First Grade

First grade marks an important milestone for young children.  First graders have to use the social skills they developed in preschool and kindergarten in more mature ways.  The true magic of first grade happens as children develop the ability to understand what letters and numbers really mean. When they’re ready, they’ll be able to “crack the code” and read words.  First graders need to be surrounded with excitement and encouragement, and given examples of how we learn from mistakes.  With teamwork between teachers, parents, and kids, first grade is a fabulous good time.

First Grade Team

Sam Houston teachers will use SeeSaw as the primary classroom communication tool.  Teachers will share important classroom information such as newsletters, school events, and field trips.  As well, students will be able to post pictures and videos of their class work.  Parents are able to connect directly to their child's classroom and account via the SeeSaw app/website.

If your child attended Sam Houston last year, then you will need to do nothing.  You are already connected and  your child's new class will appear in your account.

If you are new to Sam Houston, your child's teacher will give you an access code along with all of the instructions you will need to get connected. 

Contact Information

Elisabeth Bellah

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher

Akiko Burchfield

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher

JoJo Hamm

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher

Jamey Hearon

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher

Hayley Lynn

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher

Lisa McMahan

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher

Supply List

For all students

  • 3 boxes Crayola Crayons
  • Fiskars brand scissors
  • 3 glue sticks
  • 3 pink erasers
  • 1-12 pack pre-sharpened pencils
  • 3 First Grade D'Nealian Writing tablets (sold at SHE bookstore ONLY)
  • Backpack
  • 1 regular size pencil box (5x8)

Boys Only

  • Clorox Wipes

Girls Only

  • Kleenex Tissues


All supplies will be shared as a classroom family.  Please do not label any supplies with names.

Individual teachers may request additional items.

Fees: $40 total (Breakdown includes $32 classroom, $2 Art, $5 Tech, $1 PE/Music/Guidance)