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Mrs. O'Dowd

My name is Jennifer O’Dowd and I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University with my major in History and two minors in Social Science Composite and Secondary Education.   This is my 12th year teaching, 11th year in 8th Grade U.S. History.  I taught my first 4 years at IDEA Frontier College Prep in Brownsville, the next 2 years at IDEA San Benito College Prep (both part of IDEA Public Schools) and my last 5 years here at Hal Peterson Middle School.


We have many important skills to master and exciting facts to learn this year. I will challenge your children in this class, and I believe they can succeed in whatever they do as long as they work hard. Every student is capable of doing Excellent Work. We are in for a GREAT year and I will keep you informed on your student’s progress throughout the course of the year.


Any time that you may have questions about my class, your student’s grades, or their progress in the class, feel free to email or call me.  I am always willing to make appointments to discuss anything that may be on your mind.  Below is my contact information:


Jennifer O’Dowd – room H121


                        Conference Time: 2nd Period 8:30-9:27