Welcome to eighth- grade ELA. I am happy to be on the Mandeville Junior High faculty for the 2018-2019 school year.
My B.A. and M.A. are from University of Texas at Austin where I studied English, Rhetoric and Composition, and English Education.
My teaching experience spans forty years. I taught all levels of English composition at the University of New Orleans for twelve years, and for six years, I taught eighth-grade Writing Lab at Isidore Newman School along with a variety of English classes including AP Literature and Language. In San Diego, I taught high school English, Speech, Humanities, and Yearbook, and in Dallas, I taught ninth-grade English and Creative Writing at Highland Park High School along with college composition courses at Brookhaven Community College.
Teaching suits me more than retirement. When I returned to Louisiana and settled in Mandeville, my part-time substituting pastime became a full-time position when I stepped in to teach ninth-grade Gifted English at Mandeville High School because the teacher left suddenly. Once again, I welcomed the opportunity when the ELA position became available at MJH.
My goal is to help my students become skillful readers, writers, speakers, listeners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. I look forward to getting to know how to best address every student's learning style and to making class productive and engaging as we work through Louisiana's ELA curriculum for eighth grade.