Mrs. Johnson is beginning her 26th year in Coppell ISD, 35th year in education. She was named the Texas Alternative Education Administrator of the Year for 2014. She is certified in Marketing Education and Administration and has her Mid-Management certification from Texas Woman’s University. Mrs. Johnson graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Technology- Sales and Marketing, and Marketing Education Vocational Teacher Certification. She also received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Mrs. Johnson has two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends hanging out, boating, motorcycle riding, and listening to music. She enjoys cooking, reading and traveling and wishes she had more time to do them all.
Genius: Mrs. Johnson’s genius is her creative problem solving to find solutions and answers to meet the needs of any situation and her flexibility to make adjustments and alter plans, as needed. She feels her true genius is helping others find the genius in themselves!
Fun Fact: Mrs. Johnson began a 20 year fashion career at the age of thirteen as a print and runway model traveling internationally. Her photos have been in many magazines including Vogue, Town and Country, Texas Monthly, and Cosmopolitan.
Mrs. Porter is beginning her 27th year in education, 7th year in Coppell ISD and 4th year at Victory Place @ Coppell. She has 12 years of experience in administration and earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems as well as a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Administration - both from the University of North Texas. She has served as both a classroom facilitator and now administrator for Victory Place. She is married and has a daughter who is in the 9th grade in high school. In her free time, she watches her daughter play both club soccer & varsity high school soccer.
Genius: Mrs. Porter’s genius is her desire to help learners who are struggling to find their path in life and supporting those who are truly in need. She also has a knack for technology and gadgets.
Fun Fact: Mrs. Porter lives in the country and has a flock of chickens on her property that provides organic, farm fresh eggs that she enjoys sharing with others.
Rochelle Baston Williams
Mrs. Baston Williams is in her 2nd year in Coppell ISD, and her 15th year in education. She taught middle school social studies for 4 years and is going into her 11th year as a counselor. Mrs. Baston Williams received her graduate degree from Amberton University and her undergraduate degree from The University of North Texas. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, watching old Bette Davis movies, and traveling.
Genius: Mrs. BastonWilliams’ genius is her daily, positive upbeat energy and attitude. She enjoys building strong relationships with students/adults.
Fun Fact: Mrs. BastonWilliams loves sour jelly beans and is terrified of tornadoes and flying on airplanes.
Mrs. Norman is beginning her 19th year in Coppell ISD and her 13th year at Victory Place @ Coppell She attended Alabama A&M and University of Louisville. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, all sports, traveling and reading.
Genius: Mrs. Norman’s genius is her belief that everyone in her presence will be welcomed and treated with respect no matter who they are. She believes that potential is rooted deep in everyone and loves it when an individual discovers their own potential & passion.
Fun Fact: Mrs. Norman tried out for “Wheel of Fortune” and was her elementary school “Spelling Bee Champ”. Mrs. Norman loves spending time w/her family which includes her husband, daughter, son, son-in-law and her 16 month old granddaughter Savannah.
Officer Rachel Freeman
School Resource Officer
Mrs. Allison began teaching in 1996 after earning a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified in Biology 6-12, Chemistry 6-12 and Special Education EC - 12. As a military spouse, she has had the opportunity to teach in Texas, California, Alabama, Florida and Japan. Her experience includes teaching middle school science and biology, chemistry, and earth science at the high school level. She also taught ESL to students of all ages in a variety of settings while living overseas. Her favorite aspect of teaching is connecting with students and watching them grow. She is excited to move back home to Texas with her husband and daughter after 20 years of being away and looks forward to spending time with friends and family and becoming part of the Coppell community.
Genius: Mrs. Allison’s genius is her sense of service. She has strived to give her time and energy to help improve every community that she has called home.
Fun Fact: Mrs. Allison loves adventure! She has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji, and climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.
Educator/Facilitator: Social Studies and Health/PE
Mr. Duke is in his 3rd year in Coppell ISD and his 5th year in education. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Baylor University and a Masters of Education in Education Leadership from the University of North Texas. He holds certifications in Social Studies 4-12, History 8-12, Special Education EC-12 and Physical Education EC-12. He has experience teaching all social studies subjects as well as coaching varsity football and basketball. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Duke served in the US Army which included a deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He continues to serve in the Army Reserves. Mr. Duke is married with two children, Elijah and Abigail, with another daughter due to arrive in October. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, reading, listening to and playing music, traveling and anything on the water.
Genius: Mr. Duke’s genius is his sense of Esprit de Corps. Whether it is pride in his alma mater, his time spent in the Army, his status as a Veteran or his current role as a coach and educator Mr. Duke displays great pride, dedication and loyalty to groups and teams he is a part of.
Fun Fact: Mr. Duke was once in a rock band and recorded 3 albums with the band. He played guitar and was the lead vocalist for the band. They played all over Texas and even had songs on local and regional radio stations.
Dr. Linda Fielder
Educator/Facilitator: Science and Math
Dr. Fielder is beginning her 15th year with Coppell ISD and Victory Place @ Coppell. She is certified in Chemistry, Secondary Math 6-12, Composite Science 6-12 and Special Education. Dr. Fielder graduated from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. She continued her education at the Johns Hopkins University and received her Master of Arts in Chemistry and her PhD in Physical Chemistry. Her post-doc experience involved the study of doubly charged ion mass spectrometry at Georgia Institute of Technology. She realized her passion for education after teaching chemistry at Brookhaven Community College and continued her studies to receive her teaching certificate from UT Dallas. She has three grown children, the oldest is an Associate Attorney in Corpus Christi, the middle is a physics graduate student at U of Pittsburgh, and the youngest is an engineering student at UTD . Dr. Fielder likes working in her gardens, exercising, swimming, the beach and riding motorcycles. She is an active advocate of Sustainability.
Genius: Dr. Fielder's genius is fortitude and perseverance – she is characterized by her willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done and strives to impart this skill to learners.
Fun Fact: Dr. Fielder is beginning her 17th year dancing with the dynamic Ukrainian Folk Dancing troupe, Zorya.
Ms. Muir is beginning her third year in education and her first year in Coppell ISD and Victory Place @ Coppell. She is certified in Mathematics 4-12, Science 4-8, and Special Education EC-12. Ms. Muir graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and earned her certification through ACT San Antonio. She spent her first two years teaching in a Title I high school in San Antonio before moving back to the DFW area. Ms. Muir’s greatest pleasure teaching at her previous school was being the teacher sponsor for Student Council. Watching students create a sense of community, spirit, and service in their school was just as rewarding as being in the classroom.
Fun Fact: Ms. Muir has a menu item named after her at her favorite dessert shop. She was one of the original employees of Woolley’s Frozen Custard, a popular and local small business in the Fort Worth area. If you need to satisfy a sweet tooth stop in and order a Lauren’s Favorite!
Marco C. Rodriguez
Educator/Facilitator: English Language Arts/Technology
Mr. Rodriguez is beginning his 5th year in Coppell ISD and 20th year in education. He loves to be useful and busy and wears many hats here at VP@C. English, Social Studies and Technology are the courses he facilitates with certifications in English 4-12, Social Studies 4-12, Technology Applications EC-12 and General Education 1-6. All his certificates include Special Education and ESL endorsements. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Art in Speech Communication and a minor in Psychology. Mr. Rodriguez enjoys spending time with friends laughing, reading and watching works of Historical Fiction, and mentoring youth.
Genius: Mr. Rodriguez’s genius is his optimism and inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and happenings or to anticipate the most positive outcome.
Fun Fact: Mr. Rodriguez was an extra in the movie Serving Sara with Matthew Perry.
Mrs. Ryan has been involved in education for over 18 years. She has a Masters in Health Care Administration, a B.S. in Biology and is certified to teach Math 4-8. In addition to being involved in education, Mrs. Ryan retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Genius: Mrs. Ryan’s genius is her willingness to jump in and give it a try. If it needs to be done, there is no task too big or too small.pasting
Fun Fact: Mrs. Ryan is an owner of a company named Jingle Heart and has appeared on QVC.
Mr. Woods is beginning his 1st year in Coppell ISD and his 3rd year in education. He is certified in Mathematics 7-12. Mr. Woods started out attended Oklahoma State University for the first three years of his college education where he majored in Economics. The he later transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma where he finished with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies. He spent the first two years of his education career teaching at Cypress Lakes High School in Houston, where he taught Algebra II and Geometry. At Cypress Lakes, he also coached football as the Varsity wide receivers coach, and was the head coach of the Freshman-B basketball team.
Genius: Mr. Woods’ genius is his positive attitude and great smile, despite the kind of day he may be having.