Degrees and Certifications:
BA: Literary Studies ELAR 6-8 ESL Certified
Mrs. Norma M Gard
Welcome to my teacher page
This is my second year at Carpenter Middle School, as an Eighth Grade English and Reading teacher. I have been teaching for four years. Prior to being a teacher, I was an ISS/ESL Assistant at another PISD campus. I have over 20 years experience working with youth and their families in the Non-profit Social Service industry. My experience includes but is not limited to working with foster youth, abused kids, crisis shelters, and youth development. I was also a park ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore working with inner city youth from Chicago, IL,; South Bend, Ft. Wayne , and Gary, Indiana.
I recieved my Bachleors Degree in Literary Studies, from University of Texas at Dallas. I am bilingual: English and Spanish.
On a personal note: I have two children a daughter, 18 and a son, 15 year old. I come from an extremely large family of 11. I have 5 brothers and 5 sisters. They live in different parts of the United states. I live in the Garland area, I have one dog and one cat. My hobbies include DIY projects, shooting pool, hanging out with my kiddos.
I believe that teaching children how to read is one of the most essential skills I can give them. I love to see when a student is able to interact with and connect to a book they have read. I enjoy reading books from every genre, my favorite author is Ernest Hemingway, and my favorite book is, "The Old Man and the Sea".
Favorite Quotes: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they Learn." Ignacia Estrade
Tutoring Schedule: Virtually as needed
Face to face as needed
8TH GRADE LUNCH