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Texas Education Agency - ACE Program
  Funded by the 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education.

Dates for ACE enrollment will be posted on individual campus website.

The yearly Public Notice for The Afterschool Centers on Education ACE Program was posted in The Waller Times on May 7, 2014.In the summer of 2011, Waller ISD was awarded a 5-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Renewable Grant for the use at six Waller ISD schools servicing a minimum of 125 students at the elementary school level, a minimum of 150 students at the junior high school level, and a minimum of 40 adult immediate family members at each campus.

In addition, the Harris County Department of Education included the remaining two of eight schools, Waller High School and Roberts Road Elementary, in their grant application. 
"Texas Afterschool Centers on Education™ (ACE), administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and funded by the 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education, is a structured, safe, and supervised place for learning and social interaction.
ACE provides extended learning opportunities for children and their families and offers innovative, hands-on activities that reinforce and complement students’ regular academic programs. These before and afterschool activities are based on research and best practices and include academic enrichment, challenging curriculum, and tutorial services.

ACE strives to increase promotion and graduation rates and helps students prepare for college and the workplace..." (TexasAce21.org)  

                                 English - PDF 
• Spanish - PDF 
                                     • Website - http://www.texasace21.org/   
                                     • Website for Educators - http://www.mytexasace.org/ 

You are invited to join the Waller ISD ACE Afterschool Program as a SUBSTITUTE.  Click here for more information.
  ACE Staff  

Rachel DeVous 
ACE Program Director

Rachel  DeVous joined the Waller ISD team in 2000. She was a teacher at Holleman Elementary for 9 years. She also worked at E. Turlington Elementary as an administrator.  She recently served as the ACE Site Coordinator for the 21st Century After School Program at Waller Jr. High.  Rachel DeVous graduated from Prairie View A& M University with her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. She also received her Masters in Education from Prairie View A&M University with a Principal Certification. Rachel is excited to be working with the students, staff, parents, and community members of the Waller ISD family as the Program Director for the 21st Century After School Program. Rachel’s husband David teaches and coaches at Waller High School. They have two boys Kenny and Kaleb.

Rachel can be reached by email at rdevous@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.3685.

Maria Herrera
ACE Family Engagement Specialist

Maria Herrera is a Waller High School graduate and has worked for Waller ISD since 2006. She holds 16 years of Human Resources experience and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business - Human Resources Management from Western Governors University.  Her experience in HR and community involvement has amplified her desires to be a part of a program which offers learning opportunities for students and their families.  For this reason, in August of 2011, Maria accepted the position of Family Engagement Specialist in the 21st Century Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program.
Maria and her husband, Hector “Adam”, have been married for 25 years. They are the proud parents of two wonderful children and are blessed with a delightful daughter-in-law and an amazing grandson.
Maria can be reached by email at mherrera@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.0387.

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Janie Hines 
Waller High School ACE Site Coordinator 
Janie can be reached by email at jhines@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.3654.

Kassilia J. Wright
Waller Junior High ACE Site Coordinator  

Kassilia J. Wright joined the Waller ISD team in 2014 as an English I teacher and the Waller Lady Bulldogs head track coach.  She was a teacher and coach in Memphis City Schools in Tennessee.  Then, she returned back home to Texas and taught/coached in both Cypress Fairbanks and Newton School district.  She has been in the field of education for 11 years.  She also worked at Trinity Charter Schools in Katy as an administrator.  "Kassie" graduated from Sam Houston State University with her Bachelors in English & Spanish.  She received her Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Memphis.  Then, returned to her alma mater at Sam Houston to obtain her Masters of Education with Principal Certification.  Kassilia is elated to be working with the students, staff, parents, and community members of Waller ISD as the Site Coordinator for the 21st Century Afterschool Centers on Education program at Waller Junior High.  Kassilia has three daughters Adauria, Ariyanah, Amaryah and one son Ashtayn; who all attend Waller ISD schools.

Kassilia can be reached by email at kwright-johnson@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.1353.


Kimberly Boone
W.C. Schultz Junior High ACE Site Coordinator

Kimberly Boone has worked for Waller ISD for 15 years; first as a substitute teacher, then as a Para Educator and a bus driver.  She has worked in the ACE afterschool program for the last 4 years either as a teacher or a bus driver.  This year Kimberly is looking forward to being the ACE Site Coordinator for Schultz Jr. High.

In May of 2015, Kimberly graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelors in Art and Applied Science.

She has three grown sons; all graduates of Waller High School.  She also has one grandson who lives in Missouri.

Kimberly can be reached by email at kboone@wallerisd.net or my phone at 936.931.9103.


