschool.org

Google Classroom Class Codes:

College Speech:          e72y6ll

College PE:                 42ql5cm

College ITSC:             4mfyh5l

College Art:                igt656k

College EDUC (Framework):  u27a6ql

College Psychology:   cysqb3q

 

Education and Experience:   Entering her second year of teaching, this is Mrs. Odom's first year at PTAA.  She was born and raised in Mesquite, and graduated from North Mesquite High School.  Mrs. Odom is currently enrolled at WGU and is working to complete her Bachelor of Science degree.  She is a mom of three, two of which are fraternal twins, and has been married for 13 years. 

 

 

Dong Phan, 7th Grade STEM Teacher

Email: dphan@ptaaschool.org

          Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          Bobcats:     3vj3hda

          Cardinals:   26r515u

          Jayhawks:  3kvnhkb

          Lions:          jf63q5w    

          Raiders:      djwywy5

          Spartan:      njlci5q

          Volunteers:  xvvllss

 Education and Experience: I graduated from UTDallas with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science and Minor in Psychology. I worked as a Documentation Specialist for a probe card production company then became a Math tutor for Eastfield College Learning Assistance Center. I returned to UTDallas to earn my Teaching Certification, taught Developmental Mathematics at Eastfield as a Adjunct Faculty. This will be my third year at Pioneer Tech and am very excited to share my enthusiasm with technology and computer science with everyone. Outside of school, I enjoy gadgets, audiobooks, small personal project, and adapt to new technologies and ideas.

  

  

Kristi Renteria, 7th Grade Science

Email: krenteria@ptaaschool.org

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          Bobcats:       otkqacv

          Cardinals:     sk7tiwv

          Jayhawks:    fayazor

          Lions:           23s2aoy

          Raiders:       fw277sz

          Spartans:     nb4j5au

          Volunteers:  awqf5d5

 Education and Experience: 

 

Thomas Riehl, 8th Grade Art Teacher

 

 

Email: triehl@ptaaschool.org

          Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          Art I 2nd Period:    hpdpuqv

          Art I 3rd Period:     u4lgmpu

          Art I 4th Period:     dwdbvlg

          Art I 6th Period:     5bifxfe

          Art I 7th Period:     c6jhcih

          Art I 8th Period:     ww2u34r

          Art I 9th Period:     hce4ig4  

 Education and Experience: Thomas’s teaching career of nearly 20 years has allowed him to combine two of his passions in life—teaching and the arts. His love for Art was cultivated in high school by a teacher who invested deeply in his life. Thomas took that passion to Baylor University, where he received a B.F.A. in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in graphic design. In addition to techniques in Ceramics, Painting, Drawing and Photography—he became proficient in computer design programs and was hired by Baylor prior to graduation, to do graphic design. After 8 years in the industry, he returned to Baylor to earn his B.S. of Education, to do what he always wanted to do—teach! Thomas has taught all levels (K-12), and his resume includes positions at Waco High School, Sierra High School (Colorado Springs/District 2), most recently investing 7 years as part of the only charter school in Texas offering the Expeditionary Learning (EL) model, serving as part of the school’s leadership team.

 

Shawn Ross, 9-11th Grades Manderin Teacher/College Facilitator

Email: sross@ptaaschool.org 

           Current Lesson Plan

           Google Classroom Class Codes:

           Chinese 1:    kedyrm2

           Chinese 2:    b7vax4f

 Education and Experience: After Mr. Ross graduating from University of North Texas, he lived and worked in Beijing, PRC.  After four and a half years of teaching English to some of the most amazing Chinese students he returned to Texas and became a Chinese language teacher.  

 

Charles Sanford, 9-11th Grades Science Teacher

Email: csanford@ptaaschool.org

          9th Grade Current Lesson Plan

          10th Grade Current Lesson Plan

          11th Grade Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          Physics (All):         sam6wmy

          Biology (All):         wwozyuv

          Chemistry (All):     l3v7wf

 Education and Experience: Charles Sanford graduated from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in December 2012 with a B.S. in biology and a teaching minor. He went on to work in the oilfield for 1-1/2 years and then substitute taught in Lewisville ISD, working mostly with special education classrooms. In 2015, Charles went on to become an Instructor, and then later a Lead Instructor and Head of Lesson Planning at Science, Entertainment, and Design in Coppell, TX. One of his greatest passions in life is video game design.

