Hi! I am Ms. Hall, and welcome to my homepage. I am starting my 9th year teaching and my 8th year coaching volleyball.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, spent grades 7 through part of 10 in Wisconsin as dairy farmers, and have lived in Northern Illinois since the age of fifteen. My mother and sister live in Dekalb, IL, and my daughter Liz lives in Byron, IL.
I have an Associates of Art Liberal Arts degree from Kishwaukee Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (with a minor in Social Sciences) from Northern Illinois University, and a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis on Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University.
I love sports (especially Chicago Teams), and am an Olympics fanatic. I love to read, crochet, knit, and sleep. Trivial Pursuit is my favorite game; I may not win, but have a lot of fun trying. Currently my favorites (arts, entertainment, etc.) are: Survivor, Big Brother, Grey’s Anatomy, The Young and the Restless, The Good Place, Riverdale, Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Pacific Rim, Green Day, Pink, Pitbull, and Butter Rum LifeSavers.
This semester I am teaching English II, English IV, Advanced Literature, Sociology, and World Geography. This year I am also coaching JV volleyball and middle school volleyball. I am the class of 2021 advisor.
Overall Learning Goals: To improve reading, analytical, and writing skills through the study of various genres. To improve communication and social skills through projects and presentations. To improve mechanical and practical grammar usage. To prepare students for what lies beyond high school.
Class Rules and Procedures:
English II, IV, and Advanced Literature
We study the rudiments of English reading and writing through various genres. Through a survey of poetry, short stories, novels, drama, nonfiction . . . students will learn to analyze literature and improve their reading habits. Integrated grammar and writing will help students address writing, communication and language goals. Cultural diversity is taught through the use of all material. Acceptance if diversity is a major theme throughout the course.
This course is an overview of the discipline of sociology and introduces students to the complex and dynamic social world in which we live. Students will engage in critical thinking about social and cultural issues and gain exposure to different types of sociological research. Additionally, students will learn the sociological perspective and gain the ability to distinguish between facts, values, and opinions.
This course is an overview of the discipline of geography and introduces students to political and physical maps of the countries of the world. Students will learn about the culture, religions, economic activities, natural resources, governments, and other notable features of the countries. Students will engage in projects that study certain countries more in-depth and using critical thinking.