Hi! My name is Jennifer Gonzalez. I taught middle school language arts to mostly at-risk populations for 7.5 years. For 4 additional years, I worked at the university level, teaching pre-service teachers everything from basic philosophy to writing lesson plans to implementing research-based teaching strategies. Currently, I am the editor of Cult of Pedagogy, a website for teachers.
I believe that knowing your students is the first step toward quality instruction, easier classroom management, and a joyful teaching experience. Now, as I work to help teachers to their jobs better, I strive to make the complex simple, to turn big ideas into bite-sized chunks, and to look and look for solutions until I find them.
National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts: 2004, 2013 (renewed)
B.S. Secondary Education, Penn State University, 1993; M.A. Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College, 2002; Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Technology, Western Kentucky University, 2012-present
I'm the mother of three hilarious and interesting kids, a military brat, an occasional runner, a hermit, an illustrator, a writer, a podcaster, a video producer, a Game of Thrones fan, and a lover of long dinners with good friends.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Computer Science - Technology, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration & Policy, Other, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Library Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, The New Year, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, End of Year