Christina J. Hebert (Ms. "A-bear") has taught English, ESL (English as a Second Language) and language arts to high school and middle school students, both in the U.S. and overseas. She was first inspired to write plays while teaching a class of bright, but easily bored, middle school students. Ms. Hebert holds a B.A. in Journalism & Communications from the University of Oregon, an M.S. in Education from Drexel University, and a Cambridge certificate in English language teaching from ITTC, U.K.
As an English teacher in a world in which few students voluntarily read, I am driven to find ways to engage all students in the classroom. I created my plays to involve everyone in the classroom in a positive learning activity. I've found that reluctant readers, bored teenagers, and students with short attention spans become completely different people when engaged in a play. Additionally, participation in readers' theater can also greatly aid English language learners with speaking and listening skills.
I currently teach at a large, urban high school in the L.A. area. We have many students who struggle with English or who don't like to read. Reading a short play together in class has been a surprisingly successful activity for my classes. For me, the best reward of all is when a reluctant reader asks, "Miss, when can we do another play?" Fun fact about me: I won the Best Actress award at S.B. High School, playing Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," much longer ago than I care to admit.
Master's in Education, Drexel University, PA, USA. Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, OR, USA. CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching), ITTC Bournemouth, U.K.
The experience of dramatically reading plays in the classroom can engage entire classes of today’s students—including English language learners, reluctant readers, bored teens & students with short attention spans—in a way that nothing else can.