Mr. Baldwin R. Brown

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B.S. (Business Administration; Marketing), University of Maine M.Ed. (Education Administration), University of Texas at Arlington

Mr. Baldwin R. Brown


Principal

Mr. Brown was selected as the inaugural principal for the new I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual Performing Arts. He is coming to I.M. Terrell from J. Martin Jacquet Middle School, where he served as principal from 2015-2017.

Mr. Brown has been a member of the FWISD family since 2000. Going into his 17th year in the district, he has been a substitute teacher, teacher, head coach, testing coordinator, data analyst, Dean of Instruction, Assistant Principal, and Principal.

Mr. Brown is a native of Jamaica, and a citizen of Canada and United States. He now calls Fort Worth Texas home. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He earned his Master of Educational Leadership and Policies Studies degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds certifications for secondary business and principal certification for grades EC-12.

Mr. Brown is married with one child. He enjoys learning, golf, and traveling with his family.

Mrs. Claudia Coronado

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Mrs. Claudia Coronado


Administrative Assistant

Claudia Coronado has been with Fort Worth ISD for the past 10 years working as Administrative Associate and Assistant. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and minoring in Spanish.  She is passionate about helping students, parents and the community.

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time on the soccer field with her son, shopping with her daughter and traveling with her husband.  She also loves to read, listen to music and attend sport car shows and events.

Dr. Kathy Scherler

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B.A. (Vocal Performance and Teacher Certification), Cameron University M.M. (Vocal Performance), Texas A & M University, Commerce, Texas Ph.D. (Music Education), University of North Texas

Dr. Kathy Scherler


Associate Principal for Visual & Performing Arts

A resident of the Fort Worth area, Dr. Scherler has supported students across all grade levels as a veteran public school arts educator and university professor. Dr. Scherler served as the Director of College Preparatory Academies at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas I.S.D. where she worked with the National Academy Foundation and launched the Performing Arts, STEM, and Business Academies. Dr. Scherler also led the authorization process of the DISD International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and served as DISD’s first IB Coordinator. Throughout each role, her education philosophy has championed equity and access for all students.

An active clinician and researcher, her work concerning arts and marginalized communities has been presented to members of many professional organizations in the United States as well as in Italy and Puerto Rico. An active advocate of public school arts education, Dr. Scherler views the arts as a means for all students to develop critical thinking skills, perseverance, and creativity.

As a soprano soloist, her career included performances with the Tulsa Opera, OK Mozart Festival, and many operatic and musical theatre roles. Singers in her choirs have won UIL Sweepstakes Awards and membership in TMEA All State Choirs. Her directing experience includes musical theatre and opera productions on both high school and collegiate levels. Dr. Scherler was recently recognized as a 2018 Grammy Music Educator quarter finalist.

Believing in the power of the arts to restore and empower, Dr. Scherler organized the Oasis Summer Music Camp which provides free music classes for the children at Mosaic Family Services, a safe shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking. The Oasis Music Camp was nominated for the International Music Council Music Rights Award.

Dr. Scherler holds both Texas Superintendent and Principal certifications and is honored to facilitate Terrell Academy faculty and students in their endeavor to become lifelong learners and arts advocates.

Mrs. Lynsey Charles

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B.S. (Biology), University of Texas at Arlington M.B.A. (Educational Leadership), Neeley School of Business; Texas Christian University

Mrs. Lynsey Charles


Associate Principal for STEM & Academics

As a Fort Worth native and graduate of Fort Worth ISD schools, Lynsey is driven to connect students and teachers with the best resources to help them maximize their potential and reach their individual goals.  This drive comes from her personal journey.  She earned her bachelor of science in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington before becoming a science teacher at O.D. Wyatt High School. While part of the Wyatt Chaparral family, she taught Physics, AP Environmental Science, and Scientific Research and Design. From her experiences working with a federal grant, Lynsey felt compelled to add a robust business acumen and a wide lens for innovation to her skill set to better serve marginalized students. This drove her to pursue a Masters in Business Administration from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. Meanwhile, Lynsey established a reputation with teachers and administrators as a servant leader from the roles of a Physics Learning Network Specialist and as a Professional Learning & Innovation Specialist on the district administration level. She values tenacity, honor, and hope exemplified through service. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Christian University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, live music, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Matt, and her three boys.

