Dr. Hildelisa Diaz is honored to serve as the Coordinator of the Department of Early Childhood Learning. Having earned her doctorate’s degree at Texas Wesleyan University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Diaz has devoted more than 22 years to working in Arlington ISD education with young children and their families. She has taught several elementary grade levels, served as lead teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum and instruction specialist. She is committed to creating a strong, educational Early Childhood program where our students, families, and teachers excel.
Ms. Nadia Azari joined the Department of Early Childhood Learning as an Instructional Specialist in the summer of 2020 after teaching Bilingual Prekindergarten at Morton Elementary for 17 years. She grew up in Arlington and attended Starrett ES, Hutcheson JH, and Bowie HS. Nadia holds both a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoys spending time with her family cooking new recipes, playing board games, watching action-packed movies and traveling.
Mr. Ken Foster began his career with Arlington ISD in 2010 serving in an immersive internship as an ECA (Early Childhood Assistant) at West Elementary. In 2011, after completing his BA of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education at UT Arlington, he answered the call to serve as a Pre-K 4 teacher at Kooken Education Center. Following his passion for learning, he completed his M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education in 2015. When not song-writing on his guitar, exercising, and riding his mountain bike, he enjoys playing Uno and Scrabble with his wife and two sons.
Mrs. Kathy Sowell is an instructional specialist supporting early childhood special education teachers. She began her career in Arlington ISD as a speech pathologist at Atherton Elementary. Following her passion for working with our youngest students, Kathy moved to Kooken Education Center to teach preschool students with disabilities. After 14 years, she moved into the instructional specialist role with the Special Education Department. Kathy received her B.A. in Education with emphasis in speech, language, and hearing therapy from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. She has a M.S. degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas-Dallas. Kathy loves listening to music, mysteries, cooking, and is a sports fan.
Ms. Dulce Carrillo is the secretary of the Department of Early Childhood Learning. Ms. Carrillo joined the department of Early Childhood Learning at its early stages. She began her collaboration with Dr. Orsini back in June of 2019. Ms. Carrillo has a passion for service. She has served our community at different levels during her time with the district. Ms. Carrillo started her career with Arlington ISD as the Clerk for Crow Elementary, after two years she pursued a different role in which she worked directly with parents as Family Liaison for McNutt Elementary. In this role she was able to help parents by providing classes on topics that would help parents help their children succeed in school. Ms. Carrillo’s current job is to work directly with the Director of the program, Dr. Jackeline Orsini and her team.
Ms. Olivia Gomez joined the Department of Early Childhood Learning in 2020 as the lead Early Childhood Clerk after being a Pre-K 4 teacher assistant at Bryant Elementary since 2014. As the lead Early Childhood Clerk, I recruit and enroll students in our preschool programs by conducting meetings with parents, holding registration fairs, and guiding parents through the registration process. I support our department by ensuring all enrollment and eligibility requirements are met as well as the overall administrative maintenance and record keeping of all site and student files in compliance with all state regulations. I am excited to help your child start this new journey!