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.

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