Welcome to 2nd Grade!

“Inside all of us is hope. Inside all of us is fear. Inside all of us is adventure.
Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.” "Let the wild rumpus start!"
~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

About Mrs. Saunders
I earned my B.S. Degree in Child Development with a K-6 License from Meredith College in 2003. My first year teaching was in Chowan County at White Oak Elementary School, teaching 1st Grade. I began teaching in Suffolk Public Schools in 2004, and taught there until June 2016. I spent all of my 12 years in Suffolk teaching at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School. There, I taught 1st Grade for four years, looped to 2nd Grade and stayed in 2nd Grade for four years, and then taught 4th Grade for four years. I earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Phoenix in 2007. This will be my sixth year here at T.S. Cooper; my first two years here, I taught 5th Grade Reading and Writing, I was a 1st Grade teacher here at T.S. Cooper for three years, and am so excited to be able to loop up to 2nd Grade with my friends that were with my last year in 1st Grade!

I love teaching! Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of being a teacher. I can remember playing school with friends, and even my stuffed animals! Helping others is one of my passions, and I truly enjoy teaching my students to love learning and to have fun while doing it!

I have a wonderful family, and am forever grateful for my many blessings! My husband, Brian, and I have been married for ten years, and have two wonderful boys.
Carson is nine in the 4th Grade, and Henry is six in the 1st Grade.
We enjoy living the simple country life, and are the happiest outdoors!

Some of my favorite things:
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Drinks: Coffee and Arizona Green Tea
Favorite Music: Contemporary Christian
Favorite NFL Team: Carolina Panthers (GO PANTHERS!!)
Favorite ACC Team: NC State WOLFPACK!!
Favorite Vegetable: Okra (fried is the best)
Favorite Fruit: Watermelon
Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web
Favorite Flowers: Daisies and Sunflowers
Favorite Animal: Dolphin
Favorite Season: Fall
Read Alouds
These are some read alouds that I did while we were virtual during the 2019-2020 School Year.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do! (Many of them have AR tests!)

Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (AR Quiz #5499)

Day 28 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Crazy Hair Day" by Barney Saltzberg (AR Quiz # 72121)

Day 27 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen (AR Quiz # 155570)

Day 26 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Just The Way You Are"

Day 25 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "How to Catch the Tooth Fairy" by Adam Wallace (AR Quiz # 188171)

Day 24 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Berenstain Bears On the Moon" by Stan and Jan Berenstain (AR Quiz # 27522)

Day 23 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The First Strawberries, A Cherokee Story" retold by Joseph Bruchac (AR Quiz #9579)

Day 22 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow" by Monica Sweeney (AR Quiz# 193432)

A fellow teacher, Alison, reads a book that she wrote about how this school year is very different! 

Day 21 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Lissy's Friends" by Grace Lin (AR Quiz #115036)
           Try some origami!        Origami Projects for Kids      Origami for Beginners

Day 20 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Rain School" by James Rumford (AR Quiz # 140157)

Day 19 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Violet the Pilot" (AR Quiz# 121543)

Day 18 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Willie's Wonderful Pet" by Mel Cebulash (AR Quiz # 31725)

Day 17 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Whistle for Willie" by Ezra Jack Keats (AR Quiz # 17550)

Day 16 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton (AR Quiz # 166136)
               Check out Dolly Parton singing "Coat of Many Colors", which inspired the book!

Day 15 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter (AR Quiz # 15796)

Day 14 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Berestain Bears Clean House" (AR Quiz # 84922)

Day 13 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Fluffy and Baron" by Laura Rankin (AR Quiz # 108093)

Day 12 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Pup and Bear" by Kate Banks (AR Quiz #500428)

Day 11 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Read to Tiger" by S.J. Fore (AR Quiz # 140220)

Day 10 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Ribbit" by Rodrigo Folgueira, AR Quiz # 157885

Day 9 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Bunny's Book Club" by Annie Silvestro (AR Quiz # 188339)

Day 8 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Giant Jumperee" by Julia Donaldson (AR Quiz # 50365)

Day 7 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Big Al" by Andrew Clements (AR Quiz # 6254)

Day 6 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Underpants Thunderpants!" by Peter Bently (AR Quiz # 158248)

Day 5 Read Aloud with Mrs, Saunders, "Spend It!" by Cinders McLeod (not AR, sorry guys!!!)

Day 4 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Arthur's Tooth" by Marc Brown (AR Quiz # 5502)

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar! (AR Quiz # 5496)

Jimmy Fallon reads "Everything is Mama" (Funny! Jimmy Fallon makes Mrs. Saunders laugh!!!)

Day 3 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Koala Who Could" by Rachel Bright (Quiz#191924) 

Day 2 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders , "The Flea's Sneeze" by Lynn Downey (Quiz#44271)

The Bad Seed (AR Quiz No. 190573)

The Good Egg (AR Quiz No. 500400 )

Second Grade Schedule


Breakfast with Calendar/Morning Meeting


Letterland~Saunders (stays with her homeroom)

Math~Byrum(stays with her homeroom)









Music, Dance, 




Music, Dance, 



Reading ~ Saunders (stays with her homeroom)

Math/Science~Byrum(stays with her homeroom)






Letterland~Saunders with Byrum's homeroom

Math~Byrum with Saunders' homeroom 


Reading ~ Saunders with Byrum's homeroom

Math/Science~Byrum with Saunders' homeroom




Pack-Up and Read Aloud


DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)/

PAW (Practice Groups, Stations)



Our Schedule
Be sure to check with your child to be sure when supplies need to be replenished at school.
(2 sharpened pencils, crayons, scissors, glue stick)
Supply List
One way that I like to keep parents informed of what is going on in the classroom as well as upcoming events is through the Remind app. This is an amazingly free app that allows me to stay in contact with parents/guardians on a daily basis! The messages come straight to your cell phone like text messages!

27th - - Progress Reports Distribution

22nd - - End of 1st Quarter
25th - - Teacher Workday, No Students in School

1st - - Report Card Distribution
11th - -Veterans Day Holiday, No School
24th - 26th - -Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

Important Dates


Delays and Early Dismissal Schedules
Contact Mrs. Saunders
Email:  (This is the quickest and easiest form of communication for me.)

School Phone Number: