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MELISSA KEMPER
I am so excited to get this school year off to a great start! I love being a Zwink Zebra, and I cannot wait to meet and grow with my dazzling new class as I am entering my 11th year of teaching! I grew up in the Klein district, attending Krahn, Kleb, and graduating from Klein High School. Then I remained a Bearkat as I attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in math. When I am not busy being a teacher, I love spending time with my friends and family. This coming up school year is going to be AMAZING!!!!
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MISSY KERN
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BARBARA KRAUEL
I am so proud to be a part of Zwink Elementary for 4 years now. I’ve worked for Klein I.S.D. for 20 years in all areas and grade levels as a teacher’s assistant, clinic assistant, library assistant, and front office secretary. I really enjoy helping students to learn. Three times, my coworkers have honored me by voting me “Paraprofessional of the Year”. My own daughter and son have gone all through Klein from kindergarten through high school. I started as a volunteer, mother reader, room mom, PTO Treasurer and PTO Vice President. When I can I really enjoy reading novels, movies, and traveling, especially to see my two grandsons. It’s going to be another awesome year at Zwink!
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LEANE KRAUSE
I am thrilled to be a part of the fabulous Zwink staff again this year! I grew up in the Klein area, attending Theiss Elementary and Klein Oak High School. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Houston, I taught at Northampton Elementary for two years before having the privilege to move to Zwink when it was opened. When I'm not teaching, I love traveling and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to an exciting year with all the new zebras!
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SUSAN KUEHN
I am very excited and honored to be part of the Zwink family! I was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Texas 17 years ago. I am a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with my degree in elementary education. I love to travel and embark on new experiences and adventures with my husband and our three sons. I look forward to another amazing school year with our fabulous Zwink community!
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SAVANNAH KULAK
I am pumped to join Zwink Elementary as a 2nd grade teacher this year! I was born and raised in Klein and attended Middlestadt, Kleb and Klein High! I graduated from Sam Houston State University Cum Laude with a major in elementary education, but have always known that I wanted to teach little ones! I got married in April to my "College Sweetheart" and we moved into our first house a week later. We have a dog named Penelope and spend most of our spare time with family, friends and in our backyard playing fetch! I can't wait to meet all of my zebras. 

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ERIN LARA
I am so excited about sharing the magic of music and being a part of the Zwink family and community! I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a minor in Voice. I have taught Elementary Music and Musical Theatre for 7 ½ years, and was honored to be named "Teacher of the Year “for the 2011-2012 school year in CCISD. When I’m not at school, I spend my free time with my amazing husband and son, Carlos and Carlos III. I also love to travel and spend time with my family, friends, and our miniature schnauzer Rocket. I cannot wait to meet all of my new musicians and families this coming year!
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KELSEY LEON

Hey Zebras! My name is Kelsey Leon. I have taught 5th grade math and science at Zwink for four years, and it is the best! I love being a part of the Zwink culture and helping students grow and learn each day. I had the honor of being named "Teacher of the Year" for the 2015-2016 school year. I love trying to think of creative ways to teach math and science concepts. I'm always willing to try something and take a risk if I think it will help students learn! I am really looking forward to this upcoming school year and all the amazing things that will happen at Zwink!


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JASMINE LESTER
I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Zwink family this year as a Third grade Math/Science/S.S. teacher. I am originally from a small town called Chico, California but have lived in Texas for the last 11 years. I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelors Degree in Education. Last year I married my handsome husband, Shey,  and soon after, had my beautiful daughter, Adaline. We also have two very energetic dogs, Ace and Decker. When I am not teaching, I enjoy going to the gym, cooking, catching up on reality TV shows, shopping, and relaxing with my family.
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NORMA LUCIO VASQUEZ
I am so blessed to be a part of the Zwink family this year as the Pre-K Bilingual Teacher! I graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-4). I started my teaching career in Aldine ISD as a Pre-K Bilingual Teacher where I taught at Keeble EC/PK Center for 7 years and Garcia-Leza EC/PK Center for 8 years. I completed my Master’s degree in Library Science from Sam Houston State University (Eat’em Up Kats!) in 2014. Soon after graduating, I accepted a position at Keeble EC/PK Center as the Information Literacy Specialist (Librarian). After a year of serving as the Librarian, I accepted a position as a Skills Specialist/Instructional Coach at Garcia-Leza EC/PK Center. I continued to further my education and completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Sam Houston State University (Eat’em Up Kats!) in 2017. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family! I am married to my high school sweetheart, Ricardo. We have two beautiful girls, Elizette and Elianah. I am humbled and honored to be serving in such a great community!
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DIANA MARKOWSKI
I am excited to serve as the principal's secretary at Zwink! My husband and I are both native Houstonians. We have been married for 34 years, and we have four terrific children - three boys and one girl. I have worked in elementary schools for the past 17 years, and was honored to be named "Educational Assistant of the Year." I love what I do and am looking forward to being a Zwink Zebra!
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TAMARA MARTINEZ

