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Shafer Elementary

​​​4th Grade

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Danielle Garcia
Team Leader
​Hi! My name is Danielle Garcia, and I cannot wait to begin my 4th year of teaching 4th grade at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education! In my classroom, I work hard to have all students find a love for Math and Science while also creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful. I spend most of my free time at sports practice for my children. My stepdaughter Emma and son Hayden are both 11 years old and will be going into 6th grade this year. They play a variety of sports including football, basketball, baseball, and softball which is why we are always so busy! My husband and I also have a 6 month old baby girl!  I also enjoy game nights, movie nights, pool time, and family trips. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!
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Zoe Folloder
​Hi, Silver Knights! My name is Zoe Folloder and I am beyond excited to meet all of my amazing fourth graders! This year will be my third year teaching and my first year in fourth grade! I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Special Education. 

I grew up in Katy and attended Katy schools kindergarten through twelfth grade. Outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym and staying active. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends and my sweet rescue cat, Tilly!

As a teacher, I strive to make my classroom a welcoming environment for all who walk through its doors. My goal is to make sure that each and every student feels loved and supported and that they know that learning is fun and that mistakes should be celebrated!

I know we are going to have an amazing year together! I am so lucky to be your teacher! 



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Jill Leach​
​Hi! My name is Jill Leach and I teach 4th Grade Reading, Writing, and Social Studies.  This will be my 17th year teaching public school. I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  I hold certifications in Elementary, Reading, and English as a Second Language. 

My husband, Jeff, and I have 3 wonderful children to round out our “JTeam”.  Jeremy and Jentry both graduated from The University of Oklahoma. Our youngest, Jessie, is a junior at Katy High School and plays on the varsity volleyball team. We’ve spent many years watching our kids play various sports while they were growing up. I love to travel, read children’s books, and ride my new bike!  We also have 2 dogs that love to go on walks.

I enjoy teaching children how to be lifelong readers!  I am very excited to have each of you in my classroom.  This year we will grow together in so many ways.  I can’t wait to get to know all about you, your interests outside of school, as well as what you like to read and write.  I’ve been reading some new books this summer myself!



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Marissa Luchetti
Hey y’all! My name is Ms. Luchetti!  This is my fifth year teaching, and my fifth year in a fourth grade classroom! Last year I spent all of the Fall Semester as a KVA teacher, and then was a hybrid KVA teacher for the Spring Semester! I am eager to be back with students face-to-face, full-time. 
I was born in Farmington, New Mexico, but have spent most of my life in Texas. I went to King Elementary, Katy Junior High, and Katy High School. Growing up I enjoyed spending time with my siblings and competing in Taekwondo. I was even able to earn my black belt and travel across the country for national competitions growing up I enjoyed spending time with my siblings and competing in taekwondo. I was even able to earn my black belt and travel across the country for competitions.
Last year I got married to my wonderful husband Adam, and together we have two kiddos, with one sweet baby boy who will make his grand arrival in October!We enjoy spending time together as a family by watching movies, going swimming, and driving into Houston for new adventures! We share our home with a crazy puppy who doesn’t quite realize that he is a dog and not a baby, but we love him and his personality.
As a teacher, I strive to foster a love for learning Reading, Writing, and Social Studies by creating a safe environment where students feel respected, nurtured, successful, and loved. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child! 



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Mindy Meszaros
​Hi! My name is Mindy Meszaros and I am very excited to begin my third year of teaching 4th grade math, science, and social studies.  This is my sixth year at Shafer Elementary and my 14th year of teaching.  I have taught in South Dakota, Arkansas, and Texas.  I graduated from Black Hills State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education.

My husband, Tony, and I have two college age children.  Zach is a senior at Texas A&M Kingsville, TX studying Mechanical Engineering.  Katelyn is a junior at Texas A&M College Station studying Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  We have a dog named Belle.  Belle is a 13 year old Maltese Shih Tzu mix. In my freetime, I enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and gardening.  

