Name: Jesse Espinosa

School: Waltrip High School

Subject: Band

Tell us a little bit about you? Things you like outside of school, etc.…

I am a Waltrip HS Alum, Class of 1995. I have taught there now, going on my 19th I am Houston pro sports fan. I grew up in the Heights community, where I attended Garden Oaks ES and Hamilton MS. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Celena and have two amazing children, Jae and Isabel.

Give us an idea of your education passion, can you tell us something of why you chose education…

I chose education because of the opportunities presented to me by the great role models I had when I went through high school. In particular, my high school band director played a huge role in guiding me as a student musician and in helping me to believe in myself. I’m just trying to do the same or more for my students. I’m so honored to have the opportunity to work in my old high school to keep such a great tradition of excellence going.


To help you feel better what do you like? Card, Starbucks, candy, prayer, etc.… list as many things as you wish

Prayer is always good and the best. Sugar-free candy is my new favorite. I tend to lean towards jazz music to help me feel better and get my head together.

To help you with supplies, what items are you wanting?

With our current status and looking forward beyond the Coronavirus, we wish we had the use of the program, Smart Music, for our students. It is a web-based program that would give our students access to tons of music we would like to work on. It allows them to record themselves and play-along all in one place, instead of trying to use different platforms for one ultimate task. The program is approved curriculum by TEA and would be very helpful to our band program. It requires a subscription for our teachers and students that is currently beyond our means. We would appreciate any help that could be given. Here is the link for more information,