Patty Jensen, Principal940-369-2801
Welcome to Hodge! Thank you for taking a moment to learn a bit about my background as an educator. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where I attended Whitworth University and received a B.A. in Spanish Education with minors in English and ESL (English as a Second Language). I taught high school Spanish and ESL in the state of Washington prior to moving to Normal, Illinois where I taught high school Spanish and later ESL to Kindergarten through fifth grade students. I earned my Master’s in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University, and enjoyed it so much that I continued taking classes toward my PhD, which I completed in the Summer of 2011. I moved to Texas in 2009 and have worked in Denton ISD as a district Bilingual/ESL Coordinator, Assistant Principal at Tomás Rivera Elementary, Principal at Cross Oaks Elementary, and now Principal at Hodge Elementary.
I love to learn and believe that all students deserve the opportunity to learn in a physically and emotionally safe environment. My job as Principal is to provide vision and leadership for our school community so that all teachers are able to help all children learn. Please call, e-mail, or come visit me immediately if you feel that your child is not in a physically and emotionally safe environment where he or she is able to learn. I take education and my role as a school leader of Hodge very seriously and want all students to have a positive learning experience at our school.
I am always happy to meet with our students’ families and look forward to serving the Hodge community this year. Welcome to Hodge!
Top 10 Ways To Get Involved At Hodge1. Be sure your child gets a good night's rest (9-12 hours of sleep each night, depending on age). I strongly believe many discipline problems and perceived cases of ADHD could be resolved with more sleep each night.2. Arrive to school on time or early (7:15-7:30). No one likes to be rushed to start their day. Arrive on time each day to ensure that your child does not miss out on the first (and often most important) few minutes of time in class each day, plus they will have an opportunity to be active, play, and get their wiggles out before 7:30.3. Attend school every day. Bring a note within 72 hours if your child is sick.4. Ask your child what he/she learned today. Teachers at Hodge are working hard to make sure students know what they are learning and why it is important.5. Read with your child. Students like to show off their skills, no matter what age. Advanced readers may prefer to listen to audio books with you in the car, which is perfectly fine. The important piece here is to make sure students are understanding what they are "reading."6. Check your child's backpack and planner every night.7. Join the PTA. Our Parent Teacher Association works hard to support student programs at our school. Offer your skills and talents for the benefit of all students.8. Support your child's teacher. Teachers frequently hear about all the ways in which they are inadequate, whether it be from students or parents. Take time each month or week to let your child's teacher know how much you appreciate him or her.9. Give your child a chance to fail. While we like to shelter our children from struggles to build confidence, it is equally important to allow children to build self-efficacy skills through small failures (resolving conflict with peers, walking down the hallway to class independently, eating lunch, etc.). Natural consequences teach children much more than our lectures or intervening to solve their problems.10. Make a tradition. Choose one activity every week that you will do with your child regardless of what happens. This could be dinner together every night, spaghetti on Saturday nights, watching a special TV show together, etc.