Lower School

Amy Rangel – Teacher

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with focus on Child Development from Texas Tech University
Certificates/Awards: 5+ Years of Service at Vanguard
Why Vanguard? Amy was teaching a class at Brookhaven related to Children with Special Needs. The class needed a school to visit so she scheduled a tour. There was something magical about about Vanguard and she immediately wanted to be a part of it! She started working part-time the following school year.

Antaniece Johnson – Teacher

Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Arizona State University
Certificates/Awards: General Education Certification, English Immersion
Why Vanguard?¬†Antaniece chose Vanguard because she believed in Vanguard’s mission. She believes in teaching the whole student whether its academic, social, emotional, or behavioral.

Devin Warren – teacher

Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Studies and Child Development from The University of North Texas
Certificates/Awards: 5 Years of Service at Vanguard
Why Vanguard? Devin chose Vanguard because she loves family. Vanguard is a family community that works to center the child’s success. All parts work together in hardship and joy.

Julie Himpelmann – Teacher assistant

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts in Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders from The University of Texas Permian Basin
Why Vanguard? Julie’s son attended Vanguard for 5 years during which she had the opportunity to serve on the parent organization. She felt inspired by witnessing the amazing teachers that worked with her son and desired a chance to reap the rewards that come with serving the Vanguard population.

Destiny Orellana – teacher assistant

Degree(s): Currently pursuing Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Dallas College
Certificates/Awards: Registered Behavior Technician
Why Vanguard? Destiny walked into Vanguard when she most needed it and when we needed her. She choose Vanguard because it feels like family.


Michele Guerrero – teacher assistant

Degree(s): Currently pursuing Associate of Arts Teaching degree in EC-6th at Dallas College
Why Vanguard? Michele chose Vanguard because of the safe and welcoming environment that the staff provides for everyone and the children that we teach.