Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Cara Zinsmeyer
A little about me...
Welcome to our class! I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. GO HORNS! I came to GISD in 2012 from Austin where I taught 4th grade for three years. This will be my sixth year in GISD and my third year at Pickett. I am very excited about this school year and looking forward to another fantastic school year.
Three years ago, I married my best friend . We live in the Pflugerville area and have a beautiful little one year old girl named Riley. My parents live in the Corpus Christi area, and I love to go visit them on holidays and weekends. I have one older sister who also lives in the Corpus area with her husband, and they have two daughters, a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old, and a little boy who is 4 months old. I enjoy spending my time outdoors as much as possible. I love going to the beach during the summer and going snowboarding during the winter months.
I am looking forward to a wonderful and successful year at Pickett Elementary.
Feel free to contact me via email or telephone whenever you have a concern or question.
Amazing People Doing Amazing Things.
My personal goal is to be a positive role model for all students and to provide a learning environment which includes respect for everyone. I will provide a safe haven for my students to explore math and research, encourage them to be lifelong learners, apply different concepts/strategies, and to teach them to genuinely enjoy learning. We all make mistakes, but we need to encourage each other and learn from our mistakes so we can become better students. I believe all students should have the opportunity to receive a great education that prepares them for life after high school.
My personal quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
I teach 4th through 5th grade math identified gifted and talented scholars daily for 60 minutes each day. I will see 1st-5th grade gifted and talented studnets 4 days a week for 30 minutes. We will work on Project Based Learning projects and higher level thinking skills during this time. Please check take home folders for information regarding their work in the Gifted and Talented Classroom.
Teacher/Student Relationship and Learning
The safety and health of students and staff are the top priorities for everyone involved with the educational process
Students should feel loved, respected, and valued as a person and a learner
Research shows students learn best in a positive and interactive environment
Students and Teachers will be held to high expectations in the classroom as well as all common areas. (cafeteria, playground, hallway)
Behavior is best changed with frequent and immediate feedback using more positive reinforcement than negative consequences
Family support and involvement are imperative to a student's educational success
Communication should be open and frequent between teachers, students, parents, and families
be an active listener
be courteous to others, self, and property
stay on task and complete all assignments
follow all instructions.