• 1st Grade Team 

    Mrs. Hampton

    Karen Hampton


    Hello, my name is Karen Hampton. This is my seventeenth 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.

    Rudy Montoya



    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.