The staff at Every Little Blessing recognize the unique challenges and joys of knowing and working with children with Down syndrome. Families can be assured that their child will be loved, supported and encouraged to try new things.
Kerry, Director of Every Little Blessing, brings both a professional and personal perspective to her role at the school. Kerry’s experience in education spans more than 20 years and, more personally, her daughter, Eloise, has Down syndrome.
As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Kerry sought resources and a school program that endeavored to include Eloise and challenged her to meet expectations. Kerry discovered TCU’s KinderFrogs School in Fort Worth, Texas. The KinderFrogs School is an inclusive program designed for children with disabilities. Kerry realized El Paso needed a similar school and with the tremendous support of her family, the El Paso Community Foundation and the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso, Kerry set out to make Every Little Blessing a reality.
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With more than 15 years of experience working with children with special needs, Jade Beltran is a compassionate and knowledgeable teacher. Jade began her career working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the private sector under programs supervised by The Lovaas Institute for Early Childhood Intervention and Pacific Child Family Associates.
Realizing her knowledge and experience could be utilized within the public school system, allowing her to serve a greater number of children, Jade began working for the El Paso Independent School District. There, Jade spent seven years working within the Behavior Intervention Classrooms, Structure Learning Units and Kindergarten and Prekindergarten Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities.
Jade continues to pursue education opportunities to expand her knowledge and in doing so, she developed a relationship with Region 19 Education Service Center and facilitates trainings for the community in the areas of Special Education and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math)-related topics.
As an educator, Jade understands the impact of her role in the classroom, as illustrated by a quote by Haim G. Ginott: “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
A native of El Paso, Jade graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Jackie Haines brings more than 25 years of experience in office management to Every Little Blessing. As a mother of two grown sons, Jackie appreciates the joy children add to life and truly sees each student as a blessing.
Jackie considers being a part of Every Little Blessing to be one of the greatest experiences of her career and looks forward to coming to the school every day.
Jackie’s role at Every Little Blessing extends beyond the management of all administrative needs, she is a part of every aspect of the school.