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Kindergarten: Teachers

Maribeth Armintor

My Email:

maribeth.armintor@austinisd.org

About Me:

Also known as Mrs. A, Mrs. Armintor is a veteran teacher who started her profession in 2006. She loves watching all the progress that the kids make over the year, and loves encouraging the kids to be curious, lifelong learners and develop a love for reading. Since joining THES in 2015, Mrs. Armintor has fallen in love with our Friday morning assemblies at THES, the Fall Carnival and being able to teach through PBL and Blended Learning. She loves to travel with her husband Chris and son Grayson, especially to Crested Butte, CO where they go three times a year! Mrs. A is super crafty, and in her spare time, she loves to work on her Jeep and drive, and even has a motorcycle license! Her favorite colors are pink and black, and she adores baby pigs

Sharon Chavez

My Email:

sharon.chavez@austinisd.org

About Me:

Ms. Chavez has been teaching since 2008 and is teaching Dual Language Kinder this year. An alumnae of Barry University in Miami, FL, and Concordia University here in Austin, TX, she loves how her students see the world and their innocence. She is super excited about working at THES, and loves to work with the children in all the wonderful programs and activities here. Ms. Chavez has two daughters and two dogs, and her favorite color is purple.

Alexandra Dunbar

My Email:

alexandra.dunbar@austinisd.org

About Me:

Ms. Dunbar came to Travis Heights in 2016, and she has been teaching Kindergarten since 2010! She loves teaching because her students always impress her with how much they learn and grow, and they make her smile every day. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a degree in Geosciences. She’s currently working on her master’s degree in Sustainability at Texas State University. Her husband Rudy is from Jamaica and they love visiting whenever they can. She has lived in Costa Rica, Venezuela, Morocco, and the Ivory Coast. Ms. Dunbar is excited to be part of the THES community and teach project based learning!

Tonya Penney

My Email:

tonya.penney@austinisd.org

About Me:

Mrs. Penney has been teaching since 2003, and joined THES in 2010. Although she has taught 1st, 2nd and 5th grades, Kindergarten is her absolute favorite grade to teach! She loves that THES is an in district charter school, which gives her freedom as a teacher to teach curricula that her team has specifically tailored for each child. Additionally, she loves watching the students get excited about acquiring knowledge, changing the world, and being kind to everyone. Mrs. Penney attended East Carolina University and received her Master’s degree from Texas State University. Together with her husband, she raises farm animals in Kyle and her favorite color is blue.

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