When Salado students return to class later this month, they will be greeted by more than 20 new teachers and support staff.
The following are new teachers at Thomas Arnold Elementary School for the 2018-19 School Year.
Salado Junior High teachers will be introduced on Aug. 9 and Salado High School teachers will be introduced on Aug. 16. New support staff will be introduced on Aug. 23.
Family: Spouse – Jonathan Bender, Children – Grace (15), Audrey (13), Rachel (11)
Education and Certification Fields: Graduated from Texas Christian University in 1999 with a BS in Education. Texas teaching certificates held in Elementary self contained grades 1-8 and Generic Special Education grades PK-12
Teaching Assignment for 2018-19: 4th grade Math and Science
Previous Teaching Experience: I have had the pleasure to work with students in grades 1-6 in Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado, and Florida
On teaching: I love teaching! Everything from the relationships with students and their families, organizing my classroom, planning and delivering engaging lessons, and the oh so exciting light bulb moments we have when a struggling student gains a critical understanding are what keep me excited about being a teacher. I hope to provide a variety of fun and rigorous learning experiences that help each of my students realize that everyone can be successful in Math and Science!
Family: Spouse: Ryan Cardenas
BS in Human Resources from Texas A&M University College Station
Education and Certification Fields: 4-8 General, 7-12 English/Language Arts
Teaching Assignment for 2018-19: 4th grade Writing at Thomas Arnold Elementary School
Previous Teaching Experience: 3 years experience with 9th/10th grade English at Killeen High School
On teaching: “My mom, two sisters, and husband all work in education. It was instilled in me at a young age that school is important and teachers should be valued. My teaching philosophy is simple: students will do whatever you ask of them if they feel safe, comfortable, and welcome. If those 3 things cannot be said of a classroom, then not much learning will take place. As long as students feel their voice will be heard and their opinions will be valued, they will continue to grow and excel.
Family: Spouse-Chris Craig; Children-Cloey and Cam Craig
Education and Certification Fields: Texas A&M-Central Texas; Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6.
Teaching Assignment for 2018-19: 3rd grade ELAR
Previous Teaching Experience: This is my 4th year in education.
On teaching: I have always wanted to be a teacher. There is nothing better than watching a student’s expression as they get an answer right, or when a concept finally makes clicks in their mind. I want to be able to make a positive difference on the future of children. As a teacher, it is my goal to make each child feel loved and valued, empowered and capable of success.
Family: Travis Curb (husband) Halle 13 and Tyler 5
Education and Certification Fields: Texas A&M Central Texas, Early Childhood-6th ESL Certified
Teaching Assignment for 2018-19: Kindergarten
Previous Teaching Experience: Teacher Leader in KISD, Science Olympiad Coach
On teaching: Teaching is my passion because I love to share the joy of reading and learning. After teaching fourth and first grade, I found Kindergarten and fell in love with it. This will be my eighth year of teaching and sixth in Kindergarten. I think Kindergarten is the best because it is the foundation that the rest of their education will build on. Salado has been our home for four years now. We love our space and the experiences for our children have been everything we wanted for them and more. I look forward to being part of that experience for other children in Salado.
Family: Aaron (husband), Hayden (daughter – 8 years old), Ashlynn (daughter – 5 years old)
Education and Certification Fields: Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University. Certification in Early Childhood through 4th grade with an ESL supplemental certification.\ Teaching Assignment for 2018 – 2019: Kindergarten
Previous Teaching Experience: Kindergarten (1 year), First Grade (5 years), Second Grade (1 year)
On teaching: Many recognize that teaching is a rewarding profession. And it truly is! We spend each year investing in our students’ academic growth. But it doesn’t stop there. We invest in their social and emotional well-being, we take the time to get to know our students and their families, we build and strengthen relationships while encouraging our students to reach goals they may have not thought were possible. Seeing and experiencing this growth over the course of a year is amazing! It is why I love being in the classroom and why I love working with each of my students!
Education and Certification Fields: EC-6
Teaching Assignment for 2018-2019: Thomas Arnold Elementary, Fourth Grade Writing
Prior Teaching Experience: Nolanville Elementary, 4th grade 2017-2018
On teaching: I teach to build positive relationships that influence children not only for the time they spend in my classroom, but successfully prepare them for their future. Being a teacher is more than just the material I teach, but is a way of life.
