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Ms. Porter's Classroom

Welcome to Ms. Porter's English classroom!  I was born in Trenton, New Jersey and have since lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, Troy, Michigan, and Orland Park, IL.  I am a graduate of Saint Xavier University where I majored in English Secondary Education.  I began my teaching career at Peotone High School and spent my first ten years there teaching English I, English I Honors and English II.  While there, I also coached boys and girls Varsity and JV soccer.  This past year, I was ready for change, which has brought me to Midland High School, where I will be teaching English I, English II, English III, and Speech.  I am so excited to begin my eleventh year as an English teacher here at Midland!  
I have an intense passion for reading, writing, and English Literature, and want to influence my students to view English with the same intense passion that I do.  If I can help students appreciate and develop a love for English, then I feel that I have been an effective educator.

I believe that as a teacher, it is my responsibility to motivate and enhance my students' desire to learn by the classroom environment I create for each individual.  I focus on how my students perform in the classroom, as well as the progress each student is making individually.  Education should be as individualized as possible, as we all learn in our own distinct style and at our own pace.  As a teacher, I do not look at students as having weaknesses, but strengths.  Therefore, differences will not be discouraged, but encouraged and utilized so we find our own strengths and are guided by those.  It is my philosophy that activities that promote socialization through collaborative learning and differentiated instruction, improve communication, cooperative skills, and encourage students to teach and help each other.  This also allows them to listen to and accept the ideas of others, while experiencing different learning styles.  This teaches lifelong social skills that are necessary in every aspect of life. 


As a professional educator, I have such an awesome responsibility in influencing how my students view education.  I would like my students to look back at high school as a time that they enjoyed and learned many valuable lessons in and outside the classroom.  Therefore, it is my hope that as their teacher, I would make a life-long impact and impression on them and the ways they will forever view education and learning.  






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