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Pattison Elementary

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​​​​​​Special Education  

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​​Myla Fales

Resource Teacher

​Hello Pattison Family!  My name is Myla Fales, and I am one of the Special Education Resource teacher as well as the Special Education Department's team leader.  I feel very fortunate and blessed to work with our students.  It brings me joy to see the hard work and growth our students show throughout the school year.  I live in the community with an awesome husband who retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years.  We have two wonderful children.  My oldest will be a senior at A&M and my youngest, who is a swimmer will be a junior at CRHS.  I look forward to a fulfilling, rewarding and busy year.  

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​Morgan Ditchman

​​​​​Resource Teacher

Howdy! My name is Morgan Ditchman and this is my fifth year teaching special education at Pattison Elementary. In 2012, I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree specializing in Special Education. This past summer I graduated with my Master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. In my spare time, I enjoy tailgating at Aggie football games, traveling and spending time with my husband and beautiful daughter. I have a true passion for working with children with exceptionalities and cannot wait to see what the 2016-2017 school year has in store.​

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Gail Pope

Resource Teacher

Hi! I am Gail Pope and have been at Pattison Elementary my entire teaching career.  Special education has been my path for the last 13 years.  I am originally from Indiana and went to school at Ball State University (4 year degree in Marketing, 2 year degree in Early Childhood Education).  I went back to school when my family was relocated to Houston in 2001 and received my Texas teaching certificate.  I have been at Pattison every since! My husband and I have two girls--Cori, who is married and lives in Orlando and Brook, who is living in Houston.  We have three rescue dogs from small to large and I am a huge animal lover!  I am a big sports fan in particular Notre Dame University, Texas Tech, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Cubs.  Since I have been in Texas, we have also adopted the Houston pro teams to our list.  I love working with special education students.  They surprise and challenge me every day to see how I can best help them through their years at Pattison.  

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Tamara Hogan

Special Ed Paraprofessional

Hi!  My name is Tamara Hogan and I have worked in Special Education in the Katy district for 4 years.  I am excited to be joining the Pattison Elementary team this year.  Although my degree is in Music, I have a passion for working with children with special needs.  My husband, Jeff and I have 2 daughters; Quinn (20) and Kyra (18), who are both in college.  We enjoy hiking with our dogs, cycling and leading our church’s praise band. 

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Meshelle Vanderhide

Special Ed Paraprofessional

​My name is Meshelle. I have worked for Katy ISD for 10 years and at Pattison since 2005. I am a mom and wife. We love to go camping . I enjoy international travel and experiencing different cultures and foods. I love to decorate and be creative. I believe in helping and giving with love, unconditionally through church/community service. I totally love my job, especially working with kids--my Angels! Music, singing and dancing are all things that I love.​

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Fatima Benamar

Special Ed Paraprofessional

I have a Bachelor Degree in civil engineering, and have worked in different fields--the last one as a French Teacher in a private school in Chicago.  I moved to Katy almost two years ago where I worked as a substitute teacher in Katy ISD and had the most wonderful experience meeting all the incredible staff, teachers, and students.  I am a proud mom of  two beautiful children.  We love to travel, socialize and try new dishes. I speak three languages fluently and am novice in the 4th one!!  ​

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Melissa Chartier

Special Ed Paraprofessional

Hi … my name is Melissa Chartier.  This will be my 6th year at Pattison.  I’ve worked as a para in our Adaptive Behavior Unit for three years and now Special Ed InClass Support for our students.  I have a BBA degree from Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX).  I have been blessed with two beautiful children … Carey (29) and Christopher (25) who recently married a wonderful young lady, Brittany. I have an 11 year old Shorkie named Sammy and 2 “granddogs” … Josie and Abby.   I enjoy reading, watching TV, and hanging out with friends!   I look forward to another great year at Pattison Elementary!! 

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Kevin Nguyen

Special Ed Paraprofessional


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 Lyn Bowden

PPCD Teacher

Hello.  My name is Lyn Bowden, and this will be my third year as the PPCD teacher at Pattison Elementary.  Previously I was a preschool teacher for 11 years.  I graduated from The University of Louisiana at Monroe, and I have two children who both attended elementary school at Pattison.  I enjoy teaching and interacting with preschoolers and find that they teach me as well.   I am looking forward to a year filled with fun and learning!​

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Emily Willoughby

PPCD Paraprofessional

My name is Emily Willoughby and my journey at Pattison began 22 years ago. I have worked as a paraprofessional in the physical education area and special education. While in special education, I have assisted in PPCD and am now doing resource and in class support. I also have the opportunity to be the school crossing guard. I have three daughters and two grandsons. I enjoy golfing, reading, and hanging out with friends. My love is working with the children and helping change their lives.​

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Ivaelisse Cortes Gonzales

PPCD Paraprofessional


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Blair Miller

Speech-Language Pathologist​

I received my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Baylor University, then attended the University of Texas at Dallas for my Master’s degree. Currently, I am finishing my PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas, and anticipate graduating in December, 2016.  I am a fully licensed speech-language pathologist, and have worked in public school for 6 years. My experience spans early childhood articulation and language disorders, fluency impairment, and social skills remediation. I am actively involved in the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

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