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Getting Ready For School - 2020 Style
Get To Know Us - Poolville Junior High
This will be my second year as principal at PJHS, and I am completely in love with my job! I am so blessed to work with and get to know my students and their families as we help our students succeed and reach new heights every day. Working along side the very best staff and team is more than inspiring to see them give their all to this community. I don't think there is a better family anywhere than right here at PJHS!

I have been in education for 26 years, and I have taught everything from K-7th grade. Once I moved to junior high world 6 years ago, I fell completely in love. It is the hardest job I have ever had (next to parenting) but I love it! 

I am married to teacher/coach hubby, who works in Paradise, and we are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary next week! God has blessed us beyond belief! We have two amazing sons. Our older son, Zac is also a teacher/coach and is married to our precious daughter-in-love, Kady. They live in Archer City and they are expecting our first grand baby, a girl, Ryan Grace, in November, so I will be worthless once she gets here! My younger son, Jake, live in Thibodaux, Louisiana where he works in sports promotions for Nicholls State University. 

In my free time I enjoy reading, quilting, and yard work. I am a HUGE baseball fan and am loyal to my Texas Rangers! Mexican Food is my favorite, and ice cream is essential! 

In all my years, I never imagined that school would be like it is right now. So much change, so much uncertainty. As we plan and change and the state makes new mandates and makes new announcements almost daily, please know that we are striving to provide the best and safest atmosphere for ALL as we continue to become our best selves and work toward a bright future. We have high expectations, much to do, and a lot to learn. We will lock arms, move forward, and reach our goals together. 

Let's make this the best year EVER! 

Mrs. Dunnam here. I am your principal, and I am so completely PUMPED to get this school year started! I have missed you all like CrAzY, and I canNOT wait to meet our incoming 6th graders, as well as our new students! 
Get to Know Us Post 2: 
Tammie Braswell, Administrative Assistant

My name is Tammie Braswell, but several call me Mrs. B. My husband and I have lived in Springtown for the past 25 years. We have one adult son. We enjoy motorcycle riding (enjoying the scenery) spending time with friends/family and outdoor activities. If you could look in my yearbook from high school, you would find that I am doing what I always wanted to do by being a principal's secretary. I am passionate about helping others and giving back to our future.

Getting to Know Us Post 3: 
 Stacy Dial, Counselor

My name is Stacy Dial. I am the junior high counselor. This will be my second year at Poolville ISD. I have been married to Byron Dial for 32 years. We have three children, all married, and three grandchildren. My family is the very heart and center of my life. I enjoy reading, camping, and crafting. I have been in education in some capacity for the last 30 years, and this will be my 20th year in Texas Public Schools. I have taught everything from Pre-K to 8th grade. I have a love for math and counseling. Being in education is the best job ever, and I have loved being a part of the Monarch family. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Getting to Know Us Post 4: 
Janetta Thompson, Math 

Hi, my name is Janetta Thompson. This is my 7th year teaching and 2nd year teaching at Poolville Junior High School. I will be teaching 8th grade math and working as the RTI Coordinator. Some of my favorite things to do is spending time with my friends and family and going fishing. I am so ready to see everyone again and get started with the new school year!
(Added information from Mrs. Dunnam!) Mrs. Thompson would never brag on herself, but I think it is very important for you to know that she was the Poolville ISD Harvey Award Winner last year, being recognized for her excellence in teaching. We are so blessed to have someone of her caliber here at PJHS!
Getting to Know Us Post 5:
Tracy Elliott, Math Teacher

I’m Mr. Elliott, but some people still call me Coach Elliott, because I was a coach for a number of years. This will be my second year teaching Math at Poolville Junior High. I have worked with students most of my adult life and really enjoy helping kids figure life out, whether that’s in a math problem, on the field, planning for their future, or just having fun. I live with my wife of 30 years, Mary, in Santo and have three sons, Tyler, Cooper and Chase. Tyler and his family (Breanna and Kinley) live in Utah, where we enjoy visiting and riding side by sides through the sand dunes. Cooper and Chase are our twins who are Juniors in the engineering program at Texas A&M. Our whole family loves to travel. Seeing different states, countries and cultures is one of our favorite things to do and I love to use those experiences to open students eyes to the world around them, a world they may never have seen, and help them set their sites on a future that can be anything they work for it to be.

