Third Grade

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Third Grade is a transition year. Students are no longer learning to read, but rather reading to learn. This year provides the students with the opportunity to apply new found knowledge and skills in a fun and nurturing classroom.

In Language Arts, students begin to understand the elements and connections of literature and writing. Becoming comfortable with the concepts of cause and effect, summary, main idea, drawing conclusions, character study and plot development, the student begins to analyze literature in different genres. The student captures ideas from the literature on paper in a thoughtful, organized way.

Social Studies gives our students the opportunity to refine map skills and explore the components that make up a community.

Math and Science are integrated studies. Using our pond, garden, and discovery room as a spring board, students enhance critical thinking skills with exploration of Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Physical Science.

Math Skills are put to the test as the student develops an understanding of multiplication and division. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are found in all we do.


Sharon Grimm

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  B.S. from University of Texas, Austin 
Certifications:  I hold a 1st through 8th certificate in Education from UT, GT Certification
Professional Experiences:  Math/Science teacher at Kolter elementary 2013-Present. Math teacher 4th Grade at Kolter Elementary 1997-2013 ; Science Teacher K-5 at Beth Yeshurun Day School, Private, 1990-1997; PreK Teacher at Beth Yeshurun Day School, Private, 1987-1990; Math and Science Teacher 4th Grade at Wilchester Elementary, SBISD, 1972-1984
Hobbies - Interests:  I enjoy going out with friends, playing Maj Jong, reading, and playing with my grandchildren, Oliver and Edie.

Chloe Yu

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 (Hook ‘em Horns!) with a B.A in Psychology and received my M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Teacher Education Program. 
Certifications:  Texas EC-6 Generalist, Pennsylvania PK-4, English as a Second Language
Professional Experiences:  I have been at Kolter Elementary since 2016 and love being a part of this amazing community!
Hobbies - Interests:  I love to hang with my dog (Henry), try new restaurants, go to barre class, and watch the Yankees and Mavericks play!

Deborah Joffre

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  B.A. in Special Education-Deaf Education from Michigan State University; MAED with a concentration in Technology and Learning and Special Education from Michigan State University 
Certifications:  TX EC-6 Generalist, GA Special Education- Deaf Education P-12, GA- Middle Grades-Language Arts 4-8
Professional Experiences:  I started my teaching career in 3rd Grade in 2007. I have taught 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 1st Grade in multiple states. I have been teaching at Kolter since 2018 and love being a part of this amazing community!
Hobbies - Interests:  I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, traveling, shopping, movies, and going out to eat.

Dorothy Tzeng

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in Teaching from the University of California, Irvine 
Certifications:  EC-6 Generalist; ESL Supplemental; Multiple Subjects (K-8) in CA
Professional Experiences:  3rd grade ELAR at Kolter ES, present; 5th grade ELAR at Seguin ES, 2016 – 2019; 4th grade ELAR at Seguin ES, 2015 – 2016; 3rd grade self-contained at KIPP Legacy, 2013-2015; 4th – 8th grade independent study at Mojave River Academy in CA, 2011 – 2013
Hobbies - Interests:  Sewing, cross-stitching, arts and crafts, gardening, tennis, running, reading and writing

Jenny Hillyer

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  Bachelor Science in Child and Family Studies, Louisiana State University 
Certifications:  TX Core Subjects EC-6
Professional Experiences:  I moved to San Antonio right after college and taught 4th grade in San Antonio ISD. I then made the move to Houston and taught Kindergarten at Small Steps Nurturing Center, a private school in the 5th ward. I am so excited to be back in upper elementary at Kolter!!
Hobbies - Interests:  love to be outdoors any chance I can get, love to try new restaurants with my husband, spoil my new niece, travel to any and every beach with a view, and cook any dish with a cajun flair!