About Mrs. Velde
Hello! My name is Jody Velde, and I am so excited to be teaching 8th Grade English and 6th Grade GT! Even though I am a transplant into White Oak, I am proud to be starting my fifteenth 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, one cat, and one dog (and my elderly parents now live with us, so our resident family has grown and changed). 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 transforming my classroom into an inquiry-driven 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. My classroom transformation includes giving my students 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.