English IV/English III PAP
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”―Bram Stoker, Dracula
This year is my seventh 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 Critical Theory and Rhetoric/Composition. In particular, I took courses in writing assessment, argumentation theory, and the foundations of rhetoric and composition and learned to adapt curricular materials to my specific teaching situation in ENGL 5359: Argumentation Theory. During my time here at GHS, I have taught Global Studies GT, English III, English III Pre-AP, and English IV classes. I absolutely love my job and look forward to a year full of possibilities at GHS!
Most of my free time is spent having fun with my husband David, our son Braden, and our miniature dachshund Rusty. I also enjoy reading, writing, watching movies (we have lots of movie nights at my house), and traveling.
My Current Six Word Memoir: Living by choice, not by default.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (817) 251-5210 ext. 3061. My goal is to help my students have the most successful year possible; always feel free to contact me.
My Personal Mission
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, and if my initial plan is not enough, I will do more as I seek the best in my students and the best in myself, in order to have my students learn to think critically and know that what they do in class each day matters; in short, my mission is to truly make a difference in the life of every student that enters my classroom.
Herbert Gerjuoy predicts, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write.
The illiterate will be those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn;” I agree.
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.