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.

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Deborah Joffre

Email: Deborah.Joffre@houstonisd.org      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.
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Dorothy Tzeng

Email: dtzeng@houstonisd.org      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
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Stephanie Walters

Email: stephanie.walters@houstonisd.org      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!
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Lauren Jung

Email: Lauren.Jung@houstonisd.org      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!
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Mark Wang

Email: PangYu.Wang@houstonisd.org      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!