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Welcome to 4th grade. I am excited to be your teacher. I love teaching, and I am blessed to be at Decker Prairie doing what I love each day. We are going to have a great year of learning together. Here is a little bit about me:
I graduated from Texas A&M in 1987. This will be my fifteenth year in public education and my twelfth year to teach the 4th grade. It is my fourth year in Tomball ISD, and my third year at Decker Prairie.  
I am married and together we have five children. We have a 27 year old son who is married and lives in Houston, a 25 year old daughter who is married and lives in London, a 21 year old daughter who is a senior in college at A&M, a 17 year old son that is a senior at THS, and a 15 year old daughter who is a sophomore at THS. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I believe it is important to have an open line of communication with all parents. I am looking forward to a another great year at DPES.


Recent Posts

September 18-22

This week in: 
Writing - publish our first personal narrative, writing celebration/gallery walk, collect more ideas to write about, understand stories usually follow a plot line. 
Reading - readers respond to their reading by writing about it, using the blurb on back of the book, identify primary and secondary characters, identify the setting
Spelling - List #3 uploaded on homework the link
Social Studies - Constitution Week, Texas regions

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation for 3rd and 4th Grade will be on Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

September 11 - 15

This week in: 
Writing - using timelines to plan, read-write-think to get unstuck when we write, building writing stamina, adding sensory detail, editing our writing
Reading - stop and jot as you read, writing long off of a post it note in our reader's response notebooks, using sentence stems to start our response, library on Friday
Spelling - List #2
Social Studies - geography vocabulary, map skills, Texas regions

Volunteer Opportunity

DPES is looking for volunteers for our Parents as Coaches program! Parents as Coaches are weekly parent volunteers that work with small groups of students in a Kindergarten or First Grade classroom for thirty minute increments. A language arts or math activity/game will be provided for the parent to play with the students. We believe that our community and parents play a significant role in our students’ success. All volunteers will need to submit and pass the district background check on the TISD webpage. If you are interested in volunteering for the Parents as Coaches program, please contact Mrs. Hudson at or complete the application form at

DPES está buscando voluntarios para nuestro programa “Padres como mentores”. Los padres como mentores son padres voluntarios que trabajan semanalmente por treinta minutos con grupos pequeños de estudiantes de una clase. Una actividad o juego de artes del lenguaje o matemáticas será proporcionado para que los padres trabajen con los estudiantes. Creemos que nuestra comunidad y los padres juegan un papel importante en el éxito de nuestros estudiantes. Todos los voluntarios tendrán que presentar y pasar la verificación de antecedentes penales del distrito en la página de internet de Tomball ISD. Si usted está interesado en ser voluntario para el programa “Padres como mentores”, por favor póngase en contacto con Mrs. Hudson en el correo electrónico llene la forma o el formulario de solicitud en

September 5-8

Welcome back! Today seemed like our second, first day of school. It went by so quickly. 
Homework this week:
Reading- read 20 minutes each night.
Spelling - Practice List #1 We will test this Friday, September 8. 
Ask to see your students planner. We will complete our planner with homework and assignments for the week each Monday or Tuesday if that is the first day of our school week. 

Activities for Students

I have had a parent ask for the first spelling list. If you are needing activities for your student this week and have resources such as books or internet, have them read at least 20 minutes a day. This is very beneficial across all subjects and will help take your student's mind off of current situations. Check out my "Homework" page for our first spelling list. If you have internet connections and electronic devices, they can follow the link to the "spelling city" website for practice. 

Closures - We will Resume Tuesday, September 5

I am checking in with all of our students and families on Dojo. I hope that you are all safe and dry. Let me know if there is anything that you need. 
We will be out the rest of the week and resume classes on Tuesday, September 5. Please stay safe. 

Welcome Back!

This Week: August 21 - August 25
We will not have a spelling test this week. Our first spelling test will be next week on Friday, September 1. 
We will be establishing our Reader's and Writer's workshop practices. We will refer to and address each other as Reader's and Writer's.
We will set up our social studies interactive notebooks (INB's) and begin our first unit: Natural Texas and Its People. 
Look for Wednesday folders on Wednesday and make every effort to return them on Thursday.