Welcome Message for 2018-2019
"All there is to writing is having ideas. To learn to write is to learn to have ideas." -Robert Frost
I can be reached in the English office at (845) 897-6700 ext. 30080
If it is more convenient, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to view nightly (or general) homework assignments:
Visit my blog at:
(when you get to the blog, you can sign up for notifications by email.)
If students have no homework, I don't write a post. However, in order to build stamina and fluency in reading, all students should read at least 15 minutes each night and 45 minutes on the weekend. They all have an independent reading book that they are reading every day in class.
Where are my course documents?
Course syllabi will be uploaded onto the appropriate grade level page.
A little bit about my professional history:
In 1999 I earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from SUNY New Paltz. My education in the journalism program there was helpful to me when I embarked on a 5-year career as a daily newspaper reporter. I worked at the Daily Freeman in Kingston and the Times Herald-Record in Middletown and Newburgh. Though writing and reporting was an exciting job, it was not as rewarding as I had hoped it would be. I liked being paid to do what I loved doing most - writing - but I felt something missing in my professional life. When I earned my master's degree in teaching in 2006, I learned that teaching is where my heart truly belongs. My reward is watching my students grow as people and as readers and writers. The 2018-2019 school year starts my 13th year of teaching. I came to Wappingers by way of Poughkeepsie Middle School where I taught for one year. For the next five years of my teaching career, I taught 7th and 8th grade English at Van Wyck Junior High School and Wappingers Junior High School. I moved on to teach here at John Jay Senior High School in September 2012, and I couldn't be happier. I taught all 9th grade classes for the first two years here and then added 10th grade to my repetoire in the 2014-2015 school year. This year (2018-2019) I teach three sections of English 10H and two sections of English 10.
A little about me personally:
I grew up in Queens and moved to the Hudson Valley during my college years (SUNY New Paltz) in the 1990s. I have been in Ulster County, NY ever since. I live with my husband and our two children, ages 8 and 5. We live minutes away from Mohonk Preserve where we often go for hikes, bike rides and nature walks. In addition to hiking in the spring, summer, and fall, I snowboard and snowshoe with my husband and children in the winter. But my lifelong passions are reading and writing, of which I practice daily.
Favorite books (because an English teacher can never have just one):
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg