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Texas Education Agency - ACE Program

Funded by the 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education.

ACE sign-ups will be made available after August 11th and will be posted on the individual campus calendars.

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)  
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Schools and Coordinators

ACE Program Director:  Michael Twigg

Prior to his position as ACE Program Director, Michael Twigg held positions as a teacher and administrative intern for Waller I.S.D. and E.G.S.D. Most recently, he served as the ACE Site Coordinator for Waller Junior High School. During his tenure there, he designed and implemented the new ACE 21st Century After School Program for his campus. He developed programs and classes to bridge the gap between school and extra-curricular pursuits for students: and worked with his staff to “Make learning fun!” His technology pursuits have led to increased productivity and utilization of technology by staff and students alike.

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 in 2003 and he completed his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008.

Mr. Twigg can be reached by email at mtwigg@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.4089.

Waller High SchoolJade Byrd
Jade Byrd joined Team Waller ISD in October of 2013 as Site Coordinator at Waller High School. 

Jade can be reached by email at jbyrd@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.3654.

Waller Junior High School: Rachel DeVous 

Rachel DeVous joined the Waller ISD team in 2000. She was a teacher at Holleman Elementary for 9 years. She also worked at Turlington Elementary as an administrator. Rachel DeVous graduated from Prairie View A& M University with her Bachelors in Interdisplinary Studies. She also received her Masters in Education from Prairie View A&M University with a Principal Certification. She currently serves as the ACE Site Coordinator for the 21st Century After School Program at Waller Jr. High. Rachel is excited to be working with the students, staff, parents, and community members of the Waller Jr. High family to instill the love of learning and creativity. 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 936.372.0116.

W.C. Schultz Junior High SchoolRachel Peterson

Rachel Peterson joined Schultz Junior High School in August, 2012 as the Site Coordinator for the campus. Rachel graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors of Science in Academic Studies.  She also received a Masters of Education in Administration from Sam Houston State University with Principal Certification. Prior to joining Waller ISD, she worked as an educator in Tomball Independent School District where she had the privilege of teaching prekindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

Rachel currently serves as the ACE Site Coordinator for the 21st Century After School Program at Schultz Junior High. Rachel’s vision for the ACE program includes encouraging student creativity, fostering academic growth, and promoting life-long learning. She is committed to working with teachers, staff, parents, and the community to build a strong relationship that promotes student success. Rachel resides in Hockley with her husband, Matt. They have three children, Will and a set of twins, Lila and Nate

Rachel can be reached by email at rpeterson@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.9103.

Fields Store Elementary School: Dawn Jung

Dawn Jung has been in the school system for 12 years first as a Payroll Clerk at Lamar Consolidated ISD and then a Bookkeeper for the High Schools for Comal ISD. Her love for the children and belief that you are never too old to learn had prompted her to earn her degree on May 2013 in Applied Arts and Sciences at Lamar University.

Her belief in the ACE Program is that it will not only improve social skills but give students the academic encouragement to achieve their dreams and their belief in self-worth.

Dawn has been married for 20 years to the most amazing man who is also her best friend. They have been blessed with one sweet child who also attends Waller ISD.

“Education is not he filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire”- William Yeats

Dawn can be reached by email at djung@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.4050.

I.T. Holleman Elementary SchoolLisa Laake 

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.

H. T. Jones Elementary SchoolAndrea Herrera Fry

Andrea Herrera Fry, M. Ed. 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.

Andrea can be reached by email at afry@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.4200.

Roberts Road Elementary School:  Yolanda Saldana

Yolanda Saldana 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.

Turlington Elementary School: Ashley Abke

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 third 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, 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 her son Andrew.

Ashley can be reached by email at aabke@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.0100.

Family Engagement Specialist: Maria Herrera 

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 earned her Bachelor's degree of Business in Human Resources from Western Governors University. 
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.

Maria can be reached by email at mherrera@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.0387.

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21st Century Afterschool Program Secretary: Lynda Petrash

Lynda Petrash is the Secretary for the After School Centers on Education (ACE) program.  She has been with Waller Independent School District for four years and, before that, was with Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District for fifteen years.  If you should ask her if she is from here, she would reply “no, but I got here as fast as I could!"

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. 

Lynda can be reached by email at lpetrash@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.0385.
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