I've been teaching 8th grade English for 22 years in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
I LOVE creating lessons and incorporating songs, song lyrics, pop culture, parodies, art, cartoons, puns, memes, films, and video shorts into my quirky lessons. My 8th graders love my FUN, engaging, unique, and creative lessons. I KNOW how to hook 8th graders, and my state scores prove that my teaching style is effective.
Finalist for Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, Smithfield Teacher of the Year
BA from Rhode Island College
I am an ardent optimist and I spread joy freely. I create a classroom where my students feel safe and valued... if only for 48 minutes a day. My goal is to design lessons that INSPIRE, from my selections of the novel The Outsiders to the poem "The Road Not Taken". It is my weekly quotes and teaching of "Dead Poets Society" that leave my students believing they can overcome any difficulties and find joy.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Social Studies - History, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Character Education, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Close Reading, Classroom Community