Christi Van Wassenhove

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Christi VanWassenhove graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in English with an endorsement in Secondary Education. She began her educational career at Hambrick Middle School as an English Language Arts teacher and then as a Reading Skills Specialist. In addition to her work at Hambrick, she also served as the Aldine District Destination Imagination Coordinator and served on the Regional Board until the 2009-2010 school year. In May of 2009, Ms. VanWassenhove graduated from Lamar University with a Master’s in Educational Administration. She was named Assistant Principal at Escamilla the following August where she worked for two years. In 2013, she was named Principal at Stehlik Intermediate School. She was named Principal of Aldine Middle School in the spring of 2018.

Ms. Van’s favorite book is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Salvador Peralta, MBA

Curriculum & Instruction Assistant Principal

8th Grade Students

Math Department Administrator

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Salvador Peralta was born and raised in Mexico until the age of 11 when his family decided to migrate to the U.S. He attended Hambrick Middle school and MacArthur High school. In 2007 Mr. Peralta received his Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Houston Downtown, and began his career in education as a Mathematics teacher at MacArthur High.  In 2016 he received his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston-Downtown. He was named Assistant Principal at Aldine Middle in 2017.

Mr. Peralta’s favorite book is Cuentos para Demian by Jorge Bucay.

“Hay veces que nada el pato, y hay veces que ni agua toma.” – Julio Chaidez

John Picklesimer M.Ed.

Campus Behavior Coordinator

Assistant Principal

7th Grade Students

Science Department Administrator

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John Picklesimer graduated from Hardin Simmons University, and began teaching General Music at Richey Elementary in 1995. After graduating with a Masters in Educational Leadership, Mr. Picklesimer served at an administrator for Pasadena ISD as well as Aldine. In the 2015, he moved into his current role as Assistant Principal and Campus Discipline Coordinator here at Aldine Middle School.

Mr. P’s favorite book is Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey.

“What is taught in the schools today will rule the halls of Congress tomorrow.” – Abraham Lincoln

Ms. McDowell - Assistant Principal

Teshana McDowell, MEd.

Assistant Principal

6th Grade Students

ELAR Department Administrator

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Teshana McDowell was born and raised in Navasota, Texas and graduated from Navasota High School. Ms. McDowell received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, and began her career in education as a English Language Arts and Reading teacher at Bonham Elementary School in Houston ISD.  In 2014 she received a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the Houston Baptist University. She has served as an Assistant Principal at Dowling (Lawson) Middle School and Foerster Elementary School, both in Houston ISD. In 2019, she joined Aldine Middle as an Assistant Principal.

Ms. McDowell’s favorite book is The Seed by Jon Gordon.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein