Instructional Coaches

Monica Verbena

Monica Verbena

Math & Science Instructional Coach
Curriculum and Instruction Group
My name is Monica Verbena and I started my teaching career in the 1997-1998 academic school. I went to high school at a local high school not far from Lackland AFB called John F. Kennedy HS. I graduated from Baylor University on academic scholarship with a Bachelor's Degree in Science, and then received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction for science education at Our Lady of the Lake University which was paid through special grants for working teachers.

I taught every science at the high school level including AP Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Physics. I also taught middle school science and every subject in the elementary grades. I have also been an Educational Specialist at the ESC-Region 20 and worked with superintendents and other central office personnel in Bexar County and the surrounding counties. Now I am the Math/Science Instructional Coach at Lackland and work closely with the Kinder through 5th grade teachers. I have been with Lackland ISD since August 2009. This has been my favorite job in all my career, and I hope to retire from this school district.

Fun Facts:
  • My first teaching job was at the high school I attended! I got to work alongside some of my very own teachers and student teachers!
  • I actually got to teach my brother and his now wife when they were high school students!
  • My absolute favorite subject is science, but most of my work revolves around math. Still, I can see science in everything around me!
Vickie Johnson

Vickie Johnson

District GT Facilitator
Gifted and Talented

I have been at Lackland ISD as the GT District Coordinator since 2011. I have been in education since 1996, teaching 3rd-8th grades, and 3 years as a Math Specialist, before moving into GT.

I attended UTSA for my undergraduate degree, and Texas State for my masters degree in Elementary Education. I am certified to teach K-8 and ESL. I have extensive experience in GT classrooms at various grade levels, and deliver professional development in gifted education. For 4 years, I instructed future teachers in the Alternative Certification Program with Texas Teaching Fellows.

I am passionate about teaching GT students..

Dana Kickler

Dana Kickler

Instructional Technology Coach

I am the Instructional Technologist for Lackland Elementary. I began teaching in 1996 in 2nd grade, and moved to instructional technology in 1999. I worked in Northside ISD until I moved to Lackland in 2014.

I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I love The Windy City, my Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, and of course, deep dish pizza (preferably from Lou Malnati's). I also enjoy camping, road trips, concerts, theater, reading (non-fiction is my favorite) and binge watching supernatural tv shows (guilty pleasure). I have an older brother and sister, and 3 amazing nephews. Our family has a vacation home on a lake in Wisconsin, and that is my favorite place in the world.

Before my daughter was born, I helped run two animal rescue groups, one for ferrets, and one for cats and dogs. I did that for about 10 years. My daughter was born in 2006, and all our permanent pets from the rescue years have passed away, but we have 3 rescue cats right now.

I am passionate about education and believe everyone should be a life-long learner. I think the most important skills we can teach our students are things like creativity, problem-solving, persistence, communication, and collaboration. Technology is a conduit for that. Not only is it an integral part of our lives now, it will be even more so in the future. We have to prepare our students for jobs and careers that don't even exist yet, so we must teach outside the box and deep below the surface. We should make our students passionate about school and learning, and technology is definitely a resource to support that.

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