Mrs. LaRhonda Burns
EL Teacher, Shadow Oaks Elementary

Hello Parents,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.  I also want you to know that I am thinking about you and my wonderful students.  Please tell them I said “Hello!”.  To keep them engaged in learning and developing their English Language skills, please visit and

These websites have many tools, resources, and fun activities to help keep them busy and focused on learning.  I will be sharing more information and important links very soon.  Please check back often to stay up to date.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Mrs. Burns

-March 17, 2020

Links for At-Home Learning

April 6 - April 10

PBS Kids (educational games & videos inspired by PBS Kids characters)


Scholastic Learn at Home (w/ Spanish support)

March 30 - April 3

ABCmouse - Use code: SCHOOL4855 for free access

(Find the parent letter in English and Spanish here.)


FunBrain (all subjects)

March 23 - March 27

ESL Games


National Geographic for Kids (science)



ABCmouse (early learning, reading, math, science) Use code: SCHOOL4855 for free access to all Age of Learning programs including ABCmouse (Find the parent letter in English and Spanish here.)

Weekly Lessons
March 25 - March 27


Please complete an activity from one of the wonderful websites above!  Discuss it with your parents.  Draw a picture to demonstrate your understanding.  Tell me all about it on Zoom this Friday!!!  You are amazingly awesome! ....and I miss you SO much!

Mrs. Burns

Grade Level Learning Packets
News to Know

Grade level learning packets are available online.  Please click one of the links (to view or print as needed).  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

- April 3, 2020


We have a very special message for our Little Eagles.  Please click the link below to see how much we are thinking about you.  Stay safe and well!

- April 1, 2020


Beginning Wednesday, March 25th, I will post weekly lessons for at-home distance learning.  The learning tasks will be fun and engaging.  I will also be sharing a Zoom link for anyone wishing to discuss English Learning tips, strategies, resources, support, and more.  Please check back often for updates!  

- March 23, 2020


Parents: If your contact information has changed, please email your child's teacher with your correct phone number and/or email address. This will allow you to receive any updates from DeSoto County Schools and your child's teacher.  

- March 19, 2020

Daily EL Support Hours (9a -11a)

Parent and Student Support

Do you have school-related questions?  Do you or your child need help with the weekly lessons posted?  I AM HERE FOR YOU!  Please continue to reach out to me via SchoolStatus and emailI will be happy to help you with ANY questions or concerns you may have.  I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Weekly Lessons will be posted every Monday!!  :)

Join me on Zoom this Friday!! (during support hours).  Password is required.  You can ask questions, review lessons or just drop in to say Hello!  I look forward to seeing you!

SOES School Support

Tuesdays at 10:00 - Kindergarten Teacher Collaboration

Wednesdays at 10:00 - Second Grade Teacher Collaboration

Wednesdays at 1:15 - First Grade Teacher Collaboration

TBD - Special Areas Teacher Collaboration

About the Teacher


B.S. Computer Information Systems - Grambling State University, Grambling, LA

M.A. Modern Languages/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS


Business Education

ESL K-12


I am privileged and very excited to serve our English Learners at Shadow Oaks Elementary!  I am passionate about growing their language skills and helping them to achieve academic success.  This year marks my 5th year as an EL Teacher.

My background experience includes work in the areas of communication, business, and technology.  Although these have been fascinating and exciting professions, my experience as a teacher has, by far, been the most rewarding!

Previously, I worked for over twenty years in the field of Information Technology as a software developer for large corporations, such as Caterpillar, Maybelline, First Tennessee Bank, and FedEx.  In 2012, I decided to transition to a career in teaching, in order to make a difference in the lives of children who face difficulties, disadvantages, and deficits in this ever-changing world and increasingly diverse country.  In 2014, I received my master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.  I am certified to teach English as a Second Language, as well as Business Education. 

I look forward to making meaningful and lifelong connections with all of my beautiful students this school year!  



In-School Class Schedule

I am on campus each day from 7AM-3PM (Room #8).  

Students are pulled each day for 30 minutes of intensive language skills development.  The four areas of emphasis are listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  

Please feel free to contact me at, if you have any questions or concerns.  

Thank you!!

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Fun Links:
SOES PBL Welcome Video

Please watch the Welcome Video presented by SOES English Learners for their PBL Project (School Year 2018-19).  The project included informative display boards, a Welcome Manual, and a Welcome Video, all of which was displayed at Desoto County Schools Elementary EL Exhibition in Hernando, MS.  Enjoy!  



For Immediate Release: March 23, 2020

Mississippi Department of Education Compiles Learning-at-Home Resources

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students in pre-K through grade 12 to support student learning during the extended school closure. The resources are available online at

The learning-at-home resources do not replace what children have learned at school, but instead help students practice the skills and strategies taught by their teachers. The resources are intended to help parents and caregivers engage students in continued education.