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A PowerPoint presentation which gives examples of several different kinds of poems. Includes slides with a blank background to print as handouts for the students.
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This log allows teachers to track behavior--good or bad--and keep notes when a full write up is not necessary. For example, I found myself often telling students, "If you do that again, I will [impose consequence]." However, with 120 students each
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This step-by-step guide allows students to make all the necessary formatting changes within Microsoft Word to properly set up an MLA-style paper. Includes how to get rid of the annoying extra bit of space after each paragraph (default in Word), how
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Some sample poems to read aloud and discuss in class. Includes all original work by me! :-) Also includes slides with a blank background which may be printed to give as a handout to students (without wasting printer resources).
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Keep track of students who come to class late and whether or not they have a good reason. Includes a spot to place your school's logo or clip art of your choice.
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Some fun and silly words defined and ready for printout to be placed on a word wall. Ideal for higher-level classrooms.
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This worksheet helps students focus their thinking to boil down to a thesis statement. It starts them out with thinking about a favorite movie, something that should be easy and familiar, but then could be applied to any topic.
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This PowerPoint covers the basics of a standard, simple 5-paragraph essay, complete with animations and transitions. It covers the "funnel technique" for crafting an introduction, and the inverse funnel for the conclusion. Gives students a mantra
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When the Muse Won't Dance: An Investigation Into the Craft of Poetry examines how one may write on any topic in any form of poetry, given enough time and effort. Several different poetic forms are addressed, and original poems offered on five
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• Adjunct Professor, English Department, San Jacinto College District, August 2014 to Present, Houston & Pasadena, TX Composition I and II Credit • District Gifted & Talented Coordinator/Lead Teacher, Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, August 2012 to Present, Houston, TX 8th Grade Writing; English II; Practical Writing; English I; Gifted & Talented Program; High School English Lead Teacher; Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator – Learning & Leadership; Committee Member: District Leadership Team, Campus Leadership Team, Technology Committee, Handbook Committee, TLI Initiative, Curriculum Alignment Committee; English Department TLI Initiative Liaison; Certified Texas Test Administrator


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• Inevitible, Weasel Press, November, 2014 • Master’s Thesis, May 2014: When the Muse Won’t Dance: An Investigation into the Craft of Poetry • Poetry and Photography in Citizens for Decent Literature, Issue #5, October 2012 • Member: Poetry Society of Texas • Grassroots Coordinator for United States Presidential Campaign • Assisted in all aspects of implementation of a Gifted and Talented Program, building from ground up • The Proverbial Open Book, Collected Works, December, 2008 • Amy & Jeremy, The Reception, Photography, June 2010 • Editor-in-Chief, Bayousphere 2014 • Member: Gulf Coast Poetry Society • Editor-in-Chief & Committee Chair: Gulf Coast Poetry Society Anthology (forthcoming) • Member: National Association of Professional Women • Member: National Society of Leadership and Success


M.A. Literature, University of Houston Clear Lake, May 2014 B.A. Humanities, University of Houston Clear Lake, December 2012 A.A. Business Administration, San Jacinto College, May 2009


I am a published author (look me up on Amazon) and a passionate teacher who just wants to help others find the joy in learning that I do! I plan to go back to school and pursue my doctorate as soon as possible, and I encourage everyone to keep chasing their dreams!

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