Counselor - Mrs. Sandra Soto
My name is Sandra Soto, and I am the counselor for the Criminal Justice Academy. I am a product of the Dallas Independent School District. I graduated from H. Grady Spruce High School in the Pleasant Grove area and attended Cedar Valley Community College, where I obtained my Associate's Degree. I have a Master's Degree from Lamar University. I am currently working on a second Masters in Administration. I have a 16-year-old daughter that will be a Junior this year at Townview Magnet School. I love to read mystery books, do jigsaw puzzles, and go antique shopping. I look forward to working with you this school year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need to talk. I am here for you. Let's keep on truckin'!
Instructor - Mr. Paul Durand
My name is Paul Durand, Jr, and I serve as the Lead Teacher for the Criminal Justice Academy. I have a passion for criminal justice and a strong desire to empower our youth to seek careers in this field. I am also a strong believer in mindset, gratitude, and hard work. I have many mottos I live by, but one that I always share is, "talent is overrated." As we progress through life, we will be around many talented people, often in the same room as us. What sets you apart is not the talent, but a positive mindset, gratitude, and hard work. Before becoming an educator, I served as a Law Enforcement Officer in North Texas. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology. I have four kids and a lovely wife!
Instructor - Ms. Lisabeth Zuniga
Hello! My name is Lisabeth Zuniga, and I serve as one of the Teachers for the Criminal Justice Academy. I attended the University of South Florida, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Psychology. Before becoming an Educator, I was a former Investigator in Florida, where I worked for the Public Defender’s Office at the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court. Then I transitioned over to Child Protective Investigations, where I was a member of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) task force. I was also an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services. I am proud to be at Sunset and look forward to working with our students!
Criminal Justice Academy SEL Coach – Mr. Luiz Molina
My name is Luis Molina and I serve as the SEL Coach for the Sunset Criminal Justice Academy. My goal is to provide Leadership service to our students. As well connecting with 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.
I been here at Sunset for 5 year and have many roles on campus. My main focus is to provide the necessary Leadership skills/Tools to ensure our students are on the right pathway.
TSI Administrator - Ms. Ramona LaGrone
My name is Ramona LaGrone and I am a CTE teacher, Asst Testing Coordinator – AP and TSI and involved with monitoring student achievement and success who are taking college courses. I graduated Lamar University with a BBA Management degree. I spent my first career in Corporate America – Banking and Finance. Received my teaching certification while in South Texas – Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Teaching has allowed me to teach in a variety of different places and cultures. Deep South Texas, International – Kuwait, and here to Dallas at Sunset. This will be my 8th year at Sunset High School. I am proud to be at Sunset and look forward to being a part of this new opportunity that is offered for our students.