2016 - 2017 Employee of the Month

May Co- Employees of the Month      
Larisa Castillo - Bilingual Skills Coach
Emelin Laynez - Special Ed Inclusion/Resource Teacher  

 Mrs. Castillo - May Co-Employee of the Month                              

Larisa Castillo is a product of Aldine, having attended Orange Grove as a student and a MacArthur graduate.. She taught at Bussey Elementary for 10 years as a Bilingual 4th Grade ELA/SLA teacher and is now proudly completing her 3rd year at Orange Grove.

Being an ELL herself has strengthened her passion and dedication for teaching. She’s a prime example that shows hard work pays off. Having loving and dedicated teachers in her early years planted the seeds for her future profession, teacher.

She’s currently seeking her master’s at the University of Houston-Downtown. Having interned as an assistant professor for an undergrad children’s literature class this spring was a blessing. Not only did she grow personally but professionally as well. Her depth of knowledge on how students learn and how adults impact their growth was the focus.

Teaching continues to be her life-long goal. Orange Grove is her home away from home. She enjoys spending quality time with her 2 chilldren, Ariana and Adrian, along with their dog, Penny. On most evenings, you’ll find her at baseball or softball practice or at her kids’ games.          
 Ms. Laynez May Co-Employee of the Month

Ms.Laynez thanks you so much for picking her as teacher of the month. She was born and raised in Houston, TX. Her family is from Guatemala so she considers herself a Chapina (Guatemalan). She is the second youngest of 6 kids. Some people say she can’t whisper since she speaks really loud because most of her life she had to be loud to be heard in a family of 8. The most important people in Ms.Laynez’s life is her family. She is very family oriented.   

She graduated high school from a college preparatory school which is a small private school for low income families. There was a total of 200 students from 7-12 grade. The school motto was Quid Pro Quo (something for something). They gave her an extraordinary education and they (students) helped maintain the school. There was only one custodian. Ms.Laynez worked summers at the school to pay off her tuition. Her graduating class was 19 students. That school truly taught her to work hard for what you love and love what you do.

She officially started working at age 16. Her first job was at Whataburger. Her most interesting job was working at an auction warehouse. She went to the University of Texas of San Antonio, where she graduated with a degree in special education. She lived in San antonio for 6 years and then moved back to Houston. She loves playing different sports. Ms.Laynez also loves running or walking outside in a nice scenic area.

April Employee of the Month
      Ma Niño De Perez - ​Lupita

                                                               April Employee of the Month - Lupita
 First, I would like to thank all of the teachers that made it possible for me to be the employee of the month. I am truly grateful and thankful.

Here is a little about me:

My name is Maria de Guadalupe Niño de Perez. I am from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, México. I am 62 years old, married, and have two beautiful children.

I was a teacher myself for 30 years, but finally decided to retire. However, I'm find it very rewarding to have a  job where I am still surrounded by children, whom I love very much. In my free time, I love to cook for my family. I also love spending time with my husband & children (who still live at home). We absolutely love visiting the beach, but most of all the beaches of Mexico. Together we form a beautiful family.

 I have worked for the Aldine Independent School District for the past six years now. I first started at Goodman Elementary, then Escamilla intermediate, followed by Mendel Elementary, and now here at Orange Grove. 

March Teacher of the Month

      Meliza Duenez - 
First Grade Bilingual Teacher
    Ms. Duenez, March Teacher of the Month                                                                                                                   
 Ms. Meliza Dueñez was raised in the small town of Moulton, Texas, which has a population of about 800 people. She loved being raised there and living the simple, country life and had never experienced the city life until she graduated high school and moved away from home.

She moved to Houston in 2008 to attend the University of Houston to major in Elementary Education. Her decision to major in education came as a result of the wonderful teachers that she had throughout her years in school. Knowing that she wanted to become a teacher to motivate and instill a love for education, learning, and success in her students she worked hard because she wanted to make a difference.

