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Meet the Teacher

Hello parents and terrific third graders! My name is Mrs. Burkhalter and I am very excited to see the students soar to new heights this year. It is going to be a magical year of learning and adventures.  I look forward to learning all about you, but first I’ll tell you about me.

I was born and raised in New Mexico.  I am the youngest of four.  I have 2 brothers and a sister.  My parents are retired teachers.  My mother taught 1st grade and my father was a high school science teacher.  I went to college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.  When I graduated I moved to the Houston area.  I still go home to visit my family as often as I can.

Some of my hobbies include reading, gardening, and hiking.  I currently live in Pearland with my wonderful husband, Doug, who is a college professor at U of H Downtown.  We both love teaching, listening to live music and just spending time together. We also enjoy our crazy pets!

This is my sixth year at Challenger Elementary, but my 25th year in education. I have taught 2nd grade and 5th grade.  This is my first year teaching 3rd grade.  I also spent a couple of years as a Literacy Coach where I was given the opportunity to work in all K-5 classrooms on my campus.

I look forward to the fun year we have ahead.  I am thrilled to be your 3rd grade teacher!