P-TECH Collegiate Academy Staff
Mr. Ralph Spencer Jr.
P-TECH Collegiate Academy Principal
Office Location - Room 160D
Hello and Hola! My name is Ralph Spencer, Jr. and I serve as the Sunset P-TECH Principal. I have been blessed to work in the field of Education and Student Support for approximately 25 years which includes my work in the college arena as well as secondary public schools. My personal mission is to use the talents, skills, and experience I have been blessed with to provide the needed supports for young people to grow educationally and personally. My parents and so many others invested so much in me and it is my priority to make every effort to do the same for the young people I have an opportunity to work with. It is what our Sunset P-TECH students call.."THE COLLEGIATE WAY". Thank you in advance for being a part of our growing greatness.
Ms. Tamara Robison, M.Ed, ABD
P-TECH Workplace Learning Coordinator
Office Location - Room 160C
My name is Tamara Robison and I am the Sunset P-TECH Collegiate Academy Workplace Learning Coordinator. I have used the quote "Education is the movement from darkness to light" by Allan Bloom to guide my educational path. When I first made my career change from business to education, I found joy in seeing “the light bulb” go off as students gained understanding. I loved the idea of exposing my students to new and exciting perspectives in my English class. I have been in education for 20 years now and there has never been a dull moment. Now as the Workplace Learning Coordinator, I am able to work with our Industry Partners to bring engaging academic activities to our students, making it a real-world experience.
Ms. Bridget Dyer-Smith
Sunset P-TECH Counselor
Office Location-Room 160A
I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but raised in Dallas, TX. I graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Dallas ISD. This is my 23rd year in education, with the last 7 years serving as a high school counselor. Of my seven years as a high school counselor, the last four years have been as a collegiate counselor. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Texas at Arlington and earned my Masters Degree in Counseling and Development at Texas Woman’s University.
As a counselor, it is my absolute pleasure to serve our students and assist them in making future choices that will impact their lives. For this reason, it is my goal to engage in purposeful communication, with each student in my caseload, and help them set goals and plan accordingly.
I have experienced an amazing journey in my career as an educator. I believe that if you do something that you enjoy doing, you’ll never work a day in your life. I truly enjoy what I do and the opportunities that I have to help students, their families, and the community as a whole.
“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”----Frederick Douglass
Mrs. Maribel Palomares
P-TECH Collegiate Academy Clerk
Office Location - Room 160
My name is Maribel Palomares and I serve as the Administrative Clerk for the Sunset P-TECH Collegiate Academy. My goal is to provide quality service to our students, staff, parents, partners, and community by ensuring that we do everything we can to meet your needs with the highest levels of integrity and efficiency. It's part of what makes us special.
Ms. Brittnee Shockley, M.Ed, ABD
English II & AP Language and Composition/Instructional Team Lead
I am originally from Kansas City, MO, but have been in Dallas since 2014. I have been in the classroom for a total of seven years, this is my fifth and a half year as a full-time teacher. I have my BS in Secondary English Education 9-12 and an M.Ed. in Educational Studies (curriculum and instruction). I am currently working on my E.D. in Educational Leadership K-12 at Dallas Baptist University.
Creesha A. Hardee, M.Ed
Methodology for Academic and Personal Success (MAPS)
Creesha Anthony Hardee is a product of Dallas ISD, graduating from the School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. After high school, she attended Texas State University in San Marcos and earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Management. Ms. Hardee spent 1 year in corporate America and 2 years teaching Business Education courses before returning to school to pursue her Masters. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration. While in school, Ms. Hardee gained work experience in departments including Undergraduate Admissions, Multicultural Student Affairs, Residence Life and Student Housing, and Academic Affairs. She was eager to return to the classroom to share her knowledge with students to help them in their success in high school and beyond!
Mr. Andrew Kirk
AP Human Geography
My name is Andrew Kirk, and I am the AP Human Geography teacher for our Collegiate Academy here at Sunset. I am a native Dallasite, fifth-generation Texan, and proud Dallas ISD alumnus (Woodrow Wilson, '06). I attended Southwestern University, graduating with a double-major in German and History. Afterward, I began Georgetown University's MA program in Global, International, and Comparative History, where I specialized in an empire and historical memory in Southern Africa. I examined the role of memory in shaping public space, foreshadowing my career as a geography teacher. After I graduated, I completed a term of service in AmeriCorps with Reading Partners, a literacy intervention nonprofit then working in collaboration with Dallas ISD. This experience led me to pursue a career in public education, and I applied (and was accepted) to Dallas ISD's Alternative Certification Program. I accepted my first teaching position here at Sunset in 2014, and I've been here ever since. I love Sunset, and I'm very excited to be a part of our newly launched Collegiate Academy. I look forward to seeing the Collegiate Academy further enrich our school's learning environment, preparing our students for post-secondary education while equipping them with cultural literacy in an increasingly interconnected world.
