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 Name: Jennifer DeLeon
 Grade/Subject: 3rd grade / Reading, Writing and Social Studies
 To Leave a Voicemail:  9722360600, ext 8829
Welcome to Olson! I am very excited to be your child's 3rd grade Reading, Writing, and Social Studies teacher. My husband Ray and I just celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary this summer and have lived in Allen for 26 years. This will be my 11th year of teaching. Previously, I spent several years at home with my 3 amazing children Joshua, Carah, and Mikaela. Before returning to teaching full time, I worked part time as a contracted tutor for Allen ISD with students in grades 3rd through 6th.
During the past 7 years at Olson, I taught Reading, Writing, and SS to 4th graders. I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to move to move down to teach 3rd graders in the same subject areas this year.
This summer I attended a NTCTELA Reading Conference as well as a Vocabulary Magic Training Class. I'm looking forward to implementing some of the lessons that were modeled during both of these sessions. A few summers ago, I participated in an Abydos Reading Week through Allen ISD, and I will continue to implement many of those strategies during all of the activities we do at school this year.
Please look into getting your child a library card to use at the Public Library in order to enhance their reading at home and school. I will be taking your child to our school library once a week, and they will be allowed to check out some books from our classroom library too. Each day during my class your child will have the opportunity to build their stamina as a reader both on their own and with others. A great way to help your 3rd grader become a stronger reader is for you to continue reading aloud with them at home each night for at least 20 minutes. You will be amazed how much they will improve as a reader especially if they are partner reading and discussing what's happening with you in their books. The key is to be in "Just Right Books" and those will be some of the lessons I teach at school.
Before returning to teaching 8 years ago, I attended a 3 week Writing Institute Course, as well as an Empowering Writers Conference in order to prepare for the amazing job of teaching young writers the art of writing. The training I received has enabled me to teach all of my students how to build and develop their writing skills, so they are able to express themselves more confidently. Writing will be an important skill for your child to work on this year, and I will be modeling just how enjoyable it can be to write. The strategies your child will learn will help them to become very capable writers. Writing is a process and takes a lot of practice to develop, and I feel confident that your child will become very excited about what they write this year!
Finally, I have attended several Professional Development Courses the past few years regarding the "Implementation of Technology Into The Classroom in the 21st Century." Some of the technology that will be used to enhance classroom learning will include: Smart Board activities during both small group and whole group lessons; use of the school sets of laptops and I-pads within the classroom for Reading, Social Studies and Writing assignments; and of course continued use the of the computer lab at school. I would highly encourage you to allow your child to practice their computer and keyboarding skills at home since they will be increasingly using these as they move on to future grade levels.
My goal will be for each child I teach, to successfully complete 3rd grade feeling confident and proud as a reader and writer. Then they will be able to continue to build upon these extremely important lifetime skills. Reading and writing go hand in hand, so the more your child reads the better they will write.
Please contact me through my school email if you ever have any questions. I look forward to partnering with you to build upon your child's success in school.