Lisa Saldivar

About Me

I am so excited to join Live Oak Learning Center as a 2nd grade teacher and will do whatever it takes to ensure your child is successful and engaged at the highest levels of their ability. President Harry Truman once said “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”  I could not agree more!


I was born at the Dyess U.S. Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas while my Father served and retired from the USAF and spent most of my early life in North Texas. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas where I also earned certificates in mediation, arbitration, and workplace ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution). I have been teaching since 2000 when I started several long-term substitute assignments in the Dallas-Ft Worth area, and started teaching full time in 2009 with a focus on 2nd and 3rd grades.


I have been married 33 years to my husband, Rudy, and we have two incredible sons.  Rudy III works for a premier game developer in Irvine, CA with his beautiful bride, Samantha, a yoga instructor and their adorable dogs Daisy and Lotus.  Sebastian is a LT in the US Navy Submarine Force and his beautiful bride, Samantha, a LT, is a US Navy pilot.  I am a lifetime member of the PTA, love reading, collect scented candles, gardening and enjoy living the Salt Life!

Mission Statement

I believe that every child can succeed! I hope to instill a love of learning in every student in my classroom!

My Interests




Donkeys and Mules

Salt Life

Books and Links



A Picture Book of Rosa Parks, by David A. Adler

Hank the Cow Dog by John Erickson
A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, by Jen Bryant
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant
A True Story About Jackie Robinson (Testing The Ice), by Sharon Robinson
Aesop's Fables, by Don Daily
Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club, by Janet S. Wong
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman
America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, by David Adler
American Tall Tales, by Mary Pope Osborne
Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas, by Elise Primavera
Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood, by George Ancona
Bats at the Beach, by Brian Lies
Beatrice's Goat, by Page McBrier
Bones of Fred McFee, The, by Eve Bunting
Brave Irene, by William Steig
Butterfly House, The, by Eve Bunting
Casey At the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888, by Christopher Bing
Chair For My Mother, A, by Vera Williams
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty (Charlie the Ranch Dog), by Ree Drummond
Christmas Crocodile, The, by Bonny Becker
Christmas Day in the Morning, by Pearl S. Buck
Cinderella, by Kinuko Y. Craft
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, by Doreen Cronin
Cloak for the Dreamer, A, by Aileen Friedman
Coming On Home Soon, by Jacqueline Woodson
Courage, by Bernard Waber
Cranberry Thanksgiving, by Wende Devlin
Crickwing, by Janell Cannon
Daughter's Day Blues, by Laura Pegram
Day's Work, A, by Eve Bunting
Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home, by Schim Schimmel
December, by Eve Bunting
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3), by Jeff Kinney
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D'Arezzo, by Susan Roth
Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon
Down, Down, Down, by Steve Jenkins
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies), by Ernest Drake and Dugald Steer
Dream Something Big, by Dianna Aston
Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival , by Janet Coleman
Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh, by Amy Novesky 
Eve of the Emperor Penguin, by Mary Pope Osborne
Everything I Know About Monsters, by Tom Lichtenheld
Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia, by Carmen Lomas Garza
Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom, by Lorijo Metz
Frankenstein Takes the Cake, by Adam Rex
Freedom Summer, by Deborah Wiles 
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, by Jan Brett
Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The, by Paul Goble
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, by Paul Fleishman
Goat Lady, The, by Jane Bregoli
Grandfather's Journey, by Allen Say
Halloween Hats, by Elizabeth Winthrop
Halloween Night , by Marjorie Dennis Murray
Halloweena, by Miriam Glassman
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, by Jerdine Nolen
Hickory Chair, The, by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Hooway for Wodney Wat, by Helen Lester
Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss
House that Drac Built, The, by Judy Sierra
How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth, by Hal and Carol Ober
I Love Saturdays Y Domingos, by Alma Flor Ada
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail, by Ramsingh Urveti
I, Galileo, by Bonnie Christensen
If a Bus Could Talk, by Faith Ringgold
If Only I Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong, by Roxane Orgill
If the World Were a Village, by David J. Smith
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories, by Alvin Schwartz
Ira Sleeps Over, by Bernard Waber
Is for Abigail, A, by Lynne Cheney
Jazz, by Walter Dean Myers
Jenny and the Cat Club, by Esther Averill
Johnny Appleseed, by Steven Kellogg
Journey Home, The, by Alison Lester
Judy Moody Saves the World!, by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody, Mood Martian (Book #12), by Megan McDonald
Julius, by Angela Johnson
Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg
Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, by Barbara Park
Just a Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg
