Texas ACE Staff
Texas ACE Before & Afterschool Program 2022-23
5200 Avenue N ½
Galveston, TX 77551
Texas ACE Administration Team
Project Director: Jonettacrain@gisd.org
Family Engagement: IeshaDeyon@gisd.org
Administration Assistant: Juanaramirez@gisd.org
Program Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas ACE Site Coordinators
Ball High School: Ashleyfelton@gisd.org
Burnet Elementary: Lizzettecastillo@gisd.org
Crenshaw Elem. & Middle: MaryMunson@gisd.org
L.A. Morgan Elementary: SynethiaDorsey@gisd.org
Oppe Elementary: WesleyHolland@gisd.org
Parker Elementary: SharaArcher@gisd.org
Jonetta Crain, Texas ACE Project Director
Jonetta Crain is the current Texas ACE Project Director. She has a long career in education that spans over 25 years. She taught business and technology courses at the high school level, in North Carolina and in the Panhandle of Texas. Then she became a District Technology Director before becoming an Elementary Principal at Shiner ISD in the Texas Hill Country. She also spent 15 years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She began her work there as an Educational Consultant on a partnership program with NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) of the United States and the UAE Ministry of Education. The project focused on training local Emirati School Principals instructional leadership skills and transforming the schools curriculum. After the project came to an end, she advanced to work directly for the government at the UAE Ministry of Education as a Cluster Director continuing to oversee multiple campuses.
She earned her Bachelors in Computer Science at West Texas State in Canyon, Texas and her Masters of Business Education from University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC. She continued on after her Masters to get her Principal’s Certification and course work back in the Texas Panhandle at West Texas State University which is now West Texas A&M.
She moved back from overseas in 2019 to be closer to her parents, brother and two grown sons that have blessed her with three grandchildren. She is passionate about the people of Galveston and works to connect both community and school to create positive changes that will benefit the students of the island.
Family Engagement Specialist, Iesha Thomas Deyon
Mrs. Deyon is BOI and a 1995 graduate of Ball High School. Mrs. Deyon comes from a family of educators and has been working in the Galveston Independent School District on and off for 15 years and with 22 years overall in childcare. After leaving the district because of Hurricane Ike, Iesha continued her love for child development as a preschool teacher and later Assistant Director. However; Mrs. Deyon knew she would come back home and raise her children here in Galveston. As an employee of GISD Iesha Deyon has worked in both elementary and secondary campuses. She has also worked in positions servicing our special needs population and also making a huge statement as a Behavioral Specialist.
Mrs. Deyon became a member of the Texas ACE team, mid October 2020 as the Site Coordinator at Ball High. With this year being promoted to the position of Family Engagement Specialist, Iesha really gets to become an advocate for families and providing resources and events to keep the families in the know of what is happening in the district and being a one stop shop to gain any information they need to know. The importance of afterschool care and giving parents and students targeted lessons and providing enrichment activities that sometimes students and their families would not be able to get otherwise.
Mrs. Deyon loves seeing her children grow up in the same school district, attend the same high school and be a part of the same community as she did. Her husband being a teacher at Ball High School is the icing on the cake. She continues to understand how important it is to have Galveston as a building block and a family's village.
Iesha has served on many committees in the community and still to this day has a heavy hand in youth sports on the Island and student mentoring. Iesha Deyon prides herself in stewardship and keeping Galveston the prize that it continues to be. Knowing that our families are a part of a wonderful community that we love to call home.
I believe the children are our future. -Whitney Houston
Juana Ramirez, Administrative Assistant Texas ACE
Mrs. Ramirez was born in Mexico and raised in Galveston, she considers herself an “islander by choice” (IBC). She graduated Cosmetology School in 2015 and also has her AAS Degree. Juana is married to a Sergeant at the Galveston Port Police Department and a proud “Girl Mom” of two admirable little ladies.
In her free time, Mrs. Ramirez enjoys down time and making memories. Hobbies include crafting, trying out DIY tutorials and new recipes in the kitchen, as well as boosting people's confidence with her stylist talent.
