Highlight on the ELL Staff

Highlight on the ELL Staff
Posted on 05/09/2014

testersDaniela Jaimes is the bilingual test assessor. She started with the department in January 2013. Among many job assignments, Miss Jaimes arranges testing at campuses, codes the students and assists with translations. In addition to working full-time for the ELL Department, Miss Jaimes is a full time student at Tarleton State University studying social work. Upon graduation, she hopes to do community work similar to the services provided by Mission Waco. She also works with her parents at their restaurant, Abuelita’s, in Meridian, Texas as the front house manager. Her hobbies are reading, watching sitcoms, studying, and working with the homeless. Volunteering at Mission Waco and The Advocacy Center is one of the activities that she enjoys. Miss Jaimes is a proud graduate of Waco I.S.D. and the ELL program, attending Dean Highland, Lake Air Middle School and finally graduating in May 2009 from Waco High School. Miss Jaimes says that what she likes most about her job is the interaction with students when testing.

 Rosa Enriquez is a bilingual tester. She started in this department eight years ago. She has been with the district working as a substitute teacher for twenty-one years. Her main job is to go to the schools and test the children. She also helps in the office with filing. Ms. Enriquez’s hobbies include sewing and decorating cakes. "I don’t like staying in the same place all the time," Ms. Enriquez explains. "So I like going to the schools and testing the children. Mostly I like the interaction with the students."

 Cindy Ortega is the District translator, bilingual tester, and part-time receptionist. She started with the department in August 2012, but has worked as an office clerk with the district for nine years. She graduated from A.J. Moore in May of 2003. Before that, she attended Bell’s Hill, Provident Heights, and G.W. Carver Middle School. Mrs. Ortega was also an ELL student in elementary school. Mrs. Orte-ga’s favorite part of her job is translating. "Translating is an everyday learning process for me," she says. "The vocabulary, the different words – all of it is interesting and a challenge." Mrs. Ortega’s hob-bies include camping, hiking and spending time with her children and family.

 Sandra G. Muro is one of our bilingual testers. She has been with the ELL Department for almost three years. Mrs. Muro is also a Waco I.S.D. graduate. She attended Bell’s Hill, Sul Ross, University Middle School and graduated from University High School in May 2000. Mrs. Muro said she has a passion for this work because she was an ELL student. She says, "My favorite thing about this job is the testing because I have the chance to make students feel welcome and give them encouragement." Mrs. Muro enjoys, among other things, jogging on the Cameron Park trails with her husband.