Debra Bottoms

I am blessed to be the Principal at Liberty Grove Elementary.  Since coming to Liberty Grove in 2018, I have built lasting relationships with students, parents, teachers, and staff.  I prioritize maintaining a warm and caring school atmosphere with an emphasis on doing "what's best for kids."  I am proud to say our students are respectful and ready to learn.  I am committed to educating the whole child and improving academic success.  I partner with parents and our community in order to expand the areas of opportunity for our students and their future.

Liberty Grove is one of two schools in the district currently implementing a Blended Learning Program based on a grant the district was awarded from Raise Your Hand Texas with a focus on Early Literacy.  This aligns with my background of building a strong foundation in early literacy in order to prepare students for the rigorous academic growth to come in the upper elementary grades and beyond.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006 and my Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University in 2013.  Before coming to Garland, I was an assistant principal for 5 years and taught elementary for 6 years before that, both in Wylie ISD.

My wonderful husband, Chuck, a teacher and head tennis coach at Rowlett High School, and I were married in 2003.  We have two sweet boys, Charlie and Sam, who are both Liberty Grove Gators!  We also have a black lab and border collie mix named Georgie.  We enjoy traveling together to new places, entertaining at home, and spending time with family and friends

Assistant Principal

Alicia Marshall

Alicia Marshall

I’m elated and thankful to be the assistant principal at Liberty Grove Elementary.  I love being part of such a warm, welcoming, and caring school family that puts the whole child and student success above everything else.  Our students, staff, parents, families, and community stakeholders will continue to work together to provide the best possible learning environment and future learning opportunities for all of our students. 

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.  In addition, I received my Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2016.

Prior to becoming an assistant principal, I served as an instructional design facilitator for one year in Garland ISD and an instructional support teacher for four years at Davis Elementary School in Garland ISD.  I also taught Kindergarten for six years at Shugart Elementary School in Garland ISD and 3rd grade for one year at Pirrung Elementary School in Mesquite ISD.

My amazing husband, Chris, and I have been married since 2012, and we are both administrators in Garland ISD.  We have two beautiful daughters named Emery and Juliette and a sweet puppy named Astro.  We’re both avid University of Texas at Austin sports fans, love to travel, and enjoy spending time with our family and friends.


Office Staff

Name Position Extension
Cecilia Pineda Secretary 46000
Elvira Martinez Data Clerk 46001
Samantha Samaniego Office Aide 46002
Stephanie Summers Counselor 46005
Nicole Benamon Nurse 46009