Fourth Grade

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Fourth grade is an important transition year for students. Our main goal, as teachers, is to facilitate, nurture and guide our students as they become more independent and responsible for their education.

Students are taught by two teachers each day. For half a day, students will have reading and language arts with Mrs. Curry or Mrs. Lidsky. The other half is divided into approximately seventy-five minute blocks with Ms. Kumari or Ms. Groce for math and science. We are veteran teachers with numerous years of experience. Some of our teaching strategies include the use of manipulatives, hands-on activities, peer groups, product oriented projects, teamwork, meeting the individual needs of every student with tutoring. In fourth grade students take the reading, math and writing STAAR tests. They only have one opportunity to pass these tests, so we do stress test-taking skills to ensure your child’s success. Our philosophy is to provide the opportunity for EVERY student to achieve an outstanding education as well as to acquire a lifelong love of learning.

 

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Carrie H Curry

Email: CCURRY5@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
Education:  B.A. in Theater with minors in Education and Psychology University of California, San DiegoGraduate School in the Teacher Education Program ? University of California, San Diego 
Certifications:  Elementary Self-Contained Grades 1-8 and English as a Second Language Grades 1-8
Professional Experiences:  Kolter Elementary School 2010 ? present; Wroclaw International School (Wroclaw, Poland) 2006-2010; Korea International School (Seoul, South Korea) 2002-2005; McRoberts International School (Katy, TX) 1997-2002; Outley Elementary School (Alief, TX) 1995-1997; Pearblossom Elementary School (Pearblossom, CA) 1993-1995
Hobbies - Interests:  Traveling, reading, hiking, theater, rollerblading, visiting amusement parks, and spending time with my family!
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Tiffany Groce

Email: TGROCE@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
Education:  B.A. in Marketing Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX 
Certifications:  Elementary Generalist Grades 4-8
Professional Experiences:  
Hobbies - Interests:  Traveling, reading, and spending time with my family and friends!
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Cheryl Lidsky

Email: CLIDSKY@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
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Education:  BA/EDUC, University of Massachusetts; ESL Certification, University of Houston 
Certifications:  Elementary 1-8 Generalist; ESL 1-8
Professional Experiences:  Kolter Elementary 1996 - present; 4th Grade Teacher, Burnett Elementary; 3rd & 4th Grade Teacher, Franklin Elementary; 4th Grade Teacher, Foerster Elementary
Hobbies - Interests:  Reading, Family Time, Cooking
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Kim O'Reilly

Email: SOREILLY@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
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Education:  Bs in Nursing with a minor in Biology from Texas Womans University 
Certifications:  ACP EC through 4; English as a Second Language
Professional Experiences:  Roberts Elementary from 2003 to 2017. 4 years in science lab; 1 year in 3rd grade and 8 years in fourth grade
Hobbies - Interests:  Shopping with friends, going to the beach, reading, arts and crafts and (trying) to cook new foods for my family.
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Maria Carandas

Email: mcaranda@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
 
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Education:  Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of HoustonMasters in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston 
Certifications:  EC- 4 General Education; GT & ESL Certification
Professional Experiences:  Kolter Elementary School 2006 – Present
Hobbies - Interests:  My husband and I stay busy with our children. We enjoy time with our friends and neighbors. I enjoy watching the Houston Rockets.