Biography – Virginia Butts
1973: New York State high school diploma – Alfred-Almond Central School, Almond, New York
1976: Bachelor of Arts – Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1979: Master of Science in Education – Alfred University, Alfred New
Additional graduate hours in reading instruction at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1988: Juris Doctorate – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Order of the Barristers
New York State: Secondary English – Permanent
Reading K-12 – Provisional
Texas: Secondary English – Lifetime
Additional endorsement – English as a
1977-78: The Wilson School. Mountain Lakes, New Jersey;
grades 1-6, supplemental department for children
with learning disabilities.
1979-83: Friendship Central School, Friendship, New York;
primary responsibility for the first two years was
for juniors and seniors who had failed the state’s reading and/or writing assessments. 100% passed the retest. The last two years were spent teaching
junior and senior English classes and coordinating the reading curriculum for grades K-8.
1983-85: Watkins Glen High School. Watkins Glen, New York:
Sophomore English and Senior English (thesis writing
block of Senior English trimester program that
included a survey of British literature, an in-depth
study of one Shakespearean comedy and one drama,
as well as an independent and original research
1996-98: Hargrave High School, Huffman, Texas: STAR
program for high school students at risk of not
graduating with their cohort. I taught all levels of
high school English and Social Studies courses with
the exception of economics. I also facilitated the
completion of thirty-two electives. During this time
we had a 100% success rate – all students who
stayed in the program graduated with their cohort.
2000-08: Alice Johnson Junior High School, Channelview,
Texas. During the course of my years at Alice
Johnson I taught all levels (regular, advanced, and
PreAP) of 8th. Grade reading, English, and ELA.
Present: Channelview High School, Channelview, Texas.
I have taught grade 11 English, both regular and
AP English Language and Composition for 7 years,
grade 10 English, both regular and PreAP for 2 years
and am currently in my third year teaching grade 9
English, again both regular and PreAP. I am also the
PreAP English I team lead and the department chair.