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I have been part of the SJS family since 2014. I have an 8th grade homeroom and teach 8th grade reading, language arts, religion, and vocabulary; 7th grade reading; and 6th grade reading and language arts.
This is my sixth year at St. Joseph and my eleventh year teaching. I earned my undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education at DePaul University and my master’s degree in Reading and Literacy and Reading Specialist certification from Benedictine University. I have attended Catholic schools for all of my education, and I enjoy teaching here with the supportive faculty and caring families and students at St. Joseph.
As a middle school teacher, I get to teach many of the same students for three years. It is great getting to know their families and see the students grow from 6th to 8th grade.
My husband and I have three school-aged daughters along with a fun-loving labrador retriever. We enjoy time together reading, playing board games, and visiting the local library, zoo, and museums.
What I like most about teaching middle school is challenging students and preparing them for high school. Middle school is a great time to start reading more advanced text like The Outsiders and To Kill a Mockingbird with some of the great authors like Poe, Twain, and Shakespeare.
My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is a great historical fiction book about the Holocaust written from a unique point of view.
My #1 tip for incoming 6th graders is to be organized. Changing classes more and with more teachers takes planning and organization to make sure all materials are brought to class and homework is done. There are also more long-term projects so planning ahead to complete work is important as well.
My #1 tip for all middle schoolers is do not be afraid to ask for help. The middle school teachers are all great and are here to help you succeed. Ask questions in class if you do not understand something. Many teachers are even available before or after school to meet with students who have questions or need additional help.