Support Staff
Mr. Ahlstead

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Mr. Ahlstead

Librarian 

Ms. Andrade

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Ms. Andrade

Family Communication Liaison

Miss Castañeda

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Miss Castañeda

School Nurse

My name is Carly Castaneda, and I’m so excited to be the nurse at Manuel Jara Elementary! I graduated from Tarleton State University with my BSN, and have been a registered nurse for 4 years.  I enjoy getting to know all of the students and making sure that they stay safe and healthy at school so that they can focus fully on their education.

Mrs. Escobar

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Mrs. Escobar

School Secretary 

Mrs. Garriazo

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Mrs. Garriazo

Head Custodian

Mrs. Liserio

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Mrs. Liserio

Attendance Clerk

Mrs. Nichols

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Mrs. Nichols

Educational Diagnostician

Mrs. Shadow

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Mrs. Shadow

My name is Ingrid Shadow and I am very happy to work as a counselor at Manuel Jara Elementary. I was a School Counselor at M.G. Ellis primary for 5 years and I taught at Alice D. Contreras Elementary for 12 years. Prior to becoming a teacher and school Counselor, I worked as a Social Worker and directed a holistic program at Manuel Jara.

I look forward to helping the students reach their academic, social, and emotional growth. I believe in the power of relationships and fostering a nurturing environment in which all students are able to grow in and learn.  I graduated with a B.S. and Masters’ in Social Work from Rutgers University and a M.A. in School Counseling from Amberton University. I am someone who loves to learn. I believe that learning should never stop! I live in Fort Worth with my husband and two adolescent daughters. 

My Favorites:

Travel: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Listen to  audio books (Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author)

Candy:  Dark Chocolate

Exercise: Power walking

Food:  Plant based meals/vegetarian

Past time: Watch movies with my family

Ms. Torres Ortiz

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Ms. Torres Ortiz

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Mrs. Vargas

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Mrs. Vargas

Bilingual Dyslexia Teacher

I have over 10 years of experience in grades KG to middles school. I am a Dyslexia Teacher at Manuel Jara.  Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by a difficulty in learning to read, write or spell despite conventional instruction. As a dyslexia teacher my goal is to achieve early identification of students with dyslexia and to provide immediate intervention. My own personal goal is to make a difference in every child I meet.  I look forward to another productive year at MJE!  If you need assistance feel free to contact me at school.