Library Dragon, The, by Carmen Deedy
Like Bug Juice on a Burger, by Julie Sternberg
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes
Listen to the Wind, by Greg Mortenson
Living Color, by Steve Jenkins
Lorax, The, by Dr. Seuss
Lots of Latkes: A Hannukah Story, by Sandy Lanton
Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes, by Mary Pope Osborne
Manuelo the Playing Mantis, by Don Freeman
Marvin Makes Music, by Marvin Hamlisch
Math Curse, by Jon Scieszka
Max Goes to the Moon, by Jeffrey Bennett
Molly's Pilgrim, by Barbara Cohen
Monkey & Robot, by Peter Catalanotto
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, by Brian Floca
Mr. Lincoln's Way, by Patricia Polacco
Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish, by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard
Mrs. Katz and Tush, by Patricia Polacco
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, by John Steptoe and Clarita Kohen (Translator)
My Brother Dan's Delicious, by Steven L. Layne
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, by Libba Moore Gray
Nacho and Lolita, by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Nature's Paint Box: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse, by Patricia Thomas
Nightsong, by Ari Berk
Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street, by Roni Schotter
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, by Marissa Moss
Oh, the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, by Jennifer Berne
Our Gracie Aunt, by Jacqueline Woodson
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, by Isabella Hatkoff
Pain and the Great One, The, by Judy Blume
Passage to Freedom, by Ken Mochizuki
Pele, King of Soccer, by Monica Brown
Pete & Pickles, by Berkeley Breathed
Peter and the Wolf, by Vladimir Vagin
Porkenstein, by Kathryn Lasky
Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!, by Marcus Pfister
Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary
Rapunzel, by Paul O. Zelinsky
Recess Queen, The, by Alexis O'Neill
River Ran Wild, A, by Lynne Cherry
Rosie and Michael, by Judith Viorst
Ruby the Copycat, by Peggy Rathmann
Salt In His Shoes, by Deloris and Roslyn Jordan
Sam and the Lucky Money, by Karen Chinn
Santa and the Three Bears, by Dominic Catalano
See the Ocean, by Estelle Condra
Shrek, by William Steig
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald, by Roxane Orgill
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects, by Matthew Clark
Some Birthday!, by Patricia Polacco
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx, by Jonah Winter
Soup Bone, The, by Tony Johnston
Stone Soup, by Jon J. Muth
Story of Jumping Mouse, The, by John Steptoe
Story, a Story: An African Tale, A, by Gail E. Haley
Talking Eggs, The, by Robert San Souci
Tea with Milk, by Allen Say
Tell Me a Scary Story--But Not Too Scary!, by Carl Reiner
Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons', by Eileen Spinelli
The Beetle Book, by Steve Jenkins
The Best Story, by Eileen Spinelli
The Boy of a Thousand Faces, by Brian Selznick
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition, by William Kamkwamba
The Boy Who Loved Words, by Roni Schotter
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, by Janice N. Harrington
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski
The Dog Who Sang at the Opera, by Marshall Izen and Jim West
The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery, by Graeme Base 
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1), by Tony DiTerlizzi
The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story, by Rudolfo Anaya
The Goalie Mask (Hockey Heroes Series), by Mike Leonetti
The Incredible Life of Balto, by Meghan McCarthy
The Junkyard Wonders, by Patricia Polacco
The Lemonade Ripple: A Sweet Story of Kindness and Charity, by Paul Reichert
The Loathsome Dragon, by David Wiesner and Kim Kahng
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, by Laurence Anholt
The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi
The Night of Las Posadas, by Tomie dePaola
The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton
The Paper Princess Finds Her Way, by Elisa Kleven
The Scrambled States of America, by Laurie Keller
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Stupid Fairy Tales, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder, by Mark Cassino
The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, by Eugene Trivizas
The Three Questions, by Jon Muth
The Three Robbers, by Tomi Ungerer
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, by Jeanette Winter
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, by Barb Rosenstock
Three Armadillies, The, by Jackie Mins Hopkins
Three Little Javelinas, The, by Susan Lowell
Three Pigs/Los Tres Cerdos: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel, The, by Bobbi Salinas
Tomas and the Library Lady, by Pat Mora
Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper, by Ann Malaspina
Turkey Pox, by Laurie Anderson
Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano
Two Bad Ants, by Chris Van Allsburg
Verdi, by Janell Cannon
Violet the Pilot, by Steve Breen
When I Get Older: The Story behind "Wavin' Flag", by K'NAAN and Sol Sol
When Pigasso Met Mootisse, by Nina Laden
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, by Laban Carrick Hill
Where Do Balloons Go?, by Jamie Lee Curtis
Wild Christmas Reindeer, The, by Jan Brett
Wilson Sat Alone, by Debra Hess
Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
Winter's Gift, by Jane Monroe Donovan
Woman Who Outshone the Sun, The, by Alejandro Cruz
Yeh Shen: A Cinderella Story from China, by Ai-Ling Louie
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!, by Shana Corey