I am thrilled to be part a of the fabulous Zwink staff. I was born and raised in Mexico City and I moved to Houston when I was 16 years old. I married my high school sweet heart and we have been married for almost 25 years. We are the proud parents of 3 wonderful kids: John, Graciela and Tammy. John is 22 and attends BYU-Idaho. Graciela is 18 and also attends BYU-Idaho. And lastly, Tammy is 11 and just graduated from Zwink and will be attending Schindewolf this year. This will be my 4th year working at Zwink. I am a bilingual teacher assistant and I love it! That is why I decided to go back to school and get my bachelors in bilingual education. I am extremely excited for this upcoming 2017-18 school year!


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DANYELLE MCCARTY
I am elated to be apart of the Zwink family! My passion is facilitating student growth in academics as well as life, a mission I discovered while working as an Assistant State Attorney in Juvenile Justice. I have a Juris Doctorate in Law from Barry University and Bachelor of Arts  Degree in English from Florida State University. I joined Klein as a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Wunderlich Intermediate, where I received the Superintendent's Acknowledgement of Outstanding Teacher. I am blessed to have shared 17 wonderful years with my husband, Damarcus. Our boys, Daylan and Dominic light up my life and keep me busy.  Most weekends, I am the "loud mom," court-side, cheering them along in basketball and swimming. I look forward to an incredible year of success with our Zwink Zebras!
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ALEXI MENDEZ
I am thrilled to be a Zwink Zebra! I grew up in Klein ISD, attending Ehrhardt, Doerre, and Klein High. After graduating from Klein, I went to Abilene Christian University where I graduated with a degree in Music Education. I'm going into my second year of teaching, having previously taught in Elgin ISD, and I am happy to be back in the Klein schools! When I am not at school, I enjoy being outdoors, playing board games, and spending time with loved ones. I am so excited for this upcoming school year!????

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AARONNI MILLER
Hi, my name is Aaronni Miller and I'm thrilled to be your child's 5th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher this year! This is my first year at Zwink, but my third year teaching. I attended Doerre, Hildebrandt, and graduated from Klein Oak (Oak 'em!) before receiving my Bachelor of Science in 2011 and my Master of Public Administration in 2014. I love to read, write, listen to Podcasts, watch documentaries, and dream up ways to make my classroom and teaching the best it can possibly be. I look forward to the coming school year and cannot wait to meet my new Zwink Zebras!
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KARLA MORALES

Welcome back Zebras. This year will be the best yet! My main goal is for ALL students to be motivated to always give their best.  I was born in Mexico and came to Texas at age 11. I have lived in the Spring area for 18 years with my wonderful husband Juan. I graduated from Sam Houston State University and joined Klein ISD right after. When I’m not at school I am spending time with my husband and two kids, Jack and Natalie in the baseball, softball or soccer parks.  I can't wait to meet all our little zebras and embark on this new 2017-2018 adventure.


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KARA MUMME
I am beyond thrilled to serve as Zwink's Library Media Specialist and excited to share my love of education, reading, digital literacy and STEAM curriculum with students and teachers. I attended Texas A&M University (WHOOP) and went on to teach grades from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Soon after, I earned my my Master of Library Science degree from Sam Houston State University. During the 2016-2017 school year, I was honored as Professional of the Year at Zwink Elementary. I am looking forward to helping Zwink students grow a love for reading! I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband, Trey, and our sweet daughter, Tatum. We love to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and play with our two dogs, Riley and Tripp. I feel blessed to be apart of the Zwink family and can't wait to have a fabulous school year!
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CHRISTIN MURPHY
I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the Zwink team as the assistant principal! I have been in education for over ten years, serving in many districts across the country. As a graduate of Klein ISD, I am pleased to now be a part of what makes this district so successful. I began my teaching career as a seventh and eighth grade teacher in Spring Branch ISD after earning my degree at Sam Houston State, and continued to teach in Georgia and New York. I then served as the librarian at Blackshear elementary for the past four years, working with teachers on research and literacy to gain the Professional Support Staff Member of the Year and a grant from the Klein Education Foundation to use video conferencing as a research method for elementary students. Additionally, I worked the last three summers on the Reading Express, bringing Klein students an opportunity to read over the summer. When I am not aiding students in finding the perfect book, or teaming up with teachers for research, I am playing slow-pitch softball or curled up with an excellent book of my own to read. I enjoy watching movies and playing with my two rescue dogs, River and Chewy. My desire is to serve the learning community of Zwink in any way possible, and I eagerly await the opportunity to do so.
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LENA NEL
Hi! My name is Marlena Nel (Lena) and I am very excited to be joining the team at Zwink Elementary. I am a born and raised Texan, growing up between Corpus Christi and The Woodlands. I graduated from Sam Houston State University (Go Bearkats!) and have spent the past 20+ years in education and working with children and adults with complex communication needs. I have taught in Magnolia and Klein School Districts and have been the Assistive Technology Specialist for Conroe ISD and Lake Travis ISD outside of Austin. I am thrilled to be a Zebra and I look forward to a year of learning fun and adventures!
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LACEY NEWTON

