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Phone: (210) 662-2250, 49030

Qualifications: Undergraduate Degree Music Education Masters in Literacy Masters in Library Science

Ms. K. Simmons, Media Specialist

Katrina Simmons is entering her 21st year in education.  She spent her first 10 years as an elementary music teacher.  The next 4 years, Ms. Simmons worked as a campus instructional technologist.  This will be her 7th year as a librarian.  She has her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University.  Ms. Simmons also has a Master's degree in Literacy from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas.  In addition to reading and writing, Ms. Simmons spends her free time playing trivia and learning new things, listening to musicals, and traveling to new places.

Escondido Elementary Library is brimming with over 15,000 books for our students to get lost in.  We are so privileged to have shelves full of books, and as our campus grows, we look forward to creating our literacy space, where we will push the boundaries of what a learning resource center can be.  We strive to show pride in everything we do, taking care of the amazing resources we have.

Library Hours

7:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Classes visit the library every one to two weeks to grow their skills in literacy and the navigation of our vast information world, as well as to enhance their love of reading.  There are also opportunities for students to visit the library on their own during the school day when the library media specialist is not facilitating other classes.

Policies and Procedures

  • PreK students come to the library each week for stories and activities.

  • Kinder and 1st grade students will be able to check out 1 book at a time, while 2nd through 5th grade students will be able to check out 2 books at a time.  Books are checked out for a two-week period, but students may exchange books sooner, if they wish.

  • For the first few months, Kinder and 1st grade students will keep their books at school while they learn about book care. A note will be sent home when they begin taking books home with them, and this varies for each classroom.

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a three-tier prevention, early identification and intervention strategy provided by the general education and/or support teacher in the general education classroom.  It is based on the concept of providing evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies by highly qualified staff that specifically addresses the needs of the student and is monitored and reviewed frequently.  Intervention programs are research based and the information collected during the RTI process is used to make informed educational decisions regarding the student’s educational program. 

The Goals of RtI

  • Intervene early and prevent academic failure Implement evidence-based interventions for all students
  • Decrease the number of unnecessary referrals to special education
  • Take a proactive approach rather than reactive to student difficulties
  • Increase parent participation at all tier levels
  • Encourage teachers to use data to make informed instructional decisions
  • Fines are not given for late books; however books that are lost or damaged beyond repair may require payment in the amount needed to replace the book.  Also, students may not be able to check out or take home new books if they have an overdue book out.

  • Fines and books from other Judson campuses do carry over.  Students are responsible for turning in books from their previous schools or making arrangements before they will be able to check out books at Escondido.

  • It makes us sad to see students move away, but we understand it is a part of life.  In the instance that your family moves to a new campus, please remember to turn in your books before you leave so that we may share them with students for many years to come.