Mrs. Jean Patience Stephenson
Special Education
Jean Stephenson

Contact Information

2411 Central Parkway
Southaven, MS 38672

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

662.349.6234 ext. 345


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

Language Arts 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 practice handwriting, writing objectives each student has, as well as work on writing assignments based on your child's grade level and/or writing abilities. 

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

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.


Eleven years of teaching experience with DeSoto County Schools. Over fourteen years of teaching experience overall. Eleven 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.
  • My oldest son is attending the University of Memphis on the GI bill and is planning to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering. My daughter and son-in-law are attending Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. My youngest son is attending the University of Memphis also. He hopes to receive a degree in world languages with an emphasis in Japanese.
  • Caregiver to my oldest sister who is severely, mentally handicapped.
  • Likes: running and reading and watching inspiring movies.  Finished St Jude Marathon in 4 hours, 45 minutes in 2012.









HOMEWORK: Say, spell out loud as you write, and say each word daily. Test MONDAY, 12-16-19

LIST A-7: race late rake make gave age fun but brave space

LIST A-15: frost brown free crib crab brick black flag frozen break

LIST B-15: duck check track back music comic magic cheer leak steak lunches desks messes mistake chalk

LIST C-15: cabin park week crack rocket ticket ache insect freckles collapse comics second quick camera octopus there their they’re breakfast continue

List D-15:  strongest silliest happier heavier dirtier cleanest highest colder youngest softer brighter loudest darker fastest calmer hungrier sleepiest tougher windiest smoother laughing controlled smiling scarier friendliest 


HOMEWORK: Say each word and its meaning daily. Test Monday, December 16, 2019

Word Up Peach, Lesson 12, Way Down Under the Sea. 1. Chore-a small task. 2. Drawer-a box that you pull out of a desk or other piece of furniture. You can keep things in it. 3. Laundry-clothes, sheets, or towels that need to be washed or have just been washed. 4. Plan-a set of steps you take to make something happen. 5. Tomorrow-not today but the day after. 6. Trade-when you switch one thing for another. 7. Week-7 days in a row. 8. Yesterday-not today but the day before. 


Word up Turquoise. Unit  9, The New Kid at School. 1. Brave-when you aren’t scared of danger. 2. Cage-a type of box made of wire or bars. It is usually a place to keep birds or other animals. 3. Cheer-a loud and happy yell. 4. Frighten-scare. 5. Gaze-when you look at something for a long time. 6. Insect-a small animal that has three main body parts, six legs and two antennae. Bees, ants and moths are examples. 7. Lizard-a cold-blooded animal with a long body. It has four legs and a long tail. 8. Search-when you look for something. 9. Weak-not strong. 10. Worry-when you think something bad might happen. 

Word Up Red, Unit 8, The Heroes of Nome. 1. Ability-the skill or power to do something. 2. Arctic-the area around the North Pole. 3. Climate-the usual weather of a certain area. 4. Disease-sickness. 5. Glide-to move in a smooth way. 6. Journey-to travel. 7. Origin-the cause or start of something; the source. 8. Resident-a person who lives in a certain place, such as a building or town. 9. Steer-to control the movement of something. 10. Volunteer-to offer to do something or give help.