J.A. Patton Elementary

Third Grade Team

Image coming soon graphicMarcial Cavazos

3rd Grade Teacher, Team Leader




 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.

Jami Distel Jami Distel

3rd Grade Teacher



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.
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Amy Doherty

Third Grade Teacher





Louis OrensteinLouis Orenstein

Third Grade Teacher




 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.

Rhonda Van UumRhonda Van Uum

Third 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



Sadie Wooten

Third Grade Teacher