Administrative Team

Administrative Team


Phone: 817-815-2000


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Débora Fuentes

Mrs. Débora Fuentes has served in FWISD for 14 years as a teacher assistant, dual language teacher and the last five years as assistant principal at Sam Rosen Elementary and E.M. Daggett Elementary. Mrs. Fuentes is honored and excited to be the principal at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary.

This year we have a school-wide literacy initiative we would love our families to join in to increase every child’s reading levels. Our reading theme is: “READ and Be Kind!” We believe reading makes you a powerful thinker and problem solver, helping you learn information and taking you places only books can.

Mrs. Fuentes attended the University of Texas at Arlington for both her bachelor's and master's degree. Her favorite novels are from the Divergent Series. Her dream superpower would be a time traveler.

On my free time, I love spending time and traveling with my husband and my two sons!

Please reach out to me for ideas on how to help your child be successful and feel safe and welcomed at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary every day.

Assistant Principal

Phone: 817-815-2012


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Joyce Bowens-Thomas

Mrs. Bowens-Thomas has served as a dedicated educator and instructional leader in FWISD for 21 years.  Mrs. Bowens Thomas earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Texas Woman’s University, teaching certification from Tarleton State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Arlington.

 Mrs. Bowens-Thomas taught for eleven years at Como Elementary School as a literacy teacher also serving as grade level chair, literacy coach, gifted and talented coordinator. During this time, she was honored as Campus Teacher of the Year and FWISD Reading Chair of Excellence. She transitioned into administration at A.M. Pate Elementary School serving as Assistant Principal Intern and Dean of Instruction for eight years. 

This is the third year at Van Zandt-Guinn for Mrs. Bowens-Thomas. She enjoys reading all types of books and has a passion for sharing excellent children's authors with children. 

Mrs. Bowens-Thomas feels privileged to serve as Assistant Principal at Van Zandt Guinn and to be a VZG Tiger.  She believes in educational equity for all students and works diligently to build relationships with faculty and staff, students, parents, and community leaders to create a successful learning environment.