Third Grade

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Third Grade provides students with the opportunity to apply newfound knowledge and skills in a fun and nurturing classroom. Using our Grassroom as a spring board, students enhance critical thinking skills with exploration of Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Physical Science.  Problem solving and critical thinking skills are found in all we do.


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

Stephanie Walters

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  University of Houston, Downtown Bachelor of Business Administration 
Certifications:  EC-6 Generalist
Professional Experiences:  Parker Elementary: Kindergarten/Explorer Teaching Assistant. 2016-2019 Trafton Academy: Kindergarten and 3rd grade Teacher 2020-2022. Excited to be working again with Kolter 3rd graders!
Hobbies - Interests:  

Lauren Jung

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  I graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop) in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and a minor in Business. 
Certifications:  I am certified in Early Childhood through 6th grade (generalist), 4th - 8th grade (generalist), as well as English as a Second Language.
Professional Experiences:  I started my teaching career at Horn Elementary in Bellaire and gained experience in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I then relocated to Kazakhstan with my family where I led a Preschool literacy group and focused on the family! We moved back to Houston and I was hired at Horn to run Intervention. I’m excited to be a Kolter Cougar!
Hobbies - Interests:  I am passionate about traveling and have had so many opportunities to do it. Learning about other cultures, especially food and tradition is fascinating. In my free time I love to read, get outside for hiking, biking and running, and I treasure my time with my husband, our 2 daughters and our dog!

Mark Wang

Email:      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  I graduated from University of Missouri, St. Louis with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. 
Certifications:  Certified from 1st grade to 6th grade (generalist).
Professional Experiences:  My teaching journey began as an intern at St. Louis Language Immersion School and have dedicated 5 years in this school. During my time there, I had the opportunity to teach P.E. in my first year; taught in 1st grade another year, and worked in 3rd grade for 3 years.
Hobbies - Interests:  I enjoy working out, hiking, gaming, and would like to learn tennis. New goal is to explore the good coffee shops and local stores in Houston!