• 1st Grade Team 

    Mrs. Hampton

    Karen Hampton


    Hello, my name is Karen Hampton. This is my 22nd year at South Hi Mount, and my twenty-sixth year to teach. I have taught pre-K, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades. Teaching is truly my passion! I am a Fort Worth native and I graduated from TCU.


    Susan Ridge


    Hello! My name is Susan Ridge. I am so excited to be a part of the South Hi Mount Elementary school family. This will be my 17th year in education. I received my degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. I will be teaching first grade dual language this year. I love working with students and motivating them to achieve academically and to be confident in themselves.



    Luis Ortiz


    Mr. Ortiz is a proud and ecstatic first grade teacher at South Hi Mount Elementary. He was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX and is happy to say he has received all of his education from good ole ‘Cowtown.’

    He is a Paschal High School alumnus and soon after, began his college education at a little university down the street called Texas Christian University. In 2012, Mr. Ortiz graduated from TCU with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism with a dream of interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. It wasn’t until recently he found his calling was in education and soon received his teaching certification. Now, he is happy to have the opportunity to interact with, teach, and nurture growing superstars at SHM!

    Mr. Ortiz loves dancing, listening to music, being as active as possible, and visiting new and exciting places, but most of all he loves spending time with his family and friends.




    Bethany Easom


    Hello, My name is Bethany Easom. I was born and raised in Keller but lived in Michigan and Pennsylvania for 13 years. After college, I became a math and science teacher at a shelter for unaccompanied minors who crossed the US-Mexico border on their own. I have been a bilingual math, science and Spanish teacher for 5 years now and I just moved back to Texas last year to be near my family. I absolutely LOVE teaching math and science! I like to make class exciting by doing projects, experiments, challenges, and competitions because math and science is FUN! I am happy to be at South Hi Mount and back in my home state!

    Hola, me llamo Bethan Easom. Naci y creci en Keller pero vivi en Michigan y Pennsylvannia por 13 anos. Despues de la universidad emepeze mi carrera como maestra de ciencias y matematicas en un refugio para ninos que cruzaron la frontera entre Mexico y los estados unidos sin adultos. He sido una maestra bilingue de matematicas, ciencias, y espanol por cinco anos y me mude a Texas el ano pasado para estar mas cerca a mi familia. Me ENCANTA ensensar matematicas y ciencias. Me gustar hacer la clases emocionate por hacer proyetcos, retos y experimentos porque matematicas y ciencias son divertods. Estoy feliz de estar en South Hi Mount y en Texas!