I am currently in my fifth year of teaching full time, but have been focused on learning and helping others learn for a majority of my life. I started my teaching career as a peer tutor in college. My focus was on helping struggling students with time management and hosting study groups for my literature professor. After college, I became an independent tutor. I worked as a private tutor for all grade levels and created curriculum and study plans specific to individual students. I also worked with a charter school to help on a one-to-one basis with struggling students preparing for state testing. I began my full time teaching career as an 11th grade English teacher for a public charter school in Houston. I also taught AP Literature and Composition. This system of schools focused on spiraling curriculum and helping struggling students with college readiness. I also had the opportunity to teach 10th grade English and ESL classes during my three years in this public charter system. This year, I moved to a public school district to teach English for 10th grade, both on-level and Pre-AP. During this school year I've looked for outlets to refocus my passion for learning and hope that creating original resources to share on this site will help me regain my passion for teaching that has wavered some with the change from a smaller school environment to a larger public school.
I believe (as most teachers do) that all students are capable of learning and doing great things. I focus my teaching on individualization and understanding my students. In order to feel successful, I need to know my students personally and I need to feel like I can make material relevant to them. I am passionate about my content, and even when students don't hold my subject in high esteem I try my hardest to make my class one that they feel they can be successful in. I believe that making a student confident in their abilities is more than half the battle, and if you challenge students that they will rise to the occasion.
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I attended a public high school in Houston, Texas. I completed my B.A. in English and European Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. I have completed coursework toward an M.A. in World Cultures and Literature (Comparative Literature) at University of Houston.
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English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Specialty, Arts & Music, Drama, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Close Reading, Classroom Community