 

Samah Shaffer, 8th Grade Science Teacher

Emailsshaffer@ptaaschool.org

          Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          Aggies:          3hvdu36

          Bruins:          2jkgzqy

          Buckeyes:     vw6eulx

          Hurricanes:   dxy75yd

          Sooners:       cql7ck7

 Education and Experience: Mrs. Shaffer teaches 6th and 7th grade science. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and recently returned to UTD to obtain her teaching certification.  She left her Career in Human Resources Management to teach at PTAA after realizing teaching science to kids was a lot more entertaining than teaching grown ups to fill out paperwork. 

 

Christina Smart, 7th Grade ELAR Teacher

Email: csmart@ptaaschool.org

          Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          Bobcats:        txyb6qp

          Cardinals:     2twmg4f

          Jayhawks:     buf627x

          Lions:            rs67us5

          Raiders:        divh574

          Spartans:      ciklqbr

          Volunteers:   vmuoumd

 Education and Experience: Mrs. Smart received her Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She worked as a high school theology teacher, for two years in private schools. She later obtained her certification in 4-8 generalist and started teaching in public charter schools in Richardson, TX in 2015.  She received her 7-12 ELAR certification in the 2018. Christine is starting her 7th year of teaching.  She is excited to be apart of such a thriving and growing community at PTAA! 

 

 

Gavin Stewart, 9-11th Grades History Teacher 

Emailgstewart@ptaaschool.org 

           Current Lesson Plan

 Education and Experience: Mr. Stewart is a native Texan who graduated Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas in 2016 with a social studies composite degree. There he was involved in the University band as well as an international award winner in Model United Nations. Mr. Stewart was honored with Most Outstanding New Secondary Teacher at HPU, and Teacher of the Month during his Student Teaching. He is an avid reader and board game enthusiast.

 

Tremuir Thompson, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Emailtthompson@ptaaschool.org

           Current Lesson Plan

           Google Classroom Class Codes:

           Bears:                   s7577ve

           Bulldogs:              uwbp3r6

           Gators:                 lpbwa7i

           Hawks:                 trhoztx

           Seminoles:           bal5xam

           Wilcats:                2mythsr

           

 Education and Experience:

Tremuir Thompson obtained a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Computer Science from Jarvis Christian College in 2013. There he become a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he served as chapter president. During his time at JCC he held numerous positions throughout campus such as Senior Class President and President of Pre-Alumni. Tremuir has worked in various forms of education for the last 5 years. He worked as the Director of Education for GradePower Learning, math tutor for Sylvan Learning Center, assistant site coordinator for PACE after school program and self-contained 3rdgrade teacher for Manara Academy in 2017-2018. Mr. Thompson is excited to explore different cultures around the world with your wonderful children!

    

Jasmin Cox, 6th Grade ELAR Teacher

 

 

Email: jcox@ptaaschool.org

          Current Lesson Plan

 

  

Delaney Trejo, 9-11th Grade Spanish Teacher

Email:dtrejo@ptaaschool.org

        Current Lesson Plans

        Google Classroom Class Codes:

        1st Period:         jp5efkb

        2nd Period:        jfevm6g

        3rd Period:         xn47wow

        4th Period:         gtjwkll

        6th Period:         zigbq4b

        7th Period:         w2janl3

        8th Period:         akhlk5t

 Education and Experience: Mrs. Trejo is a Univerisity of Texas at Dallas Grad with a background in speech language pathology.She is half Mexican and spent formal time educated in Mexico City. She has a great passion for teaching communication and foreign language. She loves what she does, working with children. When she's not teaching she spends time with her fur babies and booking photography sessions with her husband. 
 

