Texas Education Agency - ACE Program
Funded by the 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education.
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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.
"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)
Schools and Coordinators
ACE Program Director:
Michael Twigg divides his time outside of Waller ISD with his family, writing, and principal development. He currently maintains and runs a website and blog for a principal support organization for Texas Principals. He is a licensed principal in Texas, Colorado, and Tennessee and was the 2009-2010 Region IV Teacher of the Year. Mr. Twigg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Houston Honors College (2003) and he completed his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (2008).
Waller High School:
Derrick Kellam joined Team Waller ISD in July of 2012 as Site Coordinator at Waller High School. Prior to coming to Waller Mr. Kellam served as High School assistant principal in Dayton ISD and was a high school Teacher and coach at Cleveland HS, Kingwood HS and Splendora JH. Mr. Kellam graduated from Sam Houston State University with an undergraduate degree in 2004 and earned his Masters of Education from Lamar University in 2009. As the After School Coordinator at WHS, Mr. Kellam will seek to promote student academic growth and development as well as incorporating a concept of teamwork and cooperation. The WHS After School Program will focus its resources on the needs of students, parents and other stakeholders to ensure all needs are met. Mr. Kellam is married to Gena Kellam, a Waller High School Counselor, and they have 4 children. Cherish is a Junior at Sam Houston State University studying Elementary Education, Rebecca is a 4th grader at Holloman Elementary, Mason is a 2nd grader at Holloman Elementary and Raelyn attends pre-school in Waller. The Kellam family feels blessed to call Waller home and look forward to many wonderful years in Waller ISD.
W.C. Schultz Junior High School:
Fields Store Elementary School:
I.T. Holleman Elementary School:
Lisa Laake graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BBA degree in Marketing. She also has a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction with and emphasis in reading from the University of Houston, and a Principal Certification from Prairie View A&M University. Lisa has been an educator for sixteen years, with the last three years here in the Waller Independent School District.
H. T. Jones Elementary School:
Andrea Herrera Fry, M. Ed.
Andrea is a lifelong resident of the Waller Independent School District. She was fortunate enough to join the district as an employee in 1998 at H.T. Jones Elementary.
It is her belief that education should provide an environment that fosters interdependence, accepts mistakes, nurtures independence, and celebrates differences. Children need more than direct instruction and direction to succeed in school.
She believe children need educational opportunities to discuss what they are learning. They should be allowed to disagree with one another about facts. Resources should be provided for them to check their own understanding.
Children's differences are vast: they include more than the obvious but also encompass their intellectual capacity. It is my belief that when children work together for a single purpose they are learning to accept one another for their uniqueness and tolerate one another for their differences.
As the ACE Site Coordinator for H.T. Jones Elementary, She can reassure that each child has the opportunity to explore, embrace, and challenge the knowledge they acquire in a safe and nurturing environment.
Roberts Road Elementary School:
Yolanda Saldana has been teaching in Waller I.S.D. for twelve years. She currently serves as Site Coordinator for the ACE Afterschool Program and is am very excited to have this opportunity to create a super program for Roberts Road Elementary.
Ashley Abke graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood and a Masters in Education Administration from Lamar University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education Administration from Texas A&M University of Commerce. She grew up in Waller and graduated high school from Waller High School. For two years she taught third grade science and had experience with biology and kindergarten as well.
As her second year as an ACE Site Coordinator, she is looking forward to another year enriching all of the students, kindergarten through the fifth grade at Turlington Elementary through hands on experiences. Within the ACE program, students are more likely to attend school, improve their academeic skills, develop better social skills and learn to handle conflicts, and build self-esteem and confidence in their academic abilities.
When Ashley is away from work she enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and with their two dogs they rescued, Riley and Brody.
Family Engagement Specialist:
Maria Herrera and her family came from Mexico to Waller, Texas in 1980. She attended Waller ISD from elementary through high school and graduated in 1990. Maria and her husband, Hector “Adam”, are the parents of two children. She is currently attending Western Governors University in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.
Maria has worked for WISD in the Human Resources Department since 2006. Her experience in HR and community involvement has amplified her desires to assist the community. For this reason, in August of 2011, Maria accepted the position of Family Engagement Specialist.
21st Century Afterschool Program Secretary:
Lynda has been married to her husband Jim for 42 years and they have two children, Scott and Magen and two grandchildren, Kolbie and Dylan, who are the joy of her life. She also loves her horses, April, Honey and Balli her goat Herman and the family dog Duke.