Principal's Message to Parents

  • Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, 

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! 

    Each year we publish the Student/Parent handbook and post it on our website in order to provide families with basic information about the school, its policies and procedures. Please read and discuss this information with the entire family. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, many of our policies have changed for this year. 

    At Frederick Douglass Elementary School, the staff, parents and students consistently promote the development of collaborative relationships in an effort to enhance the learning process. We look forward to open communication as we work to provide an exciting, challenging, stimulating and creative education for our students. We encourage each member of our school community to get involved. Remaining involved in your child’s education is one way to ensure success. Please feel free to contact me to discuss an idea, problem, concern or challenge. 

    I look forward to the 2020-2021 school year with great hope and optimism. Join us as we learn, laugh, explore and grow. It’s going to be a great year!


    Stephanie Downey 


FDES Faculty and Staff

  • Principal
    Stephanie Downey 

    Assistant Principal
    Melissa Maestle

    Office Staff
    Sandy Miller - Bookkeeper
    Hector Hernandez– Registrar

    Amy Zimmerman

    Martha Gay Joyner

    ESOL Liaison
    Natalia Rodriguez-Rey

    Instructional Coach
    Mary Beth Estes

    Reading Specialists
    Amber Anderson
    Megan Bailey

    Technology Support
    Kelly Carey

    Sabina Angarita
    Samuel Chavez

    Kasey Overby

    School Social Worker
    Kristen Snyder

    Tina Eversole

    Cafeteria Staff
    Mike Bullis – Manager
    Gail Bowman
    Sharon Lewis
    Lori Lambert

    Brandon Ludwig- Lead Custodian
    Tom Carlisle

    Custodial Aides
    Mariana Popova
    Dennis Wendt

    Yasiria Rodriguez- Spanish Immersion
    Farrah Litherland

  • Kindergarten
    Sara Dashner - Team Leader
    Julia Tinker
    Rocio Vera
    Christie Upshaw

    First Grade
    Alyssa Rosencrance – Team Leader
    Lucia Meca
    Jessica Mossholder

    Second Grade
    Tonya Miller - Team Leader
    Ashley Childers
    Margarita del Rio
    Jennifer Urbina

    Third Grade
    Ann Brancato– Team Leader
    Joy Cusick 
    Aida Fernandez

    Fourth Grade
    Amy Stock– Team Leader
    Patricia Acuna
    Betty Santos

    Resource/Support Teachers
    Heidi Colberg
    Jessica Hershman
    Janelle Hyson
    Cindy Thomas
    Joelle Vanderwater

    Physical Education
    Andrew Divico

    Elizabeth Logan

    Jessica Westman

    Tracey Wygal

    STEAM Teacher
    Bria Bryant

    Teaching Assistants
    Britni Buchanan
    Tessa Cave
    Angel Lowery
    Lori Presgraves
    Monica Ross
    Leslie Troxel
    Terry Winfield