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Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning department in Mesquite ISD supports educators through crafted curriculum design, professional learning, and coaching to ensure all students develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to thrive now and in the future. The department is dependable and trusted by stakeholders, and its optimistic attitude fosters dynamic thinking in order to innovate and creatively problem solve.

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office: (972) 882-7442 

Department Staff

Dr. Jennifer Hammett
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

Tara Nichols
Director of Teaching and Learning

Carolina Portillo
Director of Bilingual/ESL

Kristi Krajca
Director of Career and Technical Education

Steve Andre
Director of Fine Arts

Jennifer Mobley
Director of Federal Programs

Andrea Bailey
Coordinator of Elementary ELAR

Kyle Fritsche
Coordinator of Secondary ELAR/LOTE

Dr. Lesley Edwards
Coordinator of Mathematics

Daniel Norwood
Coordinator of Social Studies

Matt Cain
Coordinator of Science

Russ Weeks
Coordinator of Advanced Academics

Anaida Cestero
Coordinator of Bilingual/ESL