I can't wait to begin my next wonderful year with my students! My first year was in 1988. Since then, I have met and enjoyed so many students in so many grades, subjects, and schools. Over the years I have taught all grades from 7th grade to 12th grade. I have taught English, creative writing, mathematics, and social studies. Teaching English in Japan to children and adults was a favorite position that I held. I also was able to enjoy being a news reporter for a couple of years which is a fabulous job where I learned so much! Since I was unable to interact with my students for too much of last school year, I will be so thankful for every day with them this year. My mission as a teacher is to make them see that reading and writing is not a chore, but a pleasure and a tool for success for now and for their future.