Mrs. Chantelle Dallas
Hello! I am Chantelle Dallas, and I serve as an Algebra 1/Geometry Pre-AP Teacher. In addition to obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science, I am also a certified CISCO IT Essentials Instructor. I love to explore STEM-related projects with students to enhance their knowledge of mathematics in real-world experiences.
Ms. Diana Alvarez
My name is Diana Alvarez, and I teach Pre-AP Biology here at Sunset P-TECH. I have lived in the DFW area my entire life. I went to UT Arlington and graduated with my Bachelors in Biology in 2014 and then went to Graduate School there and received my Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2016. I love science and enjoy learning about new research and discoveries every day. To be able to teach a subject that I love has been an honor that I am grateful for every day. This is my second year teaching and I am beyond excited to be in the Collegiate Academy team. Our students are our future and I am looking forward to working with everyone and sharing my passion for high-level education.
Mr. Erick Alonso Saucedo
Pre-AP World History
By way of introduction, my name is Erick Fernando Alonso Saucedo. I was born in Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico, but raised in the beautiful city of West Dallas, Texas. I graduated from Sunset High School and participated in the debate team that led me to grow a passion for global and ethnic studies. After graduation,I went off to debate at the colligate level for the University of North Texas where I received a B.A. in Communication Studies, a Minor in Mexican American Studies, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Latina/o Studies. After a great journey of learning about community building, I decided to give back to the community I am part of by instituting pedagogies of re-existence.
Ms. Margarita Perez-Hernandez
Pre-AP Algebra I & II
Hi there! I am Mrs. Pérez-Hernández. I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, but have lived in Dallas since I was 8 years old. This will be my 5th year teaching, and I have taught both at the high school and middle school level. I am so excited to be teaching Pre-AP Algebra I & II this year as part of Sunset’s Collegiate Academy! My background has taught me that quality of education should never be taken for granted. Through service and teaching, I strive to show students the transformative power that education can have on their lives and the lives of their families. I look forward to creating partnerships of collaboration and mutual support with students and parents to make this an outstanding and successful year.
Ms. Helen Long
Pre-AP English I
Greetings! I’m Ms. Helen Long, and I recently moved here from South Carolina. I graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Secondary Education, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I love my alma mater so much, I decided to stay a bit longer, and achieved my Master’s degree in Teaching with a focus in Secondary English Instruction within one year. During this span of five years, I conducted research and taught at five different high schools, including the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The tenets of my work as an educator include decolonizing the curriculum and working to scaffold diverse and inclusive representation within classroom spaces. Above all, I encourage my students to use their voices and recognize their own agency, considering their own counter narratives as they critically inquire about the world and its systems of power and structure. It is critical for me to dismantle the dichotomy between the classroom and the world.
I found myself deeply immersed in the world of education when I realized how much the upcoming generations have to say, and how desperately the world needs to hear them. Our students are the future of the world and they have the power to change it. Sometimes, they just need someone to remind them they can. This is why I teach.
I bring that to my classroom and apply it to my life every chance I get. Thank you for reading my bio.
Mr. Cruz Perez
Hello! My name is Cruz Perez, and I am the Pre-AP Chemistry teacher at Sunset P-TECH. I have been living in Dallas for 15 years, and I am a product of DISD. My love for science led me to Texas A&M University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. At TAMU, I was able to participate in a variety of activities like undergraduate research, which focused on characterizing bacterial proteins. I am beyond excited to share my passion for science with all my students.
Ms. Ramona LaGrone
MAPS 2 and TSI Administrator
Mr. Jaime Govea
Education: Bachelor of Science in Physics w/ a minor in Mathematics and Education from the University of Texas at Arlington
Name: Jaime Jacob Govea
Course: Physics & Physics Pre-AP
Grade: Juniors (11th)
Interesting facts: I love reading about history and philosophy. My hobbies include building and fixing ANYTHING. The more work I can do with my hands the better.