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Mr. Enrique Andino

My name is Enrique Andino, and I have the privilege of being the Music/Modern Band teacher at STAG in PG. I have taught general music and modern band in DISD since 2012 and have also taught private guitar lessons for many years. I am originally from Puerto Rico but have been living in the state of Texas since 2008. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Arlington. Music has always been a very important part of my life and I have always enjoyed sharing my love of music with others. I started playing the keyboard around age 10 and guitar in middle school and have never stopped making music since then. Learning music taught me from a young age how to collaborate with others and how to express my ideas and feelings positively. I am honored to have the chance to work with such a great group of students and look forward to continuing the growth we have seen since we started the modern band program in 2019. During my time off from school I enjoy traveling, spending time with my wife and son, and trying out food from different countries. 

 

 

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Mr. Julian Beltran

My name is Julian Beltran and I am excited to be part of the teaching staff at the School for the Talented & Gifted in Pleasant Grove. I was born and raised in East Dallas and am a proud product of the Dallas ISD school system. I earned my bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Texas at Dallas. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.  My dog, Jerome, and my cat, Jennifer, are a significant part of my life as well and I value every moment I spend with them. I look forward to utilizing my experience and the passion I have acquired for teaching to help our students succeed. 

 

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Mr. Omar Cortez

CTE (Career & Technical Education)

I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. I got my bachelors degree in Education in 2016 from the University of Texas at El Paso. I have taught 2nd grade for 2 years and technology for 2 years. I then received a Masters of Science in Informative Technology at the University of North Texas. My favorite part of working in Dallas ISD is the opportunity to coach in VEX robotics.  

 

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Mr. Michael Douthit

Librarian/Media Specialist

I am very proud to be a member of the School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove staff. As your librarian, I hope to instill a passion for reading and a love for books in every student. I have been an educator with DISD for 27 years, (10 as a 5th grade teacher and the last 18 as a librarian/media specialist). I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) in 1989 and my master’s degree in Library Science from Texas A&M University (Commerce, Texas) in 2011. I am married (wife, Esther) and have two children (Matt, 28 and Kate, 23). We have 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a tarantula named Rosie. My hobbies include cheering for the Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars, and Rangers and creating and maintaining freshwater planted aquariums. 

 

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Ms. Joanna Figueroa

Art Teacher

My name is Joanna Figueroa, and I have the amazing opportunity to be your new Art Teacher. I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants who have instilled in me the drive to work hard in order to achieve my goals and dreams. I was born and raised in Oak Cliff and am a DISD alumnus. The teachers I encountered as a former student in DISD inspired me, motivated me and put me on the path to success; their passion was what inspired me to become an educator. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. I am passionate about art and the power it has to show students the world around them and introduce them to cultures beyond their own. It is my goal to spark creativity and innovation in my students and get them excited about art! In my free time I love to paint, study Korean, listen to live music, explore museums and play with my dog Ollie.

 

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Mr. Alfred Johnson

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Mr. Nickolus Orr

Hi!  My name is Nickolus Orr, and I am so excited to be a part of the TAG family as your P.E. teacher! This is my second year teaching. I played four years of collegiate basketball, football and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from Missouri Western State University. As a Physical Education Teacher, I am focused on using the transformational power of movement to shape young people so they can change their community and become world changers. My goal is to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle and instill healthy habits for a lifetime of love for wellness. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies, working out, and playing basketball.

 

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Ms. Ajuah Powell

Hi! My name is Ajuah Powell, and I am thrilled to be your new Theatre director! I have been teaching theatre since 2017 and this will be my first year with Dallas ISD. Born and raised in New Jersey,  I am a first generation Liberian American. My performing arts journey began my freshman year in high school. In 2013, I moved to Texas to attain my BA from Prairie View A&M University where I studied Theatre. I performed in many productions onstage and gained behind the scenes experience. I am passionate about the art of storytelling as it reflects the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of my community. My goal is to inspire our youth to use storytelling as a tool to express themselves effectively, engage their communities in dialogue that will inspire change, and to give power to fresh perspectives and voices of the future. When I am not directing plays and musicals, I enjoy writing, dancing, and spending time with my family.