Seventh Grade Language Arts
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I am originally from St. Louis, MO, but I have lived in the Jackson area for over the past 30 years. This is my 23rd year to be a teacher and my eighth year at Madison Middle School. I spent eleven years teaching language arts in the fourth and fifth grades in Northwest Rankin Schools and three years teaching language arts in the fifth grade at Mannsdale Elementary before moving to Madison Middle eight years ago.
Teaching is my second career. I pursued my childhood dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer and qualified at 15 to enter the North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem. After high school (and dance) graduation there, I went on to dance professionally in five cities throughout the United States and came to Jackson to dance with Ballet Mississippi when it was a professional company. After my dancing career, I went to Millsaps College where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education Summa Cum Laude and then to Belhaven University where I received my Masters in Education Summa Cum Laude.
In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the movies, visiting art galleries and traveling. I have traveled in Sweden, Italy, Paris, Amsterdam, Germany, the Czech Republic, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, New England (Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montreal, QB, Kingston, ON, and Toronto, ON) and Bermuda. In addition to teaching the Common Core Standards this year, I look forward to sharing my traveling experiences with my students!
I am super excited to be a Jaguar at Madison Middle, and I'm looking forward to teaching with a block schedule my ninth year. Since Common Core requires both speaking and listening skills, we will hold several Socratic Seminars each nine-week grading period. We are going to have a really great year! Students will have an honor code, and I believe the high standards we set at MMS will hold students responsible for living up to them and even exceeding them.
If you ever have any questions, the best way to contact me is through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I try to update my homework blog on a daily basis, but I do expect students to copy down homework in their planners that I write on homework board each day. (In other words I do get busy and forget occasionally.) I always give time to for students to write down assignments ... AND I don't give that much homework!