A special Planning | Analysis | Creativity
In college, the common assumption was that English majors became teachers. Whenever someone said to me, "Oh, English. So you're going to be a teacher?" I would say "Hell, no."
Cut to 18 years later, and I'm about to start my twelfth year teaching. A special shout out to my AP students who found this page and inspired me to actually update it.
My love for teaching started in college. I studied journalism and worked my way through the ranks of my campus newspaper, up to the top spot as editor-in-chief. After graduation and a couple of years of professional reporting, I found myself doubting my career (the fact that the industry was in a massive decline didn't help, by any means). I realized that the aspect of running my campus newspaper I enjoyed the most was helping others improve their writing. And so I decided to change careers, and became a high school English teacher, after all.
Journalism is still a great love of mine, and I'm proud to say that the high school newspaper I advise has won over two dozen local, state and national awards over the past five years, as well as college scholarships for the participants.
Teaching writing is by far my favorite aspect of my career. Whether it's an analytical essay or a short story, nothing pleases me more than seeing a student break through their tangles thoughts and put something beautiful and clear and authentic down on the page.