In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for learning by creating a safe environment where students feel respected, nurtured, challenged, and successful.  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!



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Brenda Noto
​Hi students and families! My name is Brenda Noto. I recently moved here from Springfield, Missouri and I am so happy to be back in Texas! Texas is my home! I look forward to my first year at Shafer Elementary as a 4th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher. Fourth grade is my favorite grade!


I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Education and I hold a Master of Education from Houston Baptist University.  I am also a Reading Specialist K-12. This year I begin my 22nd year of teaching. I have taught 2nd, 4th, 5th, and grades 9-12. 

I have two sweet daughters that are both in college. Nicole attends the University of Texas and Samantha will start her freshman year at Marymount Manhattan in NYC.  I have a cute little Pug named Bella. I enjoy working out, shopping, reading, and writing in my journal.


My classroom is a loving, warm, positive, and safe environment for all students. I am so excited to begin our new journey of learning! This year will be the best!



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Eric Saldivar
Hello there!  My name is Eric Saldivar and I am very excited to begin my first year of teaching 4th grade math, science, and social studies.  This is my sixth year at Shafer Elementary, I have taught 2nd grade and 5th grade.   I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  I am a veteran of the Air Force and the Texas Army National Guard.  

My wife, Samla, and I have twins.  My son is Kai and my daughter is Aurora.  We enjoy watching movies, traveling, and eating interesting food.  Personally, I am a bit of a technophile and I love to work with computers.  

In the classroom, I aim to provide a rigorous environment that challenges your student and promotes their confidence through their growth.  I love to see a student who was timid blossom into a student who is courageous and a risk taker. 



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Julie Schroeder
​Hi families! My name is Julie Schroeder and I am so excited to be teaching 4th
grade Math and Science at Shafer Elementary.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early
Childhood Education. I have over 30 years of experience and have taught every elementary
grade level from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.

My husband and I have lived and worked in Oklahoma, Washington, and the great
state of Texas. We have two grown sons that are working college students. Our oldest son
Jared lives and works in Orlando. He works at Disney World as well as Universal Studios
and is working toward a degree in hospitality. Jack lives in Washington and is pursuing a
degree in Information Technology.

My classroom is a safe space for all students to be creative thinkers, learn, and be
successful. I look forward to a great year with you and your family!

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Blaire Wade
​Hey y’all! My name is Mrs. Wade. I have taught fourth grade for 5 years. I have also taught pre-k,  kindergarten, and second grade (not in that order). I LOVE being in 4th grade. It has become my FAVORITE!! This will be my 17th year teaching!
I was born and raised in Houston, TX and I am the oldest of two girls! I grew up playing sports (softball, track, and drill team)! I attended Texas State University…Go Bobcats! I got my degree in Elementary Education!  
My husband, Ryan, and I have 2 amazing kids. My son, Owen, will be going into 9th grade at Seven Lakes High School. My daughter, Kenadi, will be entering 6th grade at Seven Lakes Junior High School. We love spending time outdoors  and playing sports! My favorite teams are the Astros and the Texans. We also love animals! We have a German Shepard named Flex, 2 foster cats named Pinot and Grigio, and 2 fish named Stellaluna and Skittles.  
As a teacher, I strive to foster a love for learning math, science, and social studies by creating a safe environment where students feel respected, nurtured, successful, and loved. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!



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Andrea Young
​My name is Andrea Young, and I am excited to start my 14th year teaching at Shafer Elementary. I am a native San Antonian but have now lived in the Houston area for about 6 years. I graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies and UT-San Antonio with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I am currently a doctoral student at The University of Houston. My students have most recently described me as “silly but serious.” I have high expectations for our scholars and work hard to build positive relationships with my students and their families. I love all things The Golden Girls and enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends. I am excited to join the Shafer family this year as a 4th grade ELA teacher. I know we’ll have a great year together


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