I am excited about this year!. This is my seventeenth year in education and my ninth year at Hill Country; I have taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade English at both the grade level and PreAP levels. Because I earned my BA from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and my certification from University of Texas-Dallas, I have a difficult time picking a team for my cheers, but I am always up for a good game.
When I'm not at school, I love to get lost in a great book, travel to a new location in the world, or spend time with my family. This past year, I have been able to do all three things repeatedly. The world is big whether it is in words, destinations, or people; I want to see, go, and meet them all! In these times when I am out and about, my pup Matthew spends time with his brother Jack and my two nieces (they are fantastic puppy-sitters!)
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Reading and writing are inherently joined together. Both of these skills are an important part of student growing, writing, learning, and skill building. In our class, we are dedicated to becoming better readers, so we can become better writers, and ultimately we become better learners and participants in our community. Sometimes it takes a while to find a book or a series we really love, but when we do... watch out! All students are expected to read in my class to help grow and become more aware of themselves and the world around them.
Having access to books and other educational resources reinforces good learning habits and is critical to maintaining achievement levels. Children who lack the opportunity to read, write, and discuss books on a deeper level will fall behind their peers in all areas of learning but especially reading, eventually making the gap too great to close. Becoming a better reader is as easy as checking out a book from the library, borrowing one from a friend, or purchasing one. To purchase your own books through Scholastic AND help our classroom, use our classroom code: JC4KH. If you have a book you love and want to share it, please tell me about your book!
I am glad to have you as a part of our class. Our year will be an adventure; we will learn together this year about ourselves, each other, our community, and how the wonderful world of English relates to all of it.
As a parent or a student, if you have any questions, please email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I'm Reading
- The Case Against Homework
- My Favorite Books (in no order)
Articles I Find Interesting
- What It's Like to Have Dyslexia
- 8 Science Backed Reasons to Read a Real Book
- 13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Invented By Shakespeare
- EduBlog - Summer Slide
- Reading at Home: 10 Simple Strategies for Parents
- This Common Activity Is Reducing Your IQ, According to Research
- Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important?
- Testing Calendar
- Helpful Study Links
- Our Reading Spot
- Grading Policy Information
- Ms. Boyd
- HCMS Home
- Google Classroom Training