I am a 20-year teaching veteran. I have taught English to freshmen through seniors at all levels, I have nine years of experience teaching AP Language and AP Literature, and I have taught three years of freshman composition at the college level.
My writing courses have always been very process oriented, helping students work through each step of their papers, outlining, drafting, and revising to a final product. One of my favorite teaching activities is to conference with students, discussing with each individual the specific issues they are facing in their writing and problem solving to help make their paper better. My literature study has evolved to a whole novel approach, assigning large chunks of the book for the students to read at one time and using class time to supplement their learning and understanding of the text by making historical and literary connections.
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I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Education (concentrations English and history) from Concordia University, Nebraska. I also earned my Bachelor of Arts in the same year. I have a Master of Arts degree in English, Rhetoric and Composition, from Indiana University.
I'm also the co-host of Lit Think Podcast, which can be found at litthinkpodcast.substack.com and I have a newsletter blog at sarahstyf.substack.com. In addition to being a teacher, I am a wife, mom, and writer. I am a huge lover of the outdoors and our family spends much of our free time camping.
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, Other (Social Studies - History), Religion, Literature, Psychology, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading, Social Emotional Learning