Just in case you want to watch graduation one more time:
Get to Know US Post 6: 
Ethan Taylor, 6th Grade Math

Hello fellow Monarchs!!
I’m Mr.Taylor (or Mr.T). I grew up in southern Oklahoma in the small town of Tishomingo. After high school, I attended Tarleton State University. During my time at TSU, I met my beautiful wife, Stephanie, and received a bachelor’s degree in communications. Some of my hobbies are reading, working out, cooking, and hanging with my family. This is going to be my second year teaching and second year at the amazing Poolville Junior High! I can’t wait for the school year to begin! GO MONARCHS!!!

Getting to Know Us Post 7: 
Tara McEntire, ELAR and Theater Teacher 

Hello! My name is Tara McEntire, but everyone knows me as Mrs. Mac. I am overjoyed to be starting my 21st year here at Poolville Junior High School. This year I will be teaching 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading and Theater. I have been married to my awesome husband, David for almost 24 years. We have one daughter, Ivy, who is a 7th grader at PJHS. If I’m not teaching, you will probably find me reading, shopping, napping, or writing random thoughts, poems, and stories that pop into my head. I knew from the age of seven that I wanted to be a teacher. I’m living the dream! I cannot wait to get this year started, and I am looking forward to a year of fun and success. #monarchsrock #allin
Getting to Know Us, Post 8:
 Amy Moring, 7th grade ELAR teacher


My name is Mrs. Moring. I am the Poolville Junior High's new 7th grade ELAR teacher. I am so excited to begin this year. I think that we will get so much accomplished together! Plan on class discussion, lots of reading, and further developing your writing skills.

It's always fun getting the opportunity to meet people and learn about how other folks live. So, I'll start! I am a veteran of both the United States Army and the Kentucky National Guard. My job was to work as a soldier, military police, and an administrative assistant. I met and married my husband, Travis, while serving our country fourteen years ago. He is still a soldier. We have lived all over with the military: Missouri, South Carolina, Hawaii, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Italy, and Texas. We have two daughters, Alexa and Adah, that will be attending school with you all as seventh and eighth graders. I have worked for another school district since 2017; however, this will be my first year as a teacher.

I often (proudly) refer to myself as a book nerd! There are not many times that I end my days without reading! When I am not with my family, working, or reading, chances are I can be found outside in my garden or with my chickens.
I look forward to learning about you all!
-Mrs. Moring
Getting to Know Us, Post 9:
Valerie Stratmann, 6th grade ELAR 


My name is Valerie Stratmann and I am teaching 6th grade English this year. Even though I have been in education for 11 years, this will be my first year in the Junior High. I am very excited to be joining the Poolville ISD family!! I LOVE the Green Bay Packers and try to watch all their games when I can. I also enjoy camping, painting, and hanging out with my friends and family. Some of my favorite books are Fish in a Tree, The Outsiders, and The Shining.

Getting to Know Us Post 10: 
Cindy Kirby, 6th grade science, GT, and Read Live teacher

Hello! I’m Cindy Kirby, and I teach 6th grade Science. I am excited to be starting my 2nd year at Poolville Jr High. This will be my 23rd year in education with the last 4 years strictly being in science. Mr. Kirby and I have 2 sons that are both in education and they and their wives have blessed us with 3 grandchildren and 1 on the way! I am more ready for school to start than I ever have been and I believe that no matter what this school year brings us, we as teachers are up for the challenge! #allin

Getting to Know Us Post 11: 
Ken Mitchell, 7th & 8th Grade Science

                                   ** NEW FACE ALERT!!! 
I have lived around this community for most of my life and I am so excited to be a part of this school district. I graduated from Springtown High School and received my BS degree in Biology and my MS degree in Environment Science from Tarleton State University. I am married to my wonderful wife, Jenna, and we have a beautiful daughter, Sage.
Before I entered the classroom, I started out as an Environmental Scientist with an environment firm in Fort Worth, Texas. My responsibilities included delineating wetlands, indentifying endangered species, and proposing minimal impacts within areas designate for future development.  This will be my twentieth year in the classroom and half of that time has been at the junior high level.

