Mrs. Mary Ledbetter
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."
-Carl Jung
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Welcome to Ms. Ledbetter’s Fifth Grade Classroom!
I love to teach and have a special love for language arts and social studies. This is my seventh year to teach 5th grade at UT Elementary. I joined the UTES family when our first graduating class entered 5th grade in 2007.

This is my 24th year in education. My experience includes teaching for 17 years and also serving as an administrator for 7 years. I started my teaching career in Austin ISD at Govalle Elementary in 1990 and now have the honor of teaching the children of some of my former students. 

My husband and I live in Driftwood, about 22 miles southwest of Austin. I grew up there, and we raised their 2 children there. My three young grandchildren, Lauren, Noah, and Jack are so special to me. If you want to see me “sparkle”, just ask me about them. 

Teaching is my passion. I love getting my students as excited about learning as I am. I believe that building a strong community in my classroom is the key to our success. I believe that teaching is the most important and rewarding job that anyone could pursue, and I feel blessed to teach at UT Elementary.
I am fortunate to get to share my passion for teaching with other teachers. I was so excited and proud when I was awarded the National Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2012. Through my work at UT Austin, training, blogging, and writing, I am able to share the amazing things we do at UTES. For more information about lessons and projects in our classroom, go to my Social Studies blog at: and our H2O for Life webpage at:

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Little Longhorns and First Lego League 2012

4th and 5th grade Little Longhorns make us proud in their very first Lego League competition. They placed first in their Senior Solution research project presentation and finished in the middle of the pack on robotics. Way to go Little Longhorns!
Mrs. Mary Ledbetter
5th Grade Teacher - Language Arts & Social Studies
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2200 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

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