Teaching at EHS allows me to work closely with individual students, helping them through their journey toward college. EHS is a community as much as it is a school, and I love hearing about student successes outside the classroom.
Having grown up overseas in a large military family, one of my greatest joys is discovering differences. Finding out new ways of thinking about situations, participating in new experiences, and joining with people in their celebrations of life give me a great deal of pleasure. In addition, hearing from a variety of backgrounds and sources creates a more rounded and genuine understanding of people and situations.
One of my English colleagues spoke of the study of English at EHS as teaching and learning empathy. We read the stories of others and enter into their experience. We practice writing to engage with their stories and add our own thoughts to them. This kind of empathic study is what students appreciate most in my English classes.