Phone: 972-708-2418 (conference period is from 9:15 to 10:15)
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree - Accounting Standard Teacher's Certification - Elementary Pre-K through 4th grade
Ms. Angela James
Welcome to 1st grade!
I'll take a minute to introduce myself. Strong academic standards have always been a priority in my life. I graduated in 1985 with a degree in Accounting. After a career as a CPA for 10 years, I took a 5 year career hiatus to stay home with my children. I knew then that I wanted to redirect my career toward education. I have been a teacher for 16 years, of which 9 years have been for Duncanville ISD. This is my 8th year as a 1st grade teacher.
I have instilled the same love of learning and high academic expectations in my own children. My son graduated from UT Austin in December with an Electrical Engineering degree. He recently moved to New York for an amazing job opportunity for a large firm. My daughter is in her 3rd year at Texas A&M as a Chemical Engineering student. Along with teaching, I am passionate about cooking, reading, and animal rescue. In fact, our family includes four very spoiled rescued/adopted dogs!
I truly believe that children can become excellent life-long learners if they mastered the knowledge and skills required from previous grades (the foundation), are taught with a rigorous, thorough, and engaging curriculum in their current grade, and have a strong support system at home.
Parental help with homework, reading aloud, and sight word memorization is critical to mastering the substantial quantity of information taught in 1st grade.
Please know that your child's academic success is of utmost importance to me. I look forward to partnering with you throughout the year to help your child achieve 1st grade learning goals and expectations.
Hold on 1st graders....it will be an exciting ride!
MS. JAMES - 1st GRADE SCHEDULE
8:00 – 8:15 Announcements / Morning Circle Time / Sight Words
8:15 – 8:30 Reading – Phonics
(decoding and word meaning, phonetic rules and practice, spelling tests, check spelling homework, phonics videos)
8:30 – 8:45 Reading – Cognitive Strategies
(read alouds, anchor chart, comprehension tests, reteach with prior tests)
8:45 –9:15 Reading – Guided Reading
(RTI, small group, individual oral sight word and DRA tests)
9:15 – 10:15 Specials – PE, Music, or Art
10:15- 11:00 Writing and Grammar
(Writer’s Workshop, specific grammar, conferencing)
11:00- 11:30 Lunch
11:30 – 11:45 Writing and Grammar (con’t)
11:45 – 12:30 Social Studies
12:30 – 12:45 Math – Reteach
(Review prior day’s lesson, check math homework, question and answer session)
12:45 – 1:30 Math – Current Lesson
(current day’s concept, modeling, journaling, guided practice, manipulative activities, math videos, independent practice, math tests)
1:30 – 1:45 Outdoor or Indoor Recess
1:45 – 2:15 Math – Current Lesson (con’t)
2:15 – 2:45 Math - Conceptual Refinement
(small group instruction, RTI)
2:45 – 3:25 Science
3:25 Dismissal (Daycare & Bus to Cafeteria, Walkers to side hallway, Car Pick-up to Gym)