Ms. Dueñez graduated from the University of Houston in May 2012 and began her teaching career in Aldine ISD at Orange Grove Elementary. This is her 5th year at Orange Grove as a 1st grade Bilingual Teacher. She love being a 1st grade teacher because at the end of each year she can go back and reflect on the progress that each one of her students made and the goals that they achieved with her help and guidance. Furthermore, she loves seeing her students from previous years in the hallways. Making a difference as an educator in each one of her students is a daily goal.

February Teacher of the Month

      Elise Adams - 
Third Grade SEI Math/Science Teacher

                                        E. Adams - February Teacher of the Month                                                                              

 Ms. Elise Adams is a 3rd grade teacher at Orange Grove. This is her 5th year teaching in Aldine ISD, and second year at Orange Grove.  She loves teaching all of her students and watching them succeed and learn new things.  She especially loves teaching math, and loves that her students are helping her learn Spanish! :)

 Ms. Adams is from Iowa City, Iowa where she grew up with her two sisters.  She attended college at the University of Iowa, where she earned her degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Ms. Adams met her husband when they were 8 years old in Iowa, and they were married in 2014.  In her free time she loves play with her two dogs and to travel and explore new places.  She is thankful for her AMAZING third grade team here at Orange Grove! 

January Teacher of the Month

       Antoinette Davison - 
Third Grade Math/Science Teacher
   A. Davison-Jan Teacher of the month                                                                      
 Antoinette Davison has been an educator for 18 years in Aldine ISD. All of those years have been taught at Orange Grove Elementary. During her teaching experience, she has taught first, second, and third grade. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has served as skills specialist, grade level team leader, mentor, gifted and talented, ESL, RTI, PTA secretary, and even Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Davison graduated from Texas Southern University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She continued her education and Post Baccalaureate in Education Certification from University of Houston – Downtown in 1999. In May 2016, she achieved another educational goal by graduating from Lamar University with a Master of Education degree in School Counseling. Her next career goal is to become a school counselor and provide students with the opportunity to gain skills and develop their unique potential to become successful in all aspects of life.

Antoinette is the proud of mother of JaQue, JaCory, and Hailey. Her desire is to promote and enhance student success and impact student achievement while being an advocate for all students. Mrs. Davison believes that all students should have the opportunity to develop and learn in an engaging and safe environment that meets the needs of all students and learning styles.


December Teachers of the Month
       Ariadna Rodriguez - 
Third Grade Bilingual Teacher

 A. Rodriguez - December TOM                                                     

Ariadna was born in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico and lived there until the age of seven years old. Her family migrated here to Houston, and has remained here ever since. She first went to school in H.I.S.D. for a year and then moved to the Aldine District. She grew up in the Aldine Sr. High vertical attending Carroll Academy, Ruby Reed, Grantham and Aldine High School.

As an English Language Learner, Ariadna grew to love education and the power that educators have in student’s lives. She had the privileged of having some caring, compassionate and encouraging teachers that helped her see her potential to move forward not only in her education, but in her life as well. It was clear to her that she wanted to do the same and become a teacher herself before attending college.

She attended the University of Houston and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree of Interdisciplinary Science. She initiated her career as an educator here at Orange Grove, and has worked here for four years as a Bilingual Third Grade teacher. Ariadna would love to continue her education, but is still figuring out exactly which direction would be best for her to follow. For now, she continues to strive to become a better teacher in the classroom each year. 

November Teachers of the Month

       Ernestine Martinez - 
First Grade Regular Ed Teacher
E. Martinez TOM November
 First off, let me start by saying that I'm so glad to be the "Teacher of the Month".  Can you say "I get by with a little help from my friends?" Thank you to my awesome team for all your support!

