About Palagonia...
Position: English 11/12
Room: J103
Phone: 480-424-8303
Email: Palagonia

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Welcome to English! Whether we are live or on-line, I want to make this a great year but we need to work together in order to achieve this. Please come to me with any questions or concerns you have early on. I'm here to help.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching for (gulp!) 20 years. I was born and raised in Queens, New York, and I was born with a bad case of wanderlust. I have been to 43 U.S. States and 35 countries, including Guinea, West Africa, when I was with the Peace Corps, and most recently I was in Abu Dhabi for 4 years and Dubai for 5 years. If you want to talk travel and adventures, I'm here! I have my bachelor's in Linguistics from the University of Kansas and a master's in TESOL from Florida International University, a master's in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and a master's in Service Leadership and Innovation from Rochester Institute of Technology. This is my first year at Casteel, but I taught at Hamilton High School for 7 years.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is simple: if you want to learn, you can. It's my job to help every one of my students reach their goals, whatever they may be. I've been doing this for a long time, and it remains an incredibly rewarding job. I'm looking forward to the new school year here at Casteel. Go Colts!

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