First Grade

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First grade is a significant year for learning. Students learn to understand the importance of personal responsibility and decision-making both academically and socially. In first grade, students are expected to develop skills to organize themselves, their work, and acquire skills for learning.

First grade teachers at Kolter offer a supportive, caring, and academically challenging environment to enhance the emotional, social, and intellectual growth of students. Teachers work collaboratively and strive for success for all. The classrooms are self-contained, which provides opportunities for cross-curricular instruction, offering enhanced learning throughout the day.

F – fundamental
I – individualized, independence
R – responsibility
S – supporting social skills
T – tenacious
G – growing
R – respectful
A – appreciative
D – determined
E – excited, energetic


Whitney Cotton

1st, Team Leader

email      Kolter   713-726-3630      
Educational Background: I am a graduate from the University of Houston (GO COOGS!) where I became certified to teach and received a bachelor?s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with concentration in Education.
Certifications: Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist
Professional Experiences: Kolter Elementary School 2012 ? present
Hobbies/Interests: Watching football (especially the New Orleans Saints), spending time with family, shopping, traveling and scrapbooking.



Alyssa Heater


email      Kolter   713-726-3630      
Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Houston with both my undergraduate and masters degree. GO COOGS! I graduated in December 2016 with my Bachelor of Science in Education and then again in December 2018 with my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
Certifications: I am certified in Early Childhood through 6th grade-Generalist, as well as a certification in English as a Second Language.
Professional Experiences: I have been teaching first grade at Kolter since 2017 and I love being a part of the Kolter family!
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy exercising, traveling, and trying new restaurants!



Marissa Isbell


email        Kolter   713-726-3630      
Educational Background: BBA - Media Business from Baylor University (SIC'EM BEARS)
Certifications: Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist
Professional Experiences: Mae Smythe Elementary 2017-2019 (Third Grade & Kindergarten)
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling, spending time with my friends and family, cheering on my favorite sports teams, and shopping.



Sommer Ricks


email      Kolter   713-726-3630      
Educational Background: B.S. in Computer Science, currently pursuing a master’s degree at Lamar University.
Certifications: Early Childhood-6th generalist
Professional Experiences: I began my teaching journey in 2014, teaching 1st and 2nd grade.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy bike riding, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.



Victoria Hobbs


email      Kolter   713-726-3630      
Educational Background: I graduated from The University of Houston with my Bachelor degree in Teaching and Learning. Go Coogs!
Certifications: Early Childhood - 6th grade generalist, ESL certified
Professional Experiences: I began my career teaching Kindergarten, in Houston ISD. I then relocated to Fort Bend ISD where I taught First grade for four years. Now that I am back in Houston, I am so excited to join Kolter Elementary!
Hobbies/Interests: I love playing and teaching how to play the flute, baking all kinds of delicious treats, spending time with my family, taking care of my five pets, and I enjoy cheering on my University of Houston Cougar football team!