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Dawley Raena

My name is Dawley Raena and this will be my second year as Instructional Coach for H.V. Helbing. I have been a classroom teacher for 16 years -- 9 years in secondary and 7 in elementary. I went back to school in 2012 to obtain a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. I hold certifications in English, Language Arts, and Reading 4-8, Generalist EC-6, English as a second Language Supplemental, and hold a Principal certification. I have been married for 18 years to a Fort Worth police officer and we have three beautiful daughters - Camryn (16), Taylor (13), and Ryan (9). I am excited for this upcoming school year!

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Ms. Marina Ponce

Hello. My name is Marina Ponce. I have worked here are H.V. Helbing since 2014. I started off a teacher assistant and moved into the office and data clerk position in 2019. I graduated for the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.  When I'm not working at Helbing, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and doing various crafts.

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David West

This is my first year at Helbing as the Data Analyst Lead.  Previously I taught at Trimble Tech High School as the Art 1 teacher along with various other positions and roles.  I received my undergraduate degree from UNT in 2005 and earned my Masters from UTA in 2019.  My wife, Lydia, and I have been married for 6 years and go on adventures of food and geography around the world.  Between Lydia, our joined families, and riding my bicycle I am quite content.  

My goal is student success. I intend on using all resources and supports in order to help all students be successful.  Building confidence, grit, and determination within students so they may go on to become successful adults and lifelong learners. I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff so that we can work together to achieve this goal for the students of Helbing Elementary school. 

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Ms. Ashley Wood

Hello! My name is Ashley Wood. I received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. I am passionate about learning how culture shapes communication in addition to early language development. This is my fourth year providing speech therapy in Fort Worth ISD.

 

My focus is helping my students communicate effectively through developing new approaches, collaborating with student families and other professionals, and hunting for what works best for the kids as individuals. I hope for my speech room to be a safe space for students to learn and practice strategies, share their ideas, and spread kindness.

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Ms. Sarah Cox

Hello. I’m Sarah Cox.

I am happy to be starting my seventh year as an educational diagnostician, fifth year at Helbing. Prior to that I was an elementary teacher for nine years. I have a 4 year old son who is the center of my world. In my spare time I enjoy walks in my neighborhood, trips to the park, and listening to audio books. Some of my best memories have been my travels to Argentina and Costa Rica where I learned Spanish. 

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Mary Jeter, Art Teacher

Mary Jeter, Artist/Educator

General Ed, ESL and Art K-12 Certification

BFA Studio Art, Southern Methodist University

The 2020-21 School Year is my 8th year in education, all with the FWISD.

I grew up in Fort Worth and I’m married and have three great children, a dog, and a cat!

I’ve been fortunate to always know my passion, which is Art and all things about it. Arts Education is critical to developing creative thinking and ­­self-worth. My classroom is often filled with chatter as the students explore materials, create original works using specific processes, practice important motor skills, and more, all while setting their imaginations free.

I am privileged to work with the wonderful Students, Staff, Faculty, and Parents at Helbing!

mary.jeter@fwisd.org

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Matthew Huitt, Music Teacher

Mr. Huitt is currently in his 14th year as the Elementary Music Specialist for HV Helbing Elementary school. He attended Texas Wesleyan University, where he was a trombone and euphonium player with the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Quintet.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  During his out-of-school time, Mr. Huitt works as a volunteer with his children's high school marching band.

matthew.huitt@fwisd.org

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Erin Strickland, P.E. Teacher

I have 15 years of experience in Education.

My goal is to inspire children to pursue a lifetime of healthy choices paired with an active lifestyle.  

erin.strickland@fwisd.org

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Irma Morin, Counselor

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Texas Women's University, Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's of Education in Guidance and Counseling from South Dakota State University.

"A person who never made mistakes, never tried anything new" Albert Einstein

irma.morin@fwisd.org

 

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Lavonna Starnes, Special Education Teacher

I am Lavonna Starnes. I have been a teacher with FWISD since 1990 and at H. V. Helbing since 1999. I earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

I grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Paschal High School. My two children also graduated from FWISD. My son graduated from Dunbar and my daughter from Trimble Tech. My son is also a teacher and coach in FWISD.

lavonnastarnes@fwisd.org

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Rudy Rosales, Special Education Teacher

Hi I'm Rudy Rosales and I have the most rewarding teaching job ever, because I'm in Special Education. I've been at several schools and this is my favorite school. I've been here since 2011. I am originally from Pharr, TX and I'm graduate of the University of Houston.

I believe that our students are our future, and we are working toward their sucess in school and in society as global citizens.

rudy.rosales@fwisd.org