Hello everyone! My name is Dena Gainous and I have been a 5th grade teacher at Raul C. Martinez Elementary for about 15 years. I began my teaching career here at Martinez in 2002. I enjoy teaching and working with students very much. I work to create a classroom environment that is filled with energy, motivation, determination, and SUCCESS! I believe in encouraging and challenging every student to always do their very best.
I love to teach math, because I am a very competitive person and it's easy to make math competitive and challenging in a fun way. Every year we do a weekly fact battle on Fridays and the kids love it! It's just a way of getting their minds flowing and focusing on math.
This year I am inspiring all of my students to become great leaders!. We all have special talents and gifts that we must use and share with one another. My students and I will work together as a team to accomplish all of our goals.
5th Grade Math 2020-2021