Teacher Information

Phone: (281) 327-9941


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Associate of Fine Arts ESL Certified GT Certified

Ms. Samantha McKinzie

My name is Samantha McKinzie and I am so excited to be part of the Jan Schiff Elementary family!  GO SHARKS! I love this community and my short drive. Our household is a blended one full of love and fun! Coraline turned 5 this year and starting kindergarten, Barrett just turned 8 and is going into third grade! So exciting! Our eldest are boy/girl twins, Aidan and Isis, and will be starting high school this year. Pray for us please!! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Teaching is my absolute passion.  I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.  I consider myself very lucky because I am blessed to have a job that doesn’t feel like a “job”.  In my classroom, I promote an atmosphere of safety, trust, and respect.  One of the most important goals for me as a teacher is to build community in my classroom.  Making my diverse students feel like a united group of individuals who care for each other and work together is what I strive for as each new school year begins.  I also work hard to make my classroom a place where learning is fun and students feel excited to be here each day. I believe that students have limitless potential, and I feel honored to help nurture and guide my students towards realizing that potential. 

I also believe that communication is the key to a great parent-teacher relationship.  I encourage parents to contact me if they have any questions or concerns at any time.  I will do my part by keeping the lines of communication flowing through our 3rd Grade Newsletter and Weekly email. 

I’m super excited to spend the next year learning and growing with you! It’s going to be a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures. 


10:40-11:25 LAMPPS

11:25-12:00 Pack Up/SWITCH Classes

12:05-12:35 Recess

12:35-1:05 Lunch