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6th Grade English


I recieved my Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from Mississippi State University.


This year will be my 25th year of teaching and 17th year in Desoto County Schools.  This will be my 20th year in the sixth grade. :)


My name is Gayle Whiteside, and as you know I am your child's language arts teacher.  I am originally from Starkville, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and I actually bleed maroon and white.  I lived there for 29 years, so it is in my blood.  Having said that, I graduated in May of 1994 with my Bachelor's of Elementary Education from Mississippi State. That same year, Aug. 1994, I started teaching third grade.  The next school year I was teaching first graders as well as going back and taking night classes to get my masters.  In the summer of 1997, I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State.  I continued teaching first grade one more year after my masters, but then started teaching sixth grade in Aug. of 1998 and have been in this grade since, with the exception of when we moved here in 2002.  In August of 2002,  I taught fifth grade at Greenbrook Elementary and loved it, but my husband was the basketball coach at DCHS, and I wanted to be a part of that family.  The next year was when I came to DCMS and started teaching sixth grade again.  This is my 25th year of teaching.  This is my 17th year in Desoto County Schools.

    My husband, Shan, and I were married in July of 1997. We have 3 children together --  Lindsey is 19, Tyler is 17, and Leigh Allison is 13. Shan and I had 9 great years together, but seven of those years were marked by Shan's leukemia battle.  On March 4, 2006, Shan passed away from complications of a unrelated bone marrow transplant.  He was 34.  I will always be thankful for our school, church, and community support that we received and still receive.  

    Lindsey enjoys playing softball and basketball.  Tyler enjoys watching sports and likes to run.  He also is very good at annoying his sisters, and Leigh Allison also likes to play basketball and likes to spend time with our family. Lindsey is a college sophomore at Rhodes College and will play on the women's basketball team, Tyler is in 11th grade at DCHS, and Leigh Allison is in 8th grade at DCMS.  I enjoy watching college football and basketball.  I also like to play basketball and softball and enjoy watching my children play whatever sport is in season.  When I have time for myself, I enjoy shopping, reading, and running.

    I am enjoying teaching your child this year, and if you ever need me just email or write me a note in your child's agenda.  I am looking forward to a great year in 6th grade.