Education and Certification Fields: Bachelors Degree- Texas State – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science
Certification: Teacher Certification/ESL Certified
Teaching Assignment for 2018-19: 3rd grade ELAR
Priot Teaching Experience: Kindergarten Teacher-Southwest Elementary-Belton ISD
On teaching: I love it when a child learns something new, braves a difficult challenge, or conquers what used to seem impossible. Teaching for me is more than a transfer of knowledge–It is my opportunity to truly encourage a child to be their personal best by providing them with an atmosphere of encouragement and support. I’m looking forward to a great year with the Salado ISD team!
Tambra R. Medlers
(Students call me Mrs. Tami)
Family: Dennis Medler – husband; sons – Tony Medler, Cole Medler
Education and Certification Fields: BSN Mgmt/ACCT.; Real-estate; Teaching/Mentoring
Teaching Assignment 18-19 school year: Paraprofessional/Certified Aide
Previous Teaching Experience: I have been a substitute teacher for the past 10 years working with grades K to 12. I travel to various countries teaching the heart of Jesus. I have taught children’s Sunday school, and some women’s groups. I teach a two year Bible course now and for the past 6 years.
On teaching: “Train up children in the way they should go; when older they’ll not depart from it.” (Paraphrasing Proverbs 22:6) I believe in that verse and also, “It takes a village to raise a child.” & “Children are our future.” I know – I have 2 sons & 5 grandchildren. Helping children realize their potential, helping them recognize their gifts and talents; teaching them to grow intellectually through their school years will benefit them, their community, and beyond. Individually, we are one part of this huge world. We need each other. If we help children learn their part…what an honor and privilege!
Family: Spouse: Brian Levesque Children names: Dylan Carlisle 16 Brilyn Levesque 2
Education and Certification Fields: Bachelor of Professional Studies from University of Mary Hardin Baylor, EC-4 teaching certification
Previous Teaching Experience: Taught Kindergarten 1 year, 1st grade 7 years and Pre-K 1 year
Teaching Assignment 18-19 school year: 1st grade teacher
On teaching: I believe in providing a safe, fun and positive classroom environment where students are praised for their hard work and for being responsible learners. I create high expectations for my students and teach them that with hard work, anything is possible.
Family: Craig Rose, 3 boys- Brian, Matt, Luke
Education and Certification Fields: Bachelors of Elementary Education & Special Education, Master’s in Early Childhood Education
Teaching Assignment 18-19 school year: 5th Grade ELAR
Previous Teaching Experience: Previously taught Kindergarten in Arizona, Taught Homebound for Bell County Co-op 2017-2018, Head Swim team Coach 8 years
On teaching: Kids just make me happy…there’s no better job than getting to be around kids all day!
Family: Married to Joel Scott, 3 boys- Chris, Ethan, and Cooper Scott
Education and Certification Fields: Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Certified in EC-6th grade
Previous Teaching Experience: I Previously taught Kindergarten in Salado ISD and taught Pre-K for 8 years prior to teaching in public schools.
On teaching: I love working with children! I love to get them excited about learning, and feeling confident with their own progress. Every child deserves to be encouraged, loved, and invested in- that’s why I love teaching and look forward to doing just that. I am super excited to be returning to the classroom and working with students this fall
Family: Spouse- Rod Williams Children names- Nolan, 14 & Reagan, 11
Education and Certification Fields: Dallas Baptist University, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Math Certification (1-8) as well as Early Childhood Certification (PK/K)
Teaching Assignment 18-19 school year: 5th Grade Math/AVID, Thomas Arnold Elementary
Previous Teaching Experience: 1st grade Teacher, Hanes Elementary , Irving, TX; Substitute Teacher. Watertown, NY; Homeschool Teacher (my children)
Grades: PK, K, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; 6th grade Study Hall Teacher, Salado Intermediate School
On teaching: Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a teacher early on, always playing “school” with my siblings. I enjoy working with kids and finding creative ways to teach them new concepts all while instilling respect for others, a good work ethic, and confidence in themselves as lifelong learners!