J.A. Patton Elementary

Fifth Grade

biehle_espy_84.jpg   Espy Biehle

   Fifth Grade Teacher






I love teaching. There is nothing more rewarding than watching someone grasp a concept and have a part of that understanding. Helping people...teaching children...forming relationships are a few of the reasons why I have stayed in this profession for so long. After graduating from St. Edwards University with a degree in Human Services and Counseling with a certificate in Elementary education, I began working with Special Education students and my journey to help all students embrace their different learning styles began. My goal with every group of students is for them to embrace failure as a way to grow...as I say in my class…”If at first you don’t succeed...you are NORMAL!”  Don't be surprised if you see a chocolate lab wandering around the classroom. Reese, Brutus and Andes are therapy dogs that assist in the classroom occasionally. Woof!


bush_angie_125.jpg   Angie Bush

   Fifth Grade Teacher, Team Leader






I am a native Austinite and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! More specifically, I grew up in Oak Hill, graduating from Bowie in 1993 and from UT, with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Learning and Development, in 1997. After completing my student teaching at Patton, I was fortunate enough to be hired as a fifth grade teacher. I have been at Patton in some capacity for over 2 decades. I love the students at our school, and I feel blessed to be able to serve the community in which I grew up.




massad_michael_612.jpg   Michael Massad

   Fifth Grade Teacher






I’ve taught for more than two decades at Patton, mostly in third grade - the last several years in fifth teaching science and social studies. I’ve served in multiple district-wide roles, including: Principles of Learning presenter and trainer; trainer, presenter and site organizer for new teacher orientation; technology training presenter, National Board mentor and NB tech support provider. I grew up in Dallas, graduated from UT-Arlington with a B.A. in Communications, and a master’s degree in Reading from Texas State University.  I’m a state-certified reading specialist, I earned National Board certification in 2006 and renewed this certification in 2016. In 2010 and 2011, I was an HEB Excellence in Education Awards state finalist. In 2000, I was Patton Teacher of the Year, and advanced as a district TOY finalist. I serve as co-sponsor of Patton’s Eco Team, which helped install a National Wildlife Federation-funded Monarch Hero butterfly garden. In 2017, our Patton Eco Team earned the prestigious Green Flag Award for our sustainability efforts from Eco Schools USA and NWF. I’m very proud of my work with the district’s Science Teacher Leader Cadre. I’m a big fan and proponent of Growth Mindset, see school as rehearsal for life, and believe that hope is the key to student success.