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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I have already begun to prepare for the coming term at Centennial. This will be my 21st year of teaching high school English and my 8th year at OCHS. 

I am going to be teaching our school's first ever Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition class. I taught AP Lit at old John Marshall High School.  I want to dispel the myth that Centennial students are not able to work at the AP level.

To prepare for next year, I attended an education conference in Dallas that focused on critical reading. Next week I will go to another workshop put on by the Gear-Up people to teach "authentic learning."  Gear-Up works to prepare students for college. Next year they will work with the 10th and 11th grade. I will be teaching at least one class at this grade level.

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