English: Currently 12th Grade ERWC, 9th Grade AVID, and English 101 at Victor Valley Community College
Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley Unified School
District, and Victor Valley Community College
Local Writing Project:
Inland Area Writing Project (IAWP)
Awards & Recognition
- IAWP Teacher Consultant
My local Writing Project has helped me see myself as a practitioner whose "lab" is my classroom. While I've always striven to be the best teacher possible, the Writing Project has shown me how to channel my efforts into specific, research-based inquiry projects with more measurable results. Additionally, simply being in the presence of like-minded individuals who share my growth mindset and bring amazing ideas to the table motivates me to continue to improve my craft and educational practices.
The Writing Project has reignited my passion for writing and has helped me believe that though my life isn't full of the teenage and young adult angst that used to fuel my poetry, I still have relevant stories and passionate ideas to share.
The IAWP has given me so many amazing opportunities to spread my wings as a leader. They have opened doors to me serving as a trainer in various workshop series, building teacher trainings from scratch, and organizing a Summer Leadership Institute geared towards Teacher Consultants who wanted to become more involved in the project. My involvement in IAWP Leadership pushes me to share my ideas with others. I recently received a confirmation that my proposal to present at CATE was accepted; I would not have considered submitted my proposal had it not been for the encouragement of others on the Leadership Team.
Good writing doesn't happen overnight, nor does it occur in a vacuum. I believe in the power of a terrible rough draft, in the strength of collaborative writing groups, and in the true meaning of the word "Re-vision." I want my students to see themselves as real writers, not as classroom drones with a grade to earn. I hope that by allowing them choice and voice in their writing whenever possible, they begin to see that their ideas matter to a wider audience.
Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This is a wonderful way to begin exploring mentor texts in the context of expository writing, and his book also helps students see how their passion for one topic can lead to many different pieces of writing.