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Welcome to 7th and 8th Grade Humanities!

In 7th and 8th Grade Humanities, our studies focus on reading, thinking, and communicating. We read novels, maps, diaries, song lyrics, essays, non-fiction, speeches, and poems. We dissect them, analyze them, annotate them, interpret them, compare them, and digest them. We create new understandings, we solve problems, and we make connections between people, places, and historical events. Finally, we communicate about what we’ve read through writing, discussion, visual art, song, food, celebrations, and film.

Ibelieve that 7th and 8th grade are challenging years because students’ world views are shifting from a localized, black-and-white perspective to a more global, ambiguous perspective. I encourage students to seek answers to their questions knowing that there may be many, many versions of a “correct” answer, or that ultimately, an answer may prove to be elusive.

This is my eleventh year as a Humanities teacher at Villa Academy! While I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher someday, I took a rather circuitous route to middle school Humanities. I graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in American History. From BC, I moved to Spokane to coach women’s rowing at Gonzaga Unitversity. I graduated from GU with a Masters in Organizational Leadership in 2002. In 2003, I moved home to Seattle to go back to school, and earned a post-graduate certificate in Secondary Education from Antioch University Seattle. I was thrilled to begin my teaching career at Villa in the fall of 2005! Since then, I’ve returned to school one more time to earn my Masters in Education in Reading Curriculum and Instruction.

When I’m not at Villa, I’m at home playing with my sons Wyatt, a kindergartner at Villa Academy, and Milo (2), Mr. Brooks, and our chickens. Sometimes we ride around Seattle on our family bike.

family bike to ballard

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
–Henry David Thoreau