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Tonya Haddox, Principal

 Emailthaddox@ptaaschool.org

 Education and Experience: I am starting 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!

 

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

 Emailaalonso@ptaaschool.org

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Jeff Andres, 6-7th Grade Art Teacher

 Emailjandres@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plan

 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

 Emailwbejarano@ptaaschool.org

            Current Lesson Plan

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Naomi Bonney, SPED Paperwork/Inclusion

Email:nbonney@ptaaschool.org

 Education and Experience: Ms. Bonney graduated from TWU with a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology.   She has over 22 years of home-school experience as well as 15 years of substitute teaching experience.  She was curriculum director for two years and wrote curriculum for an after-school program.  She worked as a paraprofessional in special education for three years while working on 6 state certifications.  She previously taught Special-Education Resource English I-IV, Study Skills and Content Mastery at Lone Oak High School.

 

Sharon Brown, 6-7th Grade Music Teacher

 

Email:sbrown@ptaaschool.org

 

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Stephen Burnett, 8th Grade History Teacher

 

 Emailsburnett@ptaaschool.org

 

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Maria Flores, ISS Aide

 Email: mflores@ptaaschool.org

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Marcus Fomby, 6-8th Grade PE Aide

Email: mfomby@ptaaschool.org

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Christy Frauman, 7th Science Teacher

Email: cfrauman@ptaaschool.org

 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

 

 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

Email: jhaynes@ptaaschool.org

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

 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

 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

 

 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

 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

 

 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

 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. 

   

Megan Mendenhall, 6-8th Grade PE Aide

Email: mmendenhall@ptaaschool.org

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Jamie Odom, 9-11th Grade College Facilitator

Email: jodom@ptaaschool.org

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

 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 Teacher

Emailkrenteria@ptaaschool.org

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Thomas Riehl, 8th Grade Art Teacher

 

 

Email: triehl@ptaaschool.org

 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 

 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

 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

 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. 

  

Christine Smart, 7th Grade ELAR Teacher

Emailcsmart@ptaaschool.org

 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 

 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 

 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!

    

Kelly Tishad, 6th Grade ELAR Teacher

 

 

Email: ktishad@ptaaschool.org

 

 Education and Experience: Mrs. Tishad graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education. She has experience working with ESL students and this will be her first year here at PTAA. She is a true crime fan whose hobbies include spending time with her son, visiting the beach, reading, and swimming.

  

Delaney Trejo, 9-11th Grade Spanish Teacher

Email:dtrejo@ptaaschool.org

 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 Grade Spanish Teacher

Email: kvega@ptaaschool.org

 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

 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

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Qianru Yu, 6-7th Grade Mandarin Teacher

Email: qyu@ptaaschool.org

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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.