Welcome!

August 17, 2017

Dear Parents & Students,

Welcome to the fall 2017 semester!

I am so excited to be here at Airport High School! It is my fourth year here (but 12th in education), and I can't wait to continue another great year!  I have taught in many environments, enjoy teaching all types of students, and absolutely love all things ELA, especially figurative language, word study, and grammar.  Among my most favorite experiences as a teacher include a 1 year stint teaching ESOL in the Czech Republic, my current pursuit of a PhD at USC, and participation in the 2016-2017 Teachers for Global Classrooms cohort.

This semester I'll be teaching ELA Prep and SAT/ACT Prep.  Everything you'll need for those courses will be posted to this website here, but regularly checking  email, Remind text messages, and PowerSchool is also essential!!   I try to make my classes as rigorous and engaging as possible without being overwhelming, and I look forward to seeing each child grow. 

On a side note, given my dual passions of omnivorous reading and international travel, I have attached two pages to my site they may be of interest to you:  a reading list (good for H-track students who eventually plan to take Advanced Placement courses) and list of travel opportunities (for students interested in abroad experiences while teenagers).  

In addition to teaching, I love cooking, reading, swimming, beach camping & surf fishing, leisurely bike-riding, jigsaw or crossword puzzling, playing Scrabble, going anywhere new (particularly places w/ connection to literature [see Photos]), spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with my adorable cat Mona.

The best way to contact me is via email (crasmussen@lex2.org).

 

Sincerely, 

Caitlin Rasmussen (aka Mrs. R)


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MORE ABOUT ME....

Education Background:
M.Ed. in Secondary English, Mercer University, 2014
B.A. in English, Emory University, 2006

Certifications:
SC Teacher Mentor, 2015
AP Language & Composition, 2014
Gifted & Talented Certification, 2014
South Carolina Teacher Certification, 2009 (renewed 2014)
Georgia Teacher Certification, 2006 (renewed 2008, 2013)
TESOL/TESL, 2008

Selected Work Experience:
Lexington School District 2, Columbia, SC, 2014-present
Dekalb County School District, Atlanta, GA, 2013-2014, 2006-2008
Lexington School District 5, Irmo, SC, 2010-2012
SC Youth Challenge Academy, 2010
Gymnázium A. Hrdličky, Humpolec, Czech Republic, 2008-2009

Favorite Books (well, some at least):
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Confederacy of Dunces by John O'Kennedy Toole
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Favorite Short Stories
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
"The Bet" by Anton Chekhov
"A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune" by Chris Crutcher

Favorite Poems:
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne
A bunch of stuff by Emily Dickinson

Favorite Movies:
My Fair Lady
Rushmore
The Royal Tenenbaums
Breathless
Fight Club
Clueless

Favorite Musicians:
The Beatles