Principal's Message to Parents

  • Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, 

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 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. 

    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 2022-2023 school year with great hope and optimism. Join us as we learn, laugh, explore and grow. It’s going to be a great year! 


    Melissa Maestle 

FDES Faculty and Staff

  • Principal
    Melissa Maestle

    Assistant Principal
    Michael T. Fannin

    Office Staff
    Sandy Miller - Bookkeeper
    Diana Jimenez Quinones– Registrar

    Amy Zimmerman

    Martha Gay Joyner

    ESOL Liaison
    Orianna Urbaez

    Instructional Coach
    Mary Beth Estes

    Michael Betenson

    Reading Specialists
    Amber Anderson
    Megan Bailey

    Instructional Technology Coach
    Kelly Carey

    Piper Bold
    Samuel Chavez
    Renee McCabe

    Kasey Overby

    Family Support Specialist
    Kristen Snyder

    Tina Eversole

    Cafeteria Staff
    Mike Bullis – Manager
    Gail Bowman
    Lori Lambert

    Brandon Ludwig- Lead Custodian
    Paula Santos

    Custodial Aides
    Donnie Whitacre
    Judy Clark
    Elaine Moesta

    Yasiria Rodriguez- Spanish Immersion
    Farrah Litherland
    Nytasha Brisco

  • Kindergarten
    Christie Upshaw- Team Leader
    Jeimy Flores
    Rocio Vera
    Alyssa Estes

    First Grade
    Alyssa Estes-Team Leader
    Rocio Vera
    Chema Vazquez
    Michelle Kowasic

    Second Grade
    Jennifer Urbina- Team Leader
    Tonya Miller
    Margarita del Rio
    Micline Jules

    Third Grade
    Micline Jules- Team Leader
    Jennifer Urbina
    Julia Cabrerizo
    Betty Santos

    Fourth Grade
    Amy Stock- Team Leader
    Patricia Acuna
    Aida Fernandez
    Jessi Mossholder

    Resource/Support Teachers
    Joelle Vanderwater- Team Leader
    Sarah Marques
    Cindy Thomas
    Aijie Gonzales

    Physical Education
    Andrew Divico

    Elizabeth Logan

    Jessica Westman

    Tracey Wygal- Team Leader

    STEAM Teacher
    Joy Cusick

    Reach Associates
    Lori Bogucki
    Margarita Castillo

    Teaching Assistants
    Britni Buchanan
    Laura Jones- Pre-K
    Leslie Troxel
    Terry Winfield
    Stephanie Hawse
    Liliana Insuasti- PreK
    Karen Camacho
    Patricia Buchanan
    Andres Araenda
    Anna Bly
    Brittany Curtis- Pre-K
    Kaitlyn Sage
    Alexis Williams