J.A. Patton Elementary

Second Grade


  Suzy Collums

  Second Grade Teacher






I graduated from Sam Houston State University and have been an elementary school teacher since 1997. I taught in Klein ISD and Leander ISD before beginning my journey here at Patton. All of my experience has been in the 2nd and 3rd grades. My passion to teach has only grown throughout the years. I am really excited and looking forward to nurturing your children along their path while learning and growing during this school year!



eads_melissa_261.jpg  Melissa Eads

  Second Grade Teacher, Team Leader






I have been a proud Patton teacher since 2012. I graduated from Texas Women’s University with a degree in Chemistry and Biology. My passion in teaching is creating a warm, safe, and successful learning environment where my students can explore, collaborate, have fun, and express themselves in positive ways. I enjoy being a life-long learner and I am passionate about inspiring and encouraging this trait in my students. I am excited to guide your child through their second grade year and watch how well they learn and grow!  



hildebrand_erin_433.jpg  Erin Hildebrand

  Second Grade Teacher






I began my teaching journey in August 2012 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. It is my mission as a teacher to create a safe, loving space for your child where they can grow to love learning and grow from successes and failures. I hope to guide your child to become a lifelong learner and leader.Teaching is my passion! I am thrilled to be working with you and your child. This year is going to be filled with excitement, learning, fun and lots of new adventures and I can’t wait to see all that your child accomplishes.



unavailable_pic.gif  Jim Karabaic

  Second Grade Teacher






I have been an AISD educator since 1988. After teaching 4th grade for many years, I moved to a second grade position in 2009. It is my goal to create a learning environment that is safe, fun, and challenging for our students. I earned my B. S. in Geology from U.T. Austin, and then returned to U.T. for my Elementary Teaching and ESL certification. I really enjoy working with second grade students, and I have recently been designing new teaching tools for the elementary classroom.



lawrence_nichole_444.jpg  Nichole Lawrence

  Second Grade Teacher






I have been teaching at Patton Elementary since 2010. I grew up here in Austin and was even a Patton Pioneer myself! I graduated from Austin High (Go Maroons) and went on to graduate college from Texas State University. I am certified in early childhood education and ESL instruction. I received the teacher of promise award from AISD in 2010. I am excited for another year teaching 2nd grade and cannot wait to see your child learn and grow this year!




  Kathryn Poth

  Second Grade Teacher






I have been teaching since 1991 at Patton Elementary.. 26 years later and I am still passionate about helping children learn  and grow. I graduated from Texas State University with a BBA in Business Management and returned to get my elementary teaching and ESL certification. I was awarded Patton Teacher of the Year in 2006.  I love learning and working with children. Nothing else compares to witnessing a child have an “Aha” moment.




  Kelly Spears

  Second Grade Teacher






I have been teaching since 1993. I was a Special Education Teacher from 1993-2007 (5 years in Oklahoma City, coming to Patton in 1997). I was awarded Kingsgate Elem. Teacher of the Year in 1995. I began teaching 2nd grade in fall of 2007.I was awarded Patton Elem. Teacher of the Year in 1999 and again in 2010.  I was raised with my family being a foster family for several children over a period of 6 years. I’ve always enjoyed, and had a desire to make a difference in children’s lives. Watching kids have fun and learn while continuing to learn myself is a life gift and joy!