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!
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.
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!