It’s Elemental

This year, teachers from Cedar Creek Middle School of the Bastrop Independent School District will be presenting the “Its Elemental” workshop. This curriculum was created by teams of teachers from Cedar Creek Middle School in collaboration with MD Anderson over the last several years. “It’s Elemental” was designed with cross curricular modules with activities for several subjects.
Deborah Zoda, Kristin Stevenson and Becca Bunting will be offering the training this year with a vocabulary twist. We have recognized that both our English speaking students and our ESL students struggle with the academic vocabulary of science. Therefore, we will be focusing on reinforcing the vocabulary of the lessons with anchor charts and interactive notebooks. We also utilize proven sheltered instruction strategies to help all our students to succeed. Come prepared to make anchor charts and learn how we integrate them with the interactive notebooks.

Participants in this workshop will walk away with an electronic copy of the curriculum, including activities that you can use in your classroom immediately. Come and experience our favorite labs, lessons and activities, while we discover new ways to incorporate these lessons by sharing ideas with other teachers.


Deborah Zoda

Teacher, Bastrop ISD Middle School

Deborah Zoda, has been teaching Science for 18 years at the Bastrop ISD middle schools in 7th and 8th grade. Mrs. Zoda is one of the original creators of “Its Elemental” She graduated from Southwest Texas State University. When she is not teaching she enjoys her spare time by painting, gardening and raising horses.

Kristen Stevenson

Kristen Stevenson has been teaching science for 6 years in various Texas public schools. Mrs. Stevenson currently teaches both 7th and 8th grade with a focus on ELL's and the Sheltered Instruction Model. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology and worked at both the State of Texas laboratory and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality before becoming a teacher. In her spare time, Mrs. Stevenson enjoys being outside with her husband, Zachary, and their two daughters, Harper and Hadley!

Susan Rebecca

Teacher, CCMS

Susan Rebecca Bunting has been a teacher for 6 years. She is currently an ESL teacher and ELL case monitor at CCMS and pushes into core subjects to help with Sheltered English Instruction strategies. She is originally from Arkansas where she received her degrees in creative writing and modern languages