About Hester...
Subject / Grade Honors English 9 and Honors English 10
Room: B105
Email: Hester
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
-- John Muir

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My Education and Professional Background

Almost my entire educational experience has happened right here in Arizona. I attended K-12 at Gilbert Public Schools before heading off to ASU in 2004. I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, which led me to graduate school at the University of Hawaii. I spent one year in the cell and molecular biology program before deciding I had not yet found my calling. In the interest of exploring my passions, I became a yoga teacher. During this time, I also contracted as a writer for two companies who created web content for businesses and professionals. In 2013, I decided to build upon my love of writing, and I went back to ASU for a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature. I graduated ASU in 2015 and began teaching English in Mesa that same year. My first year of teaching was also my first year as a Master's student, and in 2017 I earned my third degree from ASU: An M.Ed. in Secondary Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that the skills students learn in English – thinking, reading, writing, speaking, and listening – are paramount to their success in whatever endeavors they will choose to pursue. Learning is a life-long practice, and I hope to help instill in my students a passion for that practice. While my curricular focus is English, I celebrate all aspects of knowledge and learning, and I encourage my students to make connections between content areas. Students must learn how to use skills and knowledge from one area to help them problem-solve in another area. Further, I know that every student has the capacity to learn and succeed, though these processes may look different from student to student.

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