Second Grade

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Our mission, in second grade, is to provide a learning environment that fosters affective growth for every learner. Through problem solving strategies, students will develop critical, creative and analytical skills as they relate to the content areas.

Students are expected to demonstrate behaviors that promote social and emotional growth through our character education program, which focuses on commitment, integrity, respect, cooperation and appreciation. Together these experiences will support and develop an independent learner.

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Lizzie Smith

Email: Elizabeth.Smith@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
 
Education:  Albion College, Albion Michigan 
Certifications:  BA in English/Creative Writing
Professional Experiences:  After I graduated from college I moved to China where I went to Beijing University to get a TOFL certificate and took language courses. I then taught Oral English in a Chinese middle school for two and a half years. When I came back to the US I joined Americorps and was placed in a program called ACE where I worked in a 1st grade classroom giving early literacy intervention to struggling readers. I moved to Houston and taught at KIPP Shine Prep the past 8 years.
Hobbies - Interests:  I love to be outside and spend time with my family! I also love dogs and going out to movies :)
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Christina Wagner

Email: CWAGNER3@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
 
Education:  I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2012 with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. 
Certifications:  I am certified in Early Childhood through Sixth Grade, Generalist.
Professional Experiences:  I have been teaching since 2012. I have previously taught 4th Grade and Kindergarten. I am excited to be returning to 2nd grade.
Hobbies - Interests:  I love spending time with my family, friends, and my fur baby, Millie. I am a huge Houston Astros fan and often go to the games. I love to get lost in a good book. I enjoy being outside when the weather cooperates.
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Samantha Ortiz

Email: sortiz4@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
 
Education:  I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2012 with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. 
Certifications:  Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist
Professional Experiences:  I have been teaching second grade since 2012 and am excited to join the Kolter family!
Hobbies - Interests:  I love spending time with my family and my dog (Dewy), crafting, and baking!
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Amy Gordon

Email: AGORDON6@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
 
Education:  I grew up in Houston, Texas and am excited to be back at Kolter, where I attended elementary school as a child. In 2003, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development and a minor in Business Administration. (HOOK’EM HORNS). 
Certifications:  I am certified in Early Childhood Education through 4th grade, English as a Second Language certified (ESL), and Gifted and Talented/Vanguard certified (GT).
Professional Experiences:  I started my teaching career 18 year ago and have taught both Kindergarten and 1st Grade.
Hobbies - Interests:  I love to play Maj Jongg, shop, travel, and be a Mommy to my two girls, Sloane and Avery.
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Tyana Burke

Email: tyana.burke@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
 
Education:  Oakwood University, Universidad Adventista del Plata 
Certifications:  Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Bachelors of Art in Spanish
Professional Experiences:  After graduating from university, I worked at Martin Luther King Christian Academy, where I taught in a multigrade classroom (1st and 2nd grade). Afterwards, I moved to Mexico City, Mexico, where I taught 2nd grade in a British International school named The Edron Academy. This year, I am excited to be joining the Kolter family!
Hobbies - Interests:  I love to sing, create crafts, scuba dive, and travel the world. I am currently on a journey to visit 30 countries!