Bridgeport ISD Student Spotlights for Saturday, January 19, 2019

Published Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Allison Iniguez


Allison Iniguez

Grade: 1

Parents: Sebastian and Santa Iniguez

Favorite subject: math

Hobbies: Playing with her dog, Maylo, riding her bike and being with her big brothers.

“Allison shines with her beautiful smile, her caring disposition and her desire to learn. Allison is in the two-way, dual language program. At such a young age, she is not only being successful in one language, but in two. Her teacher says she is a great leader, friend and student. ” – Principal Martha Bock

Isabella Garcia


Isabella Garcia

Grade: 3

Parents: Angelica Mancillas and Luis Gonzalez

Favorite subject: science

Hobbies: Playing with Barbies and basketball

“Isabella has the qualities of a true leader. [Third grade teacher America] Miles said, ‘Isabella is always willing to work hard, help others and eager to learn.’ We are proud of you, Isabella!” – Principal Mallory Marr

Mariah Monk


Mariah Monk

Grade: 8

Parents: John and Melissa Monk

Favorite subjects: science and history

Hobbies: Basketball, volleyball, track and cross country, drawing, music, writing and shopping.

“Mariah is one of the most polite students I’ve ever met. She always answers with ‘yes ma’am’ or ‘no ma’am.’ She works hard, she’s smart, she’s helpful and she’s fun to be around!” – Eighth grade science teacher Ashlin Gentry

Kirby Russell


Kirby Russell

Grade: 11

Parents: Carl and Diane Russell

Favorite subject: ag mechanics

Hobbies: Showing market barrows, heifers, ag mechanic project, vice president for district FFA, Bridgeport FFA and Oil Belt District

“Every morning Kirby greets [everyone] with a smile and polite ‘Good morning.’ He is always positive and upbeat. He is a hard worker and a born leader. He gives 100 percent in all he does. It is a pleasure to find a student as responsible and mature as Kirby. I look to see Kirby on a presidential ballot.” – Principal Jaime Sturdivant

Hayley Eaker


Hayley Eaker

Position: Elementary music teacher

Family: “A loving mother Tamara Eaker, father Mike Eaker, and brother Dylan Eaker in Mansfield. I currently live in White Settlement with my boyfriend Justin and our two dogs, Pixie and Gretel.”

Experience: Three years. “Taught in Duncanville ISD and International Leadership Academy of East Side Fort Worth. I have taught kindergarten through eighth-grade music, band and choir. I also have taught flute lessons for the past six years. I have loved every day in Bridgeport so far, and I cannot wait for many more years and experiences here!”

Hobbies: “I enjoy playing the flute, painting and baking. If I am not planning for school, I am usually spending time with my dogs. One of my goals this year is to run a 5K.”

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “I knew that I wanted to teach music when I was in seventh grade. I have always had an interest and talent with science and was originally planning on pursuing a career in that field. I had won the environmentalist award for my science fair project that year and was ready to head to state when I found out my UIL band performance was the same day. I had enjoyed my time in music before, but my band director was the one who made me feel like a special student and truly cared about my whole education and not just my band grade. It was because of her that I decided to not go to state for my project and stay in band. She had also interviewed and taken a job at the high school that I was feeding in to and explained that I, along with many other students, were her reason to take this job and watch us graduate. It was because of her that I wanted to be a music teacher and help inspire students to reach their goals. I still keep in touch and on rare occasions, I still get to perform concerts with her.

“What I love about teaching is that I get to come work with teachers and staff that are just as passionate about our students as me! Watching our students grow and learn and see how their minds work is such an amazing journey to be a part of. I cannot wait to see the young adults that they will become and how they will change the world. My favorite quote about teaching comes from my favorite movie franchise ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.’ – Yoda.”

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