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3rd and 4th Grade Homeroom

Enrichment

Jodie Dittman is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and certification as a reading specialist, and she earned her Master’s in Education from East Texas State University. Jodie has taught in every grade from 3rd through 8th, and has nearly twenty years’ experience in education. In her spare time, Jodie is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 books, under two pseudonyms, and had one book optioned as a major motion picture with an Academy Award-winning producer.

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5th and 6th Grade Homeroom

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Social Studies

3rd and 4th Grade Science

Dyann Dunworth Hill graduated from Trinity (College) University in the nation’s capitol with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French. During her college career she spent a year studying at the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland and traveling throughout Europe and North Africa. Her first career, which coupled her passion for writing with her innate curiosity of the world, was as a reporter, writer and editor for the Associated Press in her native Chicago. Hill later worked in the fast-paced world of public relations and advertising in her hometown as well as Los Angeles and Minneapolis. She entered the academic profession while embracing the teaching that is a natural part of motherhood and observing her four children grow into compassionate and successful adults. Hill joined the faculty of the Guthrie School as a social studies and science teacher in 2016. Previously, she taught social studies for 10 years in the gifted and talented as well as the regular education programs in Plano ISD. Her goals for students include high-level problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, a lifelong thirst for learning and the ability to discern the relevance of the past in their daily lives.

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6th Grade

Humanities and Math

Jeff Davis has degrees from the University of North Carolina and Duke University in history. However, as an undergraduate and a graduate student he also studied foreign languages, literature, and philosophy extensively. While in the middle of a doctoral program focused on the history of early modern Europe, Jeff decided he would put his studies aside to become a teacher and start a family. His first teaching jobs were in preparatory schools where he taught history, Latin, French, and other subjects while also coaching track and cross-country. Since 1995, Jeff has taught and tutored numerous subjects to all ages of pupils ranging from toddlers to middle-aged adults. Jeff has been with Guthrie now for five years. He appreciates the fact that Guthrie hires teachers who can be trusted because of their experience and expertise, and then grants them the freedom to construct an educational experience that is best suited to each unique set of students. Jeff also believes that there is a noticeable unity of purpose and family atmosphere at Guthrie because the administrators of the school have not only been classroom teachers themselves, but are still teachers and tutors who are connected to the daily realities involved in teaching and learning.

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3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Reading Language Arts

Klare Glendinning has a long career in the field of education, and is certified to teach all subjects in grades 1-8.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her Master of Education degree from Texas Christian University.  Prior to moving to Plano, she taught in the public school system in Arlington ISD and Fort Worth ISD.  Klare retired from Plano ISD after serving the district for 26 years in many capacities, including teacher, team leader, campus literacy specialist, instructional coach, and most recently as an instructional specialist.  Klare is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, CALT, as well as a Dyslexia Therapist, DT, receiving her multisensory training at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  She also holds additional certifications in English as a Second Language, ESL, as well as Gifted and Talented instruction.  Klare is a professional member of ALTA, Academic Language Therapy Association, as well as ATPE, the Association of Texas Professional Educators.  Klare was honored in 2005 as the Teacher of the Year for Brinker Elementary, and also received the Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Award in 2006.  Klare enjoys gardening, travel and watching football.  However her greatest passion is spending time with family.  She and her husband, David, have three daughters.  Her oldest daughter, Gracie, is a graduate of Baylor University and working as a Registered Nurse with the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation Hospital in Dallas.  Her middle daughter, Molly, is at the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders to be a Speech Language Pathologist.  Her youngest daughter, Mattie, is in high school.  She is involved in drill team, choir, dance and church activities.  In looking ahead to the next chapter in her educational career, Klare was drawn to The Guthrie School’s family atmosphere and pursuit of academic excellence.  She believes in the quest for scholastic rigor and tenacity to foster higher learning in the acquisition of knowledge for all students.

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3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Math

Sherry Palayoor feels blessed and excited to be a member of the Guthrie family. She was born and raised in India. Sherry earned a Bachelor’s in Education from Mahatma Gandhi University, India, and a Master’s in Physics from Calicut University, India. She has also received her Texas Educator certification in science (grades 4-8) Sherry has over seven years of experience in teaching math and physics to students of different backgrounds. Her family includes her husband, Vinod Davis and two wonderful girls, Tessa and Teena. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, shopping and spending time with her family. As a teacher, Sherry strives to create a classroom full of active learning and joy, resulting in a positive learning environment.
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5th and 6th Grade Science

 

Sangeetha Thangamuthu is so excited to begin her journey as a science teacher at The Guthrie School. Sangeetha graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2014, earning her Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Biology.  She was a teaching assistant during her last semester at UTD for a Cell Biology lab under Dr.Irina Borovkov. Science has always been the subject that interested Sangeetha most and a class that she looked forward to. She believes that science gives children a basic understanding of how the world around them works. Sangeetha had some amazing teachers that inspired her to take the science path. She has also been an actively involved mom in her own children’s education. All of her volunteering experiences at different schools taught her how to create a respectful and engaging classroom environment so that students are encouraged to learn, become powerful thinkers and act as good citizens. Sangeetha lives in Plano with her husband and two children, Sachin and Sruthi. She enjoys working out and cooking.