students and parents

We strive to provide the gifted with a nurturing environment, a differentiated curriculum, and a trained, enlightened staff. By encouraging gifted students to become autonomous learners through a challenging program, future generations will have the socially and ethically responsible leaders, producers, inventors, philosophers, and visionaries who can make valuable contributions to our world as well as our community.  Mesquite ISD's Quest program is housed at Rugel Elementary School.

Additional information for Quest parents

Quest Faculty


Mrs. Rhonda Johnson
5th Grade
Mrs. Johnson has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a MEU degree in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce/Mesquite ISD .  She received her Reading Certification from TWU. Mrs. Johnson has worked with MISD for 20years.  She has three wonderful daughters and an amazing husband who has taught/coached for 30 years in MISD. She loves spending time with her family and their eclectic group of animals enjoying nature and making memories.
Ms. Sheena Flores
3rd/4th grades
Mrs. Flores earned a Bachelor's in English from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master's degree from Texas A&M-Commerce.  She earned her gifted certification from The University of North Texas.  She has worked for MISD since 1996.  She has three lovely children.  She enjoys going to movies, music concerts, art shows and sports events.
Mrs. Christy Campos
6th grade
Mrs. Campos has a Bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Master's degree and gifted/talented certification from Southern Methodist University. She has been teaching since 2005. Mrs. Campos enjoys an exciting life full of cooking, traveling, reading, drawing, and spending time with family. She and her husband, Carlos who is also a teacher, love to spend family time with their three young daughters.
Mrs. Ginger Griffis
6th grade
Mrs. Griffis has been teaching upper elementary students since 1986, joining MISD in 1993.  She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Texas A & M - Commerce and also has certification in Gifted Education, having continued her graduate work in gifted education at University of North Texas.  She and her husband have three adult children and five awesome grandchildren.
Mrs. Michele Richards
3rd/4th grade
Mrs. Richards has a Bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master’s degree from Texas A&M at Commerce.  She also has a gifted certification from the University of North Texas.  Mrs. Richards has been teaching since 1999.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and their young son.  Her hobbies include traveling to different countries, playing board games, and scrapbooking.
Mrs. Sue Snider
5th grade
Mrs. Snider has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Texas A & M University-Commerce.  She has a gifted certification from University of North Texas.  She began her MISD teaching career in 1993. She and her husband have three adult children, and five fantastic grandchildren.  Her hobbies include shopping, going to movies and concerts, and traveling to visit relatives all over the world.
Mrs. Lynda Benavides
Mrs. Benavides is a graduate of Mesquite schools. She began her career with MISD in 1993.  She and her husband have two adult children and seven grandchildren.  Mrs. Benavides enjoys movies, music, and spending time with family and friends.