Thousand Oaks High School
English 9CP / Pre-EThOS, 11CP / EThOS and ELD
(805) 495-7491 x 1907
I am delighted to be returning for my eleventh year at Thousand Oaks High
School as a member of the English and ELD Departments. Some students may
also know me from past years as a Spanish teacher or as the current
advisor of both the Fashion Club and TOHS's Project Concern, a service
club that takes care of our own campus population in need. (If you would
like to read more about Project Concern, go to the Handouts page of this
web site, and click on the last document, Project Concern at a Glance.)
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been
credentialed for secondary education in California since 1978. I have
taught everything from bilingual first and second grade to middle and
high school English and Spanish, college Spanish and adult remedial
education with the U.S. military overseas. I hold a BA with a double major
in English and Spanish from Santa Clara University and a Master's from
Stanford University. The highlight of my college career was the year I
spent abroad studying at the University of Madrid. I lived with a family,
and my day was spent 100% in Spanish--at home, at school, out on the town
and travelling by train throughout all regions of the Iberian Peninsula.
When I'm not on campus at TOHS, designing lessons or correcting papers at
home, I like driving my bright yellow 2008 New Beetle around beautiful
Ventura County. My car has even been the EThOS flagship for the past
three years in the TOHS Homecoming Parade--in 2012 and 2013, a lucky
representative from each class was selected to ride in the car while the
rest of the EThOS students marched behind, tossing neon green glow necklaces
into the Lancer stands. This past Fall, the students painted wood panels to
look like the house from "Up", and along with about 500 balloons, these
panels were strapped to both sides of my car for the trip around the track.
Hands down, we win recognition for being the most spirited entrants in the
parade! When I put my car in the garage, I enjoy taking my three dogs,
Quigley (11 yrs.), Molly (10 yrs.) and Hogan (7 yrs.) for walks. They are
Queensland Heelers and full of energy. . . like my students! :) A calmer
crowd can be found at home in the form of my three guinea pigs--Cocoa, Ruby
and Opal--except when I'm serving the lettuce, cilantro and carrots. Then,
their cage is a squeak fest!
As a hobby, I collect pigs (no, not live ones!), and my assortment has
been growing since I was eight years old. For the past seven years, I have
submitted a portion of my collection to be judged at the Ventura County
Fair and have won an array of ribbons--red, blue, Judge's Choice, Fair
Spotlight and Fair Theme. This summer, I displayed 25 salt and pepper shaker
sets--all pigs--against a backdrop of glassware and a black and white
I enjoy sewing, baking and cooking, and my husband and I often try to
catch our favorite game shows on TV together; as you might imagine, I thrive
on Jeopardy and especially Wheel of Fortune with all that vocabulary and
spelling! We also like to watch football or baseball games together.
He's an avid Dodger and Raider fan, and I say, "Go 49ers and SF Giants!"
Ours can be a pretty noisy house!
Language was created to communicate. Great writers write to educate or to
entertain, and the best do both.
Students of English 9CP delve into the short story, the novel, Greek
mythology and epic poetry, Shakespearean drama and poetry as we explore
universal themes and archetypes as well as literature as a reflection of
society in historical time periods. We focus on close reading of texts to
take a position and support arguments with textual evidence.
Students of English 11CP explore major literary genres throughout American
history. The works studied incorporate themes that reflect trends,
accomplishments and problems during critical periods in U.S. history and
are chosen to parallel key concepts presented in the junior history
Within the context of these great works, classes will take a closer look
at the tools writers use. They will examine narrative style and point of
view, facts, details, opinions, persuasive techniques, cause and effect,
generalizations, denotation and connotation, analogies, metaphors and
similes, critical interpretation and argument.
Studying great writing also helps students find and develop their own
style for the varied assignments that are tailored to address the new
Common Core Standards (Smarter Balanced). Students will have ample
opportunity to study and practice the essential elements of grammar, usage
and mechanics in the context of journal entries, autobiographical
narratives, reflective pieces, analytical essays and arguments, research
reports, and business correspondence.
At the conclusion of the year, students in both classes will have been
equipped with the study skills needed to succeed in a wide range of high
school and college level coursework as well as to communicate with clarity
in their chosen career field.