I've taught 8th grade Language Arts in Pennsylvania for eight years. While I did a short-term stint as a long term substitute in high school literature upon graduation, my passion is for the lower secondary grades. I've taught language arts as separate English/grammar and reading courses and as a full one hour block. I've also taught remedial reading courses to 8th graders as well. Presently, I am part of the curriculum writing committee at my district realigning our curriculum to the newly adopted Common Core standards. I'm trained in Reading Apprenticeship as well as Learning Focused Schools, and I'm fond of Kelly Gallagher's work. I'm also a small-time published poet, and see myself as a summer break writer.
I find that if I'm bored, I know my students are bored. I'm energetic and organized. My students would describe me as quirky, unique, and somewhat strange. I have no problem making a fool of myself in order to make an assignment stick. I believe in organized group work, the power of think-pair-share, and the importance of vocabulary. All teachers can teach the same lesson and make it unique to their own styles. I'm a proponent of using graphic organizers as a guide in the classroom, but you won't find me making students copy notes verbatim. I like Powerpoints because they keep me and my class organized (and remind me not to miss any important points should a student take me off into another exciting direction.)
Parent Kudos. Student Thank Yous. Hallway High Fives.
Bachelors of Science in Education from West Chester University in 2005 (Major: English). Masters of Liberal Arts from McDaniel College in 2011.
When I'm not rocking out in my classroom, I enjoy gardening, going to auctions, and reading good books. What else would you expect from a literature teacher? Oh, and I have two cats - Lexington C. Puss is pictured scoring essays in my profile. When I get lazy, he takes over.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Character Education, Writing, Writing-Essays, Poetry