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Shafer Elementary

​​​​PreK/​Kindergarten

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​​Photo Megan Barrilleaux
Megan Barrilleaux
Team Leader
​​​​Hi! My name is Megan Barrilleaux  and I am so excited to begin my 6th year of teaching kindergarten  at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from LSU (Geaux Tigers)  with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education! Kindergarten is such a special time, where students are introduced to school and lots of new learning. I love watching their faces light  up when they learn something new!   In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading, and running. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!




Hannah (Harrison) Brassell
​Hi! My name is Hannah Brassell, and I cannot wait to begin my 2nd year of teaching Kindergarten at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from Sam Houston State University! (Eat Em Up Kats!) In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for reading while creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful. In my free time, I love strolling the isles of Hobby Lobby and Target, or really shopping anywhere, spending time with family and friends, and decorating!  My husband and I have been married for four years and have two sweet pups named Pecas and Cooper.  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child.
Photo Nora Cruz
Nora Cruz
​Hi! My name is Nora Cruz, and I cannot wait to begin my 18 year of teaching.  This will be my 8th year teaching Kindergarten at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology! In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for reading while creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family. I have a   wonderful husband that is an Electrical Engineer and an awesome 20-year-old son that is attending his Junior year at Texas A&M also pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. I also enjoy reading and gardening. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!
Photo Rebecca Gill
Rebecca Gill
​Hi! My name is Rebecca Gill, and I cannot wait to begin my 2nd year of teaching Kindergarten at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from Texas A&M University (Gig’em!) with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology! In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for learning while creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful. In my free time, I love to read, bake, and watch movies. I am engaged to my wonderful Fiance, Matthew and we are getting married Dec 19th of this year! I also enjoy shopping and anything to do with Disney. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!
Photo Kristie Hale
Kristie Hale
​Hi! My name is Kristie Hale, and I cannot wait to begin my 25th year of teaching. I am beginning my 7th year at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education! In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for reading while creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful. In my free time, I love baking cookies. I also enjoy shopping and traveling.  My husband and I have 2 children.  Both of our children are in college.  Our 3 dogs keep us entertained while our kids are away at college.   I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!
Photo Judy McNichol
Judy McNichol
​Hi! My name is Judy McNichol, and I cannot wait to begin my 21st year of teaching.  I am excited to teach Kindergarten at Shafer Elementary!  I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for reading while creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful.  My husband and I have a 10 year old son, Cole and 2 Brittany rescue pups.  In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, taking naps, eating yummy food, baking and crafting. I look forward to an amazing year with you and your sweet child!
Photo Caitlin Bennett
Caitlin (Pennington) Bennett
​Hi! My name is Caitlin Pennington (Bennett), and I cannot wait to begin my 2nd year of teaching Kinder at Shafer Elementary! I graduated from University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and completed the Texas Teachers alternative program to earn my teaching certificate. In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for reading while creating a fun environment where students feel safe, loved, and successful . In my free time, I love spending time with family, friends, and my two dogs, Hauper and Lucy. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!​
Photo Samantha Ross
Samantha Ross
​Hi! My name is Samantha Ross, and I cannot wait to begin my 7th year of teaching Kindergarten at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Axe ‘Em Jacks! In my classroom, I strive to foster a love for reading while creating an environment where students feel safe, loved, and excited to learn. In my free time, I love reading, spending time with my family, and playing with my sweet dog, Bruce! I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!​​
Photo Judith Ann Weller
Judith Weller
​Hi! My name is Judith Weller, and I cannot wait to begin my 2nd year of teaching PK at Shafer Elementary.

I graduated from Baylor University -Sic’ em! with a Bachelor's degree in Health Science. I spent 7 years in Early Childhood before joining the Shafer family.

 Our Shafer PK classroom is filled with a love for learning through play and socializing. We strive to help our students feel comfortable in a classroom and get them ready for Kindergarten. We laugh, we dance, we learn, we don’t mind getting our hands dirty, but most importantly we have fun! 

 In my free time, I love to spend time with my family. I married my high school sweetheart and we have four kiddos, two dogs and a fish. We also enjoy spending time outdoors in the water, traveling and making memories. 

I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your sweet child!



​​​Photo Maribel Taylor
Maribel Taylor​​​
​Hi! My name is Maribel Taylor, and I cannot wait to begin my 2nd year in PK at Shafer Elementary. Before PK I spent four years in Special Education, also at Shafer Elementary. I graduated from Colorado Technical University with an Associate’s degree in General Education. I love PK and all the many adventures, exploring, learning and fun we get to have. One of my favorite things in PK is a good messy paint craft! Our kiddos love it!  In my free time, I love anything outdoors. From fishing, skating, to simply reading a good book under a tree. My husband Kerry and I have been married for 18 years and have two beautiful children, Jermaine and Selena. I am looking forward to an amazing year of learning and growing with you and your sweet child!

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