Middle School Teachers

 Erin Bury - Social Studies

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Erin Bury - Social Studies

 

Education:  B.S. in Communication Disorders from Stephen F. Austin State University 

Experience:  This is my 4th year teaching! (All four years at DMS, two years as reading/enhanced math and then this is my second year as 7/8 Social Studies and I love it!)

Why I Teach:  What I love about teaching is that I have an opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many children and really make an impact on the future, it is very humbling!

Fun Fact: I LOVE to travel! I have hiked and camped along the Inca trail making my way to Machu Picchu, and this summer I took the 101 and drove all along the Pacific Coast on a road trip from Seattle to San Diego. 

 erin.bury@fwisd.org

Room 405

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 Christine Combs-Moore - 6th Grade English & Social Studies

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Christine Combs-Moore - 6th Grade English & Social Studies

 

Education:  BS TCU/MEd Admin TCU/ GT certified/ESL certified

Experience:  34 years teaching with FWISD and the Montessori program,  Assisted with Middle School musicals...Annie; Aladdin; Fiddler on the Roof, Coach of  UIL Dictionary Skills, Coach of Whiz Quiz, Sponsor of National History Day, Vital Link Teacher Supervisor,  Sister Cities Nagaoka, Japan Delegation Leader, Coach of Cheerleaders, Taught 7th grade Texas History and English

Why I Teach:  I love working with students and helping  them to understand the world around them.

Fun Facts:  Visited Berlin, Germany for a FWISD Teacher Exchange Program when the wall was still up. I have been backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

christine.combs-moore@fwisd.org

Room 301

 Aimee Hatch - Science

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Aimee Hatch - Science

 

Education:  Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tarleton State university with a major Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Certified 4-8 Generalist, 4-8 language arts/reading/social studies, EC-4 Generalist, EC-8 English as a Second Language, upper Elementary Montessori Certification

Experience:  10 years in educations – 6th Grade social studies and cheer coach at Wheat Middle School teaching.  4/5th Elementary Teacher, 7/8th Science and Science Department Chair all at Daggett Montessori.

Why I Teach:  Growing up I learned about doctors that were saving lives, great world leaders, and scientist that were making life easier through inventions and technology.  I wanted to do something that would have a great impact on the world, too.  What better way than to teach and inspire the doctors, leaders, and scientist of the future.  My impact as a teacher has the same ripple effect of a stone dropped into a lake.  Instead of being one person making just one significant contribution, the impact of a teacher makes infinite positive contributions through several generations of students.  I am changing the world one student at a time.

Fun Facts:  Married to Mr. Hatch with 3 children, I was a Camp Fire Girl from kinder through 12th grade and I participate still as an alumni, all three of my kids attended Daggett Montessori at some point. 

aimee.hatch@fwisd.org

Room 121

 Michael Hatch - English

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Michael Hatch - English

 

Education: Holds a B.A. in English from Tarleton State University

Experience:  17 years of teaching experience in both high school and middle school

Why I Teach: I love the power of literature and the influence it can have in the lives of young people. I love seeing students improve and grow in their reading, writing, and critical thinking. 

Fun Facts:  High school mascot is the Fightin’ Zebras.  While backpacking in New Mexico, I was once within 15 feet of two black bears.  I love to fish, visit historical sites, and hike.

michael.hatch@fwisd.org

Room 401

 Eric Newman - Math

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Eric Newman - Math

eric.newman@fwisd.org

Room 403

 David Teague / 6th Grade Science - Math

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David Teague / 6th Grade Science - Math

 

Education: 

  • BA in Psychology Minor in Biology from University of Texas at Arlington
  • Alternative Teacher Certification
  • PMP - Project Management Professional

Experience:  This is my fourth year teaching.  My first 2 years teaching was in Austin, Texas teaching 7th grade Science and last year I taught 8th grade Science at Lake Worth ISD.

Why I Teach:  I teach because I wanted to give back to the next generation.  My career field just disappeared due to the change in technology. I wanted the personal connection and satisfaction that my wife was experiencing in her long career as a teacher.

Fun Fact:  I was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow and I met my wife at Six Flags over Texas when we were working there during the summer.

david.teague@fwisd.org

Room 305

 Jennifer Whitman - Reading & Theater

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Jennifer Whitman - Reading & Theater

 

Education:  BA – Theatre from the University of Arkansas, MFA – Theatre from Brooklyn College City University of New York

Experience:  This is my 5th year.  The first 3 years I taught at Daggett Montessori and Paschal High School.  Last year (2017-18), I moved exclusively to Daggett Montessori.  J

Why I Teach:  I enjoy fostering creativity and watching my student’s growth from the beginning of the school year to the end. 

Fun Facts:  I am a founding member of Connecting for Conquerors, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for Cancer Care Services. 

jennifer.whitman@fwisd.org

Room 303

 Lori Zarate - Foreign Language

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Lori Zarate - Foreign Language

 

Education:  BA Spanish; M.A. Modern Languages – Spanish Literature

Experience:  I have been teaching for 13 years, 12 with FWISD and 10 years at DMS.

Why I Teach:  It is what I have wanted to do since I was 5 years old.  I do not know why – it is just my calling. 

Fun Facts:  I love to sew and crochet blankets for the animal shelter; I love to laugh; I am on Pinterest too much (Ha!); my child has 4 feet (Ha!); I absolutely LOVE cotton patterned trouser socks, rarely do I wear a solid colored pair.    

lori.zarate@fwisd.org

Room 400 DC