Margaret T. Reilly Elementary




Corrine Saenz


Assistant Principal

Lizette De Luna

Hello! I am excited to be a part of Reilly. This is my second year as an administrator and I love it. I am happy to be part of a community that puts students first above all. I love working with Ms. Saenz and all support staff. I hope we have an awesome 2017-2018 school year.  

Office Staff

Marissa Martinez

Originally from Mexico, I came to Texas when I was 7 and moved to Austin from the valley 24 years ago. I have been the secretary and bookkeeper here at Reilly for 15 years. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my four-year old daughter and 16-month old twin boys. 

Louann Garza



Deyanira Chavez


Hi Mustangs! My name is Deyanira Chavez and I’m Reilly's counselor! This is my 16th year in education working with elementary students. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Business degree. A year later I decided to go back to school to receive a second degree in Education. This past May (2017) I got my Master in Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University. My passion is to help others, so please feel free to contact me anytime. My door is always open! 


Sarah Rasmussen

Sara Rasmussen

Hello, my name is Sarah Rasmussen, and I'm thrilled to be the librarian at Reilly Elementary! I love kids, books, and introducing children to the joy of reading.  I want my students to experience the excitement of getting lost in a book and know that reading can help them discover new people, places, and ideas. I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with my family. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's of Library and Information Science from The University of North Texas. I'm looking forward to a great year!   

Reading Specialist

Alma Woerner

Alma Woerner 


Roxana Castillo

Roxanne Castillo

Hi!! I'd like to tell you a little about myself. I was born in San Luis Potosi J but lived most of my life in Los Fresnos, Texas.  I attended the University of Texas at Brownsville where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Bilingual Education. This will be my third year teaching at Pre-K at Reilly and it’s been amazing. I enjoy watching movies (*Phantom of the Opera*), taking my dog to parks and lakes. My goal is to make students feel safe at school, fall in love with learning, and build relationships with parents.  

Claudia Verastegui


My name is Claudia Verastegui and I have the privilege of being a part of Reilly this year, after spending  years teaching  Pre-K in different schools.  I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.  I know that play is a child's most important work, and I strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with Me! Gold Fish Class ?


Isabel Cano

I have 5 years of experience teaching at the primary and high school level. I studied in Italy and Spain where I received my degree in teaching and master's in psychology. I am excited to be teaching at Reilly  and look forward to being a part of my new students' educational development.

Lourdes Huerta

Lourdes Huerta

I am a South Texas native. Attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville where I received my B.A. in Sociology/Criminology in 2011. Upon graduation I served one year of national service through AmeriCorps in San Antonio. I then served as a high school site coordinator with Communities in Schools for four years. On my spare time I enjoy thrifting, DIY projects, and spending time at my family's tamale shop in Corpus Christi. This will be my second year as a Kindergarten Dual Language teacher here at Reilly. I absolutely enjoy serving the Reilly community and supporting our students on their journey towards becoming bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural. 

Soy nativa al sur de Texas. Asistí a la Universidad de Texas A & M-Kingsville donde recibí mi B.A. en Sociología/Criminología en 2011. Al graduar, serví un año de servicio nacional a través de AmeriCorps en San Antonio. Duespes trabaje como coordinadora en la escuela secundaria con el programa Comunidades en las Escuelas por cuatro años. En mi tiempo libre disfruto de compras de segunda mano, proyectos hechos en casa, y pasar tiempo en el negocio de tamales de mi familia en Corpus Christi. Este será mi segundo año como maestra de Kinder Language Dual aquí en Reilly. Absolutamente disfruto sirviendo a la comunidad de Reilly y apoyando a nuestros estudiantes en su desarolla hacia ser bilingüe, y multicultural. 

Tony Pfalzgraf

Tony Pfalzgraf

 My name is Tony Pfalzgraf and I teach kindergarten. I attended Loyola University of Chicago and studied business and Spanish. This is my 5th year teaching (abroad and within North America) ESL/common core. I love to read, travel, and be physically active. I am very much excited for the new school year and look forward to meeting my students!  


