Leille Anne DeSpain
Leille Anne DeSpain
Teacher - Grade 3
Started Teaching: 1968
Started at Scott: 2002
Bachelor's Degree: Oregon State
Master's Degree: Portland State
Why I Teach: First, every child deserves the best education they can receive, and I have some natural talent as a teacher plus I love children, so it was a perfect fit.
What I Believe: A teacher needs to strive to take every child from where they are and teach in a way that enables each child to work up to their potential by motivating and affirming them.
My Favorite Things: Cooking, gardening, reading, and knitting are a few of the things I love to do.
How I help every student succeed: Reading is the most important thing a child needs to learn, so I have created a Daily Reading Form; each student daily records the book they are reading, the pages, the time, date and an adult signs it. Also, I created a Writing Rubric which checks off exactly what writing strengths and two targets the child will work on for their next writing. These are just two examples of the several activities I conduct to meet my students needs.
Welcome to Harvey Scott School and to my classroom. I am excited to teach 3rd grade once again this year, but am mostly looking forward to getting acquainted with your child and his/her family too.
In our classroom we have an exciting attendance program. When a new month begins, I check the students' attendance for the previous month. Children with perfect attendance will get to draw a prize from the Monster Box. If at all possible, we are aiming for perfect attendance each & every day of school, so please try to schedule any necessary appointments after school or on non-school days.
Below are a few pointers to help your child have a successful year in 3rd grade:
- Check your child's backpack daily for his/her Homework Folders, Homework Planner (must be signed daily) and any newsletters or important notes from school.
- Keep everything positive, share about your day & then ask your child to share events in his/her day.
- Remind your child to pack everything the night before and be sure to READ with your child on a daily basis ~ 3rd graders still love to be read to.
- Have a set routine with a regular bed time to ensure a good night's rest. Keeping the same routine over the weekends will help when school resumes.
I sincerely believe that we are a TEAM working together to help your child continue to learn and grow. I am always open to hear your ideas, concerns and/or questions. Please contact me at 503-916-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It takes a whole class to raise a STUDENT."