Clifton Middle School Staff Directory

Benjamin Gibbs, 8th Grade Assistant Principal
Email: BGIBBS@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Gibbs's 4th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from University of St. Thomas (Houston) and a Masters degree in Education from the University of California (San Diego). This year, Mr. Gibbs will be Clifton's 8th grade Assistant Principal and teaching English Language Arts (ELA). When Mr. Gibbs is not at Clifton, he enjoys hanging out with family, watching sports, and cooking.

Melvia Dillard, 7th Grade Assistant Principal
Email: MDILLARD@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Dillard's 3rd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Masters in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University in 2014. This year, Ms. Dillard will be returning as Clifton's 7th Grade Assistant Principal. When Ms. Dillard is not at Clifton, she enjoys cruising in the summertime and solving Sudoku puzzles. "I am thrilled to work with the staff and students at Clifton Middle School, and it is my ultimate goal for each of the students to experience success."

Mujidat Saaka, Instructional Specialist
Email: msaaka@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Saaka's 2nd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science from University of Pittsburgh. This year, Ms. Saaka will be one of Clifton's Instructional Specialists. When Ms. Saaka is not at Clifton, she enjoys traveling and learning new languages.

Anita Samuy, Magnet Coordinator
Email: ASAMUY@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Samuy's 10th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Masters in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2015. This year, Ms. Samuy will be teaching professional development sessions to Clifton faculty. When Ms. Samuy is not at Clifton, she enjoys working on small projects (eg. Fixing cars and appliances) and going to family events.

Shabana Guel, Counselor
Email: Shabana.Guel@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Guel's 5th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Masters in School Counseling from the University of St Thomas. This year, Mrs. Guel will be guiding all grade levels with social and emotional issues they may have throughout the school year. When Mrs. Guel is not at Clifton, she enjoys running, bike riding, working out, and spending time with family.

Sharay Ryans, Administrative Assistant
Email: SRYANS@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Ryans' 6th year at Clifton. She graduated with an Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies from Houston Community College in 2019. Ms. Ryans is Ms. Castilleja's administrative assistant and supports in a myriad of ways here at Clifton. When Ms. Ryans is not at Clifton, she enjoys braiding, watching criminal investigation shows, cooking, and drawing.

Surya Cantu, Parent Engagement Rep.
Email: SCANTU4@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Cantu's 6th year at Clifton. This year, Ms. Cantu will be Clifton's Parent Engagement representative. When Ms. Cantu is not at Clifton, she enjoys reading and watching sports.

Concepcion Hernandez, Attendance Clerk
Email: CHERNAND@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Hernandez's 16th year at Clifton. Ms. Hernandez is Clifton's attendance clerk and oversees Clifton scholars who are late or absent from school. When she is not at Clifton, she enjoys sky diving, sewing, & taking trips.

Maria Pruneda, Student Information Rep.
Email: MPRUNEDA@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Pruneda's 8th year at Clifton. Ms. Pruneda is Clifton's records clerk and Student Information Rep. She works very hard ensuring students receive their progress reports and report cards on time! In addition, Ms. Pruneda assists students with name badges and supports faculty and staff at school functions.

Amanda Bland, Technology Teacher
Email: ABLAND@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Bland-Phillips' 5th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Mississippi Valley State University in 2010. This year, Mrs. Bland-Phillips will be teaching Computer Concepts and Yearbook. When Mrs. Bland-Phillips is not at Clifton, she enjoys shopping, spending time with family, and reading. Mrs. Bland-Phillips' website is http://amandabland87.weebly.com/.

Joshua Brown, Band & Choir Director
Email: JOSHUA.BROWN@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Brown's 2nd year at Clifton. He currently holds a Masters of Music Education from Tarleton State University and a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University. This year, Mr. Brown will be teaching band, choir, and music studio. When he is not at Clifton, he serves as the Professor of Audio Production at American Intercontinental University. He enjoys sailing, international travel, building car engines and computers. His website is www.joshbrownme.com.

Sedric Collins, Math Teacher
Email: Sedric.Collins@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Collins's 4th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2016. This year, Mr. Collins will be teaching 8th grade ELA and coaching 8th grade girls' basketball. When he is not at Clifton, he enjoys traveling, reading books, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Brenda Contreras, Teaching Assistant
Email: BCONTRE1@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Contreras 32nd year at Clifton. Like Coach Schmidt, Ms. Contreras is a long-time veteran teacher here at Clifton! She attended St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas and she has been assisting the Special Education (SPED) department for many years. When she is not at Clifton, she enjoys college football (huge A&M fan-Whoop!), camping all around Texas, and spending time with her family. She has three daughters, seven grandsons, and has been married for 50 years!

