J.A. Patton Elementary

Third Grade

unavailable_pic_0.gif  Marcial Cavazos

  3rd Grade Teacher






I studied Human Communication for my undergraduate and graduate studies at Texas State University - San Marcos. After completing a semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam and Oxford University, I decided to live and teach in Europe and Asia. I am excited to be back in sunny Austin and honored to teach in my community at Patton Elementary School.




Anna Couch

Third Graded Teacher




I attended the University of Texas at Dallas.  I began my career in 2010 in the Dallas area  teaching 6th grade where I was awarded Beginning Teacher of the Year.  My husband and I moved to Austin in 2015 and we have enjoyed exploring everything Austin has to offer.   I am passionate about developing the love for learning in each child.

distel_jami_252.jpg  Jami Distel

  3rd Grade Teacher, Team Leader


 I graduated from the University of Cincinnati and  have been living and teaching in Austin since 2000. I have had the privilege of teaching at Patton Elementary since 2010. I love finding creative ways to reach each child and get them motivated and excited about learning.

  Kara Kelley

  3rd Grade Teacher


I am so excited to start my first year at Patton Elementary!  I previously taught 2nd grade in Krum ISD for five years.  I received my bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2009 and my teacher’s certification from UNT in 2012. Teaching has shown me how rewarding and joyful a profession can be. I love coming to work everyday, knowing I have the opportunity to change a life and make an impact.


cardona_salina_149.jpg  Salina Milicia

  3rd Grade Teacher






Before coming to the best school in Austin, I taught at a sweet school in central Austin for four years.  I began my journey here at Patton in 2005.  Austin has been my home town and I received a Bachelor's in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas.


patek_jenny_764.jpg  Jenny Patek

  Third Grade Teacher






I have been living in Austin since 2002.  I attended the University of Texas (Go Longhorns) and began teaching third grade in 2007. My first teaching position was at Palm Elementary, and I have had the privilege of teaching at Patton since 2008.  I love creating a classroom where kids feel safe, motivated, and excited to learn.  It is amazing to see how much a child can grow throughout the year.





unavailable_pic_0.gifElizabeth Russell

3rd Grade Teacher







 I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 2013.  I taught in Fort Wayne for four years, receiving my school’s teacher of the year in 2015.  Before becoming a classroom teacher, I worked as a special education assistant for five years.  I moved to Austin and began teaching at Patton in the spring of 2017.  I have a passion for educating children in their whole entity, and enjoy working with them and sharing in all of their life’s experiences.




  Andrea Strong

  3rd Grade Teacher






I grew up in California and graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Spanish. I began teaching in Fairfax County, Virginia in 2001 and came to Patton in 2016. I am a mother of four and have been a proud Patton parent since 2009. It’s a privilege to encourage all students to develop a love of learning.