MPACT 2013 has ended

The Curriculum & Instruction Department of Manor ISD is pleased to announce MPACT.  Through MPACT, learners will be inspired to impact our students, exchange ideas with other teacher leaders, administrators, and community partners; and learn ways to engage and motivate our diverse student population. This teaching and learning institute is appropriate for all of us because we are interested in "Impacting Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms."  

We encourage you to arrive early for check in to get your swag bag and to start your day networking with your fellow MISD educators before the sessions begin . Click here to download a pdf version of the full progam for MPACT. It will provide you with tips on how to make the most of your day. Additionally, SCHED Planner is the tool you will use to build your personal itinerary for MPACT. Most sessions are designed for any audience and  sessions are faciliated by your peers and some guest speakers. If you are unsure how to register, watch this video.

Star the sessions that you would like to attend. Choose only ONE session per timeslot. It will be important that you bring your technology since we will not have paper copies available and any updates to sessions and session locations will be available on this site only. Remember to bookmark the mobile app or print your schedule before you come. Dress comfortably as there are some sessions that will be very interactive. Finally, check out all of our participating vendors and exhibitors. Stop by their tables to hear and/or see what they have to offer. You never know what types of goodies you will pick up at their tables or what you may win at the end of the day.  See you at MPACT! 


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MPACT Sessions F [clear filter]
Wednesday, August 21


F01 - Critical Friends
Limited Capacity seats available

Critical Friends is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.  We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but did you know that the same is true about developing good projects?  This session allows teachers to present a project through the critical friends protocol in order to receive feedback from peers.

At minimum, attendees should be prepared to show the following:
  • TEKS; 
  • Driving question; 
  • Rubric; and
  • An idea for an entry event (rough drafts are good too!).  
Teachers will leave with a list of "I likes, I wonders, and Next Steps" as feedback to help them refine their project so that it's ready to be rolled out to students.

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Claudia Acevedo

Academic Dean, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo taught at New Tech schools in California and Texas before becoming a district coordinator and school administrator. She has been training teachers on project based learning strategies since 2009 and is currently the Academic Dean at Manor New Tech High School.


Jodi Posadas

Novice Teacher and Mentor Coordinator, Manor ISD

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F02- Digital Passport: Empowering Students to Make Smart Choices Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Jump start your Digital Citizenship program with Digital Passport.  Have your students earn their Digital Citizenship through engaging videos, fun games, and classroom activities.

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Jacob Luevano

Manor Independent School District

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F03 - Literacy Issues Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Consider this..
  • Reading across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Writing across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Teaching reading text structures across the curriculum can facilitate more effective writing across the curriculum.

During this session, participants will: 
  • Be more mindful of the structure of the text in their subject materials.
  • Be able to point out text structures to students to facilitate understanding and participation.
  • Be able to help students use reading text structures to enhance writing in each subject area.
  • Be able to require a greater variety of writing assignments in their subject area.

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erin hugghins

Read 180 Educator, Manor High School
More than anything in the world, I believe in the power of reading. I believe that if you put the right reading material, in the right person's hands, you can change their lives. My main goal is to seek out ways to bridge the reading/comprehension gap we are facing in today's schools... Read More →

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Dr. Dianne Haneke

Educational Consultant, His-Wordsmith.com
Dr. Haneke taught 5th grade in South Los Angeles Ca (1964-66). Upon moving to upstate NY, she completed her MS.Ed in Reading and Literacy (1971). She established and ran several Reading labs (K-12) in rural schools just southwest of Albany for about 20 years. Dr. Haneke was an Associate... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F04- The Art of the Picture Book
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to increase your own theoretical and practical knowledge of picturebooks?

Determine how your own close observation of this powerful literary form can support young readers’ responses?

Apply your learning to classrooms in which students are engaged and responding to picturebooks?

In this session, participants will learn how to really “read” picturebooks—deeply, appreciatively, critically, so as to become better mediators of those books with children. Participants will investigate the formal properties of picturebooks, as well as their affordances for supporting literacy development and literary meaning making. Participants will also be exposed to "misconceptions" about using picture books in the classroom and will be introduced or reintroduced to the best practices using picturebooks with young readers.


Victoria Vanzura

Literacy Coach, Decker Middle School
Victoria Vanzura taught 3rd and 4th grade at Presidential Meadows Elementary for 6 years before becoming an instructional coach. She is currently pursuing her master's degree from the University of Texas in Mentoring, Leadership, and Professional Development. She is currently a literacy... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F05 - Creating An Inclusive Environment for LGBT Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of this session is toIncrease the knowledge base among educators and staff at the secondary level on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in school. Increase sensitivity among staff and educators regarding the gay population. Help you identify some issues that exist among this population, such as rejection by their family, community, church and/or school. Teach you how to respond to situation that may arise in your classroom and school.

