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My mission is to help my students develop self-respect and confidence.  I want to increase their self-esteem through academic, behavioral, and social successes.  I will continue to provide my students with the opportunities to achieve this mission objective through classroom interaction and cooperative learning experiences with their peers, and through interpretive reading and writing exercises.  Self-expression and creativity will continually be encouraged.  I want all of my students to believe in themselves and achieve their personal goals. 

 

2017-2018 Introductory Letter to the Parents/Guardians of My Students

Dear Parents/Guardians:

My name is Darlene Mathieson and I am teaching a wide variety of courses this year: English 9, Pre AP English 9, Creative Writing I and II, and Writing Lab 8. I am also working with the LEO Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and a student-driven club called RAPP CARE- an outreach to the Appalachian poor of McDowell County, West Virginia.  I will be spending time each day with your child and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, personally and professionally. 

This is my sixteenth year here at Rappahannock County High School.  Before arriving here, I taught in Pennsylvania for six-and-a-half years.  During that time, I taught English to grades seven through twelve.  I attended the California University of Pennsylvania (originally, California State College) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1976.  My dual major was in the area of Communication, with an emphasis in English/Writing.  My passion is writing, and I was honored to professionally publish one of my lessons on August 1, 2010 with WVPT (PBS) through the National Teacher Training Institute.   I hope to personally publish the three novels and a collection of poetry I have compiled, within the next few years.  Beginning on May 16, 2011, I began pursuing a full-time online Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Liberty Theological Seminary at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  I completed my studies on May 11, 2012 and graduated the next day.  With this degree, I can provide assistance as part of an onsite clergy response team at school, and minister to abused and neglected children and their families, especially at Choices, a shelter for battered women and children in Page County.  I am able to help, comfort, and support others within our school and in the communities of Rappahannock and Page counties. On July 16, 2012, I became an ordained minister. Presently, I officiate at weddings, funerals, baptisms, and dedications, and organize and conduct mission trips to neighboring Appalachian communities providing food, clothing, toys, and other items to the desperately poor in thirteen states. This ministry is called The Right Road.

I have been married for ten years to Neil (my second marriage) and have three children from my first marriage.  

My son, Dan, is an internal medicine physician and a pediatrician and was a major  in the USAF, completing his military time in 2011. He did a tour of duty at Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2010.  He and his wife, Allie, and daughters, Katelyn and Madelyn, live in Somerset, Kentucky. 

My son, Matt, is a chaplain captain in the USAF.  He has served in the USAF for fifteen years with four of those years in Alaska, two tours of duty in Iraq- Balad and Baghdad- and two in Kuwait.  He and his wife, Erica, and daughter, Jazlene, are presently based in Tampa, Florida.  Matt graduated from Liberty University on May 12, 2012, with a Master’s in Divinity and completed his ordination in October 2012. He has completed his doctorate's degree and uses his training to serve our US Airmen. 

My daughter, Valerie, lives in Stanley, Virginia, and is a receptionist at a local veterinary practice. 

My husband, Neil, is retired after many years of building space shuttles in California.  He now repairs and builds computers and laptops and also builds gaming computers in his spare time.  Neil has four grown children: Aaron, Heather, Jaymi, and Casey and three grandchildren: Brad, Sophie, and Morgan. 

As you can see, we are a large combined family, but we get along great and enjoy our days.  It seems that for many of us, life has been quite an adventure. Teaching has been my adventure.  It is certainly more to me than just a job.  I love my work.  I spend long, rewarding hours preparing for each day that I spend with my students, normally about seventy hours a week, during a school year, and a few weeks during the summer months.  I consider it an honor to be able to work with your child.  My mission as a teacher is to help him (her) develop self-respect and confidence.  I want your child to believe in himself (herself) and achieve his (her) personal goals. 

Your child deserves my very best.  I will expect the same from him (her).

I look forward to working with your child this year.  Feel free to contact me at any time with any concerns you may have.  A progress report will be sent to you every three weeks, to let you know how your child is doing academically. 

 

Sincerely,

Darlene Mathieson

Darlene Mathieson

English Teacher

 

dmathieson@rappahannockschools.us

540-227-0745 Ext. 3412