Lynsey believes the rich history of I.M. Terrell makes it the perfect site for the STEM & VPA Academy.  Her passion for equity drives her commitment to cultivate the interests of each student and build greater access and opportunity for ALL students.

Ms. Nickisha Fowler

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B.S. Texas Woman’s University M.S. (School Counseling), Amberton University

Ms. Nickisha Fowler


Counselor

Nickisha Fowler is excited and proud to serve as the professional school counselor at I.M. Terrell Academy.   A Dallas native, Ms. Fowler received her undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University and a graduate degree in School Counseling from Amberton University.  She joins Fort Worth ISD after 20 years in Dallas ISD, in which she served as a teacher and a professional school counselor.

Ms. Fowler looks forward to working with each of the students, parents, staff and community members, to ensure that the I.M. Terrell Panthers excel academically, serve their community, collaborate, and demonstrate accountability and social, emotional, and physical wellness.  

“Education is the passport for the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” –Malcom X

Mrs. Melanie Maxwell

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B.S. (Education and Mathematics), Oklahoma Baptist University

Mrs. Melanie Maxwell


College and Career Readiness Coordinator

Mrs. Maxwell knew she would be in education since kindergarten. She pursued her degree in secondary education and mathematics at Oklahoma Baptist University. She then immediately went into education after graduation. Mrs. Maxwell began her career at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson ISD. After a returning from China, she continued her career in Everman ISD, where she taught mathematics and coached soccer and softball. In 2007, Mrs. Maxwell moved to Fort Worth ISD, Arlington Heights High School. Where she served as the Department Chair and Lead Content Teacher for the math department. From 2011 to 2016, Mrs. Maxwell began serving the district as a Curriculum Specialist for Secondary Math. During the 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Maxwell served as the Program of Choice Coordinator at O. D. Wyatt High School. Mrs. Maxwell, is excited to help students reach their goals at I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual Performing Arts She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin and is expected to graduate in May 2019.

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Preston Maxwell and has 2 children, Korah and Isaac.

Ms. Kisha Burks

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B.S. (Political Science), Texas Wesleyan University M.S.W. (Social Work), University of Texas at Arlington

Ms. Kisha Burks

Ms. Burks is the Special Education Inclusion Teacher at I.M. Terrell Stem Academy and has been an FWISD employee since 2008.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Texas Wesleyan University with a degree in political science. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree of social work from University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a certification in Special Education EC -12.

She firmly believes that success in education is about developing relationships and striving for excellence, and she loves being a part of a teaching staff which provides creative, engaging, and immersive learning experiences for students.

She enjoys reading, poetry performances, traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Ms. Laneta Spivey

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B.S. (Human Resource Management), University of Texas at Arlington M.B.A. (Human Resources Specialization), Keller Graduate School of Management

Ms. Laneta Spivey


Instructional Coach


Ms. Spivey has a B.S. in Human Resource Management from University of Texas at Arlington and a M.B.A. in Human Resources Specialization from Keller Graduate School of Management. Her 17-year career at the FWISD includes:  English Language Arts, English Department Chair, Reading Point Teacher, Lead Content Teacher, Dyslexia Facilitator and Reading Specialist. Currently, she is the Literacy/Learning Model Instructional Coach.  In addition, Ms. Spivey has experience providing multiple research-based interventions for the areas of reading and writing as well as working with students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and autism. Her hobbies include living vicariously through every HGTV show, spending time with her family and spoiling her dog, Simba.

