Degrees and Certifications:
English, B.A., Brigham Young University Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program, University of Houston, ELA 7-12
Kolarik 9th Grade Campus, Rm. 215
Welcome to English 1. I'm so excited to be your guide this year through many things related to English Language Arts.
I was born and raised many years ago in Montana. I'm the eldest child in a family with five children. As a child I loved playing with the neighborhood children. We entertained ourselves by catching grasshoppers, riding bicycles, hiking through the hills near my home, and playing many different types of games and sports. My dad was determined that all his children learn to play the piano. As a result, I play the piano, and I love to sing. I used to record myself singing the Annie soundtrack on cassette tapes (I'm that old.).
The family of my birth loves to do all kinds of things, and my amazing parents taught me to enjoy the beauty of nature whether through an outdoor picnic, through backpacking or hiking, water-skiing on a motorboat, and many other things. I love sunsets, fresh air, the smell of fresh-cut grass, icy feel of a mountain lake, and running on a sandy beach. I also learned to love to read from my parents. My parents both fall asleep with a book in their noses, and as a child, I frequented the public library with Mom as my chauffeur and guide.
Reading was not always easy for me, though, so I understand the struggle to understand things that are beyond the scope of my own experience. As a child, I could often be found lying upside down on the sofa with a book, but as other social and athletic experiences became more important, I read less and less through middle school and high school. This is one reason I think being an ELA teacher in middle and high school is so important. Sometimes the books/stories/plays/articles you read for school might be the only books/stories/plays/articles you read all year. I understand you are busy. I understand that you have to be here, and I want you to enjoy your time in my class.
In middle school and high school I played basketball, volleyball, and ran track. I took honors math and science. I did not take honors ELA because someone discouraged me from taking too many honors classes as an athlete.
After I graduated from high school, I chose to go to a large university, BYU, in Utah. I changed my major 4 or 5 times until I settled on English teaching. I loved the things I was learning about humanity in my English classes and never wanted to stop learning about literature. Most of all, I wanted to be a teacher because I had so many teachers in my life that made a difference to me.
When I was 21, I got married and had children right away. My husband and I travelled to New York City for his law degree and I stuck with my children until my last baby went to elementary school. I've lived in Montana, Utah, Nevada, New York, Japan, and New Jersey. I have three kids and one dog. I've run a few half-marathons, a few triathlons, and a full marathon. I'm really happy to be your teacher this year and hope we all enjoy our time together.