Welcome to 8-2 ELA!
A little more about me
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved reading and writing, so I feel very lucky to be able to share that passion in the classroom, helping my students find their stories and voices.
Something else I’m wild about: travel. I love exploring new places and trying new things.
The most interesting food I've ever sampled? Rotten shark meat in Iceland. Yes, you read that right. And no, it did not taste like chicken!
Besides a thirst for adventure, I also enjoy photography and film, kickboxing, running, pickleball (credit to Ms. Davidson for getting me hooked!), music, art, a good binge-watch, hammock naps, the outdoors, terrible puns (apologies in advance), and quality time with family and friends.
I look forward to a successful, memorable, and fun school year. Let's do this, 8-2!
Here is some professional information about me:
B.A. in Communication, Rowan University
M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Scranton
- National Board Certification, English Language Arts—Early Adolescence, 2008
- English, 7-12
- Elementary, K-8
- Google Certified Teacher, 2016
- Teaching Experience
- 3 years at Charles W. Lewis Middle School, Blackwood, NJ
- Memorial faculty member since 2005
- Received one of six Gloucester Township Apple Awards for Excellence in Education (“Teacher of the Year”), 2003-04
- Former reviewer for Voice of Youth Advocates professional journal
As per our district’s grading practices, grades will be reported under two categories:
Major Assessments = 50% (Includes tests, written pieces, projects, presentations)
Minor Assessments = 30% (May include quizzes, poetry recitations, oral assessments, other graded assignments)
Classwork = 20% (May include do-nows, exit tickets, notebook entries, individual grades for group work)
Independent Reading = 50% (May include evidence of reading such as weekly check-ins, preparation for conferences, timely turn-in of responses; student should be consistently prepared for class with a book, maintain lists and logs)
Daily Expectations = 50% (Expectations: contribute to class activities; demonstrate effort and positive attitude; stay on task; follow directions; complete work including make-up work on time; submit electronic assignments correctly; bring all required materials to class; self-advocate)
When an assignment is given, clear expectations are modeled and discussed in class. Almost always, mentor texts or models are analyzed and studied before we ask students to perform on their own. Coaching rubrics and models will be found in Google Classroom.
If a student earns a 69% or lower on a major or minor assessment, they may ask to reassess. The student should email me or Dr. Conboy to request the reassessment. After requesting the reassessment, the student must complete the following steps:
1. Fill out the Assessment Reflection Form found in GC *after* you request a reassessment from your teacher. If this step is not completed within two days of requesting the assessment, you will forfeit your chance to reassess.
2. Make corrections or edit the original test or writing piece in red font, if requested by one of the teachers to do so. If you are not asked to do this, move to step #3.