Educators will learn how to take steps in creating an inclusive school environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and families. Participants will learn the benefits of supporting LGBT youth, as well as create your own Safe Space Program on your respective campus. Teachers and staff will feel motivated to start or support student clubs, like a Gay Straight Alliance.

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Ana Bowie

Licensed Master Social Worker, Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD)
I am originally from South Texas and have been a resident of Pflugerville since 1998. I attended Texas State University for both Bachelors and Master education in the field of Social Worker. I am licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners as a master’s level social worker... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F06 - Think Through Math: Online Application
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know the state of Texas offers free web-based Math Intervention to all public schools?  Well it does.  Think Through Math is a research-based math intervention system designed to support students who are struggling with mathematics. It is a fully adaptive content delivery system that continually measures student progress and adjusts content delivery to continually place students in their zone of proximal development. This web-based curriculum has been proven to raise math achievement for students in grades 3 through Algebra I. Think Through Math ensures that all students, regardless of their initial placement, will be motivated to stick with mathematics through a unique combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies. This session will give the nuts and bolts on setting up and monitoring student use of Think Through Math.


Benny Davis

Computer Lab Instructor, Manor Elementary School
Benny Davis joined Manor ISD four years ago. With a BS in Political Science and his extensive background in the Juvenile Justice System, he was an excellent addition to the Behavior Support Classroom at Manor Elementary School. Benny is currently the computer lab instructor. In this... Read More →
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Meredith Mackey

Manor Elementary School

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F07 - Research: A Sea of Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into research and engage students in a variety of lessons to incorporate the ELAR Research TEKS. Dig deep into brainstorming, navigating, and synthesizing information to prepare 21st Century Learners. Surf the possibilities for integrating these lessons into your classroom and/or library program.

Attendees will:
  • Review the ELAR Research TEKS and the research process.
  • Participate in active hands-on lessons that they can easily implement into their current program.
  • Receive materials that can be easily modified to differentiate instruction.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with other colleagues.

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Amy Heil

Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD
I am currently the library media specialist at Mitchell Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. I have taught 13 years in Georgetown with this being my seventh year as the elementary librarian at Mitchell. I had the privilege of opening the Mitchell library when the school was built in 2008... Read More →
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Monica McCollum

5th grade teacher, Georgetown Independent School District
Monica McCollum is currently the Library Media Specialist at Williams Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. She has taught for 15 years with this being her seventh year at Williams. She taught 1st grade for 7 years in Crossett, Arkansas and was the elementary librarian at North Crossett... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F08 - Literacy Circles and Edmodo – Elementary Style
Limited Capacity seats available

Using books from our Literacy Library, classroom libraries and audio books students in grades 2nd through 5th participated in Literacy Circles. Edmodo was used to check student engagement and understanding along with providing a platform for collaboration. This workshop will show ways to use different Edmodo features to set up and manage multiple Literacy Circles in an elementary classroom.

  • Participants will have an understanding of how to use the small group, grade book, and quiz features of Edmodo to manage multiple Literacy Circles
  • Participants will discuss and share ways to teach proper "online etiquette" elementary students
  • Participants will discuss and share resources for setting up Literacy Circles on their individual campuses.

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Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She... Read More →
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Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F09 - Dyslexia Awareness Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Inform - Teachers will be informed of what characteristics and attributes students might possess to constitute a good dyslexia referral for testing.

Review - Teachers will review the dyslexia process of referrals, paperwork, and protocol will be addressed and reviewed in detail.

Apply - Teachers will learn what accommodations and modifications students who qualify for services can utilize in the classroom.

By the end of this session, teachers will understand which students in their classrooms are good candidates for dyslexia testing based on primary and secondary characteristics of dyslexia. Teachers will be aware of what documentation is required before testing and the process of compiling the necessary paperwork for referred students. Teachers will learn to utilize appropriate and necessary accommodations in their classroom in order to positively impact student achievement. 


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Megan Cheney

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Megan Cheney began teaching in Manor ISD in 2006. She is currently a Dyslexia Specialist at ShadowGlen Elementary and Blake Manor Elementary. She has completed the Basic Language Skills training at Rawson Saunders Institute and is working towards becoming a Certified Academic Language... Read More →
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Kathy McKay

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Graduated from University of Texas at Austin with BS in Elem. Ed. and certification in Special Ed. 30 years of public school teaching, 22 years with Manor ISD,19 years of dyslexia evaluations and intervention. Basic Language Skills and Advanced Basic Language Skills training through... Read More →
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Karseno, Keith Michael

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Keith Karseno has been working in education for the past 13 years. In his eleven years at Manor ISD, he has served as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher and currently as a Dyslexia Interventionist. Keith is a Master Reading Teacher and holds a certification as an ESL instructor and is a... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F10 - Making Children Think
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop session is all about: 
  • Making children think using computer code.
  • Establishing ownership and a higher degree of accomplishment by becoming active participants in technology.
  • Creating  models of  how computer code can be use to expand on content from subject matter they present to students.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the syntax of computer code use in the classroom.
  • Creating a "Hello World" program using javascript, computer code.
  • Enhancing teachers self awareness and the ability to assess skills from their content area.

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Carlos Ordonez

Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction
I'm the Bilingual Curriculum Coordinator at the Curriculum & Instruction Department. I have fifteen years experience in education, ten years in Manor ISD. I enjoy supporting teachers on language and literacy development to better serve our students in all content areas. I have a Masters... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F11 - Using a Problem Solving Rubric in Math Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn how to best incorporate using a sample problem-solving rubric in your math class. Rubrics can be used to help grade student work and provide feedback on what still needs help. We will look at sample questions and review how we could provide a grade based on the work provided.

1. Understand what a sample problem-solving rubric looks like for use in math class.
2. Understand what evaluating with a rubric looks like in math class.
3. Understand how to best provide feedback for students in math class.

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David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F12 - Plant the S.O.D.
Limited Capacity seats available

Struggling with everyday discipline? Wondering if there is a better way? Join Bruce Smith to "Plant the S.O.D." before the seeds of learning can grow. This has been time tested and will provide simple answers to classroom management difficulties in the 2000s that have their roots in the 1970s. 

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Smith, Bruce H

Social Studies Department Chair, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Smith is the Social Studies Department chair at Manor High. He has been in that role for 6 of the 7 years of his tenure in Manor ISD. Formerly a teacher/coach/principal/department chair in his home state of NJfor 30 years.Mr. Smith came to Manor in 2007 to teach Social Studies... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F13 - Read, Connect, Watch…Watch, Connect, Read with Animoto
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to create an Animoto video and how it can be used for motivation, summarizing, as a graphic organizer, a product, to develop presentation skills, and an assessment in the classroom.  Animoto for Education (animoto.com) is an Internet based tool that allows teachers and students to develop professional presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. It is used easily for any age group, allows for great user interface, editable after video is produced, enables sharing in many ways and is stored on the Internet.  Bring a charged MAC or PC laptop to class that will connect to the wireless school network for Internet.

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Ouita Bingham

Library Media Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Ouita H. Bingham has been a library media specialist at Manor Middle School since 2008. She earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and her education master classes at Texas State University. Prior to coming to Manor ISD, she was employed in the... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F14 - Digging Through Data to Soar
Limited Capacity seats available

This one-day workshop gives an ear to the voice of data, helping to uncover the stories it has to tell about instruction and advice it offers for next steps.   Data results are fact-based and support decision-making.  We approach this 1-day session by starting with the typical questions you are likely to want answered.  


·      Where does our Districts data come from?

·      What data is available to me day one?

·      How reliable is it?

·      What information does the data provide?

·      How will the data drive my lesson planning and instruction?

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Denise Deckard

Assistant Principal, Manor Independent School District
Denise is currently serving as Assistant Principal at ShadowGlen Elementary School and holds a BA in Educational Studies from Clark Atlanta University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership with Principal Certification from Texas State University, San... Read More →
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Principal, Manor Independent School District
Howdy Friends! My name is Malaki Hawkins and I serve as the proud principal of Lagos Elementary. My parents were military, so we had the opportunity to live in places like Panama City Canal Zone, Germany, San Antonio and my hometown of Fort Hood, home of the largest military base... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F15 - From IFD to PPF: C-SCOPE and PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide teachers an opportunity to explore the commonalities between information provided in the Instructional Focus Document (IFD, found in C-SCOPE) and the information required in the Project Planning Form (PPF). Teachers will leave having explored the IFD for Unit 1 for their content area and will have completed an initial PPF for a project based upon Unit 1.

Teachers will explore C-SCOPE and the Instructional Focus Document for Unit One.  They will review information required to complete a Project Planning Form. Then each teacher will identify where the required information is located. Finally they will complete all elements of the PPF.

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Stephanie Ehler

Instructional Coach, Manor New Tech High School
Stephanie has 8 years of teaching experience, 7 of which were in the classroom as a Secondary ELA teacher and one year as an Instructional Coach. Of her seven years in the classroom, 4 were spent in an integrated humanities class using project based learning. She enjoys reading and... Read More →
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Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F16 - Interactive Notebooks in the Math and Science Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about interactive notebooks and create a "Master Copy" interactive notebook to be used in the classroom. Participants will also learn how to set up the cover and inside of an interactive notebook (binding, cover, about the author page, table of contents, work in progress folder, right side/left side set-up, and sample activities). 

