Mrs. Katie Lopez, Resource/Co-Teacher

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Mrs. Katie Lopez, Resource/Co-Teacher

Hello Gator families! My name is Katie Lopez. This is my 4th year at Anderson as a Special Education Inclusion teacher. I have been a part of the Gator family for 8 years. I have 3 children who are Gators! In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, grilling, swimming and just enjoying life. I enjoy reading, traveling, going to the beach, shopping, watching Netflix and crafting.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as my teaching certification here in the state of Texas. I am currently working on my Masters of Education in Special Education at the University of Texas and am on track to graduate by Summer 2020. I have been working closely with children for over 20 years between working in daycare, our children's church ministry, being highly involved in our community and my children's school PTO.

I love what every day has to bring working with our Gators and knowing what an impact we all make every single day! Our students don’t just learn from us, we learn from them as well. I look forward to another year with our Gators to bring the best out of them and show them there is a true leader in them all. Go Gators!




Ms. Paige Williamson, Resource/Co-Teacher

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Ms. Paige Williamson, Resource/Co-Teacher

Hello gators! My name is Paige Williamson. This is my second year at Anderson Elementary as a Special Education Inclusion Teacher. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Special Education. I am excited to welcome all of our Gators back for another great school year!

Mrs. Giselle Fabian, Co-Teach Paraprofessional

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Mrs. Giselle Fabian, Co-Teach Paraprofessional

Hello gator families, my name is Giselle Fabian. This is my first year at Anderson Elementary. I am a part of the inclusion paraprofessional team. I started as a parent  volunteer/homeroom parent and helped the PTO board with activities and events. I have 1 daughter who is my world and she will be in 2nd grade this school year. She has been at Anderson since kindergarten. I have a wonderful husband of 8 years. When im not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies (especially scary movies with my niece Heather), and traveling.

Ms. Deana Pruitt, CASE Teacher

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Ms. Deana Pruitt, CASE Teacher

Hello! I am Ms. Pruitt and I am very happy to be a part of the Special Education Team at Anderson Elementary as the CASE Teacher. I attended Sam Houston State University and started my career as a Special Education paraprofessional before becoming a Special Education Teacher. I have been teaching in Special Education for the past 6 years, and I am excited to continue to serve on the Special Education team for this upcoming year.

Mrs. Kelli Gernand, CASE Paraprofessional

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Mrs. Kelli Gernand, CASE Paraprofessional

Hi, my name is Kelli Gernand. I have worked for SISD for ten plus years. This will be my second year at Anderson, both in CASE.

Ms. Debra Pennamon, CASE Paraprofessional

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Ms. Debra Pennamon, CASE Paraprofessional

My name is Debra Pennamon. I have been employed by the Spring Independent School District for the past 20 years. I have had the opportunity to work in several departments. However, the Special Education department has by far been my favorite and I have been in SPED for the past 14 years.

The 2020-21 school year will be my 2nd year at Anderson Elementary School as a CASE paraprofessional where I look forward to working closely with Ms. Pruitt and Mrs. Gernand to provide quality services to the students we care for.

Mrs. Candace Jackson, SILC Teacher

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Mrs. Candace Jackson, SILC Teacher

Hello! This year marks my 15th year in Special Education, but my second year at Anderson! I finished my undergraduate work at McNeese University. I have taught Life Skills, Resource, Inclusion, Response to Intervention for SPED students and Structured Learning Classrooms. I have loved each part of my journey. I am so excited to teach Anderson’s Structured Inclusive Learning Community working with our children with Autism!

I have been married for 10 years to date to my loving husband, Patrick. I have an eight-year-old boy, Patrick Jr., who keeps me busy! I consider it an honor to work for children with disabilities. I love to hang out with family & friends, volunteering and watching the Houston Texans football games! I am looking forward to working with your child. It will be a great year!

Mrs. Betsy Ruiz, SILC Paraprofessional

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Mrs. Betsy Ruiz, SILC Paraprofessional

Hello Gators!! My name is Betsy Ruiz and I am proud to say that this will be my third year in the Gator family. Last school year I was part of the SILC team where I had many wonderful experiences and the opportunity to guide amazing gators. This new school year, I am looking forward to lots of fun and learning with my dear gators. I’ve been working closely with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for almost 16 years, mostly in the social work/service coordinator field. Previously, I worked at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD as well as other mental health institutions focusing on meeting the needs of each individual. I also worked as a substitute teacher for Aldine ISD and Spring ISD. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from York College in New York City and am currently working towards my special education teaching certification.

I am married and have three wonderful children and two lovely dogs. My daughter Angelica is starting seventh grade and my little twin gators, Daniel and David, are starting 2nd grade here at Anderson. In our free time, we enjoy going camping and spending time with family and friends.  I also love shopping and our family movie nights. 

I am very excited to start this new school year and continue to be part of the Gator family and the Special Education team. I look forward to another year of growth with our Gators and helping them discover the leader in them!

Mrs. Pam Kirby, Dyslexia Specialist

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Mrs. Pam Kirby, Dyslexia Specialist

Hi, my name is Pam Kirby and I am the Dyslexia Specialist. I have been in education for almost 46 years. I’ve worked at several different Spring ISD campuses, traveling between schools to serve students with dyslexia. I am proud to be an Anderson Gator!

Mrs. Laura Merillat, Speech Language Pathologist

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Mrs. Laura Merillat, Speech Language Pathologist

Hello!! My name is Laura Merillat and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist. This is my 6th year in Spring ISD and my 1st year at Anderson. I’m excited to meet everyone and look forward to a great school year!

Mr. Jai Harry, Speech Language Pathology Assistant

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Mr. Jai Harry, Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Mrs. Isabel Montoya, Educational Diagnostician

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Mrs. Isabel Montoya, Educational Diagnostician

It is great to be part of the Anderson Elementary family! I am the Educational Diagnostician assigned to Anderson Elementary and Burchett Elementary. I have worked in the district for 18 years. I am very excited to begin my 3rd year as a Gator. 

Ms. Trina Smith, Educational Diagnostician Assistant

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Ms. Trina Smith, Educational Diagnostician Assistant