I am in the middle of my second year teaching seventh grade ELA, and I love it! I taught English abroad at the university level for one year, and have taught poetry to high schoolers over the summer. Additionally, I completed my teaching practicum in a sixth grade classroom, and ran a poetry club with fifth and sixth graders last year.
I have a student-centered classroom. To me, this means that while I guide my students, they have a lot of responsibility in my classroom. I never lecture, and only rarely have my students take notes. Most of the time, my students are working independently or in small groups. I teach in a inclusion classroom, so my students have a range of abilities. However, I have the same high expectations for each one of them, and work my hardest to ensure that all of their needs are being met.
To me, it is an honor to work with my students every day, and the greatest honors I have received are in the form of thank you notes from my former students. I am also proud that one of my summer school students graduated high school as a result of taking (and passing!) my course.
I received my B.A. in English and French with a minor in Visual Arts before completing an M.Ed. in Teacher Education. I am certified to teach English Language Arts in grade 5-8 and 8-12. I also have my Moderate Disabilities SPED license for grades 5-12.
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