Jennifer Watts and Marlen Velásquez are the Assistant Principals at Ponder Elementary. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone. We will return your message as soon as possible.A message from Mrs. Watts:I am a 1989 graduate of Slidell High School. Slidell is just down the road and some of my greatest memories in school were made here in the old Ponder basketball gym. I graduated in 1992 from Texas Woman's University with my Bachelor's Degree and in 1999 with my Master's Degree in Special Education. I am a certified educator in my home state of Texas in the areas of Elementary and Secondary Special Education, Elementary Self-Contained, Educational Diagnostician and Principal certification.
I began my career in education in 1993. My first year at Ponder Elementary was 2001. However, I was the Special Education Diagnostician for this school district for two years prior. Before I came to Ponder I taught in the Sanger ISD. I love watching children grow and learn.I have been happily married to Brad Watts since 1991 and God has blessed us with two wonderful children, K'Leigh Espedal and her husband Curtis, Brance Watts and his wife Makayla and our grandsons Walker and Wade.Go Lions!!
A message from Mrs. Velásquez:I am originally from Guatemala, Guatemala City. I have lived in Denton for the last 31 years. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies. I have also earned my Master's Degree from UNT. I have served as an Elementary teacher in Denton for the last 20 years. My experience includes Bilingual ad ESL Assistant Teacher, Bilingual Dual Teacher in 1st, 2nd, 4th, and Kindergarten. This is my second year here at Ponder Elementay. Before coming to Ponder as an AP, I worked as the Bilingual and ESL Interventionist at Borman Elementary in Denton, Texas.I am married to my amazing and supporting husband Hernando Velásquez. I have two wonderful and talented children who are the light of my eyes. They are a true inspiration to me!I love spending time with my family. I enjoy swimming, cooking, and reading. I am extremely excited to be part of the Ponder ISD family. I am truly looking forward to getting to know all of our students, families, and the entire community. I have felt like this is home to me!!! I am truly honored to be serving the Ponder Elementary Family!Un mensaje de la Sra. Velásquez:Soy orignaria de la Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala. He vivido en Denton, Texas los últimos 31 años. Me gradué de la Universidad del Norte de Texas con un Bachillerato en Ciencias de Estuios Interdisciplinarios. Tengo también una Maestría en Liderazgo Educacional de la misma universidad. He servido como Maestra de Educación Primaria en la Ciudad de Denton durante 20 años. Mi experiencia incluye; Asistente de Maestra Bilingüe y de Inglés como Segundo Idioma, Maestra de Educación Dual Bilingüe en 1ero., 2do., 4to. y de Kindergarten. Este es mi segundo año como Subdirectora de la Escuela Primaria Ponder. Antes de ser subdirectora, trabajé como Intervencionista Biingüe en la Primaria Escolar Borman en Denton, Texas.Estoy casada con mi maravilloso esposo quien me apoya incondicionalmente, Hernando Velásquez. Tengo dos hermosos y talentosos hijos, quienes son la luz de mis ojos. iRealmente son una verdadera inspiración para mí!Me encanta pasar tiempo con mi famiia. Disfruto nadar, cocinar y leer. Estoy muy emocionada de ser parte de la familia de Ponder ISD. Espero conocer a todos los estudiantes, familias y la comunidad entera. iEn realidad siento que Ponder es mi familia! iEs un verdadero honor poder servir la Familia de la Escuela Primaria Ponder!