Ms. Madison Harper

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B.S.W., University of North Texas M.S.W., Texas Christian University

Ms. Madison Harper

 
Intervention Specialist
 
Madison Harper is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated with her masters from Texas Christian University and her bachelors from the University of North Texas. Ms. Harper grew up in North East Texas, but now calls Fort Worth her home. While getting her masters from TCU, Ms. Harper served Fort Worth ISD as an Intervention Specialist Intern working with students at Meacham Middle School and Middle Level Learning Center. Ms. Harper pursed a social work degree due to her love of serving others and her passion to not only help students with their academic development, but also assist students with their social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health development. At I.M. Terrell Academy, Ms. Harper serves as a part time Intervention Specialist who provides students with individual counseling, group counseling, social skills instruction, peer mediation, and referrals to community resources. 
Ms. Harper is excited to be apart of the I.M. Terrell team and is looking forward to working with the students. When she is not at work, Ms. Harper enjoys going to the lake, attending mission trips, and spending time with her friends and family. 
Mr. Roberto Sanchez

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Mr. Roberto Sanchez


Data Clerk

Mr. Sanchez and have been working for FWISD for 17 years, he was born and raised here in Fort Worth and graduated from Paschal High School. He began working for the Student Placement Center as a bilingual tester, and a year later got a full time job as an Admission advisor. After working for the SPC for 10 years, he was then hired at South Hills high school as the data clerk. He served at South Hills for 4 years, and then transitioned to Benbrook Middle High. Currently, he is a student at Tarleton State University, working on his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Services with a minor in Horticulture. He received an associate’s degree in Arts from Tarrant County College. He enjoys working with students, getting to know them, and helping out our families.

 

Mr. Sanchez has been married for 10 years, and has two wonderful children, Austin and Enrique Sanchez. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family outdoors. They enjoy camping and fishing, and anything that has to do with nature. He also enjoys working on his vegetable garden at home, and learning about flowers and plants. Additionally, he enjoys history and visiting national parks as often as he can.

Mr. Timothy Brendler

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B.M. (Church Music), St. Olaf College M.A. (Christian Ministry: Youth, Family, & student Ministry), George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor M.M. (Choral Conducting), Baylor University

Mr. Timothy Brendler


Music Theory & Piano

Timothy Brendler is the Director of the Piano and Music Theory Program at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA in Ft. Worth ISD. Additionally, Mr. Brendler accompanies the Fort Worth Children’s Honor Choir and co-coordinates the district’s Metropolitan Opera Educational Program—a program committed to deepening student experiences with opera through access to world-class productions and live interviews with the world’s most distinguished artists. Mr. Brendler has been recognized for his engaging lessons, incorporation of AVID techniques, and his contributions to the Curriculum Leadership Corps. He also serves as the Small School Area Vocal Chair and Region V Small School Coordinator. He earned an MM in Choral Conducting from Baylor University, MA in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Youth, Family, and Student Ministry from George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor), and a BM in Church Music from St. Olaf College where he sang with the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir. He studied organ with John Ferguson, voice with Karen Wilkerson, and conducting with Anton Armstrong, Christopher Aspaas, Timothy Mahr, and Alan Raines. Born and raised in Seaside Park, New Jersey, Mr. Brendler is an avid animal lover and enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and kayaking in his spare time.

Ms. Elisabeth Brooke

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B.A (History), Oklahoma Baptist University M. A. (Modern British Studies), University of Warwick M.Ed. (Secondary Education), Texas Christian University

Ms. Elisabeth Brooke


Humanities

Fort Worth native Elisabeth Brooke comes to I. M. Terrell from Kennedale High School where she served as the campus Gifted and Talented Liaison. In her sixteen years there, she taught English I-IV, AP English Literature, AP Art History, Humanities, Creative Writing, Contemporary Media, and Freshman EOC Prep courses; oversaw the Independent Studies in English program; and served as the English Department Chair.

Ms. Brooke holds a BA in History from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK; an MA in Modern British Studies from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England; and an MEd in Secondary Education from TCU. She has previously taught at Ole Miss, TCC, and Contra Costa Christian High School.

Ms. Brooke lives near her alma mater, Paschal, with her blind brother who has learned to play the drums and her disobedient Jack Russell terrier who refuses to learn anything.

Mr. Alexander Carr

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B.M. (Music Education), Texas Christian University M.M. (Music), Texas Christian University

Mr. Alexander Carr


Choral

Alexander Carr is excited to join the staff at I. M. Terrell Academy as the choir director in 2018-19. Prior to his appointment at I.M. Terrell, Mr. Carr worked in Keller ISD as the Associate Choir Director at Keller High School and as the Director and Co-Founder of the Keller ISD 5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir.

