|Subject / Grade||Honors English 9 and Speech and Debate|
|"In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange"|
|-- Brennan Manning|
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The purpose of this site is to help you be successful in your Honors English class. On the left hand column, it will contain resources and handouts from class that will help you in all aspects of the curriculum. Please note that I post daily under the tab Daily Homework and Assignments. If you will subscribe to receive E-alerts from this website, you will receive an email of the information posted daily. Test dates and major due dates are posted on my calendar. Finally, if you are absent,
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated in the bottom 90% of my class at Alamogordo Senior High School in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I studied Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where I received a BA degree. Post-grad I began studies in Biblical literature, history and hermeneutic classes; as well as theology and speech classes for the purpose of receiving a minister’s license. I spent fifteen years as a full-time youth minister working with teenagers in a local church. At the end of this time, I began two two years of post-baccalaureate classes through NAU to receive my teacher certificate and started teaching in the public schools in Chandler. I spent another two years working on a Master’s degree in Secondary Curriculum through NAU. And now, looking back on over 23 years of teaching, the most rewarding lessons are those I have learned from my students in the classroom.
My Educational Philosophy
My goal as a teacher is to instill a passion for reading, writing and thinking. I design my class to be student-centered and highly engaging with an emphasis on critical thinking through Socratic Discussion and debate. I am a proponent of humor in the classroom, both the teacher’s and the student’s. The soul should not be divorced from writing so an emphasis on writing for an audience and presentation will be paramount to the class. It is also my belief that every student, including this teacher, needs to grow as a reader, writer and thinker. The only way to do this is to read, write and think, so these will be done daily with the above goals in mind.
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