I’m so excited to be joining the Zebra family. This will be my first year at Zwink and I will be teaching Second Grade Reading, Writing and Social Studies.  Though this is only my fourth year teaching, teaching reading has been a passion of mine sense I was old enough to hold a piece of chalk.  I grew up right down the road in Tomball and graduated from Sam Houston State University.  My husband and I have been married four years.  We share the joy of teaching (he teaches Junior High), as well as many other hobbies such as going camping, fishing and taking our fur baby to the park.  


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LAUREN OLIVER
Hi there, Zebras! I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach at Zwink Elementary as a third grade teacher. My classrooms have ranged from 8th grade English/Language Arts all the way down to kindergarten. During the years of teaching middle school, I also coached volleyball and track as well as taught an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) course, which teaches students how to be successful in school. I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism in 2004 and am currently working to earn my Master of Library Science Degree with Texas Woman’s University. My years at Zwink have been fantastic, and I have loved getting to know the zebra families I serve. Let’s make it another great year!
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LISA PARKER

I am very excited to become a Zwink Zebra this school year! I moved to Texas from New Jersey when I was a freshman in high school and I am a graduate of Klein High School! I then attended Texas Tech University where I obtained a BS degree in Education. I have been a teacher in the Klein School District for 18 years. I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years and have two grown children. I love my two golden retrievers Brenley and Sophie and my 3 grand dogs Piper, Chloe, and Sammy!  I love to teach math even though when I was a kid it was one of the hardest subjects for me to learn. My favorite thing I love to do is to spend time with my family and friends. Right now most of all, I am looking forward to new beginnings and positive outcomes this year at Zwink Elementary!