Choirs under Mr. Carr’s direction have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes awards and Best-in-Class at local festivals. Singers in his choirs have successfully competed in UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition and earned membership in the TMEA All-Region and All-State choirs. In 2017, Mr. Carr conducted the KISD 5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir in their performance for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. He was also the Associate Conductor of the Keller High School Varsity Treble Choir in performances for the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2017 and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2014.

Mr. Carr received his Master of Music degree in 2011 and Bachelor of Music Education in 2009 from Texas Christian University, where he studied with Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. Sheri Neill, and Prof. Ronald Shirey. At TCU, Alex served as the choral conducting graduate assistant, the director of the TCU Men’s Chorus, and the drum major of the Horned Frog Marching Band.

Since 2008, Mr. Carr has also served as the Choir Director at Ridglea Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his church choir family are avid TCU supporters. When not rehearsing, you can find them at a TCU game or concert. Mr. Carr is a member of ACDA, TMEA, UEA, and the TCU Ex-Bandsmen Association.

Mrs. Kenyail Carr

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B.S. (Engineering Science and Mechanics, Minor in Spanish), University of Tennessee M.S. (Biomedical Engineering), University of Florida in Gainsville

Mrs. Kenyail Carr


Geometry/Algebra II

Mrs. Kenyail Carr grew up in the DFW area where she graduated Salutatorian of her graduating high school class. She also lettered in five Varsity sports and went on to become a 4-year starter on the inaugural softball team at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Although Mrs. Carr was offered both academic and athletic scholarships, she accepted the academic so that she could be a part of the Honors program and travel abroad to Spain to enhance her studies.  As a University of Tennessee Lady Vol, Mrs. Carr became an Academic All-American and still holds records today.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, with a Spanish Minor, from the University of Tennessee. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville.  After graduation, Mrs. Carr began a career at UT Southwestern Medical Center until she felt the call to become an education.

Mrs. Kenyail Carr began her teaching career in Fort Worth ISD in 2003 as a Spanish teacher and volleyball and softball coach at Trimble Tech High School. Soon after, she became a math teacher and would later take the Lady Bulldogs to their first ever playoff berth in school history. In the years to come, Mrs. Kenyail Carr would serve as Department Chair and Lead Content Teacher for the math department.  In addition, she served at the district level delivering professional development, writing curriculum based assessments (CBAs) and reviewing curriculum.

From 2012-2016, Mrs. Kenyail Carr served the district as a Learning Network Specialist for Secondary Math where she worked collaboratively with Network Directors, principals, and secondary math teachers to ensure effective daily instruction.

In 2016, Mrs. Carr became a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher and helped to establish the first ever STEM program at Meadowbrook Middle School where she taught Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics and was the STEM Team Lead. She also presented at the 2017 PLTW Texas Conference and was recently awarded the first ever Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence Award for Secondary STEM.

Mrs. Rachel Erisman

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B.S. (Physical Education), Texas Christian University

Mrs. Rachel Erisman


Health & Physical Education

Mrs. Erisman moved to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University where she obtained her BS in Physical Education.  For the past 8 years, she has been teaching for Fort Worth ISD and in 2016, she was honored as the district’s Teaching Chair for Excellence in Health and Physical Education.  Mrs. Erisman has been an integral part in the development and improvement of the High School Health curriculum through a CDC grant aimed to encourage positive choices in teens’ behaviors.  She is eager to build her professional techniques and develop digital strategies for the Health and Physical Education classrooms at IM Terrell.  She is married with two children.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, attending plays, and cooking.

Dr. Festus Elleh

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B.S. (Computer Information Systems), DeVry University, Irving TX. MBA (Management), R/S University of Science & Technology. Ph.D. (Information Technology), Capella University

Dr. Festus Elleh


Computer Science/Engineering

Dr. Festus Elleh holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from DeVry University, Irving TX, an MBA in management from R/S University of Science & Technology, and a PhD in Information Technology from Capella University and has been teaching computer science and project management in colleges for over seven years.  Prior to that, he worked in the private sector for over seventeen years as a computer programmer and a sr. project manager. 

