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* Primary Class (3-6 year olds)
John R. Plevock
John got a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree and then discovered Montessori. He was invited to observe a Montessori classroom of 3 to 6 yr. olds and was amazed and convinced that this is what he wanted to do. He took Montessori training and with two other teachers/friends embarked on the start of Community School in 1990. He has always been a teacher at Community School and is now a teacher/director of the School.
John loves the respect, independence and care for the child and the environment that the Montessori teaching fosters. As the Director, he also applies this philosophy to the staff and parents at Community school. "Though I did not receive this style of teaching, it is a privilege to offer this respect to the children and staff at Community School."
Rose Warren is an aide in John's primary class for 3 to 6 year olds. She is a wonderful mother of two and a grandmother to five. She did not enter the educational community until about 10 years ago when she began working as a teacher's aide in a public school. With her move to the Denton area, she left her job of 8 years with the public school system and began searching for work up here.
It was by mere chance that Rose entered the Community School family. In the Spring of 2009 Rose came to Community School for the annual St. Jude's Trike-A-Thon to sponsor her grandson who was enrolled at the time. She stayed for the day and instantly fell in love with the school and has been working here ever since. Rose loves the atmosphere of respect this school provides for its students and feels that this is the way all kids should be taught.
* Elementary Class (6-9 year olds)
I received my Bachelor of Education degree from UNT and my Master's in Education from TWU. I have taught with the Denton ISD for the past thirty plus years with the majority of those years spent teaching in the lower elementary grades. In addition to regular classroom experience I have also taught both resource and content mastery classes where I worked with students with learning and language disabilities. Since 2005 I have worked as a literacy and math intervention specialist for the DISD.
During my thirty years as an educator in Denton I have witnessed and have been an active participant in the many changes that have swept through our educational system. The one constant factor that has always remained the same through my eyes is that when it comes to learning and teaching all students are different and unique with individual hopes, dreams, abilities, learning styles, and motivators. It is my belief that the best possible learning environment for students is one that is both interactive and collaborative, where all students feel welcomed, respected, and safe and are encouraged to become actively responsible for their own learning. My primary role as their teacher is to facilitate meaningful learning by creating opportunities for students which optimizes each child's chance to take risks, contribute to a learning community, and be successful!
I have always found Denton to be a stimulating place to live and work while offering many opportunities for individual growth and enrichment. I feel very fortunate to be a member of a community so rich in its attention to education, culture, history, and the arts! I am so very thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to teach and to learn with the children at the Denton Community School!
Doffie Lamb worked for 16 years at Texas Aide in Elementary Class. Doffie previously worked for 16 years at Texas instruments. She began her search for a job in Denton area to be closer to where her two daughters would be going to school. With a recommendation from a good friend/staff member at Community school she enrolled her two daughters. She realized not only did this wonderful school have a loving environment for her girls but also a way of teaching that spoke not only to her heart as a parent but also to her personality.
Doffie says: "There is nowhere I would rather be. This place is home to me. The people I work with are like family and the students are my teachers."
Perla and her husband got to Community School to enroll their daughter in the primary class. They were amazed right away with the respect and the confidence of all the kids, as well as the calm and respectful way with which the teachers interact with the students. Perla came to Community School as a music and Spanish teacher in 2011. She got her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education in Monterrey, Mexico and has been working as a PK and Kindergarten teacher since 1989. She also studied Early Childhood Music Education and got a certificate from a School in Monterrey where she worked as a music teacher for 8 years. In the U.S. she got her Certification as a Bilingual Teacher in Texas and has been teaching Bilingual and Dual Language PK and Kindergarten and music.
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