About Jared Colley:
I teach British Literature at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX and chair the English Department as well. In addition to supervising the school’s award winning literary magazine, Calliope, I spend a lot of my professional time collaborating with colleagues and speaking at conferences across the nation. A Texas native, I studied philosophy at UT Austin and later received my MA in critical theory from NYU with a focus on postmodern French philosophy. For many years, I taught literature and global history at Bay Ridge Preparatory School in Brooklyn, NY before pursuing my current opportunity at Oakridge. In terms of research outside of teaching, I've been most interested in mapping the connections among the following topics: contemporary French philosophy (specifically the work of Deleuze, Ranciere, Malabou, & Stiegler), 21st century pedagogy, and recent advancements in the science & philosophy of consciousness. I'm also passionately committed to the joyful work of building relationships with students both in and outside the classroom, and that's why I love what I do!
Outside of my professional interests, much of my time is spent hanging with my wife and daughter, hoarding vinyl records, and collecting obscure, forgotten-about books that otherwise may have been swept into the dustbins of history.
I also love meeting like-minded, mischievous collaborators at conferences such as this one!
"Honor thy mistakes as a hidden intention" -Brian Eno
About Claire Reddig:
I am a 5th grade language arts teacher and the middle school writing specialist at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas. I also serve as the middle school debate team sponsor where I get to share my passion for researching current events, crafting persuasive arguments and defending them during our debates. My undergraduate degree is from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where I majored in English and history. My Master’s degree in education is from The University of Missouri where I focused on curriculum development and the teaching of writing. I began my teaching journey as an Upper School English teacher and eventually transitioned to using my experience in middle school. My passion is finding ways to empower my students to take responsibility for their own learning and to motivate them by engaging in assignments that tackle real world problems and that speak to authentic audiences. I also enjoy collaborating with my colleagues to explore new ways to use technology to challenge our students as collaborators, creators, and critical thinkers.
Outside of class, I am an avid reader of middle reader and young adult fiction, a photographer (mostly of my own children), a basset hound owner and a Navy wife.
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