• Third Grade

    3rd Grade


     Ivonne Jorgenson- 2 way Instruction(Spanish and English)

    Hello, my name is Ivonne Jorgensen.  I am teacher third grade dual language.  I enjoy the part I play in my students lives.  I take that role very seriously because I know it helps in the creation of good productive adults.  Being a mother of four, I know the importance of creating safe, nurturing environment for all students.  I believe that every child should be treated the way I expect my children to be treated.  I love to travel!



    Oscar Lopez-Math and Science

    Hello, my name is Oscar Lopez.  I am a native Texan and have lived in Dallas, Lancaster, Keene and Fort Worth throughout my life.  I love sports, art, music, and food!  I am excited to start my first official year of teaching here at DeZavala.  #smallschoolbigheart  I work part-time at a dino-lab!



    Cynthia Higgins-Literacy and Social Studies

    Hello, my name is Ms. Higgins.  I grew up in Fort Worth and attended FWISD schools.  I graduated from TCU and have been in Elementary education for 15 years.  I am very excited to be working with the third graders at DeZavala this year.   I have been married 30 years!


    Fourth Grade

    4th grade team

    Nelson Favela-4/5 Dual language

    Buenos dias!  My name is Nelson Favela and this is my fifth year as an educator, all five at DeZavala!  I was born and raised in Aurora, IL (Party on Garth!), a small suburb of Chicago.  I moved to Texas in 2003 and attended UTA, where I majored in International Business and Spanish.  Immediately after graduation, I decided teaching is where my passion truly lies and completed my alternative certification. I enjoy arts and crafts!



    Sarah West- ELA

    Hello, my name is Sarah West.  This is my third year teaching at DeZavala Elementary.  I was born in California but moved to Texas when I was two years old.  The most important things in my life are my family, friends, and my students.  My hobbies are reading, cooking, and eating!  I love the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Penguins.



    Melissa Umphress-Math and Science

    Hello, my name is Missy Umphress.  This is my fourth year in education.  I have a passion for instilling independence in learners and fueling their curiosity.  In my free time, I love being outdoors- usually hiking or kayaking. 






    Fifth Grade

    5th grade


    Brooke Darby-ELA

    Hello, my name is Brooke Darby.  I am excited to return for my second year at DeZavala.  I have taught for five years.  I studied at Texas Tech University.  I am an avid reader and love to travel.  My favorite part about teaching is building relationships with my students.  I backpacked around the Philippines this summer!



    The’Resa Harris-5th grade, Math and Science

    Hello, my name is The’Resa Harris.  I teach fifth grade math and science.  I have been at DeZavala for five years. I graduated from UT Austin in 2006.  My favorite color is purple!  I will do my best to provide your child with the best education possible. I love to dance!



    Stacy Garner-4/5 Math and Science

    Hello, my name is Stacey Garner.  I teach fourth/fifth dual language.  I have been in education for 11 years.  I studied at University of Texas in Arlington.  I am married to my husband, Ricardo and he is from Chile.  I have three year old twins- Adila and Emiliano.  I taught Physical Education, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades.  I love math and science!  My favorite color is green and I am currently learning Spanish.  My family immigrated from Germany in 1913 to Texas!