Kirstie Buggar - Teacher

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Kirstie Buggar - Teacher

kirstie.buggar@fwisd.org

Kirstie graduated From TCU in 2012 with a Bachelors in Child development but life led her on another path for a few years. She received her CNA certification in 2013 and had been working in the hospitals until she decided to start substituting in 2016. She found out she had a passion for teaching and loved working with the special needs population so she started the path to getting her teaching certification. She is extremely happy to be here and believes that her medical background makes her the perfect fit to work with the population of students here at Jo Kelly and she plans to be here for many years to come. When Kirstie is not here at school she is a wife and mom to three great kiddos and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family.   
 
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 

 Tera Vineyard - Teacher Assistant

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Tera Vineyard - Teacher Assistant

tera.vineyard@fwisd.org

 

 Kimberly Ellis - Teacher

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Kimberly Ellis - Teacher

Kimberly Ellis - Teacher

Kimberly.Ellis@fwisd.org

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

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). 

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

 

 Angela Gaudet - Teacher Assistant

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Angela Gaudet - Teacher Assistant

Angela.Gaudet@fwisd.org

 

 Darrell Sessums - Teacher

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Darrell Sessums - Teacher

darrell.sessums@fwisd.org

Darrell is in his fourth year as a teacher at Jo Kelly. Before he started his teaching career 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."

 Taniesha Prescott - Teacher Assistant

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Taniesha Prescott - Teacher Assistant

Taniesha.Prescott@fwisd.org

Taniesha has worked in Education off and on for 20 years. She started out in Los Angeles Unified School District when her oldest child was in Kindergarten. She worked for Denver Public Schools for almost 4 years, which is where she was introduced to and fell in love with Special Education, and my babies with disabilities. She has worked primarily with students who had mild-to-moderate disabilities. However, while attending MSU Denver, Taniesha had the pleasure of completing her practicum in a school setting very similar to Jo Kelly.

"I am happy and humbled to be here at Jo Kelly. I am honored to be in the presence of and can serve these Angels."

 Jamie Wiksten - Teacher

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Jamie Wiksten - Teacher

jamie.wiksten@fwisd.org

 

 This is Jamie's second year year at Jo Kelly. 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

 Vanessa Swanson - Teacher Assistant

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Vanessa Swanson - Teacher Assistant

vanessa.swanson@fwisd.org

Vanessa has been a part of Jo Kelly School for 20 years, and with FWISD for 28. She has a 22 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."

 Eileen Baze - Floating Teacher Assistant/Web Manager

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Eileen Baze - Floating Teacher Assistant/Web Manager

eileen.baze@fwisd.org

Eileen is a teacher Assistant at Jo Kelly School. She has worked for Jo Kelly for the last 22 years and primarily worked with the elementary students for the first 18 years. Eileen is the Jo Kelly Floating Assistant.  Eileen is a cyclist who loves gardening.

 "By Perseverance the Snail Reached the Ark!"