Dana Martens - Second Grade

Dana MartensPicture of Dana Martens
2nd Grade
903 769 0536 - work phone
903 769 9689 - home phone

This is my 8th year teaching 2nd grade in Hawkins.  I had taught 4th grade math and middle school performing arts and special education for this wonderful district.  But I was delighted to be able to return to my greatest love, which is the 2nd grade classroom. I taught this grade level for 12 years in New York.
I have also taught in Austin, Houston, Pittsfield Mass., and even in Europe.  I have a wealth of good experience. I was very proud to represent my school as Teacher of the Year.

I have one son, who graduated from Hawkins in 2009 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, my alma mater. He now lives and works in Boston. He makes me proud every day.

In addition to our phonics program and our challenging 2nd grade curriculum, my class will focus on character development through participation in our school's "The Leader in Me" program, but also through the teaching and practicing of conflict resolution skills.  I try to teach the students how to resolve their own conflicts as independently as possible.  Conflicts that they are unable to resolve themselves, I will help them with during recess time.  I also build in incentives (a point-based system with rewards for points) for behavior and academic efforts.
HES is also introducing a school-wide discipline program called "CHAMPS".  I will be sending home more information about this program the first week of school.

I am looking forward to another good year this year.  You will be able to tell what is happening in our class by checking you child's STAR folder every day.  This will be our primary means of communication, but please feel free to contact me if you have concerns or need clarification. Email is best, but I am happy to receive your phone call as well. The school's number is 903-769-0536.  My conference time is 9:45 - 10:45.  If it is difficult for you to call during the day, you can reach me in the evenings at 903-769-9689.  You can also text me at that number anytime.