I just recently moved back to my hometown. Well, not exactly my hometown since I grew up in Orange Park (Ridgecrest) but close to my hometown. I live in a historic home in Riverside. My husband and I love old homes with all the details and the uniqueness that they possess. I absolutely love where my husband and I live. We can walk to cafes and stores, bike along the river and walk our dog in any of the numerous parks that surround our home. I am actually teaching at my old junior high, formally Ridgeview Junior High and now Ridgeview High School. My husband graciously made the move with me here because I wanted to live closer to my mom. She has been alone since we lost my dad over three years ago. The bright spot is that losing someone close to you, such as a parent, makes you value your family even more than you did before. My husband and I are looking forward to raising our future children here in Jacksonville. I am really happy to work at Ridgeview because my students are kind and ready to learn, the faculty is friendly and helpful, and the administration wants an atmosphere of not only of strong academics and learning but also one of compassion for each individual student.
Why did I become a teacher? Some of you asked me that question the beginning of the year in your student survey. I have a passion for teaching English. I am constantly reading pedagogy to keep up with new research. I like to challenge my students because I know they can do it if they put their minds to it. Learning to interpret the written and spoken word are essential for a culturally literate life. Words are power. Learning to read material that is initially challenging will only enhance your ability to learn to wield that power and create a diction and style that is uniquely your own. Never stop reading and exploring. Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom; it happens all around you. Each day is an opportunity for personal and intellectual growth.