Mrs. LaRhonda T. 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 the links for at-home learning below. These websites have many tools, resources, and fun activities to help keep them busy and focused on learning.  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

- updated April 14, 2020

Links for At-Home Learning

April 27 - May 22

Choose one of YOUR favorite learning websites to visit this week.  Write about why it is one of your favorites.  Share this information with a friend or family member.  #eachoneteachone  Stay safe and healthy!!

April 20 - April 24

Ranger Rick (Magazines, games, and more, all free through the end of June)

Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies


April 13 - April 17

Storyline Online -

Kidomi -

April 6 - April 10

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


Scholastic Learn at Home (w/ Spanish support)

Weekly Lessons

Every day, find something Fun and Amazing to do with your family!  Take lots of Pictures.  Create everlasting Memories

I hope you have an enjoyable Summer

Miss you so much!

❤️💙💜💗💚💛Mrs. Burns❤️💙💜💗💚💛

Grade Level Learning Packets

So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! Kid, you’ll move mountains.

Dr. Seuss


Have an amazing day, every day!   Mrs. Burns

News to Know

Need some alphabet flash cards?  Follow this link to print and study at home:

There are many more exciting tools and activities on the website.  Feel free to explore and have fun!

- May 4, 2020


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

Parent and Student Support

Do you have school-related questions?  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 look forward to hearing from you!


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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 6th 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.