Phone: 469-752-3132


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Arts in English and a minor in Education

Mrs. Tamara S. Whitmire

First Grade Teacher


Hello Shepard Patriots!  This year will be my 19th year here at Shepard.  I grew up in Dallas, Texas.  I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in English and a minor in Education.  My husband Dan and I have been married for 38 years, we love to travel and play golf.  We have 3 daughters; Amanda Fastle, Victoria, and Lauren.  Our son-in-law is Andrew Fastle and we have one adventurous four-year-old grandson, Aiden.  We have two dogs; Elsie is a 5-year-old yellow lab and we kept one of her puppies, Scout, who is a 3-year-old black lab.  I have a class pet hamster, who will be joining us this year.  In my spare time, I love to hike, read, and spend time with family and friends.  I absolutely love teaching and am truly passionate about children learning and developing into the best that they can be.  

"Happiness is seeing the smile on a child's face as they learn."

  • Mrs. Whitmire's Class Schedule

    7:00 am - 7:30 am Early Morning Drop-Off. During this time, students will be either in the gym or in the cafeteria for breakfast until the 7:30 am bell rings.

    7:30 am - 8:00 am Arrival, Morning Work, Announcements, Morning Meeting/Calendar 

    8:00 am - 10:15 am Literacy (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Foundational Skills)

    • 20-30 minutes- Foundational Skill/Grammar Skill
    • 20 mins- Whole Group Reading Lesson
    • 20 mins- Whole Group Writing Lesson
    • 50-70 mins- Small groups targeted instruction/independent work

    10:15 am - 10:30 am Intervention and Enrichment (I/E) 

    10:30 am - 10:45 am Math (pt.1)

    • 10 mins- Number Talk/Spiral Review

    10:45 am - 11:15 am Recess

    11:15 am - 11:45 am Lunch and Restrooms 

    11:45 am - 12:45 pm Math (pt.2)

    • 50 mins- Whole Group Lesson (some small groups/independent)
    • 30 mins- Small Group Differentiation

    12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Inquiry and Innovation 

    1:50 pm - 2:40 pm Specials

    2:40 pm - 2:45 pm Dismissal


    Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm


    Mondays 12:40 pm - 1:40 pm

    Wednesdays 8:00 am - 9:00 am


    Fridays 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Contact Information

    You may contact me on my classroom phone or email at any time and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.

    My conference time is 1:55 pm - 2:45 pm. I will be available to talk with you most days during that time. I am also usually available after school until 3:30 pm if you have any questions or concerns.

  • First Grade Information & Upcoming Dates

    Please see our First Grade Department page for more Kindergarten information.

    Shepard First Grade Team Page

  • Favorites

    Favorite Snacks

    • Chips and Salsa
    • Choco
    • Raisins

    Favorite School Drinks

    • Coke
    • Coffee

    Best Gift Card for $5

    • Starbucks

    Best Gift Card for More Than $5

    • Amazon
    • Walmart

    Bonus School Supplies

    • Stickers
    • Markers


    • Golf
    • Gardening

    T-Shirt Size

    • Large

    Favorite Color

    • Red

    Favorite Scents

    • Vanilla
    • Lavender

    Birthday (Month and Day)

    • January 12th