I am a high school English teacher with an active teaching certificate. I began my teaching experience as a tutor in 1986. However, after my daughter entered middle school and I decided to begin teaching in the classroom, I chose high school English as my career. I have taught all levels of high school English, including World, American, and British Literature. I have taught advanced students and challenged students with equal, excellent success. I have taught Advanced Placement Literature for the past eight consecutive years while also teaching remediation classes for reluctant readers, students who fail the Georgia High School Writing and Graduation Tests, and students identified as likely to fail End of Course Tests in English subject areas. I use formative assessments and data to determine instructional needs as well as an intuitive sense of what a student needs based on decades of experience. I establish and maintain a wonderful rapport with my students, treating them with respect while simultaneously setting high expectations for each one's own level of achievement. I have collected folders full of notes, cards, and letters from students expressing their enjoyment of my class, their appreciation for my teaching techniques, and their pride in the extraordinary progress they made in the course of a year, often telling me that they learned more in my class than the rest of their other classes combined. The most significant testimony that I have, though, is the uncountable number of seniors who have told me, as they are preparing to leave high school, that I was the best teacher, not just best English teacher, they ever had and then supporting their claims with emails from college that recount their success and ease with college courses as opposed to the struggles of their college classmates. I am happy to provide contact with a number of these students.
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