Clifford Hall

 I grew up in Texas and Missouri, and earned by B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. My elementary teaching certification is through St. Edwards University. This is about my 20th year to teach at Reilly Elementary, and I’m happy to still be here!

Iris Soto

Iris Soto

My name is Iris Soto and I am a 1st gade bilingual teacher here at Reilly Elementary. This will be my third year teaching. I graduated in 2014 from Texas A&M International University in my hometown, Laredo, TX. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, reading, and being outdoors. I am so happy to be a part of the amazing Reilly school staff, and I look forward to a great school year! 


Fatima Calvo

Fatima Calvo

 I have a bachelor’s degree in education expedited by my hometown university, Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).  I moved from Spain to teach at Reilly and I don’t regret about that decision. I love teaching, but when I’m not doing that, I am probably riding my bicycle or travelling to discover new places, meet new people and try new food : )

Keriann Duffy


Greetings and happy day! I am excited to be returing to Reilly. I have been here for two as a teacher assitant and I am happy to announce that I will be a second grade teacher this year! I am also the box top coordinator on the campus! So save all your box tops! A fun fact, my favorite color is turquoise.  


Beatriz Flores

Beatriz Flores

I'm Beatriz A. Flores. This is my 4th year at Reilly Elementary, 2nd year in 3rd grade as a Reading teacher; formally a Kindergarten teacher. I firmly believe that "Reading to the mind is what exercise is to the body". I love to watch sports and cheer on my favorite teams-- Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs & Dallas Mavericks! I also love to paint and craft.  

Saira Rojas

Saira Rojas

Hello! I’m Ms. Rojas and I’m in my 6th year of teaching here at Reilly Elementary. This is my 2nd year teaching 3rd grade math. I attended the University of North Texas in Denton, obtained my teaching certification shortly after, and started teaching right away. I feel lucky to be a part of a small but great community with such supportive staff and incredible kids here at Reilly. I really enjoy teaching math and feel fortunate to be able to rejoice with the kids when they make progress and reach their full potential. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends and family, go to concerts and sporting events, and be outdoors. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 6th year of teaching! 


Vanessa Juarez

Vanessa Juarez

My name is Vanessa Juarez.  I am originally from the Rio Grande Valley and moved to Austin,TX in 2000. I graduated from Texas State University in 2005 in Bilingual/Bi-cultural Education.  I have been teaching for the Austin Independent School District for 15 years with varied experience in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.  I look forward to a new year of teaching 4th grade with a great group of kiddos!  

Jessica Richards

Jessica Richards

 My name is Jessica Richards and I am from Toronto, Canada. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2010, obtaining an honors degree in English and Philosophy. I have lived, worked, and traveled abroad, and have been teaching ESL/core subjects for the last four years. I am thrilled to be one of Reilly's 4th grade teachers and am very much looking forward to the school year ahead!


Katie Avila

Katie Avila

 My name is Katie Avila.  I am originally from West Hartford, CT.  I moved to Austin in 2003 after graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  I have been teaching for 12 years, with seven years in 5th grade.  I love teaching math and science, and love being a Reilly Mustang! 

Albar Elizondo

 Albar Elizondo

For many years my commitment to students has been to provide appropriate and excellent learning opportunities for them to succeed socially and academically. I have served as an advocate for all children. My continued goal is to instill in students that a college education is feasible no matter what…money, it’s out there! Having graduated twice from UT-Austin, I know it can be done. Coming from a border town, Laredo, Texas, college was not priority (a long time ago); however I was fortunate to have had my parents on my side. I enjoy going back and visiting my home town, eating tortillas, and love and appreciate Frida Kahlo’s art. –Albar Elizondo, Jr.

Special Areas

Melissa Monreal

Melissa Monreal

Ms. Monreal was born in Austin and attended the University of Texas. She enjoys being active and watching a variety of sports.  She is beginning her 10th year of teaching and is excited to be a Reilly Mustang!

Ricardo Cabrera-Diaz

Ricardo Cabrera



Julio Mendez

Julio Mendez


Special Education  

Vicente Escalante

I was born and raised in Mexico where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Education Sciences from the University of Tlaxcala (Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala). I currently live in Austin, Texas where I have obtained a teaching certification through Region XIII in Generic Special Education PK-12 and Bilingual Generalist-Spanish EC-4. In 2016 I completed the requirements to obtain a Behavior Coach Certification also through Region XIII. I am a big soccer fan and love animals, particularly cats. My wife Cassie and I currently have 11 cats but have rescued many more in the past 16 years since we’ve been married. I also enjoy painting, drawing and spending time with my wife and our sons Donovan and Gage. I whole heartedly enjoy teaching students with disabilities and strive to prove each child has the ability learn regardless of any physical or intellectual condition. 

Phylicia Lester

My name is Phylicia Lester.  I have been in education since 2008 after graduating from Louisiana Tech University. I am currently a Life Skills teacher, and I enjoy seeing my students grow.  

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

 Welcome to Reilly! My name is Kelly Johnson, and I have taught 3rd and 4th grade at Reilly for eleven years. I love being part of the close-knit Reilly community, and this year I will serve as the bilingual Special Education Resource teacher. Originally from New England, I attended Kenyon College in Ohio and moved to Austin in 2005 looking for warmer weather and opportunities to practice my Spanish. Thankfully, this brought me to Reilly. I am mom to a 4-year old daughter and 16-month old twin sons who keep me very busy! With the goal of becoming an educational diagnostician, I am pursuing classes at UT Tyler for a Masters in Special Education. I am looking forward to another fantastic year supporting students and teachers at Reilly! :)  

Irma Ramirez- De Dalton


Erica Miller

  I was born and raised in the small town of Kinston,  North Carolina. I am a 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force. I am currently a teacher's assistant in the Life Skills classroom.


Lydia Palace

Lydia Palace

Ms. Palace is from Hunter, New York.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in  Psychology and a Master's degree in Deaf and Hearing Impaired Education from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo.  She has 18 years of teaching experience.  Ms. Palace enjoys hiking, biking, snow skiing, travelling, gardening, and cooking.  The thing she enjoys most about teaching is watching the progress her students make through consistency, a positive approach and a language rich environment.  Ms. Palace has two grown up sons; one lives in Chicago and the other lives in Shangai, China. She is extremely happy that her son Zachary and his wife now live in Austin. 

Gloria Moore


My name is Gloria Moore and I will be teaching students with auditory impairments in grades K-2. I have 25+ years of teaching experience primarily in the area of Early Childhood Special Education. This will be my third year as an A.I. teacher I earned my master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from UT-Austin, my bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Syracuse University, and completed a graduate level teacher certification program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing from Texas Tech University My husband and I recently celebrated our 32nd anniversary and we have two daughters. My hobbies include gardening, dancing and figure skating.

Randi Mize


I graduated from Avila University with two Bachelor degrees in English and Business Administration. I have discovered that working with children have brought me a sense of fulfillment as I guide them on a path to become lifelong learners. In my spare time, I play with my dachshund, read, write, and lead a few clubs and events outside of school. 

Kay Suttle-Field A.I. Counselor


I am the Austin Regional Day School Program for the Deaf School Guidance Counselor. It is an honor to work with the Reilly Elementary community. In addition to school counseling, I have experience as a teacher working with elementary students and hearing impaired students ages birth to high school. My work experience includes Texas, Connecticut and for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Germany. What I enjoy about school counseling is being part of the process that inspires students to achieve their personal best academically and socially. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. 

Elin Tucker

This is a photo of Elin Tucker.




Elsa Zamora