Meet the ATLAS 9-10 Academy Teachers!

ATLAS9-10 Waco High School

Mr. Gonzalez is a native Texan who moved to Waco last year from Austin, Texas. After graduating high school in San Antonio, he earned an Associates degree from San Antonio College before finishing his Bachelor of Science from University of North Texas, where he also did graduate studies. He is dual-certified in English Language Arts and Reading 8-12 and Journalism 8-12.  Starting his second decade in education, he has taught English I, II, and III, journalism, newspaper and yearbook as well as coached UIL journalism events.As the ATLAS Pre-AP English I teacher and lead English teacher for Saturday school tutoring, he plans to raise his percentage of STAAR passing rate to 100% and increase the number of students earning advanced measure.  He enjoys reading, running, tennis, and rescuing animals. Lion Pride Runs Deep! 

Ms. Linville is a native of Waco, TX. She graduated from Waco High School and then attended Texas State University- San Marcos. Ms. Linville received a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. This is her 9th year in education and this will be her 3rd year in WISD and at Waco High School.  Ms. Linville is also the freshmen girls basketball coach and track coach. She is also excited to be serving students within her very own community and at her alma mater. 

Ms. Williams is originally from Oak Harbor, Washington, but moved to Waco during high school where she graduated from Midway. While a senior at Baylor University, Ms. Williams taught AP World History at WHS under Mr. Heller. Ms. Williams graduated from Baylor with a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and was hired on at WHS. This is her third year in education and at WHS. Prior to teaching AP World History at ATLAS9-10, Ms. Williams taught academic and PreAP World Geography while also coaching freshman volleyball and tennis. She currently sponsors the Interact Club, a service organization associated with Rotary Club. 

ATLAS9-10 University High School

Mrs. Bailey is starting her 13th year with Waco ISD. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has taught Pre-AP chemistry, AP physics, principles of technology, principles of engineering, and Pre-AP biology. She is married and has one son. Mrs. Bailey loves to read, hike and teach young minds about the wonders of science. 

Mr. Chapman
grew up in Bakersfield, CA, but has lived most of his life in and around Texas. He went to Klein High School, just north of Houston, and graduated in 2004. He was accepted to The University of Texas in Austin (Hook’ Em!) so he made his way to the capital of Texas where he spent four years earning a degree in Pure Mathematics. After graduating from UT, Mr. Chapman tutored for various companies across Texas. At that point, he realized that teaching had always been what he was meant to do so he decided to go back to school at Texas State University in Round Rock to obtain his teaching certification.  Mr. Chapman is currently teaching Pre-AP Algebra II along with coaching the Number Sense, Mathematics, and (hopefully state-bound) Calculator teams at UHS.   He has loved his first two years at University High School (Go Trojans!) and is looking forward to making this year even better!

Mr. Fielding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. He is currently working on his MBA and is expected to graduate in May of 2015. Mr. Fielding is in his fifth year of teaching and his fourth year of teaching Algebra II. Also, this year Mr. Fielding will be teaching Academic Decathlon for the first time. His philosophy of education is, "every student has different capabilities and capacities. It is his job to guide students in developing these capabilities at maximum capacity." Mr. Fielding has one daughter named Naomi and another on the way who will be named Eden.

Mr. Nelson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. WHOOP!! Mr. Nelson double majored in History and English with a focus on Atlantic History and African American literature. Mr. Nelson is currently teaching Pre-AP World Geography and coaching the UIL Current Issues and Events academic team. Prior to teaching, Mr. Nelson spent 13 years in the hospitality industry serving as a hotel general manager. Mr. Nelson grew up in the Waco area and is pleased to be back in his home community teaching at University High School.

Ms. Miller-Compton teaches Pre-AP English II at University High School. This is her ninth year in Waco ISD.  She was part of the inaugural teaching team of the ATLAS Academy at Tennyson Middle School. After two years there, she moved back to the high school level and has had the pleasure of teaching some of the same ATLAS students. Prior to being part of the ATLAS team, Ms. Miller-Compton taught Pre-AP English II and AP Language at Waco High School. She has her BA degree from Angelo State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Literacy.  Before teaching, she spent many years working in Human Resources for a telecommunications company.

Mr. Pfleging grew up and went to school in Rochester, NY. After graduating college and getting married, he and his wife, Sue, moved to Waco in 1997. This is his 18th year teaching in Waco ISD, having been at A.J. Moore for 14 years prior to moving to University High. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John Fisher College and a Master's degree in History from Tarleton State University. He is currently teaching both Advanced Placement Human Geography and Dual Credit United States History. 

Ms. Talley and her husband, Scott, moved to Waco in 1976 to serve as a youth ministers at a local church. She attended Baylor University and graduated with a triple major in Education, English and Speech-Communications.  She began teaching in a private school and moved on to teach English in Mart, University Junior High, and Robinson High School.  Ms. Talley began teaching at University High School in 1999 and has taught English IV AP Literature, English I, II, and III as well as speech and communication.  Her daughter, Stephanie Talley of Abilene, is a professor at Abilene Christian University and her son, Paul Talley of Midland, and his wife Jane, have two sons, Jackson and Luke.  Jackson and Luke have helped Ms. Talley discover that she loves hiking mountain trails, target shooting and driving a jeep. She is a voracious reader and especially loves young adult literature.  She has been fortunate enough to share her love of English with students in Beijing, China, Ghana, Africa and most recently Zagreb, Croatia.