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Sara Farinas Mateos

Sara Farinas MateosSara Farinas Mateos is beginning her second ear at Smith Academy and has been working in education since 2009. She earned a Foreign Language Teacher degree from the University of Leon.

Mrs. Farinas Mateos is from Leon, Spain and is interested in music and dance. Rosatiun Pilcher and Barbara Wood are two of her favorite authors.

She is curious about new cultures, visiting new countries, and different educational systems.

Contact her at sfarinasmatoes@aldineisd.org



Isela Garcia Vazquez


Isela Garcia VezquezIsela Garcia Vazquez is beginning her second year at Smith Academy and has been working in education since 2006. She has earned a Bachelor degree in Communications from the Universidad Regional del Norte. 

Mrs. Garcia Vazquez is interested in camping and exploring nature. Agatha Kristie and Pam Schiller are two of her favorite authors.

She is curious about brain development in children.

Contact her at igvazquez@aldineisd.org




Laura Hastings

Laura HastingsLaura Hastings previously worked at Smith from 1996 - 2004 and returned in 2015. She has been working in education since 1986. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Lamar University.

Mrs. Hastings is from Beaumont, Texas and enjoys building outdoor furniture, watching the NFL, reading, and exercising. Some of her favorite books include the Janet Evanovich number series.

She is curious about weather.

Contact her at ldhastings@aldineisd.org


Karese Leavatts


Karese LeavattsKarese Leavatts has been working at Smith Academy since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently working towards a Masters of Education from Sam Houston State University.

Mrs. Leavatts is from Tyler, Texas and is interested in cooking, spending time with family, reading, and learning about different cultures. Some of her favorite books include Pigeon books by Mo Willems and Chrysanthemumby Kevin Henkes.

She is curious about integrating technology into her teaching and understanding how young minds learn best.

Contact her at klraibon@aldineisd.org



Sandra Salas

Sandra SalasSandra Salas is beginning her second year here at Smith Academy and has been working in education since 2008. She has earned a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston Downtown.


Ms. Salas was born in Mexico and is interested in family, movies, painting, reading, art, music, and shopping. Some of her favorite books include Aura by Carlos Fuentes and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

She is curious about different cultures, languages, skydiving, and traveling.

Contact her at spsalas@aldineisd.org



Ashley Wilson

Ashley WilsonAshley Wilson is has been working at Smith Academy since 2015. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with Minors in Reading & Spanish from Ball State University.

Ms. Wilson is from Nashville, Indiana and is interested in hiking, canoeing, creative writing, and blogging. Some of her favorite books include You Are Special by Max Lucado and The Other Side by Jaqueline Woodson.

She is curious about how to help people live life to their fullest potential and learning how the world works.

Contact her at anwilson@aldineisd.org