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First Grade Team


 Hi! My name is Erin Gavigan. I am so excited for another great year first grade! I teach reading and language arts and will lead our amazing first grade team this year. I graduated from Texas State University and still enjoying going back to San Marcos to root for the bobcats and float the river. My husband and I live in Katy with our cat, Riley and our dog, Abby. We enjoy going to different Houston sporting events, exploring parks around the city, and trying out new restaurants in the area. I'm looking forward to an AWESOME year in first grade!

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Hi! My name is Lyndsay Koestler. This will be my first year teaching math and science at Pattison! I am so excited to be joining the team. I went to the University of Texas in Austin and then finished my undergraduate education at RIT in upstate New York. I live in Katy with my husband and two children. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, running along the bayou, and reading. I'm looking forward to a great year, and getting to know your child!

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Hi! My name is Grace Touchstone. I am so excited to be apart of the Pattison family and such an amazing first grade team! This is my first year teaching. I was born and raised in Houston and am thrilled to be back. I graduated from Baylor University (Sic'em Bears!) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Outside of school, I enjoy trying new recipes, staying active, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I know it's going to be an amazing year!


Hi! My name is Julianne Szczech (pronounced check – like a checkmark). I'm thrilled to be your child's math and science teacher this year! I have twelve years of classroom teaching experience divided among Kindergarten and first grade. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education from Texas A&M University, and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. My family enjoys exploring the community in search of the best parks and ice cream shops! I also enjoy reading, knitting, sewing, and traveling to San Antonio and Austin to visit family. I am delighted to spend this next school year working with your children!​

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Hello! My name is Natalie Nelson, I graduated in 2013 from Missouri State University with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education. This will be my third year teaching at Pattison and I'm excited for another year of first grade fun!

I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and have lived in Katy for almost three years! My husband and I are foster parents and enjoy having kids of all ages in our home. In my free time, I enjoy being by the pool, reading, indulging in gluten-free baking, and spending time with friends and family


Hi, my name is Christa Schmidt, and I am so excited about this coming school year! This is my 6th year teaching on the first grade team here at Pattison! I grew up in Magnolia, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in December of 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, collecting children's books, traveling, and attending football games!  Go Aggies and Texans I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child!​



Hi! My name is Megan Mitcham and I am thrilled to be your child's 1st grade reading and language arts teacher this year! I have previously taught kindergarten and first grade here at Pattison over the last 5 years. I was born and raised in Katy and went to Taylor High school (Go Mustangs!) I then went to Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and friends, and traveling! 


Hi! My name is Gentry Bryan and I am from New Braunfels, Texas. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I am ecstatic to begin my second year teaching reading and language arts at Pattison Elementary. I live in Katy with my sister, our two sweet puppies, and a rambunctious kitten. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and friends, playing fetch with my puppy, and watching sports.  ​

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