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I moved to Lawrence from Chicago in 1989. My first classroom in USD497 in 1991 was teaching 6th graders at Centennial. As Lawrence moved West, I taught 6th grade at Quail Run from 1993-2000. I returned to teaching 7th and 8th graders when I became a Bulldog at SWMS in 2001. I have been Nationally Board Certified to teach young adolescents 11-15 years of age for the last 19 years.
I teach ELA to 8th graders. Language Arts centers around reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This environment develops and fine-tunes students' craft of writing, as well as enriches their love of and insight into literature. Like any skill (running, tennis, playing the flute, dancing, pitching), reading and writing improve with practice. Students write as well as read narrative, argument, and informational pieces. Students read many types of literature and will have fun discussing books, literary elements, and our opinions and insights on the texts that we read.
Due Dates, page design layouts, taking and cropping photos, writing captions, and honing creativity--these are the essence of Yearbook, the annual publication that I have advised since 2002. This year 8th graders produce the story of Southwest Middle School's year that will be purchased by and delivered to around 650 readers. We have a big responsibility. The Yearbook staff works together as a team and applies many journalistic, digital, and production skills to help their classmates and teachers commemorate and celebrate the year. "Woof!"