About Me


Who I Am:
  • bachelor's and master's in English from Middlebury College in Vermont
  • love reading, writing, the Muppets, cats, yoga, running, cooking, hiking, and travel.
  • mama to two girls and one boy, who all turned five last June
  • recent favorite books:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

E-mail:  ruthfrindellm@edmonds.wednet.edu 

What I Do:

Teaching students how to read (text, media, art, body language…) and write develops their ability to understand other humans and communicate their own needs, intentions, ideas, and memories.  Literature and art reflect centuries’ worth of human experience; reading helps put our experiences in perspective and helps us understand others’ lives.  It reminds us that we are not alone. 

Writing helps us develop our depth of thinking, make connections, critique, process, reflect, question, plan, dream.  Writing transforms us from passive absorbers to creators. 

I teach reading and writing because reading and writing teach us who we are.
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