College Station Independent School District

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Staff

Sharon R. Jackson

Sharon R. Jackson - Director, Early Education Services

Sharon has been with Birth to Five Head Start & Pre-K in College Station ISD for 20+ years. She has worked in public and Montessori education, as well as for profit, in home, faith based and military child care settings in the United States and overseas. Her passion is for appropriate play based early education and her six (almost 7!) grandchildren! She has completed classwork for a Ph.D. in Early Childhood from Texas A&M University and is presently conducting dissertation research to receive her diploma this year.

"A person's a person, no matter how small." Horton, Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss

 

Ashlea Weiss

Ashlea Weiss - Compliance & Data Specialist, Early Education Services

Ashlea earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2015, and will complete her Master of Arts in Sociology in 2018. Ashlea worked with College Station ISD Head Start

& Pre-K programs throughout her undergraduate degree, and that experience led to a position as the Data and Compliance Specialist. She is committed to using data to continuously explore new ways to serve children and families, as well as improve the program's ability to best serve the community.

Ashlea is passionate about traveling with her husband, serving with her church family, and baking sweets for others to enjoy!

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." William Shakespeare

 

Shelly Rice

Shelly Rice - Education, Disabilities & Mental Health, Head Start & Pre-K

Shelly has been with CSISD Head Start for 20 years. She was a classroom teacher for 18 years before earning a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University and moving into the role of Education/Mental Health/ Disabilities Specialist. She is passionate about providing inclusive and equal opportunities for all children.

"Children are great imitators,
So give them something great to imitate." Anonymous

 

Magan Smith

Magan Smith - Health, Nutrition & Safety, Head Start & Pre-K

Magan attended Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in School Health and a Master of Science in Health Education. She taught elementary health and kindergarten before joining College Station ISD Head Start & Pre-K. She is committed to working with families to ensure their children are healthy, happy and ready to learn. Magan loves spending time with her husband and two young daughters; especially story time and snuggles.

"We all can dance," he said, "if we find the music that we love."
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

 

Amber Lubanski

Amber Lubanski - Family Engagement Specialist, Head Start

Amber earned a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M in Early Childhood Education, and taught Kindergarten for 4 years before joining CSISD Head Start. With the Head Start family she has been a teaching assistant, teacher, and is currently the Family Engagement Specialist. Her philosophy is that a parent is a child's first and most important teacher and that a strong partnership between parents and teaching staff is essential to school success. For this reason, she is dedicated to equipping families and staff with the skills necessary to support school readiness.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world.
Love of books is the best of all." Jackie Kennedy

 

Kim Hodge

Kim Hodge - Operations Manager, Early Head Start

Kim has been with Early Head Start since 2014. She worked for Head Start early in her career before owning and operating a Montessori School for 12 years. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development in 1993. She is the mother of 2 beautiful teenage children who keep her very busy with activities. Her passion in life is for every child to experience a rich and wonderful childhood.

"The child is both a hope and a promise to mankind." Dr. Maria Montessori

 

Julia West

Julia West - Disabilities, Health, Nutrition & Safety, Early Head Start

Julia has been with Early Head Start since January 2015. She has been in different aspects of the medical field for 17 years. Julia joined the Navy in 1998 and served for 5 years. While in the Navy, she spent several years working in hospitals, clinics, and as an Emergency Medical Technician. Her passions are the health, nutrition & safety of children in the community. Julia completed her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration with University of Phoenix.

"While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about." Angela Schwindt

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