Sonya Nipp
EL Teacher, Olive Branch Elementary
Hi! I have been teaching K-2nd grade for 28 years.  The last 3 years I have been working with English Language learners.  I have a wonderful husband of 25 years and a daughter, Sarah Anne, who attends Delta State University in Cleveland, Ms. We are originally from Alabama but have been in Mississippi for 15 years.  I have taught at Walls Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary and Southaven Elementary.  I love the teachers, staff, families and children here at Olive Branch Elementary! I have a passion for teaching our kindergarteners and first graders more about reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.  Our EL classes work to master English language basics as well as explore our world through project learning, inquiry and a variety of technology. Our students strive to be fluent in their first language and English. We celebrate and learn about all of the countries, traditions , customs and connections that bring us together! 

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education

Certified English Language Teacher

Olive Branch EL Support

I miss my students and I want to help in any way I can during this difficult time! The support hours listed below are for teachers, students, parents, and families. I will be at my desk on Zoom ready to help with anything I can. You're more than welcome to pop in just to say hello, too!

Click here to join the live Zoom meeting    * download the free app then just click at this to join or if it asks for an ID- 2410034688 password 687719 I will be able to allow you in.

I will be trying this format and times out each week and will adapt as needed. You can reach me through the texting number that I have been using to send you messages anytime or my email. 

I will be in the Zoom chat room daily 1-3- except Friday this week. Message me if you need any assistance setting up and getting into Zoom.


Paper-pencil work for at home no tech needed

Your child can complete the following activities with just a paper and pencil.  Just click the link to open the document and your child can complete them. I will check in with you to see how this is going.


Monday 4/6 Listening Activity

Sit outside quietly and listen for any birds, squirrels, dogs etc.. 






Tuesday 4/7

Writing Activity-

(sounding out your words) Write about where you saw the bird, squirrel, dog, cat etc..draw a picture of it.





Wednesday 4/8

Speaking Activity- Be ready to show your picture and tell about what you drew. (I will be sending you an invitation to Zoom meet with me and other friends to do this)



These are suggestions and not required



Thursday 4/9

Read any book about birds, dogs, frogs or pets on Raz kids or book you may have at home.  Your teachers may have posted places you can find free book access . Just click on the kindergarten or first grade link on this page to the right of this page. You can also google EPIC and use the access code rjy8161 and search explore to find books

Friday 4/10- Good Friday! 








I am missing our kids while we are out of school! I will be reaching out to check in with each of our EL students through text messaging via School Status. You can reach me through this platform as well or my email.

I will be adding language activities to this page weekly starting Tuesday 3/24

*We have a district interpreter - Liliana Rangel - phone- 901-493-6501

Kindergarten and First Grade Links


First Grade

Just click on your grade level

EL Website of the Week

just click on this and it will take you to the site- you do have to have internet for this site to work. It will  ask you to SIGN IN -  USE ACCESS CODE TO SIGN IN- sign in, click on use access code to log in, Write this access code down- 5KAVGN, use it to log in YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TO DO THIS ONCE, then it will be just a click or you can download the app.

I have already put the kids into this site so they can just find their name and begin! This week is our first try with this- so please let me know if you have any trouble and I will assist.  This site has games and review for skills we have already covered and should be easy for them! If you don't see your name- brothers and sisters will share- or you can use guest. (it only allowed for 35 spots.) Let me know if you have any trouble.
Hunger to Hope info
Grab and go translated spanish
Class Calendar