Manuel De La Cruz

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Manuel De La Cruz

My name is Manuel De La Cruz.  I'm so excited to be teaching 5th grade at Rufino Mendoza Elementary for the 2018-19 school year.  Fifth grade is by far my most favorite grade to teach.  This will by my 19th year in teaching!  I can't believe how quickly time has gone by.  I was born on December 1 in San Antonio, TX.  My family moved to Fort Worth when I was a teenager.  I graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1996.  I then graduated from Southwester Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX.  I am currently working on a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at TCU.  If all goes as planned, I will graduate in May 2019!  My weakness is peanut M&M's & chocolate chip cookies!  Oh, and coffee!  I love coffee! 

I married the love of my life, Carla Jimenez.  She's from Guatamala, so she brings Central American flavor to my life.  We married on February 3, 2001.  We have three children, Mackenzie, Alexandria, and Javan.  I am a very blessed man.  I love them very much.

 

 

 

 Melissa Pena

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Melissa Pena

My name is Melissa Peña I am glad to be part of the Rufino Mendoza family this school year! I love teaching 5th grade, and look forward to making literacy a super fun subject!
 
I am originally from Houston, TX but have lived in a number of places. I graduated from the University of Houston in 2012 with a BA in Political Science, and a minor in World Cultures and Literature. For my minor, I spent a summer abroad in beautiful Luneburg, Germany. While there, I studied governments of the European Union and Germany, German language, and German culture. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in German. However, my calling has been in bilingual education. This is my 4th year with FWISD and in teaching. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. I love all grades, but 5th grade holds a special place in my heart.
 
Some of my favorite things outside of school are: cats, coffee, fall, and my favorite holiday is Halloween. I also like running, enjoy doing camp gladiator, and will be running my first half marathon in January.
 
 
 Vyvy Nguyen

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Vyvy Nguyen

My name is VyVy Nguyen and from Irving, Texas.  I attended Texas Tech University “WRECK ‘EM!”   My hobbies are reading, sleeping, hiking, watching tv, cleaning, and eating.

 

 Michelle Wolther

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Michelle Wolther

My name is Michelle Wolther. I graduated from Texas Tech University. Teaching has been my life’s calling and my heart would simply not allow me to do anything else. I am ecstatic to be a part of Mendoza Elementary and the FWISD family! “Teaching and learning should bring joy.” – Rita Pierson