 

Katherine Vega, 6-7th Grades Spanish Teacher

Email:kvega@ptaaschool.org

        Current Lesson Plan

       Google Classroom Class Codes:

       Bobcats:          5xkgsws

       Cardinals:        6sw2uqm

       Jayhawks:       ixiokrc

       Lions:              pbxo2lp

       Raiders:          jukel5f

       Spartans:        gxbjyk5

       Volunteers:     opnaio7

 Education and Experience:  Hola! My name is Katherine. I’m from Puerto Rico. I’m a very active person, love outdoor activities and spend time with family and my dog. In my free time I do cycling, hiking, and stay at home making food. I moved to Ohio in 2013 to complete a Masters Degree. I move to Texas in 2017, where I start teaching for 2 years in CHISD. Looking forward for a great year!
 

 

 

Tabitha White, 6th Grade STEM Teacher

Email: twhite@ptaaschool.org

        Current Lesson Plan

       Google Classroom Class Codes:

        Bears:                        b7aiosd

        Bulldogs:                   e7lls34

        Eagles:                      nr6jsvw

        Gators:                     5633b65

        Hawks:                     b5ngsyt

       Seminoles:               zqjnm7m

       Seminoles (AVID):   j4yg4n6

       Wildcats:                  yamgbfn 

       

 Education and Experience:  Retired US Army Medic. Working on a Masters in Science Education, Western Governors University. Bachelors of Science, in Science Education, Interdisciplinary studies, Midwestern State University. Associates degree in Science and Math Education, San Antonio College. This is my 10th year to teach. I have spent the last 9 teaching Science. Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. Live with my son Noah and our animals. I look forward to experiencing all of the opportunities from working with the amazing staff, families, and students of PTAA.
 

 

 

Debra Witherspoon, 9-11th Grades Math Teacher

Email: dwitherspoon@ptaaschool.org

          Algebra I Current Lesson Plan

          Algebra II Current Lesson Plan

           Pre-Calculus Current Lesson Plan

          Google Classroom Class Codes:

          1st Period Algebra I:       xwlkl5w

          2nd Period Algebra I:      4epazbl

          3rd Period Algebra II:     cvrzjly

          6th Period Algebra II:     7ungysm

          7th Period Algebra I:       o4pdae3

          8th Period Algebra II:     mfqdncf

          9th Period Algebra II:     tzidjzg

 

 Education and Experience: I earned an Elementary Education degree from Dallas Baptist University back when it was still a college! My Masters in Math Education is from TWU. I have been teaching since 1979 in Dallas, Mesquite, Rockwall and at Eastfield College. Most of my years have been in the math classroom, but I also taught Computer Literacy and was an Instructional Technologist for a time. I retired from teaching public school, but that only lasted one year before I was looking for another teaching job. I’m excited to be a part of this venture in education with PTAA.
 

 

 

Qianru Yu, 6-7th Grades Mandarin Teacher

 

Email:qyu@ptaaschool.org

        Current Lesson Plan

       Google Classroom Class Codes:

       Bears:               d3t7fts

       Bulldogs:          7o7oop7

       Eagles:              bzo5w65

       Gators:             743lnbf

       Hawks:             nmx7jj3

       Seminoles:       rm7yxrq

      Wildcats:          yp2fgfq

 Education and Experience: 

 

 

Connie Jones, Academic Counselor

 

Email:cjones@ptaaschool.org

 Education and Experience: Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Dallas in History, and a Master’s of Science in Counseling Studies from Capella University. She taught secondary English and social studies for eighteen years at several area private schools. Ms. Jones has worked as a case manager with TRIO at Cedar Valley College, and served as the Secondary Administrator of a North Texas Charter School. For the past nine years, Ms. Jones was the secondary counselor for a North Texas Independent School District Alternative School. She is married with two adult children and two grandchildren. She is a long term resident of the North Texas area. 

 

Maria Flores, ISS Aide

 Email: mflores@ptaaschool.org

 Education and Experience: 

 

Alma Mendez, Office

 Email: amendez@ptaaschool.org