• Mrs. Mace

     

    About The Teacher

     

    Hey y'all!! A little about me and my kin here, then on to my teaching credentials. We are of Irish, French, British, and Welsh descent, and have lived primarily in Pennsylvania since my family came here from Ireland, Germany, and Wales in the late 1800's. (I did some genealogical research on my family a few years ago, and discovered that we are NOT German at all, which we used to believe wholeheartedly!! We are French and Scottish instead  - with a fair amount of Irish and Welsh, too!) I was able to trace my family back to the 1500's in Eastern France, and to the 1300's in Scotland -- to Urquart! BIG surprise! If you've never tried genealogy - you should; it's very interesting. But be sure you have time... it's very addicting and time consuming!)

    Obviously we've all moved around quite a bit, and my family settled here in the Hudson Valley when I was about 8. I am a product of the WCSD!!

    Right now we live in the Red Oaks Mill area. I have tried to make the area around our house look like an English country cottage with perennial gardens and roses in the front, but the deer love perennials, and our weather is not like England's, so it's not quite the same. But I do love my flowers!

    We, my 28-year old daughter and I, live here with our rescue puppy - the Princess of Vassar Road - Miss Sonja Lu, our Dalmation, Angus, and our cats, Bo and Ninniane  (We call her "Little Girl").

     We love to travel and we love to read and we love to swim. Thank goodness for the pool in our back yard!! Our favorite place to travel is the West Country in England (where King Arthur was born). And we are both avid readers and writers. My favorite writer is C.S. Lewis, and my daughter loves sci-fi/fantasy, Jane Austen, and mythology. I am also passionate about anything ENGLISH – a RABID anglophile! You will no doubt notice this in class... (Aye, that you will :) )  (PS -- a few years ago, I bought a new car that reflects my love of the UK-- it's a RED Mini Cooper and I LOVE it.... AND...  it has the Union Jack on the rear view mirror.  SO exciting to me!)

     
    (PS - Have you noticed that I use exclamation points a great deal?  I think it's a bit irritating...  but I am a very excited person -- so if I offend -- my apologies :(  )

     

     Two of my favorite poems follow:

     Caedmon's Hymn

      Nu we sculan herigan heofonrices Weard,

     Meotoed meahte and his modgethanc,

     weorc Wuldorfaeder swe he wundra gehwaes,

     ece Dryhten, ord onstealde.

     

    He aerest gesceop eorthan bearnum

     heofon to hrofe, halig Scyppend;

     Tha middengeard, moncynnes Weard,

     ece Dryhten, aefter teode

     firum foldan, Frea aelmihtig.

     

     

     Piano

     SOFTLY, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;

     Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see

     A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

     And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she

     sings.

     

     In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song

     Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

     To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

     And hymns in the cozy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

     

     So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour

     With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour 

     Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast

     Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

     

     D.H. Lawrence. 1885–1930

     

     Presently, my favorite author is Bill Bryson -- who writes travel and personal memoirs. He is a HOOT! (Try reading THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID! You will LAUGH OUT LOUD!!) 

    While I DO love Mr. Bryson, probably my favorite author of ALL TIME is C. S. Lewis.  He is probably the most articulate and CLEAR writing author I have ever encountered, and he has had a profound impact on the way I think about life, and the way I write.

     

     And now for my credentials...

    Education and Professional Experience

     

    Education

     High School - Roy C. Ketcham, Wappingers Falls, New York 1975

     B.A. English and Psychology - State University of New York at Albany  1980

     M.A. Secondary English Education - S.U.N.Y. at Albany 1982

     

    Professional Experience

    1998 - 2017  John Jay High School

    9th grade Regents English, 9th Grade Honors English

    10th grade Honors English

    11th grade Regents English

    Advisor – National Honor Society, Proscenium, GSA Pride, Young Democrats Club, Yearbook, Interact Club

    Spring Theatre trips to London

    Summer Trips to Italy and Greece  and to the UK

     

    1996 -1998 Roy C. Ketcham Senior High School

    9th grade Regents English

    10th grade Regents English

     

    1993-1996 Faith Christian Academy

    7th and 8th grade English

    Course I Mathematics, 7th and 8th grade math

    American and World History

    Earth Science, Life Science

    Yearbook Advisor, NJHS Advisor, Student Council Advisor

    Junior High Curriculum coordinator

     

    1989-1991 Mount Aloysius College/Saint Francis College

    Adjunct Professor: Introduction to Literature, Short Story

     

    1985-1989 Bishop McCort High School

    AP English, Academic English 12, Honors English 12

    Honors English 11, Essay Writing

    Public Speaking and Forensics, Advanced Forensics

    Forensics Coach, Director of Drama Productions

    Student Activities Coordinator, Coordinator for Summer travel in

    England (Three trips to England!)

     

    1983-1984 Grace Christian School

    7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts

    Pre-Calculus Analysis, Algebra I, II

    Yearbook Advisor, Student Council Advisor, Cheerleading Coach

     

    1982-1983 Pineview Christian Academy

    English/Language Arts grades 7 - 12, Mass Media and Communications

    Psychology, Sociology, Social Studies 11

    Math 7, Bible 11,12

    Student Council Advisor, English Curriculum Coordinator

     

    1981-1982 Loudonville Christian School

    English/Language Arts 7 and 8

     

    Mission For The Class

    My goal for this class is to instill in students a love of language and literature, and to provide them with the skills necessary to be effective communicators -- both in written and spoken language.

     

    Obviously, I intend to prepare them for the upcoming AP and Regents Exams, so analytical and expository writing, based on selected readings, will be a major focus in class.

     

    My hope is that in my class students will flourish in an environment that is structured, but fun, and one that I strive to make safe, non-threatening, and nurturing, so that they will continue to mature, and

    become THINKING, KIND, and compassionate human beings.