I strive to bring my knowledge and experience to the classroom.  My goal is to make science educational as well as enjoyable through hands-on involvement.  Each class will be able to participate in labs, projects, and activities that bring science alive and demonstrate how science is used in every day application.
Getting to Know Us Post 12:
Cindy Yankosky, 7th grade TX History, and 8th grade US History 

Hi, I'm Cindy Yankosky but all the students and most of the staff just call me "Y". This is my 9th year (full time) at Poolville Junior High and the beginning of my 19th year in education. I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but I have lived west of the Mississippi all of my adult life

My husband of 43 years, Bernie, is a retired NCIS agent. My son, Aaron, will retire this year from the US Army. My daughter, Lori, works as a Chief Radiation Therapist for Texas Oncology. Her husband, Justin, is a US Marine. 

I also have four grandkids, two are in high school, one is in 8th grade and the youngest will start 1st grade this year. Before I went into education, I was an Adult Probation Officer in Yuma County, Arizona for 12 years and also worked in radio, television, and newspapers. As a 4-8 generalist, I have had an opportunity to teach many subjects but history is my true passion. I will be teaching both 7th grade Texas History and 8th grade U. S. History this year, so I am really excited and looking forward to the challenges that this year will bring.
Getting to Know Us Post 13:
Chris Phelps, 6th grade Social Studies, PE, and basketball coach

Howdy! I’m Coach Phelps, and this will be my second year at Poolville Junior High. I am starting my 21st school year as a teacher. I will be teaching 6th Grade Social Studies and Physical Education. I will also be coaching at the Junior High. In addition to my responsibilities at the JH I will be coaching the boys junior varsity and be an assistant for the varsity basketball team.

In my free time I enjoy reading and traveling. With the craziness of this summer I was able to do plenty of reading but travel was somewhat limited. I did manage a quick trip to the mountains. I drove to Colorado to enjoy some of the cool mountain temperatures and beautiful views along the roadside. I stayed in a cabin for a couple of days overlooking Lake George on the edge of the Rocky Mountains National Park.

I love working with the students here in Poolville and can’t wait for the school year to begin!
Getting to Know Us Post 14: 
Katy Rodriguez, Special Education teacher

                                                 ** NEW FACE ALERT !!

Hello, I am Mrs. Katy Rodriguez, the Junior High Special Education teacher! I am super excited to meet everyone, and I cannot wait to get the year started! I have been teaching for four years so far! I put my heart and soul into everything I do. Education is a true passion of mine. I believe you should never stop learning and striving to be better than you were yesterday. I cannot wait to see what amazing things we accomplish this year!
My husband, Dalton, is a baseball coach at Ranger College and has coached at the college level for three years! We spend a lot of our time at the ballpark. Dalton specializes in catchers and hitters! We also have a very special puppy named Sig! He is a very energetic German Shepherd! We all love the outdoors and spending time at our family ranch down South! We are counting down the days until opening day! Some of my personal favorite things to do are play golf and train for triathlons and marathons. I played golf at McLennan Community College and at the University of St. Thomas. I also qualified to represent the United States at the Triathlon Nationals in Oregon 2019. 
Getting to Know Us Post 15:
 Rachel Wyatt, Life Skills teacher

                                          **NEW FACE ALERT!!

Hi! My name is Rachel Wyatt, I will be joining Poolville Junior High School this year as the new Life Skills teacher. This is my sixth year of teaching, and I truly enjoy it. I was born and raised in Texas, however, I spent the past 9 years living in Oregon. I moved back home this past June, and it's so good to be home. I have two children, Lillian and Levi. I enjoy reading, watching movies, swimming and sitting on the porch swing. I look forward to a successful and exciting school year with you all!
Getting to Know Us Post 16:
 Ada Ledezma, 7th grade Teacher Assistant (para professional) 

Hello, my name is Ada Ledezma. This will be my 7th year working at PISD and my 3rd year as a Para. My husband and I haved been together for 33 yrs and married 25. We have 3 adult sons, 2 grand sons. We moved here 8 years ago from the capital city of Des Moines, Iowa. We are enjoying country life here in Texas.

