Mr. Guertler's Classroom

Courses Taught: English IV, English IV Honors, ENG 1010 (dual credit), AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, Creative Writing

About Me: Students often ask (even if the question is not addressed to me), "Why do I need to learn this stuff (meaning English and literature)?" When I was young I used to try to justify this to students by explaining how it will benefit them in their future endeavors, including but not limited to college; but as I have aged, I have realized that most of my students were not persuaded by my well-prepared speech. Many of them had "always gotten by" without developing their own voice in writing and speaking, so my class was relegated to a hurdle that they must clear on their way to graduation. My answer has changed, not that they care any more than they did in the past, but I remind them of two things: The study of English and literature is one of the few remaining pursuits that wrestles with what it means to succeed at this human endeavor, and democracy (and therefore our country) depends on having an educated electorate. We read great literature, in the end, to determine whether we think William Shakespeare, Ralph Ellison, Barbara Kingsolver, or Emily Dickinson were right with their view of the world and what it means to be a part of it. This is also true of all of the other "texts" we consume. Just because some member of the news media, politician, or celebrity says something, doesn't necessarily make it true. As a matter of fact, often those who talk the most about how much you can trust them should be scrutinized the most. 
Bachelor's Degree: 
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Teaching Certification: Ashland University
Master's Degrees:  Ashland University - Master of Arts in Education; Ohio University - Master of Arts in English