|Subject / Grade:||English 9 and Honors English 9|
|"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."|
|-- William Butler Yeats|
I am looking forward to being your teacher this year, because it is such a privilege to watch young people grow and learn!
My Education and Professional Background
I was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon, and attended the University of Oregon for my undergraduate studies. While there, I earned bachelor’s degrees in English literature and Spanish. Following graduation, I worked in the interior design field as a sustainable design specialist. Looking for a new challenge, I eventually became a toy buyer at the Kroger/Fred Meyer Corporate Headquarters. After several years in that position, and having gained the professional experiences that I’d been seeking, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. I enrolled at Warner Pacific College, where I earned a master’s degree in secondary education. During my time there, I had the privilege of working on a research team with the University of Oregon’s Center for Teaching and Learning, studying language acquisition and reading instruction for elementary aged ELL students. In 2010, following graduation, I made the trek to Arizona, taught at Bogle Junior High since 2011, and am now a Colt.
My Educational Philosophy
Sometimes we don’t know who we are or what we’re made of, until someone presents us with an opportunity to find out. My objective is to appropriately challenge each individual student, so that they can realize their personal potential. I want students to understand that they are capable of achieving far more than they ever dreamed possible, and it is my job to facilitate that discovery. There are few things quite as powerful as thoughts or words, so if I can refine a student’s ability to think critically and communicate effectively, it’s likely to change the way that they live, work, and learn. My ultimate hope is that students walk away from their 7th grade year, feeling far more brilliant, much more capable, and significantly more confident/prepared, than when they walked in, because those are gifts not often acquired without a superior education.
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