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Kat Buckner currently teaches 3rd grade Reading and ELA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Centenary College of Louisiana. Ms. Buckner joined the A.C. Steere family in 2014, where she taught 5th Grade reading and ELA for 6 years from 2014-2020. Before becoming a Gator, she taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade at Barret Paideia Academy. When Ms. Buckner isn’t working, she enjoys painting, cycling, and writing. She loves hanging out with her two pups, Xena and Ghost, and she also has two cats, Teemo and Pumpkin, who love to snuggle. Ms. Buckner comes from a military family and loves to travel. She has been to Greece, Italy, England, France, Mexico, Guam, and Turkey. She also creates things for teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers. Ms. Buckner's current goals are to continue to create and sell artwork, save money and travel.
* Has 2 dogs and 2 cats
* Teaching since 2012
* Joined the A.C. Steere Gators in 2014.
* Originally planned on becoming a journalist, but found a passion for teaching while tutoring and working at a daycare in college
* Has a side business selling her paintings- @kataclysmickreations
* Her first year at A.C. Steere, a student brought a toy cockroach, and it became the "class mascot". Her name was Roachella.
* Has ridden a camel, flown an airplane, and ridden on a ferry boat
* Ran a half-marathon when she was 25
* Loves chocolate, sushi, spaghetti, quesadillas, and Coca-Cola
* Enjoys reading nonfiction and researching
* Loves animals, cosmology, astrology, psychology, and sociology
* Frequently dyes or changes her hair
* Paints her nails a different color almost every week
* Likes to dress up in costumes
* Was diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety in childhood
* Has studied ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, and many other learning disorders and mental disorders.
Buckner swinging on the barn swing at Dixie Maze Farms:
I am thankful for any help you can give to our classroom!
White printer paper
Lysol Cleaning Whipes
Yellow sticky notes
Febreze Air freshener (No food smells, please.)
Airwick Plug-in Refills (No food smells, please.)
Colored printer paper
Colored Index Cards
Notebook Paper (No College Ruled)
Plastic Green Pocket Folder
Checkout my Amazon Wishlist HERE!
*Green Links are great Test-Prep
*Blue links are used in the classroom!
A.C. Steere PTA
See your child's grades. Set up a login. Our office can help you setup a login if you do not already have one.
JPAMS Parent Portal
Want to hear all about what we're doing in class? I frequently post during the school year photos and explanations of what we're learning and what's going on at our school! *I do not post photos of students unless given permission.*
Caddo Parish School Board
Louisiana Department of Education Great resources available to students and parents! Click the Family Support Toolbox.
Flashcards, quizzes, and games for our spelling words. Login: Steere Password: sky
Ms. B's YouTube Channel
Includes videos I've used throughout the years for different subjects and brain breaks! Just go to my playlist. :)
Online study tool with flashcards, quizzes, and games. We utilize this site for Science.
A great website with online videos to help your child with any subject!
Online educational videos for many subjects!
Online songs/videos to help students with different vocabulary.
Inspirational and instructional videos for students
Learn to Type
typing.com offers free lessons and games to teach children how to type.
Caddo Parish Guidebook 2.0 Is located here. Great resources.
Sample Common Core styled questions
Shreveport Memorial Library
Educational Games for Kids
Educational Games and Videos for Kids
National Geographic for Kids
Great website for grammar terms and practice!
IXL:Immersive Adaptive Learning
Skill practice questions
Review quizzes for particular skills and our Guidebook units
Q: My child is struggling with spelling, what can I do to help?
A: Go to the Homework and Class Help button at the top of this page to find the Spelling City website and use the login provided. This has all of our spelling lists. Students can take quizzes, use flashcards, and play games. This page also has my YouTube channel link. Under my Play Lists are helpful videos on particular skills and texts read in class. In addition, you can check out some of the websites listed below under Helpful Websites.
Q: My child is struggling with reading comprehension, what can I do to help?
A: Check out the Read Works link under Helpful Websites. This website provides reading passages on multiple levels, skills, and subjects. Each passage also contains comprehension questions for students check their understanding.
Q: My child is struggling with reading fluency, what can I do to help?
A: Read a book aloud with your child, taking turns every few paragraphs or pages, or have your child read a book aloud to you. Have the child practice pacing, intonation, and inflection. Quiz your child after a few paragraphs or at the end of a chapter to check comprehension.
Q: My child needs help with mentor sentences and/or grammar, what can I do to help?
A: First, make sure your child is studying their Study Guide and Mentor Sentence Notebook every night the week of the Mentor Sentence Quiz. This should be written in their planner. It is also listed under the Homework and Class Help button at the top of this page. This page also includes helpful information about Mentor Sentences in general. You can also find great grammar videos on my YouTube channel. The Quizizz link, listed under Helpful Websites and on the Homework and Class Help page, has great quizzes to practice grammar skills. Students can also play live with friends by using the same game code! Last, Grammar Monster is a great website to practice grammar skills. It is listed under Helpful Websites below.
Q: My child is struggling with writing, what can I do to help?
A: <-- Look at the Important Documents to the left for great documents to aid in student writing. The Homework and Class Help page also has some helpful tips for writing towards the bottom. A good tip to improve writing, is to write often. Your child may be interested in writing stories or keeping a journal. The more a child writes, the better they will become at forming sentences and putting their thoughts into words. Students can also practice editing their writing using common editing marks.
Q: How do I schedule a parent-teacher conference?
A: Contact the office or me. :) See contact information below.
Q: I think my child may have ADHD, Dyslexia, or another learning disability, what should I do?
A: Make an appointment with your child's primary care physician; contact Mrs. Leblanc, and set up a parent-teacher conference or shoot me an e-mail.
Q: Are parents aloud to attend field trips?
A: YES! The more chaperones, the better!