We have begun Semester Two with an Expository Reading and Writing Course, and we will wrap up the unit with an argumentative paper after completing several rhetorical precis on the articles. Our civil rights/To Kill a Mockingbird unit will begin in early March and take us until early April.
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I truly enjoy the art and exploration of the written word. I hold a Bachelor's Degree of Art in English and Comparative Literature from the University of San Diego, and received my teaching credential through USD. I also hold a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. I'm a San Diego native and graduated from La Jolla High School where I was the editor of the yearbook and really active in the service organization KeyClub. My parents were both teachers, so I always knew I'd wind up in a classroom - I loved everything about school from the start. I started teaching immediately after college and I've taught eleventh and twelfth grade in Chula Vista, seventh and eighth grades in El Cajon, and now have been middle school in Carmel Valley for the past eight years. In my stay-at-home-Mom years when the boys were young, I volunteered and taught art for their elementary school, too. My hobbies include reading, writing, running, knitting, baking, and going to Torrey Pines any free moment I have.
Other things about me:
I'm an avid reader. I've been in the same book club for over 20 years! It started with four other former San Dieguito employees: Hilary Crain, Martha King, Linda Huston, and MaryBess Holloway. Here's a look at some of the titles we've read.
I love to write. I won an award for this piece about my youngest son, Dillon, when he was just a few years old. I also co-authored a children's book, Water, Weed, and Wait and it was published in 2010.
I love photography, and play with scenes whenever we're traveling. This year we will visit Las Vegas, Nevada for soccer; Ogden, Utah for skiing; Kihei, Maui for a beach-trip; Yosemite; Idyllwild; and two of my sons will go to Alaska for two weeks with their grandparents.
I've been married to Jim for almost 25 years. We love to explore nature and work in our garden. Right now we're growing lemons, limes, oranges, bananas, strawberries, peaches, avocados, lettuces, tomatoes and many herbs. Jim was also a literature major but he's a non-fiction reader. If you want a good Civil War or American history reading, he's got a title for you.
We have three sons (18, 16, 14) and they each play an instrument and at least one sport (soccer, swimming, water polo) and everyone surfs. We're an outdoorsy family. We went to Yosemite in April of last year, and in November we hiked the Narrows at Zion - the water was under 40 but we had dry suits from our toes to our necks. This past summer we spent three weeks in Maine and New Hampshire - canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, biking, running.
I have a new love, too, and her name is Makena. She's my first dog; she's a Boxer/Shepherd/Pointer/ super fast runner friend. I absolutely adore her - she runs to greet me when I come through the door!! :)
Here's my latest project. Thanks period 5 for getting me inspired.