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FWISD Early Learning Department

Fort Worth ISD Early Learning Department

Dr. Ramsey

Play with Purpose: Making the Early Years Count

The Early Learning Department is focused on providing children from pre-kindergarten through first grade with high quality, engaging learning experiences that ignite in every child a passion for learning. We recognize the importance of children’s social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. The early learning years are foundational in children’s success, both academically and socially. With opportunity and equitable access, children can begin their formal education on a positive trajectory for College, Career, and Military Readiness.

Teaching through developmentally appropriate instructional practices, the early learning teacher designs learning experiences that challenge and engage children. At the core of instruction lies the pre-kindergarten Guidelines and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), putting the child at the center of all learning. The teaching and learning strategies are research-based and support a balance of child and teacher directed activities.


Phone: 817-814-2450

Olayinka Ojo
Executive Director of Early Learning

Heather Hennesey
Director of Early Learning 

Crissy Peterson-Smith
Principal, PK Satellite Center

Estela Espitia
Administrative Associate

Jasmine Trevino
Administrative Assistant 

Pre‑Kindergarten Coordinators:

Krystal Dean
Coordinator, PK Satellite Center

Yasmin Ortiz
Coordinator, Early Learning 

Pre‑Kindergarten Instructional Coaches:

Versika Bailey

Kristelle Delgado

Eugenia Gonzalez

Kim Holland

Linnette Paulino

Kesha Smith

Elese Wilcox

Frankie Vaca