At Weslaco ISD Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE), we believe that all students deserve the chance to reach their full potential. Our program partners with community experts and community organizations to provide engaging, fun and interesting activities that will help students discover their passion and develop 21st Century skills to succeed in life.

En los Centros Después de la Escuela de Educación (ACE) de Weslaco ISD, creemos que todos los estudiantes merecen la oportunidad de alcanzar su pleno potencial. Nuestro programa se asocia con expertos de la comunidad y otras organizaciones para proveer actividades interesantes y divertidas que ayudarán a los estudiantes a descubrir su pasión y desarrollar las habilidades necesarias para tener éxito en la vida.


ACE 2019-2020 Staff

Memorial Elementary

Ms.Edith Hernandez

My name is Edith Hernandez. I earned my bachelor’s degree in EC-4 in 2009 from UTB-TSC and I earned my Masters in Administration in 2014 from Lamar University in Beaumont TX. The education field is not just a job, it is my passion. I look forward to coming to work everyday and making a difference in WISD student lives. Everyday is a new day to teach our children that all dreams can come true if they have the courage to pursue them. I am excited for the 2019-2020 school year and all the exciting things happening at Weslaco ISD.

956-969-6900 Ext:39826

Dr. R. E Margo Elementary

Mrs. Veronica Rivas

Mrs. Veronica Rivas earned an associates and a bachelors degree in Social Work. She graduated with honors from UTRGV and was a member of The Social Work Student Association. She worked as a substitute teacher for WISD for 8 years and had the privilege of working for WISD’s Science Camps. Mrs. Rivas has more than 15 years of experience working with students and is extremely excited to take on her role as the ACE Coordinator for Margo Elementary.

956-969-6900 Ext:37794

Sam Houston Elementary

Mrs. Kassandra Gonzalez - Pichardo

My name is Kassandra A. Gonzalez (Pichardo) I am a graduate of the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley. I took up Education as a career after majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in English. I certified in Physical Education levels K-12. I am creative, resourceful and flexible, able to adapt to changing priorities and maintain a positive attitude and strong work ethic. My passion is making a difference in the students' lives and helping them succeed.

956-969-6900 Ext:39710

Airport Elementary

Ms. Arleen Marin

I am a 2010 graduate from Weslaco East High School. I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas Pan American in 2013. In 2015 I started graduate school and in 2016 I received a Masters in Public Administration from UTRGV. I started working with ACE as the Family Engagement Specialist and I fell in love with the program. As I start this new role I hope that I can make a difference and give back to the community that has helped me reach my goals!

956-969-6900 Ext:39535

PFC Mario Ybarra Elementary

Mr. Billy Salazar

Ext: 37927


A.N Tony Rico Elementary

Mrs. Rebecca Ozuna

I graduated from Weslaco High School in 1997. I have 3 beautiful children Raven, Mattie and Tristan. I enjoy reading books both for entertainment and for educational growth as well. I also enjoy running and taking walks with my kids at the park, zoo or beach. I have Bachelors in Child and Family Studies from Park University in Parkville Mo. where I was able to get scholarships through track and Cross Country. I was a student who you would call rebellious, but in reality, I just needed the right motivation. That’s what WISD offered for me. So now I want to give it back to WISD students, by always supporting, motivating, guiding students and introducing them to a variety of activities that one day can help them get to college as well. I enjoy my job as an ACE Coordinator in Weslaco ISD, because, we get to see the students engaged, built their self-confidence through dance, sports and other activities provided by ACE. These are things we cannot do during the regular school day. I also enjoy being able to engage with my parents, they are my #1 supporters and they are the reason why my program is a success. My goal is to motivate our students to always strive to be better, and reach their highest potential in life and never let any one judge who they are or where they come from.

956-969-6900 Ext:36370

North Bridge Elementary

Mr. Heraldo Gonzalez

Hello my name is Heraldo Gonzalez III and I am the ACE Coordinator at North Bridge Elementary. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2015 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Go Miners! I spent 6 years working in the Special Education Department at P.S.J.A. ISD. I am now excited to start my second year with Weslaco ISD in the ACE Program. Here at North Bridge Elementary, I look forward to providing fun and interesting activities that will help students develop 21st Century skills to succeed in life.

956-969-6900 Ext:37327

Cleckler-Heald Elementary

Mrs. Elizabeth Cano

I am a 1991 graduate from Harlingen High School. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas Pan American in 2011. I have been employed with the Weslaco Independent School District for the past 12 years. I love to dedicate my spare time to my family and church when time permits. I am currently and ACE Site Coordinator at Dr. R. E. Margo Elementary and I look forward in coming to work to make a difference in children’s lives within the hopes of producing Innovative leaders for our community.

956-969-6900 Ext:39710

Gonzalez/Silva Elementary

Mrs. Norma Peña

Norma A. Peña graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School and owned and operated her own private postal center. With encouragement from family and friends, Norma sold her business and pursued a college education. She studied at South Texas College and at the University of Texas Pan American. In her free time, Norma enjoys listening to classic rock and cruising in her classic Trans Am. She's energetic, creative and enjoys working with students from a variety of backgrounds. Norma believes all students can succeed!

956-969-6900 Ext:37277


Katie Reyes

family engagement specialist

Michelle de los santos


Marissa zavala