Mrs. Lisa Molina is the Dual Government Facilitator at our Empire Early College and has been in education since 2017.She is a born and raised native of El Paso and proud class of 2013 graduate of Socorro High School. She worked her way through and after college rising from substitute teacher, long-term substitute to teacher. She received her bachelor's in Social Studies Composite with a minor in Education from UTEP in 2018. She is very proud and blessed to share her love of History with her scholars for the 3rd year now at the Empire. During leisure time, she enjoys spending time with family and her farm animals.
Mr. Ruben Ochoa is a Veteran of the United States Navy where he served Proudly for two decades and have been around the world and experienced so many beautiful cultures in Active Duty and the Reserves. He has a double Bachelors Degree in US History and Political Science from UTEP and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from New England College. He became a Teacher later on in his years of having worked for Child Protective Services for some time. He is a Political Junkie and History Phenom he graduated from Riverside High School in the lower valley and is a proud father of 4 children. His wife is a Nurse and together we live in the community of Horizon City, Texas, he also teaches at El Paso Community College Mission campus and is credentialed at the college in History, Government and Business. Having worked for the district almost 7 years am inspired to pursue a PHD in Political Science so I can provide my students with experienced knowledge and assistance in the coming years. I love being a Dual Credit History and Government Teacher I am very blessed.
Jacob Ramirez is one of our Empire Early College High School AVID teachers and has been in education for four years. He is a native of El Paso and a proud graduate of Mission Early College High School within Team SISD. He received his bachelor's degree in English and American Literature in 2017 from the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, he is part of the UTEP/SISD cohort as he works to attain his M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is always on the lookout for books to read and coffee to enjoy! His mission as an educator a part of the EECHS team is to continue to serve students as a teacher/leader that will empower them holistically and make them aware of the genius they each have that is worth being in this world.
Ysenia Valencia is the lead AVID Coordinator at El Dorado High School and began her teaching career in 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics in 2002 from the University of Texas at El Paso and received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Valencia is one of our Empire Early College EDU 1300 and AVID teacher. She is honored to be a part of your scholar’s educational journey, and will do everything she can to support them as they pursue their college and future goals.
Mrs. Donna Siañez has been teaching at El Dorado High School for thirteen years. She formerly taught consumer science courses. Through Region XIX, she was able to obtain a scholarship and earned a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2017, she was bestowed the Outstanding Graduate Award from the College of Liberal Arts at UTEP. She was recognized as the 2020-2021 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Currently, she is enthusiastically teaching professional communications and dual credit speech.
Being from El Paso, she feels especially proud to be able to give back to the community through her service as an educator. She has worked with SISD for approximately twenty-seven years which includes twenty-two years as a certified teacher and five years as a substitute and instructional aide. She is especially grateful for the opportunities that SISD has provided for herself and family. Both of her daughters attended SISD schools throughout their educational endeavors and her husband has been an SISD educator for twenty-two years. Her years of dedication clearly define her full commitment to the students and their families within the district. She is humbled to be part of Team SISD.
My name is Cindy Apodaca, I have lived most of my life in El Paso, Texas. I am a proud Aztec Graduate! Class of '09!
I have always loved the school culture that El Dorado has, even as a student I enjoyed walking into the building and feeling all the positive energy that was given off by the teachers and the administration.
I attended The University of Texas at El Paso and earned my Biological Sciences degree in 2013. I began my teaching career that same year and have been dedicated to education since then. In 2016, I earned my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Science.
I love what I do, and you could say that my life revolves around my career and my three beautiful daughters.
Gabriela Ayala is the Pre-AP English 1 teacher at Empire Early College High School. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, she loves being able to give back to her community, having been a product of #TeamSISD and Mission Early College High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UTEP and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Texas Women’s University. She is married to a loving and supportive husband and has no children, except for her amazing Aztec scholars that she loves to support and see grow. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch anime, and take road trips.
Marisela Seañez is our P/AP Algebra I Teacher and has been in education for 2 years. She was born at El Paso and graduated from SISD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics’ Degree at UTEP. Her goal is to help our EECHS scholars be prepared and successful at their higher-level education.
Isaac Medina is a proud 3rd year science teacher at our Empire Early College. He is an El Paso native and is a graduate of J.M. Hanks High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from Texas Tech University and Master of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. Before fulfilling his calling to become an educator, Mr. Medina worked as a research scientist at the Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes at Colorado State University and for the City of Fort Collins, CO as an Environmental Data Analyst. His passion at the Empire is to inspire and encourage a new generation of scientists, critical thinkers and problem solvers. When he is not thinking about science, he is busy spending time with his nephew or spending time outdoors.
Hello, my name is Ms. Guzman. I am from Durango Mexico. This is my 3rd year teaching. I am a huge believer of accomplishing anything you truly want in life. "Giving up" is not on my vocabulary. You always try your best and even if a goal seems impossible you try to make it possible, it is all up to you. Here at the empire we work hard and we work together to give our best to students. To make them be successful and to believe in themselves. Go Aztectcs!
I am from El Paso, TX. I graduated from UTEP with a BS in Mathematics in 2015 and I have been teaching since 2015. My favorite things about EDHS are that we have many high-character students and a great staff that makes you feel appreciated. In my free time I enjoy reading and traveling. I am a big baseball fan, and my favorite team is the New York Mets.
My name is Frania Paugh, and I am a proud El Pasoan. Because I love this town, I have taught in the area for the last eleven years. In 2010 I graduated with a Bachelor's in Education from New Mexico State University, and in 2016, I earned my Masters of Teaching English from the University of Texas at El Paso.
My motivation for teaching at El Dorado High School started with my mother-in-law who shared compelling stories about students, faculty, and community. Now I get the privilege to create my own stories and share them with her.
Something you should know about me is that I love learning! My greatest desire as an educator is for students to understand that learning is a transformative gift. My goal is to help my students become skilled thinkers, readers, writers, and speakers who become active participants in their communities.
Hello I am Mr. Garcia and I am a science teacher that was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I love to perform safe and exciting experiments with scholars. Each day, my scholars are learning something new!
Mr. Ramirez is a lifelong resident of El Paso, Texas. He attended Magoffin Middle School, Cathedral High School, and University of Texas at El Paso for a BS in Mathematics. Mr. Ramirez received a scholarship from the National Science Foundation to earn a master's in teaching mathematics, MAT. Mr. Ramirez spent more than twenty years in private education as a second-grade teacher, high school math teacher, coach, bus driver, athletic director, and principal. Mr. Ramirez opened his own insurance agency and real estate investment company after leaving private education. Educating young people has always been Mr. Ramirez's passion so he returned to the classroom at El Dorado High School in 2016. Mr. Ramirez has been an adjunct professor at El Paso Community College for more than 20 years.