Rogelio De La Cruz, Physical Education Teacher
Email: RDELACR3@houstonisd.org
About: This is coach De La Cruz’s 6th year at Clifton. He received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi in 2014. When he is not at Clifton, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, and going to eat at good Mexican restaurants, such as Lupe Tortilla and El Tiempo, in case anyone wants to get him a gift card.

Patrick Derouesselle, History Teacher
Email: Patrick.Derouesselle@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Derouesselle's 3rd year at Clifton. Mr. Derouesselle received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Houston (Downtown) and a Master of Education in Administration from Concordia University. This year, Mr. Derouesselle will be teaching 6th grade Social Studies. When Mr. Derouesselle is not at Clifton, he enjoys watching sports and spending time with friends and family.

Arti Dharwal, ESL Secondary Teacher
Email: ADHARWAL@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Dharwal's 12th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Masters in English and a Masters in Education from Guru Nanak Dev University in India. This year, Mrs. Dharwal will be teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). When Mrs. Dharwal is not at Clifton, she enjoys cooking and playing badminton. "After receiving my high school diploma from Sacred Heart Convent School, my concentration shifted to science and english.'

Sharron Gardner-Solomon, Special Ed/SLL teacher
Email: SGARDNE1@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Gardner-Solomon's 8th year at Clifton. She is Clifton's Special Education (SPED)/Skills for Life and Living (SLL) teacher.

Kabara Gibson, Social Studies Teacher
Email: KABARA.GIBSON@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Gibson's 2nd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Sam Houston State University. This year, Ms. Gibson will be teaching Texas History. When Ms. Gibson is not at Clifton, she enjoys reading memoirs and watching biopics.

Sohinderpal Grewal, 6th grade Math teacher
Email: SGREWAL@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Grewal's 7th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Houston-Downtown in 2006. This year, Mr. Grewal will be teaching 6th grade Math. When Mr. Grewal is not at Clifton, he enjoys watching, playing, and listening to all kinds of sports.

Eduardo Gutierrez, Social Studies Teacher
Email: Eduardo.Gutierrez@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Gutierrez's 3rd year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. This year, Mr. Gutierrez will be teaching World Culture and Leadership courses. When Mr. Gutierrez is not at Clifton, he enjoys reading and watching sports and movies.

Erin Hernandez, Social Studies Teacher
Email: EHERNA26@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Hernandez's 2nd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas (Austin) in 2004. This year, Mrs. Hernandez will be teaching U.S. History. When Mrs. Hernandez is not at Clifton, she enjoys reading and being silly with her family.

Belema Ibama, ESL Secondary Teacher
Email: Belema.Ibama@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Ibama's 3rd year at Clifton. She hopes to graduate with a Doctorate in Education from University of St. Thomas in 2022. This year, Ms. Ibama will be teaching English Language Arts (ELA) and English as a Second Language (ESL). When Ms. Ibama is not at Clifton, she enjoys travel.

Shawna Jackson, ESL Secondary Teacher
Email: Shawna.Jackson@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Jackson's 5th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Prairie View A&M University. This year, Mrs. Jackson will be teaching 6th grade English and assuming the role of 6th grade lead. When Mrs. Jackson is not at Clifton, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and enjoying nature. Mrs. Jackson's website is https://quizlet.com/Shawna_Jackson20. "Nothing will work unless you do"-Maya Angelou.

Damien Jackson-Johnson, 8th grade Science Teacher
Email: DAMIEN.JACKSONJOHNSON@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Jackson-Johnson's 2nd year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Fitness from University of Missouri in St. Louis. This year, Mr. Jackson-Johnson will be teaching 7th grade Science and Astronomy. When Mr. Jackson-Johnson is not at Clifton, he enjoys gaming, mystery movies, sports, and coaching. Mr. Jackson-Johnson is originally from Chicago, IL.

Shameika Jefferson, 6th grade Science Teacher
Email: SHAMEIKA.JEFFERSON@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Jefferson's 2nd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching & Learning from University of Houston. This year, Mrs. Jefferson will be teaching 6th Grade Science. When Mrs. Jefferson is not at Clifton, she enjoys traveling.

Rondle Johnson, Physical Education/Science Teacher
Email: RJOHNS40@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Johnson's 11th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology and Physical Education from Houston Baptist University in 2002. This year, Mr. Johnson will be teaching 6th grade Science (Science Chair) and Physical Education. When he is not at Clifton, he enjoys coaching little league football, going to the movies, and spending time with his family.

