Who are we?

  • Nancy Sanchez, Principal

     

    Nancy Sanchez

     

    Dear Armstrong Family,

     

    I understand the importance of strong family connections to help our students succeed as I am very close to my personal family. Both of my parents were not able to continue their education past elementary school, but they understood the importance of education for their children so they decided to move to Houston to give us the opportunity to have an education.  Trying to speak two languages at once and having a hearing problem made school difficult for me.  Once I had surgery, things started to fall into place.  Both my older sister and I attended schools in Alief ISD, graduating from Elsik High school.  My brother, who is much younger than I am, became more of a son to me.  Identified as Learning Disabled, I would often need to help him with his homework and reteach key concepts.  These experiences helped shape the way I taught and interacted with students.

     

    I chose to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of Houston, but what started as a volunteer project for child psychology, changed my entire life.  I continued volunteering another two years, changed my major to Education, and was hired as a paraprofessional.  As a teacher, I have had the opportunity to teach first through fifth grade, monolingual and bilingual, special education and gifted students, and served as an English Language Development Specialist and Science Lead Teacher at Alief ISD.  Shortly after teaching, I enrolled at the University of Houston-Clear Lake to obtain my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in hopes of making a greater impact on student learning.

     

    Fort Bend ISD gave me my first opportunity as an Assistant Principal.  During my first four years at FBISD, I served as Heritage Rose Elementary’s Assistant Principal.  In addition, I served as the Principal in Fort Bend ISD’s Kangaroo Kamp and Bilingual/ESL Summer School programs during my first four summers.

     

    As a means to give back to the community, I have been a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run mentoring various third through fifth grade girls.  In addition, I volunteer with my brother at Friends for Life, an animal shelter for dogs and cats.  While my sister lives in New York working at a hospital, my brother is a college student here in Houston.  My brother and I enjoy attending various sporting events and being active through CrossFit.  Always pushing the limit and setting goals, we plan to run our first Marine Corps Marathon with my sister in Washington DC.

     

    Having supportive educators that served as mentors throughout out schooling has had a profound effect on us.  As Og Mandino stated, “Always do your best.  What you plant now, you will harvest later.”  Becoming an educator has allowed me to provide students with support and guidance so that they too can succeed later in life. I look forward to working with you all to conintue to build on the success at Armstrong Elementary.

     

    Nancy Sanchez

    nancy.sanchez@fortbendisd.com

     

    Quentin Land, Assistant Principal

     

    Quentin Land

     

    I am a native Houstonian.  I began my teaching career in Fort Bend ISD over 10 years ago.  I had the privilege of teaching in Alvin ISD.  Prior to returning to Fort Bend ISD, I served as a middle school Assistant Principal in the Houston Independent School District.  I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Southern University.  I obtained my Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.  I am married and have two teenage daughters.  I enjoy traveling, shopping, and of course, watching sports.

     

    I am a life-long learner, always looking to grow as an educator leader.  I am most passionate about professionalism and the Golden Rule.

     

    Quentin Land

    quentin.land@fortbendisd.com

     

    Julie Bennight, Counselor

    Julie Bennight

    I have more than 40 years of experience in Education.  I have held the following jobs in our District: Speech Pathologist, Counselor, Assistant Principal, and Principal.  I retired and returned to work as a substitue in Administration and Counseling.

     

    I decided to take the full-time Counseling position (8 years ago) at Armstrong Elementary by reapplying.  The reason I did that was that I was substuting as much as a full-time employee.  Armstrong is near by home in Quail Valley, as well.

     

    My Counseling passion is hopefuly, 'helping make a differenece at a Title I campus like Armstrong Elementary'.  I also enjoy mentoring others to become Counselors; I have assisted 2 counseling interns, one from Lamar University and one from the University of Houston.  I feel like I am a good resource for counselors and elementary administrators because of my background and experiences in Education.  I have two grown daughters, both Fort Bend ISD former students; one is now a teacher and the other works at the Methodist Hospital and four grandaughters currently attending Fort Bend ISD schools.

     

    Julie Bennight

    julie.bennight@fortbendisd.com