I have been teaching in California for 25 years--everything from AP Literature and Composition, British Literature, Creative Writing, ELL, American Literature, and English 10H. I was a mentor teacher for many years writing lesson plan units that introduced innovative ideas for teaching the California State Standards as well as complete units for teaching The Great Gatsby and Frankenstein. I have also written several books for educational publishers: Teaching Grammar Through the Multiple Intelligences; Engage the Brain: Games; and have co-authored the Shakespeare in the Classroom series. Finally, I have ventured into the fictional world, writing the YA novel Hanging in the Stars and am currently working on a second--a fictional account of Sir George and the Dragon.
I know all students can learn--if we can just get them somehow interested! In a world of very difficult and sometimes dry test prep, I still believe that the world of literature can be engaging to students of all skill levels and educational backgrounds. I truly want students to leave my classroom loving at least something about literature--an amazing poem, the unearthing of an idea long buried, that lightbulb moment when something makes sense.
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I received my Bachelor of Arts at UCLA and was credentialed at Cal State University, Fullerton. To supplement my education I have worked through the UCI Writing Project and have my Advanced Diploma with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (just in case you need a little wine info after grading papers all day!)
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