Kimberly Loner 
Fields Store Elementary ACE Site Coordinator

Kimberly Loner joined the Waller ISD team in August 2015 and is currently serving as the ACE Site coordinator at Fields Store Elementary School.  She graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.  after working in the psychology field teaching compensatory strategies to adults who suffered traumatic brain injuries and seeing their success she realized she would like to move into the teaching field.  She received her Alternative Certification in 2008 from Region 4.  Kimberly has 7 years of teaching experience in Special Education.  She is excited for her transition and to be a part of a program, campus and district that is providing enrichment opportunities for all students, parents, and community members.

Kimberly has been married to her husband Nathan for 10 years and she has a beautiful 14 year old step-daughter Kristin.  She recently moved to her husband's childhood town of Magnolia to be closer to her mother-in-law.

Kimberly can be reached by email at kloner@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.4050.

Lisa Laake
I.T. Holleman Elementary ACE Site Coordinator

Lisa Laake joined the Waller ISD team in August 2008 and is currently serving as the ACE Site Coordinator for the 21st Century After School program at I.T. Holleman Elementary School. Lisa graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BBA degree in Marketing.  She also has a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading from the University of Houston, and a Principal Certification from Prairie View A&M University.

Lisa is committed to providing a rich environment that promotes and supports opportunities for students, staff, parents, and community members. She is passionate about motivating and empowering others to become leaders and risk-takers. Lisa is a dedicated professional and lifelong learner that exemplifies personal and professional development.   

Lisa can be reached by email at llaake@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.9196.

Arnetta Adair
H.T. Jones Elementary ACE Site Coordinator

Arnetta Adair joined the Waller ISD team in 2010 as a Title 1 Math Teacher at H.T. Jones Elementary.  She graduated from Prairie View A&M in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Shortly after graduating from college, she began working on her Masters in Counseling.  While attending graduate school, she decided to "try out" substitue teaching.  After a couple of subsitute teaching experiences, Arnetta developed a love and passion for education.  As a result, in 2003, she decided to enroll in Houston ISD Alternative Certification Program. The following year, she obtained her teaching certification through Houston ISD and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

As an ACE Site Coordinator, Arnetta is looking forward to working with and supporting the families, students, and faculty at H.T. Jones Elementary.  She is committed to ensuring that students are given an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and extend their learning experiences beyond the school day during the 21st Century ACE Program.

She firmly believes that each and every child can and will learn, grow, and achieve at high levels when given the proper resources and opportunities.

Arnetta has a phenomenal 7 year old daughter whom she loves dearly.  During her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her family, new learning experiences and walking.

Arnetta can be reached by email at aadair@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.4200.
Yolanda Saldaña
Roberts Road Elementary ACE Site Coordinator

Yolanda Saldaña graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Early Childhood and a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University.

Yolanda joined Waller ISD in 1995 as a paraprofessional. In 1999, she began as a Pre-K bilingual teacher. In 2011, she accepted the position of the ACE Site Coordinator at Roberts Road Elementary School.

Yolanda truly enjoys teaching and making learning fun. She is excited to have the opportunity to create the best ACE Afterschool Program at Roberts Road Elementary School.

Yolanda can be reached by email at 
ysaldana@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.0300.

Monteen King
E. Turlington Elementary School ACE Site Coordinator

Monteen King joined Waller ISD in August 2015 as ACE Site Coordinator at Turlington Elementary School.  Monteen comes to the ACE team with 15 years of elementary classroom teaching experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Human Development & the family from the University of Nebraska. Before joining Waller ISD, Monteen was a second grade teacher at Liberty Hill ISD and a sixth grade English teacher at Brenham ISD.

You could describe Mrs. King as a "people person."  She enjoys meeting new individuals and sharing her smile.  It is her belief, that communication is the best way to build relationships.  As an ACE site coordinator, she wants to support the students, parents, staff and community by providing a program that encourages, motivates, and challenges children. Monteen is very excited to join the Waller team and be part of the 21st Century ACE Program.  

Monteen and her husband Bruce have three grown children, Calvin, Kelly and Kacy.  She enjoys reading, playing board games, working in her garden, golfing and watching sports of all kinds.
You can reach Mrs. King by email at mking@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.0100.

Lynda Petrash
21st Century ACE Program Secretary

Mrs. Petrash is the 21st Century Grant -Cycle 7 Secretary.  She has been with Waller Independent School District for seven years and has been working in the education environment for 25 years.

She is married to her husband Jim for 45 years and they have two wonderful children and three awesome grandchildren who keep them quite busy.

In her spare time she works with the Feral Cats Projects in Waller/Harris County focusing on the overpopulation issues involving spay/neuter.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ACE program she can be reached by email at  lpetrash@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.0385.
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