Dear Ponder Lions,
It is an honor and privilege to be a part of Ponder ISD this school year! I am the Bilingual/ESL Coordinator for secondary schools, which means I will be servicing our English Language Learners at the middle and high school. As our population is growing, we are excited to welcome newcomers who come to us with English as their second language. I am here to assist not just our English Language Learners, but all learners.
There are a few things I wanted to let you know about myself. This will be my 11th year in education, having served as an elementary school teacher for six years, an elementary assistant principal for two years, and two years as Bilingual/ESL Coordinator. I was in Dallas ISD for eight years and this will be my third year in Ponder ISD. Big switch! I completed my master’s degree at SMU in 2011 and I am a mentor and coordinator for SMU's Hispanic Alumni. My master’s degree is in Bilingual Education and I just graduated from UNT with my second masters degree in Educational Leadership. I began my doctoral program last Spring but I am taking a break for a while.
In my personal life, I am blessed to have an amazing husband, Matthew, of 19 years, two beautiful children, Jacob (age 16), Bella (age 11), and my dog, Jude. My parents both live in DFW and I visit or speak with them nearly every day. I love to read non-fiction books and self-help books. I also love to dance, watch scary movies, and most of all, spend time with my family!
I am so excited and anxious to get to know not just all Ponder students, but the Ponder community. Most of all, I seek to provide the most enriched and fulfilling educational experience your child deserves. I look forward to a phenomenal 2019-2020 school year!
Mrs. Calderon, M.Ed., MBE