Director, Alicia Tamez
Alicia Lorena Tamez owns and directs All-Star Readers Learning Center. She is a Texas certified educator in early childhood through fourth grade and currently holds a Director’s License for All-Star Readers. Before she opened the learning center, she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Learning and Development, a Minor degree in Spanish and successfully completed the Elementary Reading Specialization Program.
After Alicia completed her studies in Austin, she returned to her hometown in El Paso, Texas where she taught first grade for seven years. Throughout these seven years, she learned about and implemented a variety of reading curricula in her classroom. This experience helped increase her knowledge and improve her skills as a Reading Specialized Educator. Throughout her years as an elementary educator, Alicia also conducted different literacy assessments (both formal and informal). She learned how to use her students’ assessment results to know how to differentiate and individualize her literacy curriculum to help meet her students’ academic needs. Finally, throughout her years as a classroom teacher, Alicia attended the University of Texas in El Paso where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Reading. After she completed her graduate career, she made the bold decision to use her teaching experience and knowledge as fundamental tools to create a successful preschool and elementary literacy tutoring curriculum and implement both in her own learning center.
Alicia recognizes the literacy programs set in place at All-Star Readers would not be successful without the help of a qualified, knowledgeable and trained staff. Presently, All-Star Readers has a staff of four teachers (not including Alicia), all of whom have graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Jena Evanko has been with All-Star Readers since January 2012. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on Science.
Gabriela Balderas graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined the team at All-Star Readers because it is the ideal environment to carry out the effective teaching strategies she learned throughout her schooling. “Working with children is a new adventure every day. It brings joy to my life seeing the children reach new heights, while exploring their potential for a better scholastic future.”
Victoria Avelar graduated from NMSU with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Educational Psychology. While she attended college she took several courses in the growth and development of children. Victoria enjoys working with children and helping them learn skills and concepts that will help them attain many positive things in life. She strongly believes educating children at an early age will give them the skills and confidence necessary for success.
Victoria Fierro is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso with a major in Education in Math and Science. Before she began working towards her bachelor’s degree at UTEP, she completed classes in Cd. Juarez to further develop her knowledge in Math and Physics. When she first joined the All Star Readers team, she was the lead teacher with the elementary group during the summer. Throughout the summer, she helped create fun and academically bound lessons that helped the children be better prepared for the new school year. Throughout the school year she continues to work with these students and helps them with their individual homework. She enjoys working at All Star Readers because it is a great opportunity for her to put into practice what she enjoys most about her career choice – working with children to help them be academically successful!
Julieta Lujan is well into her eighth semester of career education in Tecmilenio University by Tecnologico de Monterrey. “To be a successful teacher requires extraordinary levels of patience, enthusiasm, creativity, and above all, love for children’s education. Why did I choose to study education? To introduce children to the world of education and offer them a safe and fun environment where they can develop and express themselves, build friendships, and feel comfortable to spend part of their day without their parents. All-Star Readers provides the perfect environment for me to offer this to children.”