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I love to read and write and talk - all important activities we participate in English class. Words and ideas hold power. Come to class and find out all the ways we can use English to make our lives amazing!
I grew up in Utah, reading every book I could get my hands on. Some of my favorites were books written by Roald Dahl, the Anne of Green Gables series, and books about kids facing challenges. I spent the rest of my time riding my bike and roller skating. In high school, I participated in theater, debate and journalism. 
 
I went to college at Utah State University, earning a degree in English Literature with a minor in Anthropology. I also have a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Utah. I taught writing at Salt Lake Community College for several years. I loved teaching college, but I wanted to try something new. I began at Summit Academy three years ago, teaching eighth grade English. I also teach Academic Literacy. Because I can't get enough of school, I am currently earning another Masters Degree.
 
My current hobbies include reading (big surprise!), cooking, hiking, biking, and spending time with my husband and three kids. We ski in the winter and hike trails in the summer. I also have a striped cat named Kit and a border collie named Cyprus.
 
You will find that we don't just read and write in class - we also make books, publish writing, and experiment with podcasts, blogs, and presentations.
 

Recent Posts

A few notes after parent teacher conferences

Hi everyone! It was great to meet or reconnect with you at parent teacher conferences last week. If you ever have questions about how your student is doing in English, please email me. We can get together if you would like, either before or after school.
 
Some of you asked me how you could challenge your child at home, in either reading or writing. Research shows that the more access kids have to reading material, the better reader they will be. Simply having books around at home will help them more than you know. Let them see YOU reading something, and then talk to them about it. Get a library card, and take your kids to check out something new. Librarians are great sources for new recommendations. And if you really want to challenge your kids, encourage them to read something different than they usually do - like a newspaper, a magazine, a poem, or any other informational text you have. Most of them like novels, but magazines are amazing, too! Try National Geographic, Newsweek, The Economist, Popular Science, or national newspapers like the New York Times or the Washington Post. Many of them are available as apps, too. And to improve writing, students can log onto www.utahcompose.com and practice their writing. If they need their login, have them come and talk to me.
 
Lastly, I will be submitting a book order at the end of the week. If you would like to order online, visit www.scholastic.com and enter my classroom code, which is NBH33.
 
Thanks for sending great kids to Summit!

World War II and Holocaust Studies

We have been building our background knowledge on events during World War II and the Holocaust in preparation for reading The Book Thief. We will be reading this novel in class, and participating in writing and research along with this. The "Profiles of World War II" project is due in class on either January 30 (A day) or January 31 (B). Let me know if you have questions!

December Christmas Carol Projects

Happy Holidays! As part of our study of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, students will be completing projects. We will work on these in class, however, whatever we don't finish in class will be sent home. I will post the assignment sheet and any other needed information here. 

Scholastic Book Orders

I would love to help students find books they love to read! I will be placing an order with Scholastic on Friday, September 30. Ordering is easy! Visit https://orders.scholastic.com/NBH33 to order online. You can browse fliers per grade level, and all the orders are sent to school. Our class code is: NBH33. Let me know if you have questions!

What Makes A Frequent Reader?

This is a great info graphic that illustrates how we make our children better readers. Statistics show that kids who have access to books and see other family members reading are more likely to become avid readers. Put down your phone and pick up a book! Ask me for suggestions! 

Thanks for a great beginning!

It's been great getting to know all my new students! We have already finished ELA and Reading MAP testing, and will be forging ahead with a new unit of study in English. I am looking forward to meeting all of you at Parent Teacher Conferences September 21-22.


Looking for a great book to read? This web page links to lists of books recommended for junior high students. Let students browse one of these lists and then plan a trip to the library!