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Jennifer Pugh

Jennifer Pugh

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About Me

Educational History:

I was raised and received my high school degree at LaPoynor ISD in 1993.  I continued my education by receiving an Associates of Science Degree at TVCC in 1995, followed by a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas at Tyler in May of 1998.  After graduating, I was employed at MISD the following July and have been teaching at Malakoff Elementary for 25 years.  I taught first grade for 12 years before moving to third in 2008.  I taught third grade for 9 years.  I began teaching struggling readers in RTI in the 2019-2020 school year.  I love the challenge of helping kids become successful readers and learning to LOVE it!


                                                                                   Hook ‘em!

Current Position:

I have been teaching in Malakoff ISD for 21 years.  I began teaching 1st Grade in 1998.  It was my very first teaching job.  I was extremely nervous, had no idea how to teach kids to read, and I never dreamed that I would continue teaching reading and loving it for 20+ years…

In 2008, I began teaching Reading/ELA/S.Studies in 3rd Grade.  This transition also meant preparing students for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR Reading Assessment.  It was a challenge for my students, my parents, and myself, however, when we all work as a team, we are SUCCESSFUL!  

In 2019, I will be part of the RTI team for the elementary campus.  I will be working with struggling readers in each grade level in order to help them become successful readers.  This is something that has always  been a goal near and dear to my heart.  I cannot imagine a student entering middle or high school and not knowing how to read.  I want to work with the teachers and students to make sure no child is left behind in this area.

I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child, therefore I enjoy working with my students, my fellow teachers, and my parents to help make kids lifelong readers and learners.

Family Information:

I am blessed with two children.  Tatum, my oldest, is 19 and attends Sam Houston State University as a Senior.  She plans to graduate in the Fall of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Agriculture Studies.  My youngest, Tucker (16), attends Malakoff High School as a 10th grader.  He is an avid fisherman, hunter, hard worker, and overall great kid.  He is involved in the Malakoff FFA as an officer and a member of the Malakoff High School Fishing Team.


                                                 Tucker (15) and Tatum (19)



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Teachers’ hours are NEVER 8:00-3:30.  I spend a lot of time in my “home away from home” at Malakoff Elementary.  However, during my time away from the school, I enjoy jogging, shopping, being with friends, and spending time with my kiddos!  

My daughter, Tatum, graduated from Malakoff High School in 2021 and is attending Sam Houston State University.  She will graduate in the Fall of 2023 as a high school agriculture teacher.

My son, Tucker, is a sophomore at Malakoff High School.  He is an officer on the FFA Officer Team and is on the fishing team.  He loves to hunt and fish.


SHSU Women in Ag Banquet 2022



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