Welcome to my webpage. Currently, I'm teaching creative writing and freshman English. Below you'll find information about me, my conference period, and my class rules. I hope you find my website informative and easy to use. I look forward to meeting you all.
I hold bachelors in English and Creative Writing with a minor in secondary education.
This will be my sixth year teaching. In previous years I have taught English I, English II, Alternative, and Pre-AP English I.
My educational philosophy is based on four basic ideas:
education happens when there is a mixture of curiosity, connections,
and creation. I design all my lesson plans with those three elements in
mind so that my students are intrinsically motivated.
2. Language is the medium of our lives.
a) Through literature we discover ourselves. English
isn't only about finding the answers to questions; It's about
character. Through interactions with literature we learn life lessons,
define morals, and gain perspective on life. Every book or article we
read becomes part of the person we become. Reading helps us find
b) One cannot think outside the confines of their language. The Wharf hypothesis states that our exposure to vocabulary not only helps us articulate our ideas, but also controls the way we form them. Rhetoric then is not only a means to communicate more effectively, but a much needed survival tool.
3. Teach the whole student
of my lessons incorporate three learning styles: visual (sight),
auditory (sound), and tactile (physical activity). By incorporating
sight, sound, and physical activity I hope to grab the attention of the
whole student, so that regardless of how you learn, you have experienced
the concept through three different senses.
4. Never give up
my six years as a teacher I have seen some remarkable things, but
nothing compares to the potential and resilience of students. As long as
a student is willing to work hard for me, I will never give up on
Our 15 Class Rules
- Opening doors for others.
When going into buildings: open the door and allow elders to go
first, women second, and men last. Don’t let the door slam in the
face of those behind you, but hold the door until the person behind
can grab it. Also, if someone holds the door for us, say “thank
- Exiting/Entering etiquette.
Elevators: allow those in the elevator to exit first before
entering the elevator. Same with buildings or rooms - if someone is
exiting the building or room through the same door, let them exit
- When entering into a building remove your hat and earphones. These actions relax others and show them that you are open and receptive.
- Mr., Mrs. or Miss are to be used in front of all last names when responding to, or addressing, adults. Referring
to me as “Medina” is both informal and disrespectful. In our
class we show the level of respect we wish to receive.
- Proper introductions are to be used when meeting new people. When
meeting someone for the first time: extend your hand an
appropriate distance, make eye contact, speak confidently, smile,
and shake their hand firmly for two seconds. A good introduction
can be the difference between getting hired or not.
- No interrupting other people when they are speaking. Whether I or one of your classmates is speaking, we show respect by not having side conversations.
- When a person is speaking, we pay attention. This entails: making eye contact, listening, responding when appropriate, and ceasing all other distracters.
- No name calling.
Even if it's in "fun", name calling hurts and can lead to fights.
We must be a family that supports and feels comfortable with one
- Say, "Please", "Thank you" and "You're welcome" every time there is an exchange. Whether we’re asking to borrow a pencil or receiving a compliment, this shows respect and appreciation.
- Clean up after yourself at home, school or a friend's house. We always pick up any mess we create.
- Good sportsmanship.
After playing a game (sports, cards, board games), no matter the
outcome, be pleasant. If you win, don’t gloat or show off, but be
kind. If you lose, don’t sulk or get mad, but be a good sport and
tell the other “good game”.
- Take compliments courteously.
If someone praises us, be gracious and say, “thank you”. Avoid
putting yourself down or pointing out flaws. Finally, when
appropriate, return the complement.
- Respect differences.
When people do things differently from our family because of
diversity in culture, race, or religion, we practice respect. We
point out how interesting it is, or how different families do
- Praise others for their achievements.
When someone contributes to our learning, whether it’s going up to
the SMARTboard or sharing their ideas, we praise them with
- Always strive be the best version of yourself. Whether or not anyone is around to see, maintain integrity at all times.
C5 12:38-1:28 my Conference Period
Class work/Homework 80%
Nine Weeks Tests 10%
All homework assignments are due at the beginning of the next class’s meeting unless otherwise noted.
Students are given as many days to turn in homework assignments as they were absent only if the absences are excused.
For instance, if a student is absent two days, he/she has two days to
turn in assignments. Also, if you do not turn in an assignment, a zero
will be issued. Any and all discussions regarding make-up work must
take place before or after school—no exceptions. Please do not ask
during transition times or during class.
Once a Bear, Always a Bear