Mrs. Keysa Humber, Art

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Mrs. Keysa Humber, Art

Greetings! I’m Keysa Humber, the Visual Arts Instructor. This school year will be my 26th year in education, and I’m ecstatic to bring my experience and passion to our students! I’m a Houston native and live in the area with my family; Phil, my husband, James, our youngest son, and Jake, our dog who’s the baby of our family. Our eldest son, KeAndre, is a studying Studio Art and Graphic Design at Sam Houston State University.

I began my teaching career in Early Childhood Education in the private sector where I remained for ten years before transitioning to public schools. I’m an alumna of Houston Baptist University where I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I’m super excited that I’m starting my second year in the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program!

As a Visual Arts Instructor, my style is a fusion of Demonstrator and Facilitator in which I incorporate blended techniques of instructional strategies. Students are taught the creative process by utilizing the Gradual Release Model serves as the structure of the art process. Beginning with sketching for planning purposes and drawing practice. Next, the sketch is used to design, assemble, and produce the final product.

These phases are synonymous to the writing process of brainstorming, prewriting, and generating a rough draft into a completed composition. Throughout the creative process students are developing high order thinking skills by making evaluative decisions, and justifying their choices based on the criteria of each project. Additional skills that are influenced and supported through the creative process are visual memory, the ability to recognize and elaborate on similarities and differences, making inferences, problem solving, and testing hypotheses. Reinforcing these methods in visual arts offers students the opportunity to transfer knowledge and skills from art to all other subject areas, which is another benefit of integrating art with core subjects. Moreover, developing these skills along with research based instructional strategies and techniques will overall increase student achievement for students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

The assessment of student progress is based on mastery of the TEKS Objectives for Visual Arts. This year students in grades 3-5 will be required to assemble portfolios, which is a project. The purposes of the portfolios are to store two-dimensional projects as well as written assignments. Written assignments are integration opportunities for students to make connections with art and core subjects. Those assignments may include, but are not limited to warm-ups, vocabulary, artist critiques, and reflections.

Mrs. Mizz Jones, Music

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Mrs. Mizz Jones, Music

My name is Mrs. Mizz L. T. Jones, and I am beginning my 4th year as the music teacher at Anderson Elementary and my 12th year in education. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. I have years of experience in music, including choir, recording and touring with a gospel group, studio recording, live performances, church choirs, praise teams, etc. I look forward to sharing my love of music with your students and it is my hope that they will develop a love for music too.  

I have 3 daughters - ages 15, (almost) 4, and (almost) 1.  




Mrs. Laura Mathus, PE

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Mrs. Laura Mathus, PE

Laura Mathus here! I'm so excited to be starting my 4th year at Anderson. I love the Anderson community and am proud to be a Gator!!

A little history... I grew up here in Spring with my loving parents and my little sister (aka my best girl) and went to Spring ISD schools from Kinder to 12th! I moved to Austin and attended the University of Texas (hook 'em!!!) where I studied government. After receiving my Bachelor's, I moved to Europe where I lived in Rome, Italy (and met my husband) followed by Barcelona, Spain. Later, I moved to Mendoza, Argentina before making my way home again. Those were amazing and carefree years that left me with many precious memories and the gift of language. I speak both Italian and Spanish (fluently but with lots of errors). Upon returning to Spring, I got my alternative teaching certification through Lone Star and was hired to teach at Hirsch Elementary (Hirschy Hawks!!) where I worked for 9 years in the classroom before coming to Anderson to teach PE. I feel I've landed right where I'm supposed to be and couldn't be happier!

I live here in Spring with my husband, Martin, and our children, Liam and Stella. As cheesy as it may sound, they are my sun, my moon, and my stars. They bring me all of the happiness my heart can hold. I love spending time with my family, traveling, teaching, laughing with friends, listening to music, looking at art, taking pictures, and the list goes on and on... I'm infinitely grateful to God for the gift of life.

It's going to be another fantastic year at Anderson - I just know it!!! Thank you to the Anderson community for welcoming me and continuing to make me feel at home. Go Gators!!!!!

Ms. Mary Abbott, Library Media Specialist

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Ms. Mary Abbott, Library Media Specialist

Hello Gators! My name is Mary Abbott and I’m excited to be your new Library Media Specialist. I have been in education for the past 27 years, all in Spring ISD. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and later attended The University of Houston where I studied Elementary Education. I’m the proud parent of two children who attended Spring schools, graduated from Spring High School, then received degrees from Texas A&M University and The University of Texas.

I’m thrilled to be joining Anderson Elementary this year. I look forward to sharing fun book talks, engaging in cooperative learning, and teaching critical thinking skills through research. We’ll also focus on higher-level creativity by participating in learning stations dedicated to books and student projects.

In my spare time I love to travel the country and the world, read (always), work on projects around the house, go to the gym, walk my dogs, and most importantly, visit my children and grandbabies!

This is going to be a great year! I can’t wait to share all of the wonderful ways the library can make learning meaningful and fun for my Anderson families!

 
 
Mrs. Jennie Ballard, Library Aide

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Mrs. Jennie Ballard, Library Aide

My name is Jennie Ballard and I am the library aide. I have been here at Anderson for 7 years. Everyone calls me Miss Jennie.

I am blessed to have a large family. I have 3 daughters named Kimberly, Angelia and Leslie. I also have 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 1 great-granddaughter, 3 great grandsons and another great grandson due to arrive in December! Another interesting fact about my family is that one of my nephews, Patrick, plays football for the Kansas City Chiefs.

I love working at Anderson and hope to see all of my gators in the library soon.