Dear Ponder Lions,
Roles at the High School
My name is Mrs. Calderon and I am the Bilingual/ESL Coordinator here at Ponder H.S. I also service students at the J.H. My role is to provide second language acquisition support through linguistically accommodated instruction. Although I am here to assist our English Language Learners, I find myself helping ALL learners. In addition to that role, I am also over the Virtual Learning Team this year. I will be facilitating this program here at the H.S. and my mission is to ensure that our students are receiving effective instruction, that they are on track, and making progress throughout their virtual learning experience.
Educational Experience and Background
This will be my twelfth year in education, having served as an elementary school teacher for six years, an elementary assistant principal for two years, and Bilingual/ESL Coordinator. I was in Dallas ISD for eight years and now I am priveleged to say I am in Ponder ISD. Big switch! I completed my master's degree at SMU in 2011 and I am a mentor and coordinator for the SMU Hispanic Alumni. My master's degree is in Bilingual Education. I also got my master's degree from UNT in 2018 in Educational Leadership. I began my doctoral program a year ago, but I stopped due to circumstances surroudning COVID. I will be starting back up in January 2021.
In my personal life, I am blessed to have an amazing husband, Matthew, of 20 years, two beautiful children, Jacob (age 17), Bella (age 12), and my dog Jude. My parents both live in DFW and I visit or speak with them regularly. I love to read non-fiction books and self-help books. I also love to listen to music, watch scary movies, cook, have parties, and most of all, spend time with my family!
I am so excited and anxious to get to know all of the students at Ponder ISD, virtual or face-to-face. Most of all, I seek to provide the most enriched and fulfilling educational experience your child deserves. I look forward to a phenomenal school year!
Mrs. Calderon, M.Ed., MBE