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Welcome to Kindergarten



ENROLL TODAY for 2023 - 2024!



We are excited about the chance to count you among the thousands of families who call our school home. You are about to discover what many parents have already found out about us: Texas Leadership is a safe, educational, Leader-In-Me, fun place to be!


Our vision is to see students at all ages T-H-R-I-V-E.


Students in Kindergarten are discovering more about the world around them and diving into the fundamentals of Math, Reading, Science exploration and all that encompasses the neat world of Social Studies.


Kindergarten at Texas Leadership will set your child up for success as they go beyond the Kinder classroom and grow from First Grade all the way through High School Graduation.



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MEET MRS. CROPPER  | Hello Future Scholars!! My name is Elizabeth Cropper and I have been teaching Kindergarten for 13 YEARS!! It seems like just yesterday that I started teaching. They say time flies when you're having fun!


Fun is exactly what we have in my classroom. We learn a lot through whole-group teaching, as well as a lot of group work. We love to Synergize in our classroom. Seeing these sweet babies learn and seeing those light bulbs in their brains turn on powers my drive to teach. Being a teacher is a true passion of mine.


A little bit about Mrs. Cropper: I have been married to my best friend Robert for 16 years. We have 3 amazing boys, Jayce, Jayden and Jaymson. My family is my other passion. They keep me grounded and support me and my crazy drive to always grow in being a better teacher.


I look forward to meeting you and enjoying an amazing fun-filled first year of school!


Email Mrs. Cropper HERE




Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Criselda González. My mission is to inspire my students and be a positive influence in their lives by supporting and guiding them in their educational career. I love watching children grow both academically and socially. 


My classroom motto is "Together we will learn by listening with our eyes, ears, body and heart." Habit #5 “Seek first to Understand, Then to be Understood.”


I was born and raised in South Texas and moved to San Angelo 7 years ago. I have 3 daughters and a dog named Fifi. In my spare time, I enjoy going out for a run or staying home and watch a good movie on Turner Classic Movie channel.  I am delighted to have your child in my class this year and am looking forward to meeting you and learning all about your child. Go Eagles!


Email Mrs. Gonzalez HERE



Hello future Leaders! My Name is Cindy Plaia and I am excited for you to join us here at TLCA. I have been teaching for 16 years and love working with little learners. I cannot wait to see where this year will take us. I strive to make anyone who enters my classroom feel welcome and loved. When you walk into my classroom you will quickly figure out who my favorite book character is.


Who is Mrs. Plaia? I am a 2004 graduate from Rochelle High School and a 2007 graduate of ASU. I have taught kindergarten and 1st grade. I have taught in Big Spring, Columbia-Brazoria and now here at TLCA!


I have 3 wonderful children, Grace, Jacob and Lily-Ann, and 2 fur babies. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and listening to music.


I cannot wait to see all of the fun we will have this year.


Email Mrs. Plaia HERE




Hello amazing Kindergarteners and families!!! My name is Ginny Rivero and this is my 2nd year of teaching Kindergarten. My goal is for your amazing child to have a fun and exciting Kindergarten year. My aim is to help your students to grow, learn and gain a love of the classroom. I love seeing your children grow from the first day of Kindergarten until the last day.


A little background about me. I have been married to my husband Luis for 11 years and we have 3 amazing children, Noah, Haylee, and Kylee. When not at work I spend most of my time working with my kids and helping them to find their passions. My family helps me to be a better teacher. My faith is an important factor in my passion for my family and for teaching. God always has a plan and I can feel his support everywhere I am whether I am with my family or in the classroom.


I can not wait to meet you and to start an amazing new school year!!!


Email Mrs. Rivero HERE




Mastering The Foundation  |  Curriculum Resources


Our classrooms are filled with engaging elements that combine technology with hands-on learning. We pride ourselves in seeing a high percentage of our Kindergarten students transform each day and exceed State Standards year-over-year.


Classes and Activities  |  

STEM Education • Mathematics • Science • Reading • Writing • Comprehension

Social Studies • Physical Education • Leadership • Music • Health


Really Great Reading (Phonics Program )  |

Provides educators with the tools and knowledge to teach all students (not just those who learn easily) to read. Really Great Reading makes assessment and grouping practical, efficient and accurate. Our approach to reading instruction is research-based, interactive, explicit, structured, and multisensory. In our lessons, students not only learn to read, but enjoy the intelligent learning process.


Eureka Math  |

A comprehensive mathematics program that builds on strategies that support deep, long-term mastery of the content and skills taught. The program emphasizes Essential Questions and Big Ideas with depth of understanding as the goal.


The Classroom Experience  |

  • Morning Meeting” Time: Children experience a sense of belonging, practice communication skills, and are introduced to new concepts and materials through strategies such as shared reading and writing, calendar math and group discussion.
  • Whole-Group Lessons: We know that some skills and concepts need to be taught to the whole group together, followed by the opportunity for independent practice while the teacher visits students at their tables.
  • Read-Aloud: Children learn about each component of literacy as they listen to and discuss high-interest texts related to units of study.
  • Learning Centers: Development is supported through hands-on exploration of important literacy and mathematics concepts while a teacher circulates to monitor and further learning.
  • Small Groups: Teachers provide lessons to small groups that reinforce essential skills, and reteach or enrich as necessary.
  • Snack and Lunch Time: Children practice self-care routines, help distribute materials and clean up, and enjoy time to socialize.
  • Outdoor Play: All areas of development are supported as children explore and play on the playground.
  • Kindergarten Electives/”Specials”  |  Library, Music, STEM Lab, Health, and Physical Education (P.E)