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Kimberly Ellis - Teacher

Kimberly.Ellis@fwisd.org

Room 101 Website

As of August 2019, Kimberly Ellis has rejoined the staff of Jo Kelly School for the second time around. She started her roots in education as a first-year teacher here during the 2009-2010 school year. Afterwards, she spent the next five years serving at Meadowbrook MS as a self-contained teacher in the Special Education’s LINC department for Fort Worth ISD. From 2015 until 2019, she taught Reading Resource/Content Mastery in the Mansfield ISD at Rogene Worley MS.

Kimberly is a wife, mother, and servant-leader at home and her community. She has an undeniable love for children and to see their success. She often can be heard saying that “children help to keep you young at heart”.  She has had the blessing to mother five children at home and teach so many others in schools, daycares, and day centers. She loves observing nature, animals, and children at play.

She is a 1991 graduate of the North Carolina Central University (BS in Home Economics/ Child Development) and a 2017 graduate of the University of Texas in Arlington, TX. (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction). 

Is:  Servant-leader, Friendly, Lifetime-learner, and Observer of nature
Sibling of:  Two vibrant and like-minded sisters, Valerie and Jacqueline
Lover of:  Chocolates, Coffee, and Food! I LOVE to read non-fiction, How to's, etc.
Who feels:  blessed to serve as a Wife, Mother, Teacher, and a Good Neighbor
Who gives:  attention to details and love for my work
Who fears:  failing those who depend upon me to come through for them
Who would: like to see  the most beautiful islands and lands of the World
Who lives:  in the rural area Mansfield, Texas

“With God, nothing is impossible” –Luke 1:37/ Matthew 19:26 

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Norma T Herrera - Teacher Assistant

normat.herrera@fwisd.org

Norma is the mother of 4 wonderful kids. She has 3 boys and a girl. Norma was born and raised in Los Angeles California.

"Working at Jo Kelly has been a blessing. I love the students so much like they where my own."

 "Where there is a will,  there is a way."

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Bob Chochola -Teacher

Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

bob.chochola@fwisd.org

Room 102 Website

Bob Chochola has been a teacher on the Jo Kelly staff since August of 2015. He began his teaching career with Fort Worth ISD as a substitute teacher in 2007. Bob's first year as a full time teacher for students with special needs was at Forest Oak Middle School in 2010. Bob moved-on to Daggett Middle School (2011-2015), where he continued to teach students with special needs and served there as the Special Education Department Chair and PLC Team Leader for two years.

Prior to 2007, Bob worked in network television as a writer, producer, and editor for more than twenty years (CBS, FOX, ABC, independent production, music videos, and travel-related films). He is also an author (Under a Glass Moon, 2021 Covenant Books), published writer, and photographer and has been a professional musician since 1980. Bob has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Columbia College and a Master's Degree in Journalism from Roosevelt University, both in Chicago.

"Teaching special needs students has been a call to service for me and I approach it every day with the gratitude and humility it deserves. The opportunity to serve students and their families at Jo Kelly School is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to these new challenges always."

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Theresa Mack - Teacher Assistant

theresa.mack@fwisd.org

Theresa loves working with her kids at Jo Kelly. She has been with the Jo Kelly Staff since 2000 and has thoroughly enjoyed herself working with this special population of students!

"Jo Kelly Kids are the best! There are days you will laugh and days you might cry, but most of all, you give them love! And they will give it back to you!"

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Sherri Merchant -Teacher

sherri.merchant@fwisd.org

Room 105 Website

Sherri joined the Jo Kelly School in 2013. For her it has been a true blessing working here. She loves her students with all her heart. She began working in SPED in 2001 and each year since then has been a blessing.

"I love to look back at all the doors that God opened that led me to Jo Kelly!"  

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Bridgette Miles - Teacher Assistant

Teacher Assistant of the Year 2018-2019

bridgette.miles@fwisd.org

Prior to becoming a Teacher Assistant in 2016, for 3 years she drove a school bus for FWISD. While she had several routes that were special needs, Jo Kelly was her preferred school. Before coming to FWISD Bridgette worked refurbishing phones and other electronic devices.

"It takes a special group of people to work with a special group of children. I'm glad to be a part of this group. To all the Caretakers, thank you for all that you do in your positions. This goes for Special Education, Regular Education as well as the Caretakers outside the School District."

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Courtney Fusik - Teacher

courtney.fusik@fwisd.org

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The 2021 school year marks Courtney's first year at Jo kelly School and her eighth year teaching in an active learning classroom. 

Outside of school, she can usually be found spending time with her family, exercising (especially cycling!) and playing with her dogs.

Working with and advocating for students with special needs is one of Courtney's greatest passions, and she is looking forward to the journey that lies ahead. 

I’m so grateful and excited to be at Jo Kelly! 

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” -C.S. Lewis

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Angela Gaudet - Teacher Assistant

Angela.Gaudet@fwisd.org

Angela has been working with special needs children for the past 19 years and within the school system since 2011. She came to Jo Kelly in 2016 and feels beyond blessed to have found a home here with such a passionate team.

Her family includes husband Greg, son Talis, and daughter Rinley. Her fur-babies include dogs Dirk and Lola. Angela has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and hopes to finish her degree to become a teacher.

 "Children with special needs come into our lives, leaving footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."

  

"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody!

Don't change so people will like you.

Be yourself and the right people will love the real you!" 

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Darrell Sessums - Teacher

darrell.sessums@fwisd.org

Room 113 Website

Darrell started serving Jo Kelly School in 2015. Before he started his teaching career here at Jo Kelly, Darrell was a teacher and a coach at Eagle Mountain Saginaw School District. He taught RTI Math and coached Football, Basketball and Track. Prior to that he was the Warehouse Manager for a Franchise and Corporate Domino's Pizza Distribution Center.

"I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach at Jo Kelly. It is an honor working with such special students. The staff at Jo Kelly is second to none."

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Allison Baker - Teacher Assistant

Allison.Baker@fwisd.org

Allison is just finishing her degree in Education from Texas Woman’s University. This will be her first year at Jo Kelly. She has been married for 3.5 years and has three dogs Daisy May, Thor, and Loki. In her spare time, she works with the youth at the church she attends and loves every minute of it.  
 
“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.”
  - Dr. Temple Grandin
 

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Jamie Wiksten - Teacher

jamie.wiksten@fwisd.org

Room 127 Website

Jamie started serving at Jo Kelly in started 2018-19. She previously taught in Arlington ISD for 26 years. She is looking forward to the future!

"Your journey has molded you for the greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time."  - Asha Tyson

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Vanessa Swanson - Teacher Assistant

vanessa.swanson@fwisd.org

Vanessa has been a part of Jo Kelly School for 22 years, and with FWISD for 28. She has a 23 year-old son. Her mom and son mean the world to her and she is drawn to the children at Jo Kelly School.

"My calling is working with special needs children as well as the elderly."