Mrs. Jean Patience Stephenson

Special Education

Jean Stephenson

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2411 Central Parkway
Southaven, MS 38672

DCES phone #: 662-349-6234, Ext. 345, Fax # 662-349-9387

662.349.6234 ext. 345

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 I am honored to be your child’s teacher this school year and am looking forward to a wonderful time of learning and growth.

Lessons will be differentiated and individualized to meet the needs of each student. Vocabulary (sight word automaticity & word meaning), fluency, reading comprehension, phonemic/phonological awareness and phonics will be included in reading lessons based on what the student requires to grow and advance in reading. We will work on standards based objectives that each student has, as well as work on writing assignments based on your child's grade level and/or writing abilities. To ensure growth in math, objectives and skills linked to your child’s grade level standards will be taught and practiced

Homework may be given to reinforce fluency, spelling, vocabulary and math skills.

Goals and Objectives: Students receive daily instruction and support as stated on their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) 

PARENT TEACHER COMMUNICATION: I send a back and forth folder home daily so you can see how your child is doing while in my class. Please initial and return so I know you are aware of any homework or other papers that may need your attention. You are welcome to contact me by email or phone message as well. I am happy to have the privilege of working with you and your child. Together, we will make it a great year!

About the Teacher


Professional: Certified to teach Elementary Education, Kindergarten- Grade Six, and Special Education, Kindergarten-Grade Twelve. Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Crichton College. Master's degree in Special Education with emphasis in Behavior from Peabody at Vanderbilt.

Interests: Strategies to teach and improve reading, math and behavior. Reading, math and behavior interventions that use proven methods and research based, best practices.


Fourteen years of teaching experience with DeSoto County Schools. Over seventeen years of teaching experience overall. Fourteen years of special education teaching experience.


     Teaching Career

  • Bachelor's Degree  in Elementary Education 1992 from Crichton College 
  • Taught 2nd grade in Memphis City Schools in 1992 
  • Substitute Teacher in Williamson County, TN for 3 years 
  • Master's degree in Special Education for mild/moderate disabilities with an emphasis in behavior from Peabody at Vanderbilt University in 2005 
  • Gained valuable experience in "best reading practices" while tutoring at the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic 
  • Taught 1st grade two years in Williamson County, TN (2005-2007) 
  • Accepted Special Education position with Desoto County in 2007 
  • Special Education Teacher at HLIS for 3 years (2007-2010) 
  • Special Education Teacher at PHES, August-October, 2010 
  • Moved with my class to DCES October, 2010-Present 


Professional Interests

  • Research based "best practices" that give children with disabilities better learning opportunities in reading and math. 
  • Strategies that help children with physical and behavioral needs succeed in the school environment 


  • Born and raised in Desoto and Marshall County, MS 
  • Next to the youngest of eight girls 
  • Married with three children who all attended DCHS and graduated with honors.
  • Oldest son attends the University of Memphis on the GI bill. Plans to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law live in Louisville, Kentucky where he attends Southern Seminary. Plans to get a dual degree in pastoring and counseling. Youngest son attends the University of Memphis. Hopes to receive a degree in world languages with an emphasis in Japanese.
  • Caregiver to my oldest sister who is severely, mentally handicapped.
  • Likes: walking, reading and watching inspiring movies.  Finished St Jude Marathon in 4 hours, 45 minutes in 2012.



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