Bob Chochola - Teacher of the Year

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Bob Chochola - Teacher of the Year

bob.chochola@fwisd.org

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 Chairman and PLC Team Leader for two years.

Prior to 2007, Bob worked in network television as a writer, producer, and editor for twenty years ( CBS, FOX, ABC, independent production, music videos, and travel-related films). He is also a published writer and photographer and has been a professional musician for more than thirty years. 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."

 Theresa Mack - Teacher Assistant

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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 the kids!

"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!"

 Martha Johnson - Teacher

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Martha Johnson - Teacher

martha.johnson@fwisd.org

Martha has been with FWISD for 14 years. She has been a teacher at Jo Kelly since 2010.  Previously she worked as a business manager in Cooperate America for 16 years. From there she joined the School District.

"I love working with people who have multiple disabilities, having a 35-year-old son with special needs keeps this population is close to my heart. I feel that I have been given a special gift from God to work with my students at Jo Kelly School."

 Kathedral Johnson - Teacher Assistant

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Kathedral Johnson - Teacher Assistant

kathedral.johnson@fwisd.org

My name is Kathedral Johnson and I have been a teacher assistant at Jo Kelly since 2012 . Before working at Jo Kelly I was a Pre-K and P.E.. Assistant at Alvarado I.S.D. After that I became a Pharmacy Tech. at CVS pharmacy. Then, I ended up at Jo Kelly! I have 3 wonderful and talented boys! We all love basketball, going to Six Flags and bowling. My goal is to finish my degree and become a teacher.

"I feel very blessed about having the opportunity to wok at Jo Kelly. Jo Kelly School is awesome and I love working here!"

 Sherri Merchant -Teacher

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Sherri Merchant -Teacher

sherri.merchant@fwisd.org

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! :) "

"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!"

 Bridgette Miles - Teacher Assistant of the Year

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Bridgette Miles - Teacher Assistant of the Year

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."

 Kimberly Ellis - Teacher

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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