To me, there is no greater purpose than educating children. I come from a long line of wonderfully dedicated teachers so becoming a teacher was a lifelong dream for me. At University, I majored in English Language Arts and Anthropology. After teaching a few years, I decided to further hone my skills as an educator and earned a Masters in Teaching English Language Arts from University of Southern California. I hope to soon continue my education by earning a PHD so that I can help other teachers reach their full potential in the classroom.
I want to instill in my kids the same love and excitement I feel every time I open a new book or start writing a new story. I love teaching high interest novels (Hunger Games! The Hobbit!) as well as short stories (The Lottery!). My zany enthusiasm for English Language Arts coupled with my inherent compassion and desire to personally change the lives of my students keeps my life and lessons adventurous and exciting, both for me and my students.
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I grew up in a house full of love, laughter and moving boxes. My mother was a beautifully eccentric bleeding heart who taught me the importance of compassion. Growing up, we had a veritable animal menagerie of rescued animals and frequently spent weekends volunteering in the local soup kitchen. My father, also a character, was perennially in search of the next big thing and moved us all over the globe to find it. As a child the constant moving was horrifying; but as an adult, I’m deeply grateful to have grown up amidst so many different types of people and cultures. I’m abundantly more interesting and well-rounded for it.