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 3rd year at Anderson as a Special Education Inclusion teacher and my 7th as a Gator! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as my teaching certification here in the state of Texas. I worked as a corporate trainer/manager for 11 years before following my passion working with children. I have been working closely with children for 20 years between working in daycare, our children's church ministry and being highly involved in the community and my children's school PTO.

My husband, John and I have been married for almost 17 years and we have three beautiful children: Ethan (11), Makayla (8) and Jaxsen (4). Ethan is a former gator who will be attending his first year at Dueitt as an eagle. Makayla will be in 3rd grade and Jaxsen will be starting pre-K this year at Anderson. We bleed green and yellow!

In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, grilling, swimming and just enjoying life. I enjoy reading, traveling (my mission is to visit all of the national parks in the US as a family), shopping, watching Netflix and crafting.

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. Amanda Sullivan, Co-Teach Paraprofessional

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Ms. Amanda Sullivan, Co-Teach Paraprofessional

Hi, my name is Amanda Sullivan. I am the inclusion paraprofessional at Anderson Elementary. This is my second year here. I have two beautiful children - one boy and one girl. When I am not working, I am running around just like any normal parent does; taking my son to baseball, my daughter to tumbling or even coaching. Yes, that's right - coaching. During the summer, I am a swim coach. I have been coaching for many years and absolutely love it. It’s going to be a great year here at Anderson.

 Candace Jackson, SILC Teacher

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Candace Jackson, SILC Teacher

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 second year in the Gator family. Last school year I was part of the Structured Learning 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 learning in my new paraprofessional position with SILC. I’ve been working closely with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for almost 15 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 a lovely dog. My daughter Angelica is starting sixth grade and my little twin gators, Daniel and David, are starting first grade here at Anderson.

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 to helping them discover the leader in them!

Mrs. Melisa Cruz, Speech Language Pathologist

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Mrs. Melisa Cruz, Speech Language Pathologist

Hi, Gators! My name is Melisa Cruz and this is my 19th year working in Spring ISD as a Speech Language Pathologist. I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and from Texas A&M-Kingsville with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

My husband and I have been married for 19 years and we have three beautiful children: Jacob (17), Noah (14) and Laila (soon to be 5). Jacob and Noah were Anderson Gators and this will be Laila’s first year as a Gator! 

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family, watching movies, reading and hanging out with my fur babies, Archie and Honey Bear. I am glad to be back at Anderson for my 11th year and am looking forward to a wonderful school year!



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!