Well a little bit about me...
    I am a product of Aldine & my mother still lives around the way. I attended Worsham, Grantham, and graduated from MacArthur. I ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little, but I never believed I could.  At the time, you could probably count on one hand the number of Latina teachers that were around. And, I couldn't identify with the teachers that I did have because they didn't look like me.
    Previous to teaching, I got married and had my son.  I’ve been married for over 16 years.  During this time, I worked in the appellate department of the criminal courthouse in Downtown Houston and remained there for over five years.  I had been attending college in pursuit of a criminal justice degree.  Although, I loved the field of criminal justice, I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do.  I soon decided to change my major.  I then found myself in the world of financing and the processing of the legal documentation that goes along with it.  I worked in financing for over 10 years.  I also had a side business for a few years making cakes for all occasions.  I also worked with my aunt, who was a wedding planner at the time.  My cakes were included in her wedding packages. 
     However, as time went on, I realized that my dream of becoming a teacher still remained, and the only thing preventing me from my dream of becoming a teacher was myself.  So I MADE it happen! After a lot of hard work and sacrifice, ESPECIALLY on my family's part, I graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I’ve been here at Orange Grove Elementary since then (2015-2016 school year and 2016-2017 school year).


October Co-Teachers of the Month
Lisa Perkins-Jackson - 
Second Grade Regular Ed /GT Teacher

  Jackson TOM October               

Lisa Perkins-Jackson is the 2nd Grade Team Lead here at the Mighty OG!  She has been teaching for four years and two of those years have been here at Orange Grove Elementary. Lisa previously taught at HISD and also served as a Long-Term Substitute for two years in that district as well.

Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Houston-Downtown and will be starting her Master’s program in the spring with Lamar University.

She has been married to her loving husband, Mr. Jackson, for twenty years and has five beautiful children; Jalexis, Joleisia, Jalasia, Joseph Jr. and Kylei.

Teaching is a job Lisa has always desired to do. She believes this is what God had planned for her and also believes every child can learn and wants to learn. Her goal is to provide a positive learning environment which will foster an enthusiasm for learning.

Kantriece Carter - 
​English LA Instructional Coach Grades K-4
  Carter TOM October     

Ms. Kantriece Carter is an English Language Arts Instructional Coach for grades K-4 at Orange Grove Elementary. She has taught in Aldine ISD for 13 years as a 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher. She has also taught summer school for grades K-6.

            Ms. Carter is a graduate of Iowa State University located  in Ames, Iowa. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin University. She is also a graduate of Aldine’s Leadership Academy and has a principal certification.

            Ms. Carter is the second oldest of nine siblings. She has 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Two of her brothers are personal trainers in the Houston area. She enjoys working out with them and taking advantage of the benefits of free personal training.

            Ms. Carter enjoys traveling. She loves to visit New York and California, but her favorite place is Iowa. Her parents and most family members live in Waterloo, Iowa, which will always be considered home. She misses the snowy winters that were once considered a winter norm. Her perspective of winter quickly changed as she adjusted to climate of the Gulf Coast region. Her travels have also taken her to mission trips in Egypt, China, and New Orleans.         

Ms. Carter enjoys learning and growing as an Instructional Coach. She enjoys serving teachers and providing opportunities for professional development. She believes every teacher has an innate desire to make a difference in the lives of students each day. Her hope is that she can be there to support, encourage, and inspire them to be the best teacher they can be. 


September Teacher of the Month
Olivia Cofield - ​Fourth Grade Regular Ed / ESL Teacher
Cofield-Sept. Teacher of the Month

      Mrs. Olivia Cofield is a fourth grade teacher at Orange Grove Elementary.  She has begun her 12th year of teaching with Orange Grove.  Mrs. Cofield worked for Houston ISD for 10 years and this is her 2nd  year with Aldine ISD at Orange Grove.
      Mrs.  Cofield is a graduate of University of Houston - Downtown and Houston Community College.  She has attended Prairie View A&M with graduate work in Counseling.
      Mrs. Cofield is the wife of Jevon Cofield, and the mother of four joyful kids; Ayanna, Jevon, Madison, and Payton.    Her family attends Grace Church of Humble.
       Mrs. Cofield believes every classroom presents a unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles.  She believes her role as a teacher is to give children the tools with which to grow their own gardens of knowledge.  To accomplish this goal, she will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel safe, capable, and successful.