J.A. Patton Elementary

First Grade

 barajas_holly_52.jpg  Holly Barajas

   First Grade Teacher, Team Leader






I have been teaching for over 20 years.  My background is in special education and bilingual education. I have been at Patton Elementary in first grade for over 10 years.  I have also taught bilingual students in Pre-K and fifth grade.  You will learn I love my Barajas Bulldogs! My goal for my classroom  is to create a warm, productive, and definitely not silent place where my students can take risks and discover their strengths!


carpenter_jami_151.jpg   Jami Carpenter

   First Grade Teacher






Hello!  I am Jami Carpenter.  I am a first grade teacher!  I have 10 years previous experience in Kindergarten.  I am so excited to be teaching first grade and I look forward to learning and growing with all of my students.


hildebrand_julie_434.jpg   Julie Hildebrand

   First Grade Teacher






Hello!  I am Mrs. Julie Hildebrand! I earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning & Development with a Minor in Childhood Studies  I have been teaching for over 10 years now.  I absolutely love everything about teaching and can’t imagine doing anything else!  I was thrilled to earn the PBS Digital Innovator award.


little_cindy_559.jpg   Cindy Little

   First Grade Teacher






I am Cindy Little! I love teaching children to embrace reading, so first grade is a perfect fit for me! I’ve been teaching for more than 20 years.  I grew up in the midwest and proud of my degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education.  I love creating a fun and safe classroom where we laugh and learn together.




  Morgan Dishman

  First Grade Teacher









schroeder_georgina_885.jpg   Georgina Schroeder

   First Grade Teacher






Hello! I am Mrs. Schroeder. I am a proud 1st teacher and grateful to have a positive role in educating our young beautiful minds. I have been in education since 1994.. I have had great experiences with most grade levels  in SCORES, Special Education and General Education. My goals for my class are to create a collaborative, creative, independent  and positive environment to promote learning.


simek_lisa_927.jpg   Lisa Simek

   First Grade Teacher






Hello! I am Lisa Simek. I have been teaching for more than 20 years. My passion is helping young children discover their love for reading. Not to mention I am a bit of a science nerd!  Through the use of various strategies I encourage my students to be collaborative thinkers and problem solvers. I want my students to feel loved and valued  throughout their educational journey in my classroom.