Mrs. LaRhonda T. Burns

EL Teacher, Shadow Oaks Elementary


Hello Parents,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.  I also want you to know that I am thinking about you and my wonderful students.  To keep them engaged in learning and developing their English Language skills, please visit the links for at-home learning below. These websites have many tools, resources, and fun activities to help keep them busy and focused on learning.  Please check back often to stay up to date.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Mrs. Burns

Links for At-Home Learning

Ranger Rick (Magazines, games, and more, all free through the end of June)

Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies


PBS Kids (educational games & videos inspired by PBS Kids characters)


Scholastic Learn at Home (w/ Spanish support) 


Every day, find something Fun and Amazing to do with your family!  Take lots of Pictures.  Create everlasting Memories

I hope you have an enjoyable 2020-2021 School Year

❤️💙💜💗💚💛Mrs. Burns❤️💙💜💗💚💛

So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! Kid, you’ll move mountains.

Dr. Seuss


Have an amazing day, every day!   Mrs. Burns

News to Know

Need some alphabet flash cards?  Follow this link to print and study at home:

There are many more exciting tools and activities on the website.  Feel free to explore and have fun!

Parent and Student Support

Do you have school-related questions?  I AM HERE FOR YOU!!  Please continue to reach out to me via SchoolStatus and emailI will be happy to help you with ANY questions or concerns you may have.  I look forward to hearing from you!

About the Teacher

I am privileged to serve our English Learners at Shadow Oaks Elementary School!  I am passionate about growing their language skills and helping them to achieve academic success.

My background experience includes work in the areas of communication, business, and technology.  Although these have been fascinating and exciting professions, my experience as a teacher has, by far, been the most rewarding!

Previously, I worked for over twenty years in the field of Information Technology as a software developer for large corporations, such as Caterpillar, Maybelline, First Tennessee Bank, and FedEx.  In 2012, I decided to transition to a career in teaching, in order to make a difference in the lives of children who face difficulties, disadvantages, and deficits in this ever-changing world and increasingly diverse country.  In 2014, I received my master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.  I am certified to teach English as a Second Language, as well as Business Education. 

I look forward to making meaningful and lifelong connections with all of my beautiful students this school year!  


B.S. Computer Information Systems - Grambling State University, Grambling, LA

M.A. Modern Languages/TESL - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS


In-School Class Schedule

I am on campus each day from 7AM-3PM (Room #8).  

Students are pulled each day for 30+ minutes of intensive language skills development.  The four areas of emphasis are listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  

Please feel free to contact me at, if you have any questions or concerns.  

Thank you!!

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Fun Links:
SOES PBL Welcome Video

Please watch the Welcome Video presented by SOES English Learners for their PBL Project (School Year 2018-19).  The project included informative display boards, a Welcome Manual, and a Welcome Video, all of which was displayed at Desoto County Schools Elementary EL Exhibition in Hernando, MS.  Enjoy!  



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