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I love teaching!
I attended Harleton High School which is in a small rural town in East Texas.
I received my bachelors degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State
University in Nacogdoches, Texas. I am certified to teach all subjects Pre-K
through eighth and ESL Pre-K though 12th. I also have my certification in a
reading program for struggling students which is Reading Recovery.

I will be starting my 33rd year of teaching. I first taught in Aldine ISD for 25 years and the last seven in Tomball. I have worked with students in grades K-5th, ESL, Inclusion students, Gifted and Talented and Reading Recovery.,

I am the mother of two young men, Jonathan and Scott. Jonathan served in
the United States Navy and now lives in Houston where he works for a doctor and he will be attending college in the fall. Scott  graduated from Texas State University and is searching for a job in Public Relations.   I also have a dog in my family and her name is Daisy. 

Recent Posts

Mitchell's News 9-18-2017

News and dates for the week:
September 19th - Watch Dog Dad Kick Off.  Come sign up and enjoy the pizza.
September 21st -  K-2 Open House from 6:00 - 7:30.  Meeting begins in the cafeteria.
September 22nd -  Picture Day @ Decker Prairie.  Please remember to not wear Green.  It will affect the picture and screen they use.
Spelling words for this week are short /e/ words:
leg, get, beg, men , net, wet, hen, for see little
SIGHT WORDS:  A sight word list was sent home with the entire years words that your child is expected to know by the end of the year.  Each nine weeks they will be tested and receive a grade for the words for that  nine weeks.
Reading levels:  First Graders at this time are being tested to determine their current reading levels.  At the end of the first nine weeks your child will receive a major grade for their reading level based on where they are reading at the end of that nine weeks.  I will be sharing that at Open House with you on Thursday night.


Math we are working on addition and subtraction using ten frames, part part whole.  This week we begin using  basic story problems with addtion and writing some of our own.
Science:  Properties and measuring length is the focus
Social Studies:  Authority Figures and being Responsible.

Mitchell's cougar News

September 14, 2017

Dear Parents,


Next week we have a few exciting events.  Our first one will be on Monday morning.  We will have our first Call to Excellence beginning at 8:30.  This is a time for all students to gather for morning announcements and to review our 8 Expectations for Learning, Life Principle of the Week and learn our new Callback for the week.  We will only do this on Mondays. Tuesday, September 19, we are having our WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff beginning at 6 PM.  This will be for all of our Dads, Granddads, and other male figures of the family to come and see how you can help with safety on our campus.  On Thursday, September 21, we will have Parent Orientation for PK – 2nd Grade from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Parent Orientation for 3rd and 4th Grade will be on Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

I look forward to seeing you at Parent Orientation and WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff.


Dr. Colson


Please also remember that next Friday the 22nd is picture day.  Do not wear green!  Something to do with the screen the photographer will use.

Cougar Tales for September

Dear Parents,
In an effort to cut down on the number of copies we are making, we will be sending our monthly newsletters electronically.  We will have hard copies in the front office, if you would like to have one.  We have started off the year with some exciting events.  I hope this finds your family safe from the hurricane.
I would like to remind you about absences and tardies.  When your child is absent, please send a note to let us know the reason for their absence.  If you have a note from the doctor, that will be fine as well.  We have had many tardies to start off the year. Our doors open at 8:10 to allow you to have your child to school early enough for them to eat breakfast or to go to the classroom and prepare for the day.  If your child is coming to school at 8:40, this will not allow them time to eat breakfast, unpack their things and be seated to ready to start the day.
This week is Grandparents Week and I am looking forward to seeing all of our grandparents during breakfast and lunch.  We have a photo opportunity set up in the front hallway. We also have plenty of spots for participation in the THS Homecoming Parade on Wednesday!
Dr. Colson

Parents as Coaches

In need of Parent Coaches


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  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

Mitchell's Cougar News 9-11-17

Activities this week:
Grandparents Week - Eat lunch all week with your grandchild. Our lunch is 11:20-11:50
Parent Orientation 6:00-7:30 on Thursday September 21st 
Picture Day is September 22nd  All students will take pictures.  More information coming.
September 18th-22nd is Constitution Week
This week in the blue Daily Take Home Folder your brought a September Reading Activity Sheet.  This is just a paper to help with ideas on reading activities.  You also received a link for Spelling City this should not be something you have to pay for to use.  
This week in academics we are learning the following:
Math - Friends of ten and various way to make ten and write the addition number sentences using a ten frame and a part part whole mat so solve addition problems.We are also working on understanding that the equal sign represents a relationship where numbers on each side of the equal sign represent the same values. We are also working on determining if a number sentence (addition and subtraction) is true or false. We will also work on solving math problems with missing addends. 
Spelling  -  Short /a/ words with the word family /ap/, /ag/
and sight words.  We are learning the patterns in spelling to help with reading and writing.  Making connections between the two will greatly improve the abilities in both areas.
Spelling: SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/15. The words are the short a pattern. nap, map, cap, rag, tag, the, this, be, he, play


Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words:
Social Studies: We are learning about rules and laws in the home, school, and community. We are also learning about authority figures.
Science: We are learning how to classify objects by observable properties of the materials from which they are made such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture.
 Reading: We are practicing our reading stamina. We are also learning how  to read with a partner and ask appropriate questions. We are also learning to work in stations and are finding our reading levels to begin our guided reading groups.  

September Courgar Tales

Cougar Tales will now be sent home now digitally each month.  Here is the first one.  Please read and now that more details will be shown each week on my edlio page and weekly news letter.

Mitchell's Cougar News 9-5-17

Today was an awesome day.  Thank you parents for all the warm wishes for my birthday and sweet gestures that made this day with your children so special.
Today in the blue daily folder a news letter came home to tell of upcoming events and this weeks spelling words.   I need to ask each of your to please label your child's snack if it is brought in a baggy.  This helps with the confusion of whose snack it is when it is snack time and two people have the same snack. 
Spelling test is every Friday.  There is a link for Spelling City for your child to access and play games and do activities with these words.  
Science - Science Safety in the theme this week and then on to properties of matter.
Social Studies - Rules/Laws/ Consequences and Authority Figures in the home, school and community.
Math - Learning Friends of Ten using a tens frame and a part part whole map.   Addition sentences and using tools to help us find when we have a missing addend.  
Reading and Writing  - We are establishing the expectations for reader's workshop and writer's workshop.  
This Sunday is Grandparents Day and next week they may come and eat lunch with their grand child/  Our lunch is 11:20 - 11:50.
Parents also if you would like to help out in the classroom or volunteer you must fill out the volunteer form that is located on the Tomball Webpage.
If you have questions please call me at 281-357-3134 Ext 3046

Mitchell's Cougar News 8-21-17

 Welcome to First Grade.  
School begins tomorrow August 22nd.  Doors open at 8:10 and the day ends at 3:50.  Please make sure your child knows how they will go home the first day.  Please wear closed toed shoes because we begin with our specials the first day and students will be going to P.E. every day.