1st - 2nd grade GT Specialist: Missy Hernandez
Hello, my name is Mrs. Hernandez and I am the 1st & 2nd grade GT Specialist for Airport Elementary. I have been a WISD employee for 25 years. Throughout those years, I have worked as a college tutor, paraprofessional, Data Entry Clerk, Regular Ed Teacher and STAAR Teacher. I became a certified teacher in 2007. I graduated from the University of Texas Pan American where I received my Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters of Education in Elementary.
After working hours, I am a mommy to 3 beautiful children. My Bonus Daughter, Nikki, is a freshman in high school. Nathaniel is 5 years old and Natalynn is 2 years old. Just like I love working with my students, I also love molding my babies little minds and teaching them about what the world has to offer.
3rd GT Specialist: Mark Nelson
I have taught for 34 years. Twenty-two of those years as a Gifted and Talented Specialist. This year I will be teaching the 3rd Grade QUEST students at Airport Elementary and all of the GT students in grades 6-8. I have a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's degree in Music Education and am certified All Level Music, All Level Information Processing Technologies and 1-8 Comprehensive. I am looking forward to another great year of working with my students to help them reach their potentials.
4th & 5th grade GT Specialist: Courtney Budimir
Greetings! I have been teaching the WISD QUEST program for over 15 years. I graduated from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood.
I am currently the kinder, 4th & 5th QUEST teacher at Memorial Elementary. In addition, the 4th & 5th grade QUEST teacher at Airport Elementary and Margo Elementary. I looking forward to a great and productive year!