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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)  

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                                                   • Website - http://www.texasace21.org/                                                     • Website for Educators - 

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

Schools and Coordinators

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 of Science degree in Business - 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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Waller High SchoolJade Byrd

Jade Byrd joined Team Waller ISD in October of 2013 as Site Coordinator at Waller High School. ​Jade Byrd was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. She moved to Houston, TX with her husband in 2009 upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. They have two beautiful children, Jordyn and Royce.
She began her career as a tutor, working in school districts through a before and after school vendor. Shortly after, she became a Klein ISD Site Coordinator and has yet to leave the after school setting. Being the ACE Site Coordinator at Waller High School is a blessing. It is her goal to provide students with great resources and opportunities that will have them prepared for college and ready for the workforce.

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 E. Turlington Elementary as an administrator. 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. 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 School:  TBA


Fields Store Elementary School: Gwen Waller

Gwen Lane-Waller joined Waller ISD in August 2014 as ACE Site Coordinator at Fields Store Elementary.  Gwen comes to the ACE team with 15 years of secondary classroom teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications from Tarleton State University and a Master's of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University. Gwen is also an Academic Instructional Librarian for Blinn College in Brenham.

One of Gwen's greatest pleasures is reading. She enjoys instilling in others her love of books and the knowledge that is gained through the adventures in reading.  Prior to joining Waller ISD, Gwen has been a Jr. High and High School educator in Little River-Academy, College Station, Katy and Bellville ISD's.  

Gwen loves to communicate with people of all ages and believes that having 'open-lines' of communication is what will make productive students successful adults in today's society. She is excited to join the ACE program.  ACE provides the students of Field Store with programs that encourages social interaction and supplements Fields Store Elementary’s curriculum.

Gwen is married to Jimmy Waller and they have two children, Drew and Leah.  She enjoys spending time with her family and watching Drew, her son, play baseball and watching Leah dance and play volleyball and tennis.

Gwen can be reached by email at gwaller@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.931.4050.

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 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 School:  Lindsey Young

Lindsey Young joined Waller ISD in August 2014 as ACE Site Coordinator at Jones Elementary School.  She is married and they have one son.  Lindsey’s educational background centers on the foundation of Special Education. Her undergraduate is from Sam Houston State University and her masters is from Texas A&M University.  She began her career in education in August 2005. Through her experiences she has obtained a strong understanding that students must be viewed as individuals and instruction should be tailored to meet their needs. She also feels that this can be obtained by providing a supportive, caring environment where any child can learn.

Lindsey is also interested in what motivates student learning.  She feels that motivation is a “key word” in directing children to learn and achieve.  One of the most powerful motivators for school children is parent Involvement. 

One of her primary goals this year is to involve parents in the ACE program to help foster learning.  She welcomes their suggestions. She also feels that academic achievement can be obtained by providing a supportive, caring environment where any child can learn.

Mrs. Young is looking forward to meeting each of you and your children.  She is already planning another exciting year of fun-filled activities.  She is also excited to begin a new adventure and is looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year.

Lindsey can be reached by email at lyoung@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.4200.

Roberts Road Elementary School:  Yolanda Saldaña

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.

E. Turlington Elementary School: Lennys Lopez

Lennys Lopez joined the Waller ISD family in 2009 as a 1st grade Bilingual teacher at E. Turlington Elementary.  In 2014, she accepted the position of ACE Site Coordinator for E. Turlington Elementary.  She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where she graduated from the University of Carabobo with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Judicial Sciences.  She worked as an attorney until she moved to Houston to marry her husband, Kleins. Together, they have two beautiful kids Anays, 17, and Kleins Nicolas, 9.  She is a risk taker and believes that a person can achieve whatever they set their mind and heart to.  She strives to empower and encourage her students to do better every day and to reach high because the sky is the limit.

Lennys is a Bilingual and Bicultural Educator who knows that establishing a solid foundation is crucial to increasing a student’s possibilities of success in education and life.  It is her desire as an educator to help her students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, inviting, supports risk-taking and accepts the sharing of ideas and culture. The teaching of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic is equally as important to Lennys as is the teaching of the 3 C's: Care, Concern and Connection.

Lennys wants her students to remember her as the teacher who taught them not only to love Science or Reading, but also as the person who taught them to respect everyone, care for a sad friend, be responsible with homework and be persistent in their goals no matter what the challenge may be. She hopes to be able to impact her student’s lives and leave a mark in their hearts.

Lennys is very excited about her position as the ACE Site Coordinator at E. Turlington Elementary. She hopes to use it as a platform to help her contribute to the social development and education of the student population as well as the community of E. Turlington Elementary. She is committed to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment at E. Turlington Elementary in order to instill a love of learning and hope of a bright future in Turlington’s students. Lennys believes that this can be achieved through the promotion of an after school program that encourages and supports opportunities for students, parents, staff and community members. Lennys looks forward to working with students, staff, parents and the Turlington ACE team this upcoming school year.

Lennys can be reached by email at llopez@wallerisd.net or by phone at 936.372.0100.

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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