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Departmental classes serve as an excellent bridge to middle school. Like fourth grade, the grade is structured as either a 2-way or 3-way split.  Vocabulary Workshop, speeches, dramatizations, field trips, and current events help fifth graders gain the experiences they will need for middle school. Problem-solving is always the focus in fifth grade math class. The science classes are lab-based, focusing on all aspects of the experimental process. Kolter’s Grassroom, technology, and student research help the students gain a scientific understanding and appreciation of their world. Fifth grade provides the opportunity for increased responsibility and independence for middle school success. 

Nisrine Droubi

Email: NDROUBI@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  I grew up in Lebanon. I graduated from the university of Houston where I’ve received my Bachelor’s degree in Education as a generalist K-6. I also attended the Antonin University in Beirut, Lebanon where I received a Bachelor’s in telecommunications. 
Certifications:  Generalist K-6, Math 4-8, Algebra
Professional Experiences:  I started my career in 2007 as a 4th grade teacher at Trafton Academy. Then, I moved to Herod Elementary where I taught 5th grade math and science. Then, I moved to Kolter. This will be my 9th year at Kolter as a Science teacher.
Hobbies - Interests:  My husband, Fadi, and I enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with our three children; Mia, Fayez, and Sophia.

Jennifer Heemer

Email: jheemer@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  I grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana I graduated from Louisiana State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I also attended Lamar University where I received a second Master’s degree, this one in Administration. 
Certifications:  Elementary Education: grades 1-8, English as a Second Language (ESL) grades 1-8, 40 hours Gifted and Talented/Vanguard training
Professional Experiences:  I started my career in 2000 as a 5th grade teacher in Spring ISD. After 4 years there, my husband and I moved to Denver, where I taught 4th and 5th grade at Carson Elementary. The mountains were amazing, but we really wanted to be back with our families. I taught at Mission West in Fort Bend ISD for 2 years and then I worked at Roberts Elementary as a 4th grade, self contained teacher for 7 years. I then decided to use my degree in administration and was the Magnet Coordinator at Pin Oak Middle
Hobbies - Interests:  I love traveling, running, reading, and entertaining. I am a member of two book clubs and love being social with friends and having game nights with my family. My husband, Grant, and I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with our two children, Jack and Charlotte.

Jeff Baker

Email: jeffery.baker@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I graduated from Oakland University’s College of Elementary Education, with a student teaching experience in New Zealand. 
Certifications:  Elementary Education generalist grades 1-8 GT 30-hour certification.
Professional Experiences:  My first year as a teacher was in Cincinnati, Ohio before moving to Houston with my wife, Pam. I've been blessed to have been a 5th grade math teacher at Kolter since the fall of 2003.
Hobbies - Interests:  My interests are varied. I love going to the symphony, seeing live musical theater, and museums. I also love sports, especially Big Ten Football, and I play golf, when I can. Hobbies? Does bird watching count?

Meagan Best

Education:  I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. I moved around a lot because my dad was in the army, so I attended 9 different schools growing up! I graduated high school in El Paso, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em Horns!) where I received a degree in Applied Learning and Development. 
Certifications:  I am certified EC-6 (General Education) with an ESL certificate.
Professional Experiences:  I taught fourth grade in Austin, Texas from 2017-2023, and I moved to Houston, Texas the summer of 2023! This is my first year teaching at Kolter Elementary, and I am so excited to be a part of the Cougar community!
Hobbies - Interests:  I love spending time with friends and family and being outside with my dog, Ollie. I also love to travel, read, cook, and watch movies.

Barbara McClintock

Email: bmcclint@houstonisd.org      Phone:  713.726.3630
Education:  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oregon State University 
Certifications:  EC-4 Generalist; 4th-8th grade generalist and math; K-12 ESL
Professional Experiences:  I have taught for 21 years. I started out as a first grade teacher, then jumped to 5th grade. I taught 5th grade for 10 years, then became a math intervention teacher at Pin Oak for three years. I taught 4th grade math/science for four years at Lovett.
Hobbies - Interests:  I love to read, be outside, and enjoy time with friends and family. I love traveling, going to any local cultural events, and I enjoy taking art classes.