Leslie Allen

Leslie Allen

Phone number: 662-253-0123

4th Grade Spotlight

Welcome to My Teacher Website!

A Little About Me

My name is Leslie Allen.  Welcome to fourth grade Spotlight! Please allow me to tell you a little about myself.  I am a lifelong resident of Southaven.  My husband, Frank, and I have been married for over 34 years. We have three wonderful daughters: Brooke, the math coach at SIS, Adriane, a dental hygienist in Hernando, and Claire, a cosmetologist in Olive Branch.  We have two granddaughters, Bennette and Blakely, who each celebrated their third birthdays this past school year. We have a new grandson, Myles, who was born this summer and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our fourth grandchild this December.

I graduated from Southaven High School in 1986 and cum laude from Ole Miss in 2006. During that 20 year span I was busy raising my girls, leading Girl Scouts, homeschooling, teaching pre-school, tutoring at Hope Sullivan Elementary, and being an active member of their PTO.  I spent my first six years teaching fifth grade, the next seven years as the Science/STEM Lab activity teacher, and the past two years teaching fifth grade science.  Except for my first two years at Greenbrook Elementary, I have spent my career here at SIS. I am looking forward to what this journey in fourth grade Spotlight will bring. I am certified in both Gifted and Special Education. Currently, I am pursuing a master's degree at the University of Mississippi which will lead to a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction-Special Education-Special Populations-Gifted. 

My teaching philosophy is simple: make learning challenging and interactive, keep parents involved and informed, and bring real-world problem solving experiences into the classroom.  I like to incorporate group work and peer partner activities into my lessons while emphasizing individual responsibility.


My Favorite....

Things to do: read, tend to my vegetable and flower gardens, travel, spend time with my girls and grand-girls, try new recipes, travel

Vacation Destinations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina; Monument Valley, Utah; Sedona, Arizona

Snacks and Treats: Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino, Frozen Blue-Raspberry Limeade, Gibson's donuts (blueberry!), nachos (any kind)

Classroom Activities: anything STEM related, cultural/historic events

Announcements and Links

Here are some great websites for SCIENCE related activities:
  • Design Squad at PBS Kids.org
  • Treasure Engineering at Big Learning.com
  • Sheppard Software.com
  • Brainpop 
  • Brainpop Jr. 
  • Studyjams
  • ABCya.com
  • Crash Course Kids
  • Generation Genius
  • FOSS

Links for Students

DCS Lab Links: Check these out!

Generation Genuis: Play Kahoot too!

Brainpop: Videos and Activities

Studyjams: Math and Science

Links for Parents

Registration: New/Returning Students

Child Nutrition: Menus and Information

Bus Route  Information

SchoolStatus: Check Grades Online

SIS Character Traits

Character Trait of the Week
Counselor Webpage

Counselor's Corner: Please use this link to access Mrs. Palmer's counselor page. This page contains many social/emotional resources for parents and students. Feel free to contact her as needed during this time for any help you might need pertaining to student behavior or mental health.


This Week in Spotlight


    Class Calendar