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Welcome to Mrs. Cook's 2nd Grade class

I helped open Timber Creek in 2012. I have been teaching 3rd grade for many years, and am thrilled to be doing it again! I look forward to each year, knowing that I have the privilege to help grow and develop future leaders. I was honored by my colleagues in 2014 to be voted Teacher of the Year, and in December of 2014, was chosen as the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month.
 
I am very serious about how education can improve the use of technology in elementary school, and 2 years ago piloted Bring Your Own Device here at Timber Creek. I feel it was very successful, and strive to embed high-level technology activities into our daily learning.
 
I LOVE math, and love helping children see the fun in it. My goal is that students learn that Math Makes Sense, and it is our job to make sense of math. We struggle with word problems and Addition facts, and in the end, come out better math thinkers!
 
When Mrs. Thompson asked me to move from 3rd grade to second, I was nervous, because I haven't taught reading for a long time.  But my mother (who taught 1st grade for 26 years) said, "I think you've forgotten how much you loved it."  As I was getting out my book sets, and going to staff development this summer, I realized she
was right!
 
Another love is Science (especially Geology; yep, that's right, Rocks!) We are experimenting, goggle-wearing, inference-making scientists who learn that science is all about asking questions! Science is hands-on fun learning, and I especially like to see children really dig in and think about what makes our world so cool.
 
I was born in Iowa, and attended Luther College, where I majored in Spanish and Religion (I was able to attend the University in Mexico City and lived with a Spanish-speaking family). Then I got my teaching certification from the University of Iowa, and moved to Garden City, Kansas, where my first job at Buffalo Jones Elementary was teaching bilingual 6th grade to 31 students! I met my husband, and went to 3rd grade by principal request, still teaching bilingual. We were then transferred to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where I taught 5th grade GT math. When my son was born,I took some time away from education to raise my 3 kids, and our family was transferred to Houston.
 
My oldest son is an assistant manager at Denny's, my 20 year old daughter is an Art/Art Education double major at the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green), and my 18 year old son graduated in May and is still figuring it all out. I also have 2 dogs, who add more than a little excitement to our home!
 
When I'm not teaching, I really love to go to the movies, do jigsaw puzzles, and play board and card games. I am an avid reader (so I love Barnes and Noble gift cards!), and like to go walking with my dog. Unfortunately, I broke a bone in my foot setting up my classroom, and because of health issues, my body heals very slowly, so you'll see me scooting around on my knee scooter for a long while!
I'm really excited to get to know my students.  See y'all tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/5/17.