About Vaerewyck...
Subject / Grade English 11
Room: C207
Phone: (480) 883-5093
Email: Vaerewyck
"Not all those who wander are lost"
-- J.R.R. Tolkien

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Welcome to English 11 for the 2015-16 school year. This year is going to be one of exploration and discovery, both as a student and individual. Throughout the year we will be learning, discussing, and questioning an array of topics related to American literature and history, beginning with Native American literature and ending with Contemporary. I look forward to a productive year that will ensure students are prepared for senior English and beyond.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University (Go Devils!) in 2009 and my Masters in Education, Secondary English from ASU in 2011. My first year of teaching was at Verrado Middle school, where I taught 8th grade Reading. I followed that with Connolly Middle School in Tempe, teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts. This is my fourth year at Hamilton and I am proud to be a part of this community of teachers, students and parents.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher, my focus is to provide students with the necessary academic tools to be successful in their writing, reading, and communication. While English, and all it encompasses, is a large focus in my classroom, I am also concerned with the individual student. I view my role as a facilitator in the personal growth of each student while they are in my classroom, providing them with the space and opportunity to explore their beliefs, as well as those unfamiliar so that they have a wider knowledge of the world at large. Diversity is a huge focus in my class, which aides in expanding the minds and interactions of students, setting them up for future successes in real world situations and experiences. I strive to make my students feel a part of a community, one they feel comfortable and confident in.

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