Kindergarten - Kinder/1st Grade

 Patricia Castillo - Kindergarten

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Patricia Castillo - Kindergarten

 

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at UTA

Experience: Over 20 years of experience teaching 3-6 year olds in Montessori schools in Fort Worth, two years as a third grade teacher, one year as a first and two years in Kindergarten only

Fun Fact:  I’m originally from a small island in the Caribbean called Trinidad & Tobago. My family and I moved to Texas in 1994. I am married to a wonderful man, Harold and I have four wonderful children. 

patricia.castillo@fwisd.org

 

 Leslie Daniels - Kindergarten

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Leslie Daniels - Kindergarten

 

Education:  I graduated from TCU and  I am currently working on my Masters of Arts in Montessori at Dallas Baptist University.

Experience:  I have taught 31 years, in first, second and  third grades as well as kindergarten.

Why I Teach:  I got into Montessori by accident but got into teaching because I truly feel it is my calling.

Fun Fact:  I have two children and one grandchild. I love to work out, I sang at Carnegie Hall with my dad and son, I studied with a professional ballet company when I was a teenager, I love wine tasting.

leslie.daniels@fwisd.org

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 Kristin Westhoff - Kindergarten

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Kristin Westhoff - Kindergarten

 

Education:  I graduated from Midwestern State University. I have a BS in inter-disciplinary studies a minor in English and an endorsement in early childhood. I am GT certified. I am ESL endorsed. I completed my 2+ years of Montessori 3-6 training at Southwestern Montessori in Southlake.

Experience:  I have taught Montessori for 25 years. I did my first eight years at Como Montessori before transferring to DMS. 

Why I Teach:  I love engaging all students in learning using the Montessori philosophy. The opportunities for trying new and exciting approaches are endless!  My classroom is never dull; no two days are ever alike. Teaching kindergarten keeps me young. Being surrounded by an energetic environment of children is a great way to keep my outlook youthful. As the author Henry B. Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Fun Facts:  I went to high school in Northern California. (Saratoga HS). In my next life, I may like to be a chef.  I LOVE black licorice. The ocean is my favorite place to vacation or just hang out!

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1st - 2nd - 3rd Grade

 Krisha Cook 1-2-3 Grade

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Krisha Cook 1-2-3 Grade

 

Education:  Graduated in 1974 from O.D. Wyatt High School.  Graduated in May of 1990 from Texas Woman’s University with my Bachelor of Science degree.  I completed my Masters from Oklahoma City University in Early Childhood Education with my Montessori 6-9 Certificate.

Experience:  I have taught 27 years as a teacher.  I was also a Teaching Assistant for 5 years, all at Daggett Montessori.

Why I Teach:  I enjoy watching children learn and grow.

Fun Facts:  I enjoy going to school activities with my family.  I also enjoy going to church with my family and friends.  The get-a-way is our property in East Texas where we enjoy nature on the farm. 

krisha.cook@fwisd.org

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 April Durboraw 1-2-3 Grade

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April Durboraw 1-2-3 Grade

 

Education:  BS Business from Oklahoma City University – 1988, BS Interdisciplinary Studies from UTA – 2011.  USPTA Certification and Montessori Certificate 6-9

Experience:  I have been teaching for 5 years.  1 year in AISD – 1st Grade and 4 years at DMS – 3 years in K-1 and 1 year 1-2-3.

Why I Teach:  I enjoy seeing the progress that my students make on a daily basis.  Seeing the look on their faces when they comprehend what we are studying!  Learning is priceless. 

Fun Facts:  I enjoy the outdoors and all sports, especially football.  I have played tennis for over 43 years.  I played collegiate tennis and still compete.  I have taught tennis as well for the past 27 years.  I also rescue animals and at one time had 56 dogs, 14 cats, 6 horses and 2 donkeys living on my ranch with me. 

april.durboraw@fwisd.org

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 Leila Itani 1-2-3 Grade

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Leila Itani 1-2-3 Grade

 

Education:  Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in math from the University of North Texas. Montessori Certified from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.

Experience:  Overall I have taught 13 years. 11 years in a traditional classroom ranging from 3rd to 10th grade. One year in a Montessori 1st grade classroom. One year of teaching in a 1-2-3 Montessori Classroom.

Why I Teach:  I enjoy working with children.  

Fun Facts:  I have traveled to 3 different continents.

 

leila.itani@fwisd.org

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 Sarah Jordan 1-2-3 Grade

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Sarah Jordan 1-2-3 Grade

 

Education:  B.S. Elementary Education with a minor in English (Texas Wesleyan College 1983).  Currently seeking my Masters of Art in Montessori @ Dallas Baptist University.

Experience:  I have been teaching for 35 years.  I have taught First, Second, Third, and Fourth grade.  I have also taught 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

Why I Teach:  What I love about teaching is ... each day I learn something new!

Fun Fact:  I have flown over the North Pole and I have swam with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. 

sarah.jordan@fwisd.org

Room 203

 Kari Keith 1-2-3 Grade

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Kari Keith 1-2-3 Grade

 

Education:  I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I am also certified in Special Education, ESL and have completed an Alternative Teaching Certificate. In June of 2018, I completed my Montessori Certification– a two-year achievement that I am very proud of!

