7th Grade Teachers





















Name: Ms. Maritnez
Role: ELA Teacher
Contact: dmartinez@epleadershipacademy.org







Name: Mr. Sommerlad
Role: Math Teacher
Contact: ssommerlad@epleadershipacademy.org




Name: Ms. Docherty
Role: Social Studies Teacher
Contact: adocherty@epleadershipacademy.org

Hello! I am the 7th grade Social Studies teacher. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Political Science, I headed back to my home state of Texas to work toward improving civic engagement. The best thing about EPLA is the incredible students! The students' energy, creativity, open-mindedness, not to mention sense of humor, makes EPLA a one-of-a-kind place to grow and learn!  I look forward to supporting students as they become leaders in their community and beyond! 


Name: Mr. Phu
Role: Science Teacher
Contact: aphu@epleadershipacademy.org

Hello, I am Mr. Phu. I was raised in Vancouver WA. I received my bachelor's degree in Biocultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. While attending undergraduate I participated in various research projects involving science education and neurobiology. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Biomedical Sciences and I am excited to be this year's 7th-grade science teacher where I can be a positive role model for the students at EPLA.


Name: Mr. Zavala
Role: Art Teacher
Contact: dzavala@epleadershipacademy.org

Hello, I am Mr. Zavala.  I am from Chicago, IL.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from DePaul University.  While working on my undergraduate degree, I worked for the Chicago Public School system.  I moved to El Paso during the summer of 2016 and I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Education at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  I am privileged to say that after a rigorous interview process, I am El Paso Leadership Academy’s first Art teacher.  Go Blue Demons! Go Miners!


Name: Mr. Ross
Role: Special Education Teacher
Contact: sross@epleadershipacademy.org

Hello! I am the Special Education Director and Special Ed. Teacher for the 7th  grade. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015. My hobbies include reading, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy the art of teaching because of my past educational career. All throughout Elementary school and High School I was attending a school that was also much like EPLA, thus I am very happy to pass my knowledge on.