Shara Archer, Parker Elementary Site Coordinator
Mrs. Archer is from Galveston Texas and a Ball High Graduate, she earned two Associate Degrees from Galveston College and her Bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Business Management. She has been working at Parker Elementary for 10 years and is definitely someone we are proud to say with confidence, here for the kids and is all about the betterment of the kids. She currently serves as President on two PTO boards and enjoys trying to do whatever she can to make everyone happy. Her favorite part about working for Texas ACE is getting to see the students build connections with school day teachers and offering activities in the program that some students would never be able to be a part of.
Mrs. Archer loves spending time with her family in her spare time, she has three children who keep her working when she’s not at work, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She also loves going to watch her students play ball, whether it be baseball, football, or basketball. Give her the date, place and time and she’s there, she loves her students like her own.
Synethia Dorsey, LA Morgan Site Coordinator
Ms. Synethia Dorsey is a BOI, she graduated from Ball High School. In High School she took a 2-year child care course and that is when she knew teaching was her passion. She received her Associates from Galveston College and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She has been working with children for 20 + years and her favorite part about working for Texas ACE is working with students and helping them excel in their education.
Ms. Dorsey’s favorite food is Mexican and Pizza and she loves spending time with her children, grandchild, and family as well as cooking, traveling, and shopping.
Wes Holland, Site Coordinator at Oppe Elementary
Wes Holland was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After high school he attended the University of Alabama’s Restaurant Hospitality Management Program. He received his Pedorthic Certification from Oklahoma State University with Honors. He was Head Pedorthist at Pedorthic Care Center in Birmingham, Alabama and Healthsouth Medical Center (that became Andrew’s Sports Medicine) from 1998-2006. In 2006 he opened his own practice with locations in Birmingham and Mongomery, Alabama. During the next 12 years he held numerous offices on The Alabama State Board of Prosthetics and Orthotics as well as a compliance officer. He was the youngest president elected to the state board and the only pedorthist elected to the position. In 2018 he sold the practices and moved to Galveston, Texas to be closer to family. After substitute teaching in the life skills programs of Galveston Independent School District he accepted a position as site coordinator for the Texas ACE After School Program full time. In his spare time he likes to fish, brew and spend time with family.
Ashley Felton, Ball High School Site Coordinator
Ashley Felton is a proud BOI (Born on the Island)! At a very young age she knew she would NEVER leave her community and strived to pour love and confidence back in her community.
Ms. Felton has been the director of a couple of Afterschool programs here in Galveston; YMCA of Galveston College youth program & A is for Apple Academy of learning where she loved every moment of community service.
Over the past 17 years she has enjoyed working in education and understands child development is important to her and is her passion.
In Ms. Felton’s free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Ms. Felton happily accepted the position as the ACE site coordinator at Ball High school; this allows her to continue to work every day to encourage and motivate children in the Galveston Community.
Mary Munson Site Coordinator at Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School
Mary Munson is originally from Phoenix, Arizona where she was born and raised. Ms. Munson has 4 daughters, her oldest is in college and the other 3 are GISD students. Ms. Munson worked in banking and finance for 15 years before she decided to pursue a career in education. She was a 21st CCLC site coordinator in Arizona before moving to Houston where she also worked as a Texas ACE coordinator. The day after Ms. Munson and her family made their long journey from Arizona to Houston Texas, she couldn’t wait to check out Galveston. As soon as they arrived on the island her and her daughters knew that one day they would make Galveston their home. Now that she lives here in Galveston she enjoys spending her time on the beach, being involved in the community and hanging out with her daughters. Her favorite part of working for Texas ACE is exposing the students to as many experiences as possible so that they can see what this world has to offer.
Lizzette Castillo Krc, Burnet Elementary Site Coordinator
It is my pleasure to serve you as the Burnet ACE Site Coordinator. I have 10 years of educational and leadership experience. Prior to my return, I served as the Parent Liaison and Instructional Technology Coach at Galveston ISD as well as the ACE Site Coordinator for TCISD. I enjoy creating innovative learning centers for the 21st Century scholars. As the ACE Site Coordinator, my goal is to provide a safe learning environment where students can learn enriching skills that will prepare them for future careers.
My educational background includes a Master’s in Education in Educational Leadership and School Counseling from University of St. Thomas in Houston, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix in Houston, TX. By pursuing lifelong learning, I intended to be an example to students and educators that we should never stop learning.