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
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
Please see our First Grade Department page for more Kindergarten information.
Special Announcements for Mrs. Whitmire's Class
- For breakfast, kids who come in at 7:35 or later are sent to class with their trays to finish in the classroom. Anyone who comes in before that eats in the cafeteria and leaves at 7:40 to go to class. Those kids are not allowed to leave with breakfast items. Breakfast opens at 7:00. If your student plans on eating breakfast at school, please allow them enough time to get their breakfast and eat it in order to be in class on time at 7:40 ready to learn.
October 1 - 6: Fall Book Fair Click for More
October 4: Shepard Spirit Night @ McAlister’s Deli Click for More
October 6: Art Night Click for More
October 10 - 11: Student/Teacher Holiday
October 11: Student Holiday/ Patent-Teacher Conferences
October 13: 1st & 2nd Grade Cinderella Show at PSHS Click for More
October 14: Pride Rally Click for Schedule
October 14: Red Ribbon Assembly Click for More
October 24 - 28: Red Ribbon Week Click for More
November 4: Shepard Fall Party and Color Run Click for More
November 10: 3rd Grade Musical Click for More
November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break
November 30 - December 2: 5th Grade Camp Click for More
December 1 - December 2: 1st & 3rd Grade Hearing & Vision Screening
December 8: Shepard Bedtime Story Night Click for More
December 12: Shepard 4th & 5th Grade Winter Choir Concert Click for More
December 15: Winter Parties Click for More
December 16: Pride Rally Click for Schedule
December 16: Shepard Holiday Sing Along Click for More
December 17 - January 3: Winter Break - We will see everyone back on January 4th!
- Chips and Salsa
Favorite School Drinks
Best Gift Card for $5
Best Gift Card for More Than $5
Bonus School Supplies
Birthday (Month and Day)
- January 12th