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Subjects Taught
Special Education


Mississippi University for Women


Columbus Municipal School District - 5th grade

Desoto County Schools - 1st grade, Title I, Special Education




Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! My name is Leigha Dawkins, and I will have the privilege of being your child’s Reading Resource teacher this year. This is my 15th year teaching and my 6th year on the OES "team!" I graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a bachlors in Elementary Education. Since I began my teaching career, I have taught 5th grade, 1st grade, Title I and  Special Education. 

My husband and I have been living in Desoto County for the past 12 years, and we have a very active eight year old little boy that attends Desoto County Schools. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and read Christian Fiction books. Below, you will find a few things that are important for you to know about your child’s class with me.



  • Folders - Your child will have a Reading Folder that he/she needs to bring back to school everyday. This folder will be used for homework, spelling and/or vocabulary words.


  • Newsletter - Your child will receive a "Dawkins Weekly Newsletter" every Monday that includes vocabulary words and/or spelling words, as well as, other information that might need to be shared for the week.



  • Homework – Every Monday, I will send a packet of homework, a leveled reader, and a list of sight words to practice in your child's folder.  I understand with ball, dance, is busy, so homework is not due until Friday of each week. :) Please remember that reading with your child and practicing their spelling words/sight words daily is vital to his/her success in the reading classroom and helps him/her practice skills that have been taught at school.   


  • Tests – Most tests will be given on Thursdays and Fridays.  Your child's tests papers will come home the same day as the general edcuation tests, which the classroom teacher will assign.


  • Classroom Rules – I only have three classroom rules that I will expect your child to follow. I feel these rules not only apply to the classroom, but to life in general. 
  1. Be Respectful!
  2. Be Responsible!
  3. Be Ready!


I’m looking forward to having a fabulous year, meeting you, and getting to know your child. If you need anything, please feel free to email me at, call the school, or send a note to school with your child.



Leigha Dawkins – Sped Teacher