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Mrs. Mandy Palazzo
I have worked with Plano ISD for almost 10 years, and have over 19 years experience in a variety of office positions. I started as the Carlisle Office Manager in the summer of 2017; and absolutely feel like I am "home". I enjoy fulfilling the needs of our campus to ensure our campus/staff have what is needed for kids to be safe and ready to learn in a comfortable educational setting.
I am married to my husband, Marco, of almost 17 years, who works as a Supervisor for the PISD FANS department. He is Italian, and first generation Italian American. He is classically trained as a Chef with Le Courdon Bleu Culinary Institute; and has amazing skills in the kitchen. "Yum! Yum!" We have a 23-year-old daughter, Skylyr, who is a Plano ISD Alumni, and a 13-year-old son, Domenic, who is an 8th grader at Schimelpfenig Middle School.
Skylyr is a country girl, an introvert, who adores animals, enjoys time with her friends and family, and loves all things dance. She found her passion for dance through various drill teams: Vikettes, Planoettes, Tyler Junior College Apache Belles, and finished her dance studies at UNT. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Dance Education with Special Education and PE Certifications. Skylyr just accepted her first teaching position at Clark High School as Assistant Drill Team Director with the Cougarettes and a Special Education Math Resource teacher. This summer our future son-in-law, Tyler Vasquez, proposed to her, after a 6 year relationship, at one of her favorite places, Disney World. Tyler is a Plano ISD Alumni and the current FANS Manager at Plano Sr. High. He is an absolute joy, and we believe the perfect fit and helpmate to our daughter. We are absolutely ecstatic to have Tyler join our family.
Domenic is an "old soul" and a city boy who loves all things football, playing the tuba in band, learning French, studying history: particularly regarding WWI and WWII, jazz music (particularly 30's and 40's), old tv shows (such as Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy, and Family Matters), and playing on the Xbox with friends. Dom also trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has competed 4 times bringing home 3 silver medals and a GOLD. "Woo Hoo!" Dom has a lot of energy and very chatty (like his momma), and has a heart of gold. He is the love bug in our family.
As for me, I enjoy spending time with my family, doing yoga, am an avid essential oil user/supporter, learning and implementing new homeopathic/holistic benefits in my life and the lives of my family, being outdoors, traveling, and of course simply chatting. I own 3 fur kiddos (rescues): a 2 year old German Shepherd, Pandora; a 5 year old Plott Hound, Captain; and a 10 year old and 17 pound cat, Binx.
Fun Fact: I worked with at risk teens/foster children for 10 years serving as a foster mom, an administrative assistant, and a GED Instructor/Academic Coordinator. These 10 years were so rewarding to me, to see my kiddos who were in such desperate need succeed educationally and be able to provide them with stability & love along with basic needs.