I enjoy being outside whether I am working on our ranch or relaxing reading my favorite book written from My Creator. I am grateful to work around so many people that love the Lord.
I miss the faces from the last few years but am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and working with new ones.
Getting to Know Us Post 17: 
Mindy Meshell, 8th grade Teacher Assistant (para professional) 

My name is Mindy Meshell. This is my 2nd year in education and my 2nd year at PJHS. I have been married to my husband, Chad, for 16 years, and we have one son who is a 7th grader at PJHS. A few things that I like to do are gardening, cooking, and swimming. I am richer each day that I get to work with these kids! I miss everyone and can't wait to get back to school!
Getting to Know Us Post 18:
 Daneyl Walker, 6th grade Teacher Assistant (para professional)

Hi everyone! I'm Daneyl Walker. I'm a special education assistant, and this year will be my 2nd year with Poolville, but my 8th year in this field. I just celebrated my 6th anniversary with my husband, and we have two beautiful and very sassy daughters who will be in Pre-K and Kindergarten this school year. I have very few pictures of myself that don't include my family since they are pretty much my whole world. I'm currently going to school at Western Governor University to get my teacher certification and hoping to finish that in two years. Can't wait to see everyone and get this year started!!
Getting to Know Us, Post 19: 
Holly Stanley, Teacher Assistant, (para professional)

My name is Holly Stanley. This is my first year at PJHS but my 20th year at Poolville. I have two daughters who will be 24 this year. I am the Archery coach for both Jr. High and High School. A few things I love to do are cooking, (baking is my favorite), gardening, and reading. I work during the winter and summer holidays at a firework stand....PS...I love the smell of the fireworks. Can't wait to see everyone on the 19th! Let's ROCK this year.
My husband Cody, is the GM at Walden Farm and Ranch and my oldest son, Casey is finishing up at TSU with a Ag Industries degree and my youngest son Roy, is an appraiser for the Parker County Appraisal District. My husband and I live in Poolville. We have a purebred Duroc swine operation. We raise and sell breeding stock, show pigs, and Duroc pork. In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family, work in my yard or in the barn. I am excited to begin my 28th year in education at Poolville ISD.
My husband Cody, is the GM at Walden Farm and Ranch and my oldest son, Casey is finishing up at TSU with a Ag Industries degree and my youngest son Roy, is an appraiser for the Parker County Appraisal District. My husband and I live in Poolville. We have a purebred Duroc swine operation. We raise and sell breeding stock, show pigs, and Duroc pork. In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family, work in my yard or in the barn. I am excited to begin my 28th year in education at Poolville ISD.
​Leslie McCleery
Physical Education - JH and HS
Getting to Know Us Post 21: 
Richard Rainey -  Food Services Director

Hello, my name is Richard Rainey, and I am the Food Service Manager for Poolville ISD. I have worked for PISD for 9 years and have loved every minute of it. I am looking forward to working with the great staff and even better students here at PJHS. We are going to have a great year!

I am also the Pastor of Christway Baptist Church. We have several kiddos and staff that attend Christway. I love to camp, watch the Rangers, Cowboys, and Monarch Volleyball and Basketball. 

I have been married to the love of my life and best friend, Susan for 37 years. I have three children, seven grandchildren, and 2 dogs. My youngest daughter is Mrs. Horton, 1st grade teacher at Poolville Elementary. 

