• The ELAR/SLAR team is vibrant, exciting and professional.  Find out more about each of them below!  New profiles being added regularly. 

  • Silvia Zacarias


    Silvia holds a M. Ed - Reading Specialist from Sul Ross State University.  She is currently an adjunct Professor at UTEP for the College of Education. Silvia spent 10 years at San Elizario ISD as a Kinder Bilingual Teacher (self-contained) and Instructional Specialist. Silvia also holds a Principalship (but has promised not to leave us) and loves to read.  She says the smell of new notebooks & books is captivating and could explain why she jokes that her special skill is collecting books and other school supplies.  If you have been to the Service Center lately, you may have noticed a shelf at the entrance with FREE books and materials.  These come straight from Silvia. Thank you, Silvia!! Silvia has been with the ESC for 4 years and has loved every day of it because, "I get to learn everyday."  She wants to remind teachers that, "We don't have to do this (teaching) ... we get to do this!"  


    Favorite Quote(s):  

    • Your energy introduces you before you speak 
    • Reading and Writing go hand in hand: reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out   
    • We care, we teach, we inspire... for the future of our nation passes through our hands

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  • Amy Avina

    Amy is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Abilene Christian University.  Her Masters and Bachelors degree in Education are both from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Amy taught Pre-K Dual Language at La Fe Preparatory School and has been at the Service Center for 9 years as an Instructional Officer in Migrant Education. She holds a teaching certificate as an EC-4th Generalist with an ESL endorsement. Amy states that the best part of education is, "getting the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, because these students are our future.  I feel blessed to be able to help teachers the way Region 19 helped me when I was in the classroom. I love helping teachers be the best educators they can be."  Amy would love to be a part of an Early Childhood Department focused on cognitively challenging curriculum and the incorporation of dual language.  During her spare time, Amy enjoys being with her loving family and participating in church activities as a Minister of Communion.

    Favorite Quotes:

    • “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    •  “Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
    • “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”





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  • Linda Caudillo

    Linda received her BA in American Literature and MA in Rhetoric and Writing studies, both from the University of Texas at El Paso.  A huge factor in her decision to join education was the love and passion her parents held for the American school system, to the point of leaving their home town in Chihuahua, Mexico to give their four children the opportunity to study in the states.  In 2005, Fabens ISD gave Linda her first shot at teaching.  She taught there for 13 years citing the beautiful scenic drive and amazing community.  During her time there, she taught Junior and Sophomore English.  She also spent time as the GT Coordinator, class sponsor, and credit recovery monitor.  Her special skill is, "telling people I love to garden.  I really am extremely good at killing plants."  She spends her summers at home with her two daughters and husband watching bad TV and reading anything involving Edgar Allan Poe or Kurt Vonnegut.  Her vision for her future includes publishing her yet to be finished book on rhetoric and a principal certification.  


    Favorite Quotes:

    • "Your education is one of the few things no one can take from you." Ricardo Ramirez (her father)
    • "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." EAP
    • "Lack of understanding requires education; resistance requires a rhetor to pull out all the oratical stops." Sharon Crowley Toward a Civil Discourse



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  • Melissa Elizabeth Darbonnier

    Melissa holds a Masters in Educational Diagnostician from Sul Ross State University.  Her parents instilled the importance of education at a young age.  As a language learner, her mother excelled and became a nurse in the United States.  "Nothing is impossible once you put your mind to it," Melissa remembers being told by her mother.  Melissa taught at SISD for 13 years where she worked with grades 1st through 12th as a Special Education and Dyslexia Service Provider and teacher.  Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors watching her husband and sons play sports and supporting her daughter's cheerleading. Go Mustangs !!!  When she is not spending time with her family, she is swimming or engaging in a little retail therapy.  Melissa has made it her mission to level the playing field for all students.  "It’s important to feel included," she's states.  Her work is building up to developing an educational program that serves students with diverse backgrounds and at the same time helps to raise the awareness of Twice Exceptional students. 

    Favorite Quotes:

    • "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop
    • "There is no better time than today to encourage our gifted learners to shine." Angie French
    • "People what forget what you said … they will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou