ESL and Intervention

ESL English as a Second Language (ESL) is a language instruction educational program for students whose primary language is not English. The primary objective of the ESL program is to teach the students how to read, write, speak and listen to English to be more successful in the all-English classroom setting. The ELPS for English language development are the standards we use for instruction.
reading The intervention team provide students with reading supports in an environment containing a wide variety and range of materials that invites intellectual growth, and aids students in acquiring the skills needed to become successful in core classes.

Lotus Hoey

Intervention Team Leader, ESL Teacher, International Club Sponsor

For 30 years Mrs. Hoey has been a teacher leader and consultant in education. But her greatest contribution is to our children. She loves creating relationships, teaching, and learning. The moments her students experience success are memories she always treasures. Mrs. Hoey has been honored as a 3-time Teacher of the Year for her tireless work and love of teaching. She holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Management from University of Houston, Clear Lake. A former biology teacher, Pre-K teacher, Early Childhood Specialist, Asst. Principal and currently an ESL teacher to 6th-8th grade newcomer/beginner English learners at Pershing Middle School. Mrs. Hoey truly has an international program, with up to 10 different languages spoken in her classes. When Mrs. Hoey is not in Houston, you can find her in Scotland visiting her granddaughters! 

Sharon Colvin

Reading Intervention


Christian HollandBurroughs

Reading Intervention Teacher

I am driven to help my students overcome any barriers that impact their learning. I hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Texas at Arlington (2017) and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Texas Southern University (2013). I am from Dallas, TX, but I have resided in Houston for the past 10 years. I enjoy reading and helping young minds see that reading is a magical key that can take you anywhere!I am currently a 7th grade Reading teacher--entering my 6th year of teaching-- that believes student success is created through meaningful relationships, which I will work to build with every student that walks through my classroom door. 

Lynn Phan

ESL Advanced


Cassandra Prince

Dyslexia Interventionist

I am a native Houstonian, who is a PROUD graduate of the Houston Independent School District. I am a graduate of Prairie View A & M University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Education in Administration. I’ve been an educator for the Houston Independent School District for 32 years, specializing as a math teacher, along with other positions, and am now a DYSLEXIA INTERVENTIONIST since 2018. HISD has recognized me as one of their Top 10% Performing Teachers in the district. After in-depth course work, I found that I have been dyslexic all my life. This experience ignited a fresh passion for me to teach Dyslexic students throughout HISD. It gives me great pleasure to work with students at Pershing. I believe that all children can learn and with dyslexia intervention, these students will not have the struggles I had in education. This makes me happy! 

Holly Smetek

ESL Teacher


April Woolley-Stigall

Math Intervention

I graduated from Stratford Highschool in 1994 & headed down the road to the University of Houston to pursue a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Mathematics & Reading. I was the first person in my family to receive a college degree. I received my master’s degree from Capella University in 2016 with a focus on Educational Leadership & Administration. I quickly jumped into the doctoral program at Capella University & have yet to look back. I spent 15 years as a classroom teacher (14 years teaching elementary & middle school mathematics & 1 year as a writing teacher). I spent 2 of the last 4 years as an Elementary Academic Interventionist & the remaining 2 years as an Elementary Mathematics Skills Specialist/Instructional Coach. I spent the first 10 years of my career in education with our very own Houston Independent School District, took a short detour into Spring Independent School District for 1 year, & then found