English III/English IV
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Updated Important reminders for both my juniors and seniors:
This year is my sixth year at Grapevine High School. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Education, and I graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at Arlington. In addition, I now have my English M.A. from the graduate program at UT Arlington with a focus on Rhetoric/Composition and Theory. During my time here at GHS, I have taught Global Studies GT, Pre-AP English III, English III, and English IV classes. I absolutely love my job and look forward to another great year at GHS!
Most of my free time is spent having fun with my husband David, our son Braden, and our dog Rusty. I also enjoy reading, writing, and traveling.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (817) 251-5210 ext. 3061. It is my goal to help my students have the most successful year possible; always feel free to contact me.
My Personal Mission
I will no longer teach my classes. As an educator, I will replace what I use to "teach" with an intentional pedagogy of digital rhetoric which emphasizes the civic importance of education and engages students in the interactivity, collaboration, ownership, authority, and malleability of texts. If my initial plan is not enough, I will do more. If it does not work, I will change it! I will do whatever it takes for my students to learn, to master, to grow as readers, writers, and thinkers, and to have what they do in class each day matter. In short, my mission is to make a difference in the life of every student that enters my classroom.
Like Yoda says...
"If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are ... a different game you should play."
Watch this video to further understand my mission:
Why should I do something differently? Why should I create new lessons and present them in new ways?
Watch these videos to further understand what drives me: http://youtu.be/0eGHAuV5yLo http://youtu.be/4TKbIidbyhk
So, what do we do? I'm thinking something along these lines: http://youtu.be/0AvZ5ulVyLc
Our GHS Mission
The mission of Grapevine High School, an icon of rich tradition and innovative educational practices, is to intentionally develop knowledgeable, creative, ethical, and civic-minded leaders through high standards and personalized, relevant, and engaging learning experiences in concert with the community.