Dorothy Owens teaches kindergarten at J. E. Terry Elementary school in Plantersville. She says there's no doubt in her mind that it's the most important year in a student's education. "They're learning to work on the computers and a lot of other different skills, such as writing. They're learning to read. Children know how to read now during the spring of the year. This is the first time since I've been working that they are able to read at this early age," she says.
In mathematics, Owens is instructing the class on how to count to 100. Right now they're identifying numbers one through 20. Each day is another building block in their academic foundation.
Principal Melanie Wright says of Owens, "she starts every morning with writing and then goes into a reading circle and reading time. It is dedicated curriculum time all day, instructional all day."
Mrs. Terry has been a teacher in the Dallas County schools for 26 years.