Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Kinesiology UNT ESC 1-8 ESL EC-4 SpEd PK-12
I am Wanda Jordan and honored to have been chosen to be your child's teacher this year. This will be my 22nd year in the district and will start my 30th year in education. I grew up in Duncanville. I graduated from UNT with a degree in Kinesiology. After graduating, I decided that I wanted teach at the elementary level and received my certification. Before coming to Maypearl, I taught for 8 years in Midlothian and 1yr in Italy.
My husband Brian and I have lived in Midlothian for 24 years with our 2 sons, Hunter, 26 and Spencer, 24. Hunter is a 2016 graduate of Midlothian High School. He a private pilot and works at Grand Prairie Airport flying their dinner tours. He is also the owner of Never Fly Dirty Aviation Detailing. He and his wife Britni recently got married in October. Spencer is a 2018 graduate of Maypearl High School. He enjoys hunting and fishing. He is currently working on his Real Estate License.
I'm looking forward to getting to know your children, helping them achieve their goals and be successful, independent learners. I will be your child's Math, Science and Social Studies Teacher this year. Mrs. Odgers will teach them Reading and Language Arts. It will be a fun year!!
I can be reached during the day by phone @ 972-435-1099 or by email @ email@example.com. I will do my best to return phone calls and emails in a timely manner. If I don't respond that same day, please expect a response by the next day.
I believe that you and I are a team that can ensure your first grader will have a successful year.
For the kids,
Things to know:
-School starts at 7:55. Students are tardy if not in the room at 8:00. I suggest arriving at the doors no later than 7:45. This allows for students to "settle in" before getting to their class and starting work.
-Students are dropped off each morning at the sidewalk that leads into the cafeteria. (by the awning and ramps)
-Students will be picked up at the same place as drop off.
-Dismissal is at 3:25
-Our lunch: 12:20-12:50
-Specials (art, music and computer) and my conference time: 2:00-2:45
-Students must have tennis shoes for gym. They will not be allowed to participate in gym if they don't wear the proper shoes. I would suggest leaving a pair in their backpack if they don't wear them daily. Tennis shoes are also much safer for playing outside.
HOMEWORK: Make it fun! Ideas: Use shaving cream or textured material to practice spelling patterns or sight words. Use beans, leggos, small toys to count up or take away with math. Make flash cards with spelling words, math facts, sight words, etc. and play card games with them. It really makes a difference. ♥
-Spelling words will be coming home on Mondays. They will be in a clear sheet protector in your child's folder. Students receive a reward for bringing back spelling practice done at home. If your child is struggling, I suggest doing practice a minimum of 3 nights a week. If your child is overwhelmed, pick 3 or 4 words a night for them to write/spell. After the first few weeks of school, your child will come home with a leveled spelling and sight words list , as well as a leveled baggie book.
-Math fact practice sheets are sent home on Mondays. There will be a focus page with flash cards for fact practice each week. The homework page is due by Friday. Flashcards (write the answer on the blank) should be left at home to study throughout the year. Corrections, reteach pages and/or strategy practice sheets may come home as needed and are all due by Friday.
Please let your child do these independently. If they are struggling, give them small items to use to count together or apart, a number line (I will send this home). Remind them to circle the larger number and count up/down depending on addition or subtraction. These are all strategies being taught in class. Flash cards are fun to play memory or timing games together.
-Baggie books will be sent home on the 3rd week of school. Depending on how your child is reading, your child will bring home a book or books on their level. If your child is not reading yet, they may have letters to practice sounds and build words. Students need to know the SOUNDS of all letters to practice BLENDING WORDS TOGETHER. These baggie books are to be returned each Friday with the form signed (finished or not). I will return them to finish or give a new book to start as needed.