Tammi Powell, Librarian
This is Ms. Powell's third year as librarian at Andrews. A native Austinite who attended AISD schools as a student, Ms. Powell has worked in the field of education for thirteen years beginning in higher education where she taught Spanish undergraduate courses at UT Austin. Ms. Powell then taught in AISD as a bilingual elementary teacher after volunteering as a classroom reading coach with Austin Partners in Education. Ms. Powell holds a master's degree in Spanish literature, a graduate certificate in school librarianship and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Information Science. As the Andrews librarian Ms. Powell is dedicated to creating a space where learning and ideas are celebrated and where students learn not only how to be good consumers of information but producers of new ideas as well.
Amy Keane, Bilingual Instructional Specialist
Ms. Keane has been in education for 23 years. She studied French and Spanish in college and developed her Spanish through travel to Central America and through volunteer work at Casa Juan Diego in Houston. She started her career as a bilingual teacher in Houston ISD and later taught ESL at the American School of Guatemala.
Since 1997, she has worked in Austin ISD as a bilingual classroom teacher, as a reading interventionist for students in grades K-5, and as an instructional coach to teachers. She holds an MA in Foreign Language Education from UT Austin. She loves teaching reading and writing workshop, and finding ways to engage students.
Amy Keane, Especialista Bilingüe de Instrucción
La Sra. Keane ha trabajado en el área de educción por 23 años. Estudió francés y español en la universidad y desarrolló su español a través de viajes a Centroamérica y trabajo voluntario en Casa Juan Diego en Houston. Comenzó su carrera como maestra bilingüe en Houston ISD y después enseñó el inglés como segundo idioma en el Colegio Americano de Guatemala.
Desde 1997, ha trabajado en Austin ISD como maestra bilingüe en el salón de clases, como intervencionista de lectura para estudiantes de los grados K-5 y como entrenador de maestros. Ella tiene una Maestría en Educación en Lengua Extranjera de UT Austin. Le encanta enseñar talleres de lectura y escritura. También le interesa investigar maneras de mantener involucrados a los estudiantes en su aprendizaje.
Maria Palomo, Bilingual Reading Specialist
Maria Palomo has been teaching at Andrews Elementary for 30 years. A graduate of Crystal City High School, Mrs. Palomo moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education, in 1987. She began teaching Pre-K here at Andrews of that same year, and continued until 2002 (15 years!). She has been teaching reading for the last 15 years. Mrs. Palomo is a certified Elementary, Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood Educator and a Master Reading Specialist.
María Palomo ha estado enseñando aquí en Andrews Elementary por 30 años. Al graduarse de la secundaria de Crystal City, la Sra. Palomo se mudó a Austin, para asistir a la Universidad de Texas, donde recibió su Bachillerato de Ciencias en Educación Primaria-Bilingüe, en 1987. Ese año, ella empezó a dar clases de Pre-Kinder aquí en Andrews y continuo hasta el año 2002 – 15 años!! Los últimos 15 años ella ha sido maestra de lectura. La Sra. Palomo está certificada en Educación Primaria, Educación Bilingüe y Ingles como Segundo Idioma, Educación Temprana y es una Especialista de Lectura.
Nicole Verkerk, Reading Specialist
Ms. Verkerk has been teaching at Andrews for 9 years. She began as a first grade teacher, then taught second grade, and is now a reading specialist. Ms. Verkerk is finishing her training to be a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and teaches Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia written by the Scottish Rite Hospital. She is also pursuing a master's degree of special education specializing in dyslexia. Ms. Verkerk is proud to support Andrews' students with dyslexia, and loves to help improve reading and comprehension skills for all students. If you have a question or concern about reading or dyslexia, Ms. Verkerk is a great person to ask!
Joy Moore, English Language Learner Teacher
Ms. Moore is an ESL teacher that is dedicated to the advancement of academics for all children. She began her career working with young women and children for Girl Scouts Lone Star Council, then as a Parent Specialist and a program manager for 21st Century Afterschool Program. She also taught Pre-k for 6 years and 4th grade 1 year at Andrews Elementary. She has a masters in clinical counseling and a teaching certification from Huston Tillotson College accelerated teaching program, EC-4th and Special Education EC-12th.
Yanaselli Davis, Parent Support Specialist
Ms. Davis was born in Panama and has lived in the United States for 21 years. She graduated from the University of Panama, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Pre School. She has worked as Bilingual teacher, PPCD and Head Start teacher. She has a certification as a therapist working with children with Autism. I gained a lot of experience educating families, case management and providing information on all the resources offered to parents.