WCHE 1st Grade Team 2019-2020
Pictured l – r : Haley Rivera, Summer Miller, Lauren Massey, Tara Scholibo, Tara Ali, Wendy Gorfain, and Julliane Jenkerson
Tara Ali - Originally from Illinois, Mrs. Ali and her family moved to Austin in the summer of 2015. In her 11th year of teaching, she lives in the West Cypress Hills neighborhood with her husband and three children: Emma (5th grade), Tyler (3rd grade), and Mason (1st grade.) She loves teaching first grade, crafting on her Cricut and embroidery machines, and spending time with her friends and family. Mrs. Ali was the West Cypress Hills Teacher of Year in 2017-2018!
Wendy Gorfain – Mrs. Gorfain is a Connecticut native who found her home in Austin, Texas, this past July. Although this is her 25th year in education, it's her 1st year with the LTISD and West Cypress Hills Elementary. She has taught 1st through 4th Grade classes and spent the past 12 years working as a Reading Specialist. She has a passion for teaching and an even greater passion for educating the whole child. Mrs. Gorfain lives in South Austin with her husband, Alan, and their 2 crazy cats, Nigel and Wesley. Mrs. Gorfain is excited to be a part of this amazing community.
Julianne Jenkerson – In her 4th year of teaching, Ms. Jenkerson recently graduated from Texas State University with her Master's of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification. She is fun loving and enjoys building meaningful relationships with each student. Health and fitness are very important to her. She is passionate, too, about her family, her dogs, and being outdoors.
Lauren Massey – Ms. Massey is a born and raised Austinite. The only time she has lived outside of Austin was when she attended Texas Tech University from 2014-2017. She has her Bachelors in History with minors in Psychology and Spanish. This is her first year of teaching, and she is super excited to be a part of the Tiger Team! Ms. Massey spends her free time reading and trying out new recipes.
Summer Miller – Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Mrs. Miller graduated from Angelo State University. She has been with the LTISD for 8 years and is very excited to join the 1st Grade Teaching Team at West Cypress Hills Elementary this year. When she's not at school teaching, she can be found at a sporting event ("Go, Cavs!") reading a good book, kayaking the Pedernales River, or visiting small town antique shops.
Haley Rivera - This is Mrs. Rivera’s 7th year teaching and her 2nd year teaching in the LTISD at West Cypress Hills Elementary School. She is a native Texan. She grew up in Burnet and moved to Lubbock to study at Texas Tech University (Wreck’Em!) Mrs. Rivera lives in Lakeway with her husband, Edsel, their dog, Hobo, and their cat, Wellington. The Riveras have been married five years and feel greatly blessed to be in the Lake Travis community.
Tara Scholibo – Mrs. Scholibo has been teaching 10 years. This is her 3rd year at West Cypress Hills Elementary. Mrs. Scholibo graduated from Texs State University and was born and raised in Lockhart, Texas. Her hobbies include traveling, shopping, and hiking. She married this past summer, and her wedding was held in Costa Rica! She and her husband have a sweet poodle named Tex and a sassy cat named Fanny. She's really excited about the new school year!