Hello! My name is Heidi Kerley and I will be facilitating your English Literature and Composition IV course. I have been with JCHS for the past three years and am very excited to be working with our seniors this year. My husband, Don Kerley, is also a teacher at JCHS. We love