6th Grade HR, Middle School English Language Arts Teacher
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I am a proud product of Catholic education. I attended Saint John the Baptist Elementary School in El Cerrito and Holy Names High School in Oakland. I received my undergraduate degree with a major in French and minor in History, a Clear Single Subject Credential in both French and History and a Masters degree in French from UC Berkeley. I also attended Holy Names University where I earned a Masters in English.
Oh! And I studied in Paris! I taught French, History and English at Holy Names High School for 36 years where I also served as Language Department Chairperson. I have also led 9 student trips to Europe! I moderated a culture club for years, taught yearbook, began the recycling program with my environmental club and taught Model United Nations. In our Midsession courses, I taught lots of nontraditional courses such as cooking, Disney villains, quilting, teddy bear making, women in film, drama and history of the Beatles.
This is my third year of teaching middle school and I must say that it is certainly different! I enjoy the family atmosphere and the activities that happen with all the grades. I also relish the aspect of celebrating and living our relationship with Our Lord through the masses and celebrations such as the blessing of our family pets.
Since I taught in high school, I am well aware of the rigors of the requirements so I am determined to prepare our students for their next step in their education. My high standards and expectations have come from my secondary education experience, and I have not lowered them for my middle school students. They are rising to the challenge and most of them are thriving!
There is nothing I would rather do than teach; I enjoy teaching my students to make connections with their education. There is nothing so rewarding as seeing the sudden excitement of understanding on a student?s face when that ?Ah Ha!? moment strikes! It is truly my raison d?être! I am proud to have taught 36 generations of girls (many of whom are in the teaching field) and now I love teaching boys!
Outside of school, I love to garden, and cook (à la française), but most of all my favorite activity is to play with my little dogs. My classroom is decorated with a dog theme and in our spare time, my students and I swap anecdotes about our dogs. Truth be told, I am a true Anglophile and love everything English. I enjoy teaching about English history and language because I think both aspects are important to clearly understand and use English literature and grammar. Communication is very important to me, and I am happy to say that I am an avid sleuth on FB. I have great fun connecting with my old students who are still in college?or who have children of their own!
6th Grade & Language Arts Classroom Site