Welcome to 8th Grade ELA
I am so excited to get this year started! I know that with determination and a positive attitude your child will successfully pass 8th grade and confidently walk into the halls of Permian High School. I am so happy to have your child in my class. I can't wait to help your child realize he or she can change the world.
Important Times to Remember
- First Period starts at 8:35 AM
- Breakfast is from 9:28 AM to 9:46 AM
- Ranger Time is from 12:26 PM to 1:06 PM
- Lunch is from 1:10 PM to 1:40 PM
- School ends at 4:20 PM
Q & A
When is a good time to contact you?
My Conference period (9:28 AM to 10:35 AM) is the best time to reach me.
This is when I am available by phone. If you would like to meet in person, I would be happy to schedule a parent/teacher conference during this time as well. I am also available by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do you offer tutorials?
I am available for tutoring Monday morning from 8:00 AM to 8:20 AM and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:20 PM to 5:00 PM. Also feel free to send questions to my school email email@example.com.
What are your behavior expectations of my child?
Your child is in control of his or her behavior and will be held accountable for it. He or she is responsible for what happens as a result of his or her choices. There are only three rules in my classroom:
- Arrive on time every day with all required materials.
- Be respectful of others.
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- Stay on task.
- 1st Private Conversation/Verbal Warning
- 2nd In Class Seat Change
- 3rd & 4th Teacher Administered Detention and Mandatory Parent Contact
- 5th Teacher/Student/Parent Conference.
How are assignments weighted?
Daily Assignments count for 20% of student average, 35% of the grade will be determined by Quiz performance, and 45% will come from Unit Exams and Tests.
What is your late work policy?
When students are absent, they have the number of days they are absent plus one extra day to turn in any missing assignments. If work is simply late and/or missing:
1-5 days late- 15 points will be deducted
After five days- grade will be taken “as is”
Does my child need any special supplies for class?
I expect the following items to be taken to class every day:
- AVID Binder with supplies
- English Composition Notebook
Gradebook averages an M as if it were a 0. I enter an M if the assignment was not available to be graded. An M means an assignment is missing. 0 means the student failed the assignment, refused to complete the assignment, or was caught cheating on the assignment.
Do you really believe my child can change the world?
I know he or she can. In fact, I believe she or she is doing it right now.
I was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. I attended St. Mary's Catholic Central School for elementary, Trinity School of Midland for middle school and high school. I graduated high school in 2005 and attended Loyola University New Orleans from 2005 to 2009. I graduated cum laude from Loyola in the Spring of 2009 with a BA in Studio Art. I then enrolled at the University of North Texas in the Spring of 2010 and graduated cum laude the following Spring with a BA in Art History and a minor in Spanish. I obtained my teaching certificate from Texas Teachers and am certified to teach ELAR grades four through twelve. I am currently working on my Masters in History at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
I taught at Bonham Junior High from 2011 to 2015.
This is my fourth year teaching 8th grade English at Wilson & Young and my ninth year teaching 8th grade English.
I was born and raised in Odessa. I have two older brothers, one younger sister, and a younger brother scattered throughout Texas. I am a history graduate student at UTPB so it is not uncommon for me to look exhausted, drink coffee at all hours of the day, read seemingly boring books, and frantically type up essays. I recently married an inspirational and handsome man who coaches at Permian High School, so you can catch me Friday nights at Ratliff cheering the Panthers on to victory. My husband and I adopted two dogs from the shelter and are building a beautiful life here in Odessa.
I am a teacher because I want to change the world. I firmly believe the students in my classroom are the next doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, architects, engineers, craftsmen, designers, artists, mothers, fathers, judges, celebrities, public figures, revolutionaries, idealists, visionaries, humanitarians, presidents, congressmen, senators, governors, and so much more. If I can help them become better students or better people, then I have helped change the world.