Updated 25 August 2022
I'm a born-and-raised Idahoan and a graduate of our local schools! I was homeschooled through middle school, but attended and graduated from the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy in 2011. From there, I got my Bachelor's degree in English Literature and my Master's in Teaching certification from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
I decided to pursue teaching because I saw it as one way I could invest back into a community that gave me so much - and I've never regretted it. I am honored to work with young learners to grow them into compassionate listeners, critical thinkers, and effective communicators.
I am proud to be a Timberwolf because I see this as a community where many voices (or howls) can come together for a single effect. I hope that as a student in our classrooms, you will let yourself be known as you grow and make decisions - and mistakes! We can only bring the best we have for our packmates, and trust them to have our backs when we need it. Wherever you're from, however you are, I hope my classroom can be a place for you to face challenges and make mistakes together.
James Baldwin, an author, speaker, and leader during the American Civil Rights movement, once wrote,
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive" (Howard).
My hope for you in my classroom is that you will become stronger readers and listeners to the stories of others and better writers and speakers of your own stories and experiences so that you can recognize and build on the connections you have with others. Our communities and our country will be stronger because you choose to show up and connect yourself with others.
Thank you for being with me this year!
Howard, Jane. “Telling Talk from a Negro Writer." LIFE, Vol. 54, No. 21, 24 May 1963.