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.

 

 

 

 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.

 

 Maria Mendoza

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Maria Mendoza

My name is Maria Mendoza and I teach 1st grade Dual Language. I have been in the district for eight years. I attribute my passion for education to my mother, who worked for the district as a special education assistant for over twenty years. I continue her legacy of “every child can learn” by providing the best education possible to my students. 
 
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Incarnate Word. I also hold a Master’s in Education in School Counseling from Tarleton State University. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and love to spoil my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy teaching my little Shih Tzu,Turby, new tricks. I have been a runner my whole life and love to run the Trinity Trails. I love traveling to Miami, Florida where I’m the happiest when I’m at the beach.