Rebekah is a recent graduate of Wheaton College in Chicago, IL where she studied Elementary Education, Middle Grade Math, and Middle Grade Language Arts. Throughout her time college, she worked to expand her skills at Generation Teach and the New York Times Summer Academy.
Rebekah is passionate about making the classroom a place of exciting discovery and hands-on learning. She is excited to think outside the box with her students to craft learning opportunities that connect with their interests. She loves empowering students to take ownership of their learning in and out of the classroom!
A Colorado native, Rebekah loves running, hiking, playing sports, or anything that keeps her outdoors! She also loves reading so send any book recommendations her way! She is thrilled about the opportunity to work with incredible students and teachers at Allegiance Academy
Social Studies and Coding
Alberto has been a bilingual teacher with the Dallas Independent School District for 8 years.
He graduated from the University of Texas in El Paso with a Major in Graphic Design and Minor in Computer Science. He worked for 10 years as an IT manager for the UTEP School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and College of Education.
Alberto will bring his bilingual background, knowledge of science, math and IT to the Allegiance Academy. Every day he is a hard working teacher with a smile on his face, excited to educate every single student.
Alberto lives in Dallas with his wife Merily. He is passionate about competing in triathlon races, a full Ironman being his favorite distance. He loves travelling the world and learning new things every day. He is excited joining the Allegiance Academy team this Fall.
Math and Spanish
A native Texan, Jackie brings over 13 years of teaching experience, specializing in mathematics, to Allegiance Academy. Several of her past roles in the educational community include math curriculum writer, lead math teacher, mentor teacher, and community liaison.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mathematics from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Being a military spouse, not only has she taught in Texas, but also California, North Carolina, and Japan in grades five through twelve. Her enthusiastic approach to education advocates for the whole child in order to strengthen their social-emotional self as well as facilitate their academic excellence.
Jackie currently resides in Southlake, TX with her husband Aaron. Together they nurture and guide their three children, Michael, Mary, and Meg to be successful active contributors in their own communities.
Math and Coding
Kayli House is co-owner of Oil and Cotton, an Oak Cliff-based art supply store that offers classes for all ages and custom program design for museums, schools, municipalities, and large corporations. She has been teaching preK-8th grade art at The Kessler School for five years, as well as maintaining a private piano studio. Her teaching is driven by a passion to get to know her students, assess their learning styles and give them confident access to modes of creative expression.
Kayli holds a master’s degree in music composition from the University of North Texas and a bachelor of arts in music with a minor in mathematics from Reed College. At Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, she was influenced by Paul Baker’s Integration of the Arts, focusing on classical piano and visual art. She has been designing curricula and teaching fine arts for twenty-five years in New York City and Dallas. She is a member of National Art Educator’s Association and National Music Teacher’s Association.
Formerly a competitive gymnast, Ms. House keeps up her flexibility with a yoga practice and regular walks of her dog Cookie. She lives in Dallas with her daughter Kathleen Rose, who is a thriving eighth grader at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
Laura grew up in Fort Worth and recently moved back to Tarrant county with her husband and baby daughter. She graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with focuses in art and leadership studies. She holds teaching certification in early childhood through 12th grade Art and ESL. Laura was a founding teacher for two different Dallas Uplift Education campuses, serving each campus as team lead and art teacher. She has completed various level 1 & 2 International Baccalaureate PYP trainings. While teaching, Laura wrote curriculum and developed elementary art teachers across the Uplift Education network, training other teachers
in best practices for teaching PYP art as curriculum team lead.
Laura taught high school IB MYP Art I during the 2018-19 school year, before transitioning into her role as Reading Interventionist and Campus Testing Coordinator back at her first elementary campus. She is passionate about ensuring that all students' learning needs are identified and supported.
Her teaching philosophy focuses on empowering individual growth, both in creativity and technique. Laura guides learners through cycles of research and planning, practice with media, completion of artwork, and final reflection on their process and product. These lessons develop students as artists, and also build soft skills that will support their success in whatever fields they pursue in life. Students research living and historical artists, as well as connect topics from science, literature, and human culture, to explore new ideas through visual art.
Mark Dye has nine years of teaching experience in the public school setting, and he is excited to bring his love of literature and writing to Allegiance! He is a Texas native, born and bred in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area where he earned an IB diploma from L.D. Bell High School before getting his bachelor of arts from University of North Texas.
He believes in creating lessons that both engage and challenge, mixing equal amounts of fun and rigor while building the critical thinking skills that seem more and more important every day.
Mark is an aspiring author, having written two novels, and is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book. He is an Eagle Scout, and professional artist (though it still feels odd for him to say it), creating intricate ink drawings and handmade frames.
Chemistry and Algebra
Heather Krukowski Flores comes to Allegiance Academy from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD where she helped start the STEM program at Colleyville Heritage High School. She coached soccer her first two years teaching before having children and was voted teacher of the year her second year. Heather loves teaching and sharing her teaching strategies with fellow educators.
Heather graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies focused on Math, Science, and Education. Originally a Chemistry major, Heather found that she was passionate about helping others learn and decided to work with students in a classroom rather than working in a lab. She believes everyone can excel in math, and those who already enjoy math in the classroom have room to stretch their understanding of mathematics in creative ways. She believes there is always room to grow and enjoys learning from her students every year.
Heather was born in Bedford and currently lives in Grand Prairie with her husband and two young children. She enjoys playing outdoors with her family, sports of any kind and learning.
Spanish and Portuguese
My name is Angela Lastinger and I will be teaching Spanish and Portuguese at Allegiance Academy. This is an exciting opportunity and I know that both children and young adults will have fun learning a second language.
Originally from Brazil, I currently live in Texas where I have worked as a bilingual Spanish teacher and ESL teacher for many years now. I got my bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy (early education) and earned an MBA in Human Resources.
I will provide opportunities for my students to explore the language and culture, laying a foundation that builds their confidence level while speaking a second language. I incorporate different learning tools in my lesson such as: books, music, and games. My goal is that my students enjoy a full and fun learning experience in my class. We learn so much faster while having fun!
My hobbies include watching movies and spending time with my kids.
Who is ready to have fun with Maestra Lastinger?
“For the love of the language”
Erin Rodriguez graduated from UNT with a degree in literature and a minor in history. Erin has spent the last three years teaching English Language Arts, first with 7th grade Pre-AP students, then with high school seniors.
Erin believes in creating a space where students can use their critical thinking skills to analyze historical events, how those events shape the world we live in today, and to use that information to make decisions for the future.
Erin is a native Texan. She met her husband in high school, and together they have two teenage children. She loves reading, art, crafting, baking, fashion, theater, and being outdoors. She is also a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Adam is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX where he earned his master’s degree in Educational Administration. During his time there, he participated in Preparing Academic Leaders (PAL), a project funded through the National Professional Development (NPD) Program.
He is passionate and self-driven in improving his instructional capacity. He believes that teachers should have a multitude of instructional tools to enhance student's learning and hopes to lead efforts in increasing instructional capacity among other teachers.
His philosophy of teaching pivots on three main principles, the first of which is having high expectations of students and supporting them in meeting those expectations. Collaboration set forth by student led academic discourse, as students need the space and time to organize their thoughts and discuss ideas with shared common vocabulary; and lastly, building a community of trust that draws on the strengths of the individuals, fostering a safe place to take risks and ask questions.