Learning science and technology is both an art and a science and involves some degree of abstraction, physical intuition, critical thinking, and practical exercises.  His goal is to help students develop their critical thinking skills for a post-secondary education and unify seemingly disparate concepts in order to apply that knowledge to the industry. 

He is a husband and a dad and loves to play chess, travel, and volunteer for community development initiatives.

Ms. Ebony Nicole Johnson

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B.A. (Fine Arts; Painting and Photography), University of Louisiana Monroe M.A. (Arts Education), Memphis College of Art

Ms. Ebony Nicole Johnson


Art

To study the Human Condition is to study what is  positive, negative, natural and argumentative. Considering this truth, the study and practice of Fine Art allows us, humans, to study the conditions of each other. That is what I believe in and that is the practice I expect from my students.

I was raised in the Northern Virginia near the metropolitan area of Washington D.C/ Maryland. I received my Bachelors of Fine Art from University of Louisiana Monroe with a concentration in Painting & Photography. After moving to Memphis, Tennessee, I began my teaching career in elementary art education while working as a district mentor for art teachers and for the state of Tennessee. While teaching, I completed my Master’s in Art Education from Memphis College of Art and continued to write curriculum for art education, present at conferences, collaborate with museums, and community stakeholders to heighten the level of rigor within art education. 

I am beyond honored to serve this community. I am eager to empower my students beyond measure-measure that exceeds their beliefs and my own!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us."
-Marianne Williamson

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Mr. Hunter Lewis

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B.A. (Music Education), Texas Christian University M.M (Conducting), Oklahoma State University

Mr. Hunter Lewis


Instrumental

Hunter Lewis is a native of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and is excited to join the faculty of the IM Terrell Academy as Director of Instrumental Music. Before coming to IM Terrell, Mr. Lewis taught with many of the nation’s premier music educators in the Birdville, Mansfield and Broken Arrow School Districts.

He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University and a Master of Music in Conducting from Oklahoma State University. His primary conducting teachers include Joseph P. Missal, Z. Randall Stroope , Bobby R. Francis and German Gutierrez.

As an educator, Mr. Lewis’ ensembles have received sweepstakes awards at both TMEA and OSSAA contests for outstanding achievement on the concert stage and marching field. He served on the staff of the 2011 Bands of America Grand National Champion “Pride of Broken Arrow” and has also co-taught groups that competed at the Texas State Marching Contest in 2013 and 2014, with the Lake Ridge High School Marching Band earning finalist recognition in 2013. 

He currently resides in Fort Worth, TX and is as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Texas. 

Mr. Jerrett Lyday

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B.A. (Political Science and Theory), University of North Texas

Mr. Jerrett Lyday


Humanities

Jerrett Lyday has been learning and teaching formally for the past 9 years. He studied at the University of North Texas where he earned a degree in Political Science and Theory. He fell in love with humanities education early on and it has remained a driving force in his life both personally and professionally. Specifically, his interests are German Idealism, Semiotics, and Psychoanalysis. 

Jerrett joins our staff from Keller ISD where he served as both an english/social studies teacher and a gifted and talented specialist. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsie, and his three dogs and two cats. He also loves reading comic books, playing video games, and watching movies. His favorite places in Fort Worth are Sundance Square and  the Chipotle on West 7th Street. 

Mr. Will Miller

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B.S. (Secondary Science Education) M.S. (Information Systems)

Mr. Will Miller


Physics

Will Miller has been teaching science for the past twenty years. Nineteen of these years have been in Fort Worth ISD.  He developed a passion for physics while working with his father who had a small painting and sandblasting business in northern Oklahoma.  He moved to Fort Worth in 1998 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education.  Mr. Miller has spent most of his career at Arlington Heights High School teaching both honors and regular physics, along with honors and regular chemistry.  He earned his master’s degree in Information Systems in 2006 and also teaches computer science and business classes with Tarrant County College at the Trinity River and Connect Campuses.  Mr. Miller continued his education in 2017 by earning his principal certification through Lamar University.  Mr. Miller is married and has two wonderful children.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Dr. Marlyn Panchoo