Clinton Jordan, Visual Arts Teacher
Email: CJORDAN9@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Jordan's 8th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from East Texas Baptist University in 1992. This year, Mr. Jordan will be teaching Visual Arts. When Mr. Jordan is not at Clifton, he enjoys painting, drawing, reading comics, playing tennis and baseball, and "upcycling." I love doing artistic things and love sharing that with others by talking, giving, doing, and teaching.

DeMonta Landers, 6th grade Reading Teacher
Email: DLANDERS@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Landers' 12th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University. This year, Mr. Landers will be teaching 6th grade English and Reading. When Mr. Landers is not at Clifton, he enjoys eating fried chicken.

Jorge Llopiz, Spanish Teacher
Email: JLLOPIZ@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Llopiz's 9th years at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Spanish from Havana University in 1985. This year Mr. Llopiz will be teaching Non-Native Spanish speakers, Native Spanish Speakers, and AP Spanish Language and Culture. When he is not at Clifton, he enjoys watching TV and spending time with family.

Lopez Barbara, Social Studies Teacher
Email: BARBRA.LOPEZ@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Lopez's 2nd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Houston in 2007. This year, Mrs. Lopez will be teaching Social Studies and Clifton's Librarian. When Mrs. Lopez is not at Clifton, she enjoys eating different types of food, studying pop culture, and sleeping.

Kimberly Murry, 8th grade Science Teacher
Email: Kimberly.Murry@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Murry's 2nd year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University. This year, Mrs. Murry will be teaching 8th Grade Science and hosting the Magnet Science Inquiry Elective. When Mrs. Murry is not at Clifton, she enjoys watching sci-fi movies and spending time with family.

Carmel Ortiz, Teaching Assistant
Email: Carmel.Ortiz@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Ortiz's 3rd year at Clifton. She received a Bachelor of Science in Educational Assistance from University of Houston. When she is not at Clifton, Ms. Ortiz likes to read, garden, and spend time with her grandson.

Beverly Pilson, ESL Secondary Teacher
Email: BPILSON@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Pilson's 16th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas Southern University. This year, Ms. Pilson will be teaching Reading Elective (SRW). When Ms. Pilson is not at Clifton, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and caring for homeless animals.

Melinda Rodriguez, Math Teacher
Email: MRODRI88@houstonisd.org
About: This is Ms. Rodriguez's 7th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M (Corpus Christi) in 2013. This year, Ms. Rodriguez will be teaching 6th grade Math. When Ms. Rodriguez is not at Clifton, she enjoys singing and playing the guitar and decorating aquariums.

Margaret Sands, SPED/Resource Math Teacher
Email: MSANDS@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Sands' 12th year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tennessee State University in 1981. This year, Mrs. Sands will be teaching Math. When Mrs. Sands is not at Clifton, she enjoys working jigsaw puzzles (1000 pieces) and watching Lifetime, LMN and Hallmark movies. She is married and has two children.

Luz Schmidt, Physical Education Teacher
Email: LSCHMIDT@houstonisd.org
About: This is Coach Schmidt's 35th year at Clifton! She is a long-time Clifton veteran teacher and legend! She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Physical Education and Health from Indiana State University. This year, Coach Schmidt will be teaching Physical Education and coaching the Clifton girls volleyball team. When Coach Schmidt is not at Clifton, she enjoys reading, working out, and going to the beach!

Hsieh-Ya "Tom" Sung, ESL Secondary Teacher
Email: HsiehYa.Sung@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Sung's 4th year at Clifton. He graduated with a Master of Arts in TESOL from Wheaton College in 2012. This year, Mr. Sung will be teaching 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA). When Mr. Sung is not at Clifton, he enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments, sports, and games.

Tammi Todd, Math Teacher
Email: TTODD@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mrs. Todd-Marshall's 11th'year at Clifton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mid-America Nazarene University in 1998. This year, Mrs. Todd-Marshall will be teaching Mathematics 8th grade. When she is not at Clifton, she enjoys playing Phase 10 with her husband and children.

Andrew Vuong, 7th/8th grade AP Math Teacher
Email: Andrew.Vuong@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Vuong's 2nd year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching & Learning from University of Houston in 2017. This year, Mr. Vuong will be teaching Algebra 1, Pre-Ap 8th Grade Math, Pre-Ap 7th Grade Math. When Mr. Vuong is not at Clifton, he enjoys going to concerts. Mr. Vuong's website is bit.ly/mrvuongsclass.

Kristopher Walker, Speech Teacher
Email: Kristopher.Walker@houstonisd.org
About: This is Mr. Walker's 3rd year at Clifton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas Southern University in 2016. This year, Mr. Walker will be teaching Public Speaking and hosting Clifton's Speech/Debate team at UIL competitions throughout the year. When Mr. Walker is not at Clifton, he enjoys reading, podcasting, and spending time with family.