J.A. Patton Elementary

Fourth Grade










orenstein_louis_733.jpg   Louis Orenstein

   Fourth Grade Teacher, Team Leader






I began teaching in 2005. I teach because I want to make a difference in the world, and to enrich children’s love of literacy and writing.  I’m honored to be the 4th Grade Team Leader and Patton Literacy Lead. I try to bring a forward thinking, progressive approach to teaching by incorporating S.T.E.A.M. learning into language arts after having participated in the Thinkery EducatorExchange program in 2015.  My path to education began with graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, with minors in Writing and Visual Arts.  I followed that with graduating as an Art Director from The Creative Circus, a graduate level advertising program. After that, I spent time working with children at summer camps in New York where they convinced me to give up advertising and move on to education.  I received my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado and moved to Austin to begin my teaching career.






van_uum_rhonda_1040.jpg   Rhonda Van Uum

   Fourth Grade Teacher






Hello! my name is Rhonda Van Uum.  My teaching career began in August of 1995.  I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 6 years old!   Teaching children and watching them blossom into eager learners makes my life complete!.  My journey into teaching started when I graduated from  Southwest Texas State in  1995.


williams_allie_1076_0.jpg   Allie Sanchez

   Fourth Grade Teacher






I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Learning and Development with a specialization in ESL.I began my teaching career in 2016, but I have been helping my mom in the classroom for as long as I can remember.