Experience:  I began my teaching career at Angel Montessori, where I taught pre-k for a year and then spent two years teaching the “fours” class at UCC. I then taught a year of Special Education with Mansfield ISD while completing my Alternative Teaching Certification. This fall (2018), I began my third year as a Lower Elementary teacher with DMS.

Why I Teach:  I love being able to teach where my kids go to school and I love the family atmosphere at DMS! My goal is to make my classroom a “home away from home” for my students. I strive to provide a nurturing environment where students are encouraged to learn and grow at a pace that is right for them.

Fun fact: I spent two years “on the road” after graduating from college while executing various promotional campaigns. There are only six states in the U.S. that I have not been to!

kari.keith@fwisd.org

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 Diane Rainone 1-2-3 Grade

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Diane Rainone 1-2-3 Grade

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Minor in Spanish, Graduate study in Urban and Regional Planning, Alternative Teaching Certification through Region 11. 

Experience:  Though I am pretty old this is only my 11th year of teaching.  I taught Middle School for ½ year before coming to Daggett Montessori.  I taught 4 – 5 Grade for 5 years.  I am in my 6th year of teaching 1-2-3 Grade. 

Why I Teach:  Before teaching, I worked in technology but I never felt like I was doing something that was special and helpful.  That is why I wanted to teach. 

Fun Facts:  All four of my grandparents emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s.  My mother was a baby nurse and worked for the Edna Gladney home here on our campus.  She took care of the new babies in what is now our cafeteria!  I have a son, dog, cat, sister, brother and several nieces and nephews.  I LOVE science, reading, beading and learning new things. 

diane.rainone@fwisd.org

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 Dalen Raymond 1-2-3 Grade

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Dalen Raymond 1-2-3 Grade

 

Education:  BS Education I Masters in Special Education from Bridgewater University and American Montessori Society – Lower and Upper Level Certifications from Houston Montessori Center

Experience: 37 Years in Education – 4 in Hanson, MA teaching Kinder & 3rd Grade / 33 in FWISD teaching Kinder, 1-2-3-4-5 & 6.

Why I Teach:  I believe in a Montessori Education for children.

Fun Facts:  I was one of four teachers that developed and implemented the first Public School Kindergarten in the town of Hanson, Massachusetts.    

dalen.raymond@fwisd.org

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4th - 5th Grade

 Heather Hindle 4-5 Grade

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Heather Hindle 4-5 Grade

 

Education: BS in Journalism, Dual minor in Marketing and Theater

Experience: 15 years teaching

Why I Teach:  I love to teach, because everyday is different, every second counts and I learn something new every day from my students. There is nothing more rewarding than watching that ah-ha moment in a child when they learn.

Fun Fact:  I lived and taught English in South Korea

heather.hindle@fwisd.org

 Kristin Williams 4-5 Grade

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Kristin Williams 4-5 Grade

Education:  University of Texas at Austin (I also played soccer there) 

Experience:   This is my 4th year of teaching, all of which have been at Daggett Montessori

Why I Teach:  It's my passion! I was a montessori student myself and wholeheartedly believe in the Montessori Method. 

Fun Fact: I graduated high school in 3 years

 

kristin.williams@fwisd.org

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 Brooke Feldman 4-5 Grade

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Brooke Feldman 4-5 Grade

 

Education:  I doubled majored in Elementary Education and Anthropology from Guilford college

Experience:   I began teaching 15 years ago in North Carolina. My first job was at a public Montessori school where I taught lower elementary. After that, I taught 2nd and 3rd grade in traditional public schools until I moved to Fort Worth and found a job at DMS. 

Why I Teach:  I teach so that I can help children succeed in doing anything they dream of in life!  

Fun Fact:  Because of my Anthropology major, I had the opportunity to work in other countries, such as Ghana in West Africa.  I’m from Philadelphia and I love Philly cheesestakes

brooke.feldman@fwisd.org

Room 217

 Patti Smithhart 4-5 Grade

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Patti Smithhart 4-5 Grade

patti.smithhart@fwisd.org

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 Kelli Williams 4-5 Grade

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Kelli Williams 4-5 Grade

 

Education:  I graduated from TCU with a degree in Elementary Education.  I have two graduate degrees from UTA. 

Experience:  I have been a teacher at DMS for 21 years.  For the first 17 years, I taught kindergarten and first grade.  The past 4 years I have been in a fourth and fifth grade classroom. 

Fun Facts:  I love to play golf.  In high school, I went to state with our golf team.  I am married and have two children.  My oldest daughter is 17 and a senior at Arlington Heights.  My youngest daughter is 10 and a 5th grader at DMS.  Our family loves to travel.  We love to watch TCU football and watch other sports as well. 

kelli.williams@fwisd.org

Room 213

TAP Class

 Maria Jackson - TAP Class

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Maria Jackson - TAP Class

 

Education:  Texas Woman's University / BS interdisciplinary / EC-6th Gen Ed and Ec-12th Special Ed

Experience:  18 years in education (6 Pre-kinder and 12 Special Education)

Why I Teach:  I love teaching for many reasons. I love the smiles when children are learning. I enjoy being challenged with each with each child needs. I began the spectacular journey in 2000. Returning to college while working full time and raising my family. I was able to continue my education with the support of my family and FWISD. It was the next best thing I have accomplished with great effort and success. I love teaching!

Fun Fact: I have been skydiving. I can juggle.  I use to race cars at Kennedale, TX

maria.jackson@fwisd.org

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