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Subject / Grade AP Literature and Yearbook and Newspaper
Room: B103
Phone: (480) 424-8037
Email: Patterson
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."
-- Albert Einstein

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Welcome to Honors English. Through the study of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, you will enhance your vocabulary and grammar skills along with your critical thinking skills in writing and speaking. You will be given many opportunities to read, explore, analyze, and synthesize various literary works throughout the year to ensure your future success in AP English and in college. I look forward to a wonderful year together!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Master's in Educational Leadership with a certification in Administration in 2008 from NAU. I have also completed many hours toward a Master's degree in Reading through Illinois State University. My support for the Sundevils dates back to 1995 when I received my teaching degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. I have enjoyed many years of teaching experience at both the junior high and high school level. In 2002 I joined CUSD at Andersen Junior High School until 2015 where I taught 8th grade English and was the school's International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the Middle Years Program (MYP). I have several years of experience teaching English in grades 9-12 in the state of Illinois and look forward to once again teaching at the high school level. Coaching basketball cheerleading for grades 7-12 was also a wonderful experience, both in Illinois and Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

Being a teacher requires a special love for children. The passion I have for teaching has stayed strong since I first entered the field of education in 1995. Children of all ages are a precious gift, and we must all work together to guarantee they are given every opportunity for success. Therefore, it is essential to have a strong partnership with the parents of the students in my classroom to ensure this success. There should be no limits to the dreams our children have for their future. There is a world of opportunity that awaits them - a global and international world where new careers are being developed each and every day. That is why we must do our best to prepare our children for these endless opportunities and never stifle their dreams. I look forward to working with the parents of the students I teach to help them discover just how far their dreams may go.

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