I am so excited to get back to school after our extended break so let’s light this candle and Git R Dun!!!!
Getting to Know Us, Post 22: 
Breanna Anglin - Cafeteria Lady

Hey guys. I'm Breanna. My family and I have lived in the area for 3 years. My husband and I have 2 kids, ages 8 and 5, that go to Poolville elementary. This will be my 2nd year working in the cafeteria. I enjoy reading, gardening, baking and camping. I love being in the cafeteria, and I'm looking forward to seeing all of our Monarchs again very soon.

Getting to Know Us, Post 23:
 Debbie Ledezma - Lunch Lady

I was born in Nebraska, and married my husband in Dallas, Texas.

We raised our children in Arizona where I worked for VICORP from 1979 to 2013. We moved back to Texas to retire. I received the opportunity to work for Poolville ISD, and I enjoy working here! It enables me to be part of my grandchildren’s day and educational experience. I fully agree with the faith and family values the district has adopted.

Friday, August 7th, is / was the deadline for parents to decide their child's learning preference for the first six weeks of the semester.  There were two options available.

Option 1: Face to Face Instruction Five Days a Week

Option 2: Blended Instruction. Blended learning entails Face-to-Face instruction Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and in-home digital learning on Tuesday and Thursday.
School Lunch Menus Are Posted At The Bottom Of This Page
Getting to Know Us Post 24: 
Melissa Ferreira -  Lunch Lady
Hello! My name is Melissa Ferreira. This will be my 5th year to work at PISD. My husband and I have been married 6 wonderful years. We have 3 children: Haley is 17, she will be a JR at PHS, Kynleigh is 7, she will be in 2nd grade at PES, and Easton is 2 and he loves anything to do with being outside. I enjoy the outdoors and camping with family. I am ready to end this very long spring break and get back to work!
Getting to Know Us, Post 25:
 Jeri Calcote, PISD Librarian

I'm Mrs. Calcote, your district librarian. This is my 18th year at Poolville ISD and my 25th as an educator. I want to help our students become better readers and find books that speak to them.

My husband Kevin, an accountant, and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary this summer. Though we are from the same town, we met in college at the University of Oklahoma and are both huge Sooner fans. We are proud of our two sons, Kenyon, 28, also an OU grad who is an accounting auditor in Fort Worth, and Chad, 26, who graduated from Northern AZ University and is a computer programmer in Denver.

I've been reading lots of new books over the summer so I can tell you about them during the school year. Don't hesitate to ask for a recommendation -- we can find something that you'll love to read!
Get to Know Us Post 26:
 Rebecca Duckett, Parker County Co-Op Diagnostician.

                          ***NEW FACE ALERT!!
Getting to Know Us Post 27:
Blake Myers, Parker County Co-Op Program Administrator, and Counselor 

Hi! This is my 2nd year at the Co-op and 9th year in Education. I am a native to the Texas Hill Country! Prior to Education, I was a career Forensic Scientist and led the team for Bioterrorism in Dallas. I am also currently, a Parker County Board Commissioner for Emergency Services. 
I am married to Alicia and spend my time outside the office working on my property North of Weatherford. I enjoy competing on my horses, Swampy and Piranha. I also enjoy announcing for many large barrel races in Texas.
Getting to Know Us Post 28:
 Marty Painter, Parker County Co-Op, Deaf Ed Specialist

Hi, my name is Mrs. Painter. This is my 10th year working at Parker County Co-Op. Before that I taught in FWISD. I also work in five other districts in addition to Poolville. I love being an itinerant teacher, and going school to school. The best part of my job is getting to be with the same students year after year and the relationships I get to build with them & their families. My hobbies are working in my flower beds, working out, and playing outside with my son. My husband, Eric, and I live in Weatherford with our 7 year old son, Henry John.
Rebecca is new to the Parker County Co-op.  She comes to us from Stephenville and will be serving families in Poolville ISD.

Rebecca is a former 2nd/3rd grade ELA teacher as well as a former Highschool Life Skills Teacher.  She is married with two fur babies and lives by the motto "always do your best and let God do the rest."