Manchester Township High School
English 11, AP English, and Tomorrow's Teachers
An alumni of MTHS, I've been teaching at the hawks' nest since 2000. I have
taught English on all levels as well as HSPA 10 & 11 and the initiated the
adoption of the Tomorrow's Teachers' elective here in the district.
Aside from my work within the classroom, I have been a member of the building
assessment committee, and have worked consistently on curriculum development
for British Literature, American Literature, and Basic Skills' courses.
I am currently the advisor for the Future Educators here at the high
school. In addition, I am working with Mr. Staples as class advisor for the
Class of 2014.
As with all of my classes my main goal is to educate each individual student
according to his or her needs. Each student should be well-prepared for the
HSPA LA which takes place in March of junior year, and fully ready to take
on the SAT's, Senior English, the college classroom, and beyond.
In looking towards the newly acquired AP English course, my main goal is to
further develop an appreciation for literary analysis in each student. In
this case the obvious goal is to have each individual AP student perform to
the best of his or her abilities on May's AP exam. Aside from May's exam, each student should
walk away from the class feeling more prepared for the challenges of a college classroom and
more confident about the application process as a step in the right direction. Former students
have referred to this class as "challenging, but definitely worth it if you're planning on college,"
"student-centered," and "always changing....definitely not your typical English class." Albeit
challenging, I am always available to the students throughout the year via email, class blog, and
requested conference hours.
As a passionate and highly dedicated educator, teaching the Tomorrow's
Teachers' course has truly become a priveledge and pleasure. My mission for
this course is to broaden the horizons of all participants and further develop
their understanding of child psychology, sociology, and the significant steps needed to
pursue a career in education. The beauty of this course is the reality that
high schoolers may not know if they want to pursue an educational career, but
they are given a rare opportunity to work in a college-environment which
includes student-led lessons, and a field experience in the grade level of
their choosing. The collegiate expectations of this course are reflected in
the honors' credit as well as the opportunity to earn college credit at Rider University when e
rolling in the dual credit program. MTHS is one of a growing number of NJ high schools to offer
the program, and we are proud to be one of the first groups to be trained in the program. We are
now entering our fourth year of offering the program in the district and I look forward to the
upcoming advances in the year 2014. Among the many opportunities open to enrolled students
include: a partnership with the Whiting Elementary learning lab, partnership with New Jersey
Future Educator's Association, volunteering with Junior Achievement as a teacher and trainer, an
invitation to attend the NJ teachers' convention in the fall, an invitation to participate in the Urban
Teaching Academy during the summer of their senior year, etc.