Mrs. Harris

  • My name is Jessica Harris and I would love to be your student's Kindergarten teacher. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended college at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!). Soon after graduation, I moved to the DFW metroplex in Texas where I began teaching. Over the last eleven years I have taught as a special education inclusion aide, nine years in Kindergarten, and one year in fifth grade. 2021-2022 will be my twelfth year of teaching. Wooo!

    I live with my husband (Jason), son (Oliver), two dogs and four cats. I know, four cats! It didn't happen on purpose...they just kept showing up on my doorstep.  

    I enjoy reading, college football, and the occasional soccer match. Basically, I will do anything outdoors that doesn't include the potential for mosquito bites or heat stroke.

    As your child's Kindergarten teacher, it is my job to make sure their first year in school starts with a strong base. The class will be structured, based on routine, and will have an emphasis on building community and individual independence. Your child's social-emotional growth and learning are just as important as traditional academics and our lessons will have a focus on both.  

My Favorite Things

  • Favorite Color: Red, but I really like a cool, spa blue too. 

    Favorite Drinks: I am a fan of Dr. Pepper and Coke Zero. 

         I am not a coffee drinker, but I do like Starbuck's Pink Drink.

         Also, Monster Energy Drinks for the win! #BecauseKindergarten

    Favorite Stores: AMAZON! I also love Barnes & Noble and Target. 

    Favorite Food: All food! I really like The Chocolate Factory and Wendy's.

    Favorite Snack: I'm really trying to shake the sugar habit. Fresh fruit is yummy. 

    Favorite Restaurant: I don't have a favorite, but I like to be surprised by new places. 

    About Me: I am fluent in Friends quotes, love a funny t-shirt or saying, and napping is my jam. I also like watching movies whenever my three year old gives me the chance. 

Favorite Book

  • It is impossible to choose just one favorite book, but I do have a special place in my heart for the pigeon books by Mo Willems.

    They are loud, energetic, and the perfect amount of fun.


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Contact Me:

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    Class Dojo: Every family will receive a personal invite.

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Class Dojo

  • What is Class Dojo? 

    Class Dojo is a classroom communication app that allows families and teachers to have an instant point of contact. Families can see behavior reports in real-time, send messages back and forth, and see photos and videos all within the app. It also translates into 35 different languages. 

    While the "primary" use of Class Dojo is normally reporting behavior, that is not my main goal when using it. Dojo uses a point system, but these will be rarely used. I like to use Dojo as it is an instant point of contact. We can share messages and reminders back and forth and I can create an electronic portfolio so you can see all of the amazing things your child is doing in class. 

    A personal invite will be sent to family members once the school year begins. 

    Class Dojo

Kindergarten (K5) Supply List

  • Kindergarten (K5) Supply List 2021-2022  


    • 1 Backpack (full-size)

    • 1 Pair of Headphones (NOT earbuds)

      • Why not earbuds? Earbuds do not hold up against daily use from a 5-year-old and need to be frequently replaced. They also tangle constantly.

    • 1 Reusable, Leak-Proof Water Bottle -- to be used daily

    • 3 Large Kleenex / Tissue Boxes

    • 2 Canisters of Antibacterial Wipes 

    • 2 SPIRAL Notebooks

    • 3 COMPOSITION Notebooks

    • 1 Large Plastic Pencil Box

      • Not a pencil bag, but a pencil BOX. These boxes are sturdy and can fit pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue. 

    • 1 pack of #2 pencils

    • 1 Crayola Watercolor Paints (8 count)

    • 4 Packs of Crayola Crayons (24 count)

    • 6 large Elmer Glue Sticks

      • Why Elmer? Because they last the longest and actually glue items together. Other brands often dry-out or don't glue well resulting in requesting more supplies from families. 

    • 1 pair of scissors

      • If your child is left-handed, PLEASE special purchase them a pair of left-handed scissors.

    • 1 Pump Bottle of Hand Sanitizer (8 oz or larger)

    • 2 Containers of Play-Doh (any color)

    • 2 Rolls of Paper Towels

    • 2 Sets/Packs of Dry Erase Markers (any color/variety)

    • 5 Pack of Write and Wipe/Dry Erase Pockets (available at Office Depot or Target Dollar Spot)

    • 2 Packs of 3x3 Post-It notes (any color)

    • 1 Pack/Box of GALLON Ziploc Slider Bags

    • 1 Roll of Duct Tape (any color but gray)

    • 1 Pack of Sentence Strips, Qty. 100 (often found at Office Depot)  

    • 1 change of clothes to be kept at school (pants, underwear, and socks in a labeled bag)

      • Why spare clothes? Even the best potty-trained child gets excited or may wait too long to use the restroom which results in accidents.  


    Notes / Reminders: 

     *We do not share supplies or create community supplies. All supplies are necessary and will be utilized by your child. Since we will not be sharing, it is necessary for your child to have all required supplies. Feel free to label any/all items as you see fit. 

    *Students will be required to wear athletic/tennis shoes on gym days. A schedule will be given to you once school begins. However, you do not need to store extra shoes at school.