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JANET PARISH
Hello, Zebras! How exciting to start my sixth year here at Zwink! I truly love being a part of the Zwink community and serving each of you. I have 18 years working for Klein. I started as a volunteer when my children were getting a great education in Klein. Then went to work as   a crossing guard, special Education, library and workroom assistant. I love helping students and parents anyway I can. I had the privilege to be on the opening team for Zwink and as we have added to our numbers we have added many amazing educators to our team. This year I  will have the  privilege of again working with our librarian, Kara Mumme.  There have been a lot of changes in the library over the summer. Come see and expect some fun new things to be happening in the library this year!
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JACQUELYN PLACENCIA
Excited to be back for the fourth year to this amazing school! This will be my second year teaching third grade bilingual. I have lived in Spring/Tomball area since 2001. I attended both Hildebrandt Intermediate and Klein Oak High school. I then pursued my dream of becoming a bilingual teacher at Sam Houston State University. I graduated from Sam Houston in 2013. GO BEARKATS! I have a wonderful family who has given me unconditional love and support. I have a great passion for bilingual education and have very high expectations for my students and myself. I know this upcoming year is going to be another wonderful year! With will and determination - anything is possible! Go ZEBRAS!
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BECKI POLLOCK
This will be my second year at Zwink and so happy to be back in bilingual! I am originally from San Antonio, Texas but have lived in McAllen, Austin, and Richmond, Virginia. This will be my 16th year teaching. I have taught grades Pre-K to 4th, special education, bilingual, ESL and coaching. I am married to my best friend, Kevin, who I grew up playing tennis with. We have two beautiful daughters, Isa and Emma, that keep growing so fast! Playing tennis from the age of 4 to college really helped me as a student, so you will often see me supporting my students outside the classroom! I look forward to working with the entire community at Zwink, it’s going to be another great year.
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SHEILA PREJEAN
I am thrilled to be part of the Zwink Elementary team as a speech language pathologist. I am originally from Louisiana, where I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Pathology. My husband and I have lived in several states, where I have provided speech therapy in a variety of settings including the public schools, nursing homes, and rehabilitation. In all of my experiences, I have found joy in improving communication skills of those that I serve. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Mike, and my son Daniel. We all enjoy sports, particularly watching college football. I look forward to the new opportunity to serve the children at Zwink Elementary with a staff committed to excellence.
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JENNIFER PRICE
Why do I have an outrageous number of hats? To inspire children to read and express themselves in writing, I use hats of all shapes and sizes to encourage creativity. Since children are visual creatures, I dress up to ignite a love of reading where my students can become as obsessed as I am about books. I love watching students open themselves like pages in a book and become alive in their learning. So, after receiving my education degree at Quincy University, I hopped down to Texas where sixteen years of teaching in Kindergarten through Third Grade continues to be a fun-filled experience. I'm excited to begin my third year at Zwink and continue adding to my collection of hats! I am truly thrilled to be a part of Zwink Elementary and look forward to the students who will make this year exceptional.
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MARIA QUAN
I am very excited to be a part of the Zwink team this year! I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I received my Bachelor’s, Bilingual Teaching Credential (Spanish), and Master’s (in Math, Technology, and Science Education) from the University of San Diego. I am part of the inaugural class of the Gates Millennium Scholars and also hold a Math Specialist Certificate from San Diego State University. This will be my 13th year of teaching and am truly excited to teach my most favorite subjects- Math, Science and Social Studies! My husband and I moved here only 3 years ago and we are still having a great time getting to know the city. When I’m not at school, I enjoy baking, crafting, traveling and finding new, delicious restaurants to try. I look forward to this school year and my new chapter as a Zwink Zebra!
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BAILEY REED
I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing Zwink staff! I grew up in the Klein area and attended Brill, Kleb and Klein High School. After graduating, I attended Texas State University in San Marcos and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. There has never been a question in my mind as to what my career path would be. I have dreamed of being a teacher since I was very little, and it is so special to return to the Klein area and teach in the district I grew up in! I have an incredible passion for children and am so excited to be doing what I love every day. I look forward to what this year will bring at Zwink and am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing community of educators. Go Zebras!
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DELLA RICHHART
I am so excited to start the new school year and see all of our new and returning Zebras! I am originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and graduated from Memorial University with a Master of Educational Psychology/Counseling Psychology. My previous work in vocational rehabilitation and family literacy helped lead me to teaching, and I am so blessed to be entering my 11th year with Klein ISD.  I am beyond thrilled to serve our K-5 Zebras as the general education math co-teacher this year.  When I am not working, I am an avid bird watcher, gardener, and aquarist. I am a mom to two amazing children, and two pet birds. I love all things nature and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for gardening and the outdoors with students through my involvement in the Zwink Nature Club. I look forward to working with students, my fellow teachers, and parents to help all of our Zwink students reach their full potential.
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JUANA RODRIGUEZ
Hi! My name is Juana Rodriguez and I am very excited to become part of the Zwink Family. I was born in Matamoros, Mexico and moved to Houston 32 years ago. I have been part of the Klein District for 15 years, working at Benfer and Ehrhardt Elementary. In 2004, I was awarded the Klein ISD Teacher Assistant of the Year. My husband Carlos and I have been married for 28 years and we have three wonderful children. My two oldest children, Joanna and Carlos both attended and graduated from the University of North Texas. My youngest daughter Jocelyn currently attends Texas Woman’s University. On my spare time I love to watch movies, cook Mexican food, and travel anywhere I can go with my family.
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LYNDSAY ROGERS
After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University, spending 15 years in elementary classrooms has solidified my passion for teaching. The past 3 years coaching classroom teachers and intervening on behalf of struggling readers have even further built my commitment to helping both teachers and students succeed with a Growth Mindset. I believe that all of us are lifelong learners, and it's my vision to continue to help develop this love of learning. It is with that passion that I am THRILLED to continue this work with Zwink Zebras! In my free time, I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, practicing yoga, remodeling houses, and enjoying life!
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DEBI ROTHENBERG
I am so honored to be part of the Zwink team! As your Case Manager, I am responsible for managing the special education programs for our school. I believe every child is unique. Working closely with parents, students and staff will ensure every special education student strives towards reaching his/her potential. The field of special education has always been a passion for me. I have served as a special education teacher, guidance counselor and case manager for many years. Additionally, I have worked in the business sector serving as an employee relations manager. I believe my varied business and educational background is an asset for my position. Working with people is my passion! Although a Florida native, I consider Texas my home. I received an undergraduate degree in Psychology (University of Florida) and a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology (University of North Florida). I have lived in Texas for 28 years. My children graduated from the Klein schools. Volunteering outside of work is my hobby. Giving back to the community is a joy! Open communication with parents and staff is paramount for me! As the school year begins, I look forward to developing a positive relationship with my students and families. I can’t wait to meet you!

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