About Mrs. Velde
Hello! My name is Jody Velde, and I am so excited to be teaching 8th Grade English, World Geography, and 6th Grade GT! Even though I am a transplant into White Oak, I am proud to be starting my eighteenth year at White Oak Middle School in the valley of the Roughnecks! I grew up in West Texas and New Mexico and spent my first two years of teaching in Las Cruces, New Mexico, near El Paso, TX. I eventually made it back to Lubbock, TX, where I earned a Master’s Degree at Texas Tech (Guns up, Raiders!) and met my husband. After we married, my husband brought me (and my parents) to East Texas, where I have found home. (He graduated from Hallsville, but please don’t hold that against him.) When I am not at school, I cherish spending time with my husband and family, which includes three girls, two dogs, one cat, and a gecko. My family and I spend a lot of time outdoors, when it’s cool enough, and we love to travel. As a teacher, I am passionate about cultivating an inquiry-driven classroom environment in order to engage my students in their learning and to provide them with This-Century skills they must have in our changing world. In my classroom, students have daily opportunities to utilize technology as a tool in their learning; in fact, my classroom is as paperless as possible. I am constantly learning and many times learning from my students! I am looking forward to spending the year with your child. If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.