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B.S. (Biology), Midwestern State University M.S. (Cell and Molecular Biology),Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences), University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Marlyn Panchoo


Physics

Dr. Panchoo will be teaching Physics at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual Performing Arts. She joins us after completing her doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Panchoo graduated from the Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and then taught at O.D. Wyatt High School before pursuing her Master of Science degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  During her graduate studies, Dr. Panchoo focused on cholesterol metabolism in neuroblastoma- a pediatric extra cranial cancer and development of improved therapeutics through targeted drug delivery. This afforded her the opportunity to conduct a semester of cholesterol research at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

As a teacher, Dr. Panchoo aims to inspire, mentor, and aid content mastery.  She has a genuine passion for science and a joy for learning and discovering new things; a passion that shows through her inquiry-based learning and hands-on classroom activities. In her classroom, students are pushed to their full potential and are encouraged to succeed.

In her free time, Dr. Panchoo enjoys singing, travelling, and learning new skills.

Ms. Marsha Foster Payne

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Ms. Marsha Foster Payne


Humanities

Marsha Foster Payne brings to IM Terrell Academy seventeen years of teaching experience at the high school and university levels.  Most recently, Ms. Payne spent eight years teaching English III and AP English Language and Composition/Dual Credit at the Berkner High School STEM Academy in Richardson, TX.  Although she began her teaching career as an instructor of composition and creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, followed by the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Payne now finds working with high school students to be more fulfilling than she ever imagined any career could be.  
 
 In 2000, she earned her BAs in Literary Studies and Arts & Performance with her MA in Humanities completed in 2002.  In the last year, Ms.Payne has earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and become certified as both a Reading Specialist and Master Reading Teacher.  Her teaching philosophy is founded upon the belief that learners must be empowered to take ownership of their education. She is a keen proponent of creating a respectful and empathetic community of learners with an understanding of our roles and responsibilities as a part of a larger, global community. With this in mind, her pedogogical interests extend to issues of educational equity, culturally responsive teaching, and the intersection of the humanities and social justice.
 
As a grammarian and Doctor Who fanatic, Ms. Payne embraces the label "nerd," and she looks forward to moving to the Ft. Worth area with her husband, children, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 22 snails
Mr. Robert Raimond

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B.S. (Physics), University of Texas at Arlington

Mr. Robert Raimond


Geometry/Algebra II

Robert Raimond graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics. Near the end of his senior year he decided that he wanted to be a teacher and started pursuing an alternative teaching certification through Tarleton State and became certified in 8 - 12 Mathematics and Physics. He started teaching at Western Hills High School in FWISD in 2010 where he taught AP Calculus AB/BC and Higher and Standard Level Mathematics in the International Baccalaureate program along with other math courses and a Civil Engineering course. He is currently pursuing a certification to teach Computer Science.

Ms. Janet Rojas

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B.A. (Spanish), Angelo State University

Ms. Janet Rojas

Janet Rojas is excited and proud to join I.M. Terrell this school year. Mrs. Rojas is from Fort Stockton, Texas and moved to the DFW area in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies at Angelo State University with a degree in Spanish. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling from Angelo State University. For the past 3 ½ years, she taught at J.L. Long Middle School under the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in Dallas I.S.D.

She truly enjoys working with students. One of her major goals is to help them prepare for their many accomplishments and adventures ahead; all while giving them a valuable tool in communicating with others in Spanish Speaking Countries. As a first generation student, she knows the value of a good education and the impact it can make in someone’s life.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys outdoor activities, getting lost at HomeGoods, traveling and dancing.

Mr. Dan Strickland

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B.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Florida

Mr. Dan Strickland


Engineering

Dan Strickland has more than 25 years of experience in many facets of engineering.  Mr. Strickland has worked for IBM, General Dynamics and Motorola.  Many of his projects included traveling oversees to remote sites in New Zealand, Australia, China, Korea, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Ireland, and Costa Rica.  Assignments included avionics systems design on the F16 fighter plane, main frame and personal computer development, international cell phone systems, and optical data transmission and storage solutions.  In addition to a successful career as an electrical engineer, Mr. Strickland has also been involved in small business development, franchise operations and several large construction projects across the US.   Mr. Strickland received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1986 and graduated with honors.  He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  He is passionate about sharing his engineering knowledge with students and helping develop well rounded, technically savvy students with strong communication skills. Mr. Strickland enjoys sailing, training service dogs, tinkering with electronics, bbq grilling, and pondering the beauty and truth of math and nature. 

Mr. David Wampach

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B.A. (History/Political Science), University of Iowa M.Ed. (Education Administration) DePaul University

Mr. David Wampach


Humanities

David Wampach comes to IM Terrell Academy from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where he taught English II and English II ESL. Mr. Wampach has taught both English and History over a fifteen year career across Illinois and Texas, most recently at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. A Chicago native, he has a BA History/Political Science from the University of Iowa (1997) and an M.Ed from DePaul University (2005). He also holds a National Certificate in Youth Ministry from the University of Dallas (2014) and is a graduate of The Second City Training Center (Chicago) Improv Acting and Writing programs (2004). Mr. Wampach has presented at multiple national conferences including the University of Dallas Ministry Conference (2014) and the National Catholic Education Association Convention (2016) in San Diego, CA.  

In addition to teaching, Mr. Wampach lives in Hurst, with his wife Katy, also a teacher in Fort Worth ISD, and his son Will. A published author, he is an active member of the DFW Writers Workshop and St. Michael Catholic Church. 

Mr. Brandon Watson

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B.S. (Computer Science), Lamar University

Mr. Brandon Watson


Computer Science / Mathematics

After being a substitute teacher for two years in Beaumont ISD, Brandon Watson decided to pursue teaching as a career. Upon receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Lamar University, he took a position teaching Algebra 1 and Geometry at Odom Academy Middle School. The following year, he was pursued by a district High School to teach Algebra II. He gained three years of Mathematics education experience before a Computer Science position became available. He earned the certificate for Computer Science 8-12 and was offered the position.

Although he has enjoyed his time with Beaumont ISD, Mr. Watson saw the loss of his home in Hurricane Harvey as an opportunity for a new start. He will be joining Fort Worth ISD to continue his teaching career with his wife and daughter at his side. He is joining the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. He comes aboard with experience as a UIL Academic Coordinator, UIL Mathematics & Computer Science coach, and a curriculum writer to support Fort Worth students as they prepare for their future.

Ms. Christen Ashley Williams

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B.F.A. (Dance Arts), Howard University

Ms. Christen Ashley Williams


Dance

Christen Ashley Williams is a BFA recipient from Howard University. She has had the opportunity to work with Hope Boykin, Nycole Ray, Assane Konte, Ray Mercer, Kim Bears-Bailey, Sidra Bell, Levi Marsman and a host of many others. She has also had the privilege to perform works choreographed by Dr. Sherill Berryman-Johnson, Pearl Primus, and Ronald K. Brown. She has toured with the Howard University Dance Ensemble nationally and internationally. Christen was the assistant choreographer for the Howard University Theatre Arts production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. She has performed with Alfre Woodard at the Lincoln Memorial for Constitution Day, and was grateful for the opportunity to perform at two Inaugural Celebration’s for the re-election of President Barack Obama. Christen has also performed with Anthony Hamilton on TV1's A Christmas Special. Ms. Williams served as a dancer with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! for 3 seasons, simultaneously serving as the rehearsal assistant for 2 of those seasons. After the completion of dancing for 3 seasons, Christen then served in the position as Artistic Assistant for DBDT: Encore! Ms. Williams was a principle dancer with the Dallas Opera, as well as experienced national and international tours with DBDT: Encore! Christen was a featured choreographer for Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre’s Emerging Choreographer’s program during the summer of 2017. She is humbled to currently serve as the Director of the Junior Performing Ensemble within the Dallas Black Dance Academy, and excited for what is to come within the I.M. Terrell Dance Department! Christen is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Mu Omega Chapter.