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Floridalia Zuniga-Gray

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, Manor Independent School District
Learner, educator, and advocate for ALL children in particular English Language Learners and a proud mother to the three most precious children I know!

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F17 - Breaking Down Barriers to Successful Guided Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Planning, collaboration, and strategies to kickstart and maintain successful guided reading.

Participants will: 
  • Identify barriers that prevent successful guided reading
  • Collaborate with other teachers to strategize
  • Examine solutions to combat those barriers-plan for this year's successful implementation


Alejandro Góngora

Principal, Oak Meadows Elementary School
My name is Alejandro Góngora and I am honored and excited to be the Principal of a diverse and exciting campus. Oak Meadows Elementary opened in the 2008-2009 school year and our faculty and staff have been working hard to meet the needs of our students. I received my Bachelor of... Read More →
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Katie McClure

Literacy Coach, Manor ISD
I am a Literacy Coach at Oak Meadows Elementary.  I have taught Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten and worked as a Reading Interventionist with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  I love the areas of bilingual and literacy education and I look forward to another exciting... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G101 9th Grade Center at Manor High School


F18 - Better Bodies Boot Camp With Sheldon
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you miss your morning work-out session or just want to try something new? If so, stop by Better Bodies Boot Camp for a work-out that is sure to challenge you! This  popular interval class will mixe calisthenics and body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. This boot camp is designed to push our participants harder than they'd push themselves.  Although I may push you like a drill sergeant, my goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. I want you to have tons of fun – but please be prepared for some high intensity training!

For this class, participants should dress appropriately in work out attire and bring plenty of water. There will be limited mats availabe, so participants may want to bring a mat with them to this class. This class is limited to 15 participants.

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April Green

Zumba Instructor & Personal Trainer, Better Bodies
April is a mother of three beautiful kids. Fitness has always been her passion. Health and Fitness has served as a way to discover her strengths, push pass her limitations, an outlets for stress, and a way to experience life to its fullest. She has worked with a wide range of clients... Read More →
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Sheldon Williams

Certified Trainer, Better Bodies
Sheldon Williams is an elite certified personal trainer with a focus on complete fitness and wellness of the whole person. Sheldon has been nurturing the inspiration of his passion for fitness since his adolescent years. In pursuit of mastering the art and discipline of fitness, Sheldon... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Practice Gym


F19 - Integrating Reader’s Theatre in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to show teachers how to prresent Reader’s Theatre as a tool in the classroom. We will diiscuss ways in which Reader’s Theatre can assist students in the development of literacy, social, and linguistic skills. We will also share ways to adapt Reader’s Theatre to individual classrooms. By the end of the session: 
  • Participants will understand some of the benefits of using Reader’s Theatre in the classroom.
  • Participants will be able to create or locate scripts to use in their classrooms.
  • Participants will consider ways to incorporate Reader’s Theatre in their classroom instruction to meet the literacy, social, or linguistic needs of their students.

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Sam DeJulio

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Sam DeJulio is currently a bilingual third grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. He has been in his position for nine years. He received his Masters in Elementary Education in 2012. He has a Master Math Teacher certification and completed the Master Reading Teacher program... Read More →
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Doris Villarreal Gould

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Doris Gould has twelve years teaching experience. She taught in an urban east-side school for eight years. She moved to Manor four years ago. Her experience has been in fourth and fifth grade. She received her masters in elementary education in 2003. She has her Master Reading Teacher... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F20- Teacher Websites: They're Required, but Really Easy!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know every teacher in Manor ISD is required to have a website? More importantly, did you know that it's REALLY easy to create your site? This 50 minute crash course will provide all the tools your need to set up your site. To best utilize everyone's time during this session, at least 24 hours prior to attending visit your campus website and be sure you are listed in the staff directory (under About Us). If you are NOT listed, send me an email at abby.siedenstrang@manorisd.net with your name and campus.

Note: PCE & PME teachers, you will receive a 1 hour teacher website session during your campus PD later in the week. You are welcome to attend this session as well, but the information will be similar. BTE teachers, you have already had your 1 hour teacher website session, but please feel free to attend for a refresher or to receive additional assistance.

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Abby Siedenstrang

Communications Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Abby Siedenstrang is going into her second year as Manor ISD's communications coordinator and her fifth year with the district. Prior to joining the administrative team, Abby spent three years in the Career & Technical Education department at Manor High School teaching a broad range... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


F21- Circle Time With Stacy Jo!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come be inspired and energized by learning some silly and educational songs and finger plays that you can take back to the classroom and begin using. This training will motivate you to plan and implement exciting circle times that will keep your class interested and learning new things.


Stacy Signaigo

Child Development Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Stacy Jo Signaigo- Coordinator for the Manor ISD Child Development Center - Talk to me about Early Childhood anytime!

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm