Specialists

Melissa Brown, School Counselor

Melissa Brown, School Counselor

Ms. Brown has degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from TCU, and a Master of Education in Counseling from UALR. She came to Jefferson as full-time counselor in 2008. 

Her birthday is September 1, and she likes to eat at Red Lobster, Cafe Prego, Purple Cow, and thinks everyone should try the cheese balls at Freddie's! For sweet treats, she enjoys chocolate, caramel and orange-flavored candy, and likes tea and Coca Cola on occasion. Gift card recommendations for Ms. Brown are Loft, Steinmart and Target.

She enjoys painting, reading, baking and watching movies and spending time with her three children and rescue Maltese mix, Neco.

Ms. Brown plans and coordinates activities for Red Ribbon Week and runs a small weekend and summer food pantry for students from her office.

Contact Melissa Brown, School Counselor

Lori Benson, Librarian

Lori Benson, Librarian

Ms. Benson has a business degree from the UofA, a teaching degree from UALR, and a Master's of Library Science from UCA. She came to Jefferson in 2017. 

Her birthday is February 8, and she likes dining at Chuy's. For sweet treats, Ms. Benson likes Dr. Pepper and M&M's. A gift card recommendation for her is Barnes & Noble. 

Ms. Benson loves that the kids at Jefferson read, and she can talk to them about books. Sometimes, the evey recommend books to her!

She enjoys reading and camping, and she and her husband have a small hobby farm. They live on 10 acres in Little Rock with mini donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, dogs, cats and bees! 

Contact Lori Benson, Librarian

Sarah Jane Relano, Instructional Tech Specialist

Sarah Jane Relano, Instructional Tech Specialist

Ms. Relano came to Jefferson in 2017, and has a Bachelor's degree from UALR. She received her national board degree in 2008. 

Her birthday is August 27, and she loves Taziki's, Local Lime, Heights Taco and Subway. For sweet treats, Ms. Relano likes Cinnabon, 3 Musketeers, and chocolate in general! A gift card recommendation is to Target. 

Contact Sarah Jane Relano, Instructional Tech Specialist

Shannon McMath, Reading Interventionist

Shannon McMath, Reading Interventionist

Ms. McMath has a Master's in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma City University, a K-12 Gifted and Talented Certification from UALR, and is working toward a Dyslexia Therapist certification. She came to Jefferson in 2010. 

Ms. McMath's birthday is May 10, and she loves to eat anywhere with Mexican food and Pizza Cafe. She likes coffee, and anything sweet! 

She loves to travel and play with her daughters, both of whom attend Jefferson. 

Contact Shannon McMath, Reading Interventionist

Srilakshmi Menga, Kindergarten Parapro

Ms. Menga has a Masters in Commerce, and came to Jefferson in 2012. 

Her birthday is June 20, and she enjoys dining at Olive Garden and Bravo! restaurants. For sweet treats, she likes caramel frappuccinos, Coca Cola, and Snickers. 
Gift card ideas for Ms. Menga are JC Penney and Sephora.

She enjoys dancing, shopping, and spending time with her family. 

Laura Walker, School Nurse

Nurse Walker joined Jefferson in 2017, and has an Associate's degree in Nursing from the UofA and a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from UAMS.

Her birthday is June 11, and her favorite restaurants are Boudreaux's in Maumelle, kimchi, and US Pizza. For sweet treats, she likes Twix and Kit-Kat, and Diet Coke.
Gift card ideas are to Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Kohls, Walmart and Kroger.

Nurse Walker enjoys cooking and herb gardening, and spending time with her dog Lulu, a shi-tzu. 

Jana Simpson - Occupational Therapy

Info on Ms. Simpson coming soon!