Hello all! I’m really excited to be your teacher this year! We have a lot of learning to do. Our time together will go quickly, but I hope you are able to take what we learn in my classroom with you and apply it beyond our four walls.
This week we will take some time to set expectations that will keep our learning on track and hopefully help us to get to know each other better. Expectation #1. I will use this site to communicate with you and your families as we work together to reach your educational goals, so I expect that you will check it regularly.
Here’s a little info about your teacher. I worked really hard to become your teacher. I went to UIC to get a degree in English, but decided to work as a writer in California. While I was there I realized I would rather work with kids than work in an office all day, so I decided to come back to Chicago and become an official teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education from Dominican University and got my first job at Hancock. So as you can see, life is full of learning experiences.
During my 5 years at Hancock, I have taught English at every grade level. I started the Culinary Club and also sponsor BuildOn, both clubs do community service projects all over the city. I also have a cat named Duke that I rescued during one of our BuildOn service learning projects and a dog named Duchess. Those 2 are my babies, but I also have 3 nephews and 2 nieces that are like my own children. Be ready to hear more about them in class and be ready to listen to all of the other stories I have to tell you. Trust me, I have a lot!
I hope you will share with me as I have with you because I truly can’t wait to learn more about you!
This year I get to co-teach with the AWESOME Mr. Splinter. Here is a little message from him:
This is my FOURTH year at John Hancock College Prep and my 5th year teaching. Before becoming a teacher, I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a degree in Film, Rhetoric, and English. While attending UW-Madison, I worked for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and determined that I wanted to study American Literature on the east coast and become a literature professor. After teaching college freshmen for a semester and earning my Master’s degree, I decided to move back to my hometown, Janesville, Wisconsin, to work with middle school students, and I loved it. A year later, I joined Chicago Teaching Fellows, moved to Chicago, earned a Master’s in Teaching, and started at JHCP.
During my tenure at JHCP, I have taught English I, II, and Written and Oral Communications. I live in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest side with my girlfriend and Golden Retriever puppy named Cash. I love to travel (just got back from Spain, France, and Ireland!), eat really good food, and see live music. If you’d like to know some more, just ask!
PS I’m still in school (yes, going on 9 years..), so if you want to know anything about the college experience, I can definitely help you out.
Mr. Splinter and I are really excited to get to know you guys and help you become better readers and writers!
Now please complete the assignment below, and come to class prepared!
1) After reading about the above, come to class with 3 questions you have for me and 3 details you found interesting. Write these down on a separate sheet of paper to turn in to me by Friday.
3) Follow me using the link below and feel free to comment any questions you might have!
FYI- if you complete this assignment you will already have 100% in my class. Start your year on the right foot!
Alright! I will see you tomorrow 🙂