I've been a teacher for 13 years, and now I'm teaching regular-level, honors, and AP English Language and Composition at Cherry Creek High School (one of the top-rated schools in the nation). I've had experience teaching all levels of high school English, including beginning and advanced journalism. Before I became a teacher, I was an education reporter for The Kansas City Star and The Columbian (in Washington State). I am also an AVID Certified teacher, and many of my lessons are inspired by the AVID curriculum.
My education in high school put the "sage on the stage" -- we had lots of lectures and very few discussion-based or student-led lessons. I understand the value of occasional lectures; however, I believe that student engagement drives learning. I earned my Masters at St. John's College, where curiosity and open-mindedness drive learning. I strive to recreate the passionate inquiry in all my lessons.
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I earned my Bachelor's of Journalism and Bachelor's of Science in Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I earned my Masters in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, where the Great Books curriculum happens through intense and genuine conversation. St. John's encourages deep discussion of texts from the great thinkers: Aristotle, Euclid, Thucydices, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Joseph Conrad, Soren Kierkegaard, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.
I live and play in Denver with my two wonderfully curious and always behaved (yeah, right) dogs: Zeppelin and Olive. Zep is a rescue black lab who wandered I-70 in Kansas before landing with me; Olive came to me through my mom, a life-long educator and a constant inspiration.