Tuma, Merlene

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Merlene Tuma

(972) 274-8090 ext. 4202
7th Grade Pre-AP ELAR/ELAR Teacher
Planning Period: 5th Period 12:52-1:42
I have tutoring on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:35 to 4:35.

About Me:
This is my 24th year to be teaching in DeSoto ISD.  I began my teaching career at East Junior High (now East Middle School). I have been teaching here at McCowan since the doors opened in 2007.  During my career I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  

I have been in DeSoto almost my whole life.  I was the first, 1st grade class at Ruby Young and graduated from DeSoto High School in 1976.

I have a grown son and daughter (who both went to DeSoto schools) and 4 grandchildren.  My oldest grandson is a 8th grader here at McCowan and my youngest is in 1st grade at Katherine Johnson Elementary. 

DeSoto High School 1976 – High School Diploma
Cedar Valley College 1993 - Associates of Arts and Sciences 
The University of Texas at Arlington 1996 – Bachelor of Arts in English/Elementary Education 

Teacher Certifications:
Elementary Self-Contained (grades 1-8)
Elementary English (grades 1-8)
English Language Arts and Reading (grades 4-8)
Gifted and Talented Supplemental (grades 1-8)
ESL Supplemental (grades 1-8)

Class Schedule:
1st Period 8:00 - 8:50 ELAR
2nd Period 8:54 - 9:44 ELAR
Advisory 9:48 - 10:26
3rd Period 10:30 - 11:20 ELAR
4th Period 11:24 - 12:14 ELAR
Lunch 12:18 - 12:48
5th Period 12:52 - 1:42 Planning Period
6th Period 1:46 - 2:36 PRE-AP ELAR
7th/8th Period 2:40 - 3:30 PLC Planning

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