I have been a teacher since 2004. I started in a high school teaching creative writing and American literature. I then worked as a curriculum writer for an after school tutoring company in Chicago, focusing on their reading and math lessons for middle school students. I taught English in South Korea for a year, focusing on middle school students but also working with 4 year old children to college students. After returning home, I worked in a very small district and taught just about every high school English course possible, plus Spanish. In my current district, I have taught high school freshmen and juniors, and I currently teach middle school English, World Languages, and Exploring Spanish
Well, everything revolves around CCSS and data. But, I let students know that learning is a gift that not all kids around the world get. I don't do too many group or creative writing projects anymore, but some of the older plans may include that. I try to pack as much into a school year as possible and focus on the skills they will need in the future to, essentially, look educated. I think I'm creative and fun without being cheesy. I sincerely want students to appreciate literature, understand what they are reading, and write logically.
Hmmm...several students have awarded me with the Favorite Teacher award :)
Bachelor's of Science in Education with majors in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.
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English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, World Language, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Study Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Close Reading