Welcome to Mrs. Gaston’s page for all things EL!
Welcome to one of the most incredible years your child will have in his/her school career. Adams is the best place to be! During the 2018-19 school year, I will be serving as the specialist for Adams' English Learners. Our goal is to provide interventions for these students that will take them to higher levels of English language proficiency.
I would like to take the opportunity to let you know a little bit about myself. I have been a teacher in Cleburne ISD for the past thirteen years. Five years were spent teaching Kindergarten. I taught first grade for three years, and I spent three years teaching third grade. This year marks my eleventh year as an Adams’ Gator, and my third year to serve on the intervention team. Although I loved being a classroom teacher, I am really enjoying this new teaching position! I graduated from Tarleton State University in 2005 with a degree in education. I completed my Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University in December 2010. I have been blessed to be part of such a wonderful school and a great district. You can’t hide the Gator pride! I am looking forward to the new school year and all of the triumphs our EL's will experience this school year.
As far as my family goes, I am married to Jordan Gaston. He works as a paramedic for MedStar and has a love and passion for emergency medicine. We have three children, named Leighton, Laynee, and our youngest, Landry. Leighton just turned twleve years old. He will attend 6th grade at Smith Middle School this year! Laynee is seven years old, and even though she is small, she keeps everyone in our family super busy! She is in Second Grade at Adams. Landry celebrated his fourth birthday this summer, and he keeps us super busy. Your child will hear stories about my children frequently throughout the year.
So much learning happens during each new school year! Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehension about what will happen. Please remember, It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority. Here are some of the ways you can help:
Celebrate your child’s successes, no matter how small it seems. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of his/her work.
Look through your child’s take home folder each day. There will be important notes, spelling list, graded work and tests, as well as homework assignments.
Read the assigned book to and with your child every day and return the book to school every day. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom. Remember to record all reading in your child’s reading log, if asked to do so from your classroom teacher.
Please take time to read and discuss the parent information with your child. You will find our classroom rules and behavior policy, and other helpful information. When parents understand the expectations of the school and the child’s teacher, they are better able to support and encourage the academic success in the education of the child.
In closing, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. The school number is 817-202-2000. My school email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I check emails frequently, and I try to respond as soon as possible. I have attached a schedule of my daily routine to keep you informed of that times I will be working with my ELL students. My conference period is daily from 2:35-3:20. Thank you for supporting your child's learning throughout this school year! We are already off to an amazing start!