Texas Education Agency - ACE Program
Funded by the 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 936.372.4089.
Waller High School: Jade 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 email@example.com or by phone at 936.372.3654.
Waller Junior High School: Rachel DeVous
W.C. Schultz Junior High School: Rachel Peterson
Fields Store Elementary School: Dawn Jung
I.T. Holleman Elementary School: Lisa Laake
Lisa Laake joined the Waller ISD team in August 2008 and is currently serving as the ACE Site Coordinator for the 21st Century Aftert 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 936.372.9196.
H. T. Jones Elementary School: Andrea 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 936.931.0300.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 936.931.0387.
21st Century Afterschool Program Secretary: Lynda Petrash
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 email@example.com or by phone at 936.931.0385.