All of my course materials are in Google Classroom--students be sure you're logged in to your BVSD Google account and go to classroom.google.com.
My first year in the classroom was 1996-1997 at Oliver M. Hazen High School in Renton, Washington. I have been teaching at Fairview since fall of 2007. I have a husband (who teaches biology here at FHS--Dr. Strode) and a daughter who is also a student here. We have one fur child, a dog. I have a B.A. in literature from CU-Boulder, a M.S. in secondary literacy education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in secondary literacy education from CU-Boulder. I'm a Colorado native and proud to be a product of public schools, k-PhD (all but my master's degree in Colorado schools). My favorite author is Toni Morrison and I'll spare you from the long list of my favorite books (ok, how about a few? Morrison's Beloved, Ellison's Invisible Man, Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Martel's Life of Pi). In my free time, I hike, run, read, write, cook, watch movies, do yoga, read and write about teaching, and hang out with my family (my mom lives in Boulder and my brother--who coaches golf for FHS--also lives in Boulder county with his family).
I also advise the school newspaper, The Royal Banner.
I am a teacher consultant for the Colorado Writing Project, and my book about nontraditional approaches to grading, Pointless: An English Teacher's Guide to More Meaningful Grading will be published by Heinemann in 2020. I reflect about teaching at The Paper Graders.