Principal, Dr. Rhonda Wade
After serving as Assistant Principal during 2015-16, I am excited to be the new Principal at Velasco Elementary!  My passion is learning and assisting students and teachers to excel. Our students have unlimited potential and my goal is to help each student reach the highest level by empowering our teachers. Lifelong learning has allowed me to explore many career paths. However, education of others has been a constant theme. After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Mathematics and a MBA in Finance, I worked as an university instructor, accountant, financial planner, budgeting director, small business consultant, college administrator, and business owner. In 
2000, I completed my teacher certification from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. My teaching experience includes 8th grade Math, Algebra, Geometry, university level  business and computer programming as well as workplace training. I have also served as BISD's District Math Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Freeport Intermediate School and Elisabet Ney Elementary.  In 2013, I received my Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. My personal pursuits include cooking, music, family time, digital learning and innovation. My daughter graduated from Brazosport ISD and my family has lived in the area for over 25 years. I look forward to serving the Velasco family!  Going for gold in 2016-17!

For the 2016-2017 school year we welcome two new assistant principals.

Melissa Spence, AP

Mrs. Melissa Spence comes to us from in Alvin ISD where she served as Assistant Principal.  She previously has worked as a school counselor and 4th and 5th grade teacher.

AP Patrick C. Rivers

Patrick C. Rivers is a graduate of Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Sciences. Upon graduation his innate talent and love for teaching took precedence, and he became a certified teacher while serving as a dedicated (long-term) substitute. Mr. Rivers accomplished an impeccable record as an elementary teacher at Bastian Elementary School. He later went on to earn a second teaching certificate in secondary science.  Mr. Rivers led and taught in the department of science at the then James D. Ryan Middle School, in the Third Ward of Houston, Texas.  During that period of time, Mr. Rivers completed his Master of Education in Educational Administration at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Texas. Since then Mr. Rivers has served as a High School Assistant Principal, Middle School Assistant Principal, and currently serves as an Elementary School Assistant Principal in Freeport, Texas at Velasco Elementary School. Mr. Rivers welcomes the challenge of educating the youth of today with over 19 years in public education. Mr. Rivers is happily married and a father of two children.


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