I have 8 years of experience in education, all of it with urban, high-needs populations. I've been a classroom teacher for 7 years and have taught middle school ELA and Reading Intervention, as well as high school social studies. I also worked as a curriculum project manager in primary literacy for a start-up in Nairobi, Kenya. I currently teach 8th grade ELA.
Ask my students or my colleagues and they'll both tell you I expect a lot of my middle schoolers. My classes are heavy on complex text, heavy on student discussion, heavy on contemporary issues,heavy on evidence-based argumentative writing, and my students leave me better readers, writers and critical thinkers because of that. I'm not big on songs, chants, clip art or power point. We just dig into text early and often.
My students regularly grow more than two years in reading in one school year with me, whether they are on the high end of their class or the low end.
BA in Geography from Macalester College MAT in Secondary Ed from University of Memphis Wilson Reading Certification
I love cats, coffee, travel, cooking and mid-century modern furniture.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Other (Math), EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Basic Reading, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Informational Text, End of Year, Close Reading