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    We are excited about the opening of Rodriguez Middle School! Our goal is to promote a caring, safe environment where students are excited about learning. In our life skills classroom we will address the needs of the whole child: academic, social emotional, and functional. We strive for our students to be independent, productive, and respectful citizens.

    Meet Rodriguez Middle School Life Skills Staff

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    B. Sotella Smith, M.Ed.

    Academic Vocational Life Skills Teacher (AVLS)

    I am delighted about being a part of the inaugural staff at Rodriguez Middle School as a life skills teacher. After 29 years of teaching at the elementary level I am excited about moving up to middle school. I was born in Denton and attended Denton ISD public schools. When I am not teaching I enjoy doing all things crafty including Zentangle, crochet, quilting, jewelry making, and mixed media collages.

    *Feel free to contact me by email at bsmith@dentonisd.org or by phone at 972-347-7037. My conference time is 10:55-11:45 a.m. 

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     Jorg Dettmer, M.A.

    -AVLS Paraprofessional


    I was born in Germany and grew up there.  I taught at Ryan High School for 12 years.  I have two grown kids.  My hobbies are music, history, literature, dancing, hiking and soccer.  My favorite virtues: honesty and kindness.  My motto in teaching: knowledge makes gentle.

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    Ellen Gauntt, B.S.

    AVLS Paraprofessional

    My husband and I moved to Texas two years ago and we now live in Oak Point with our rescue dog. We left our two wonderful kids behind attending college in Illinois, but both will be moving here soon! I love, love, love to garden and bake, my husband enjoys woodworking and on the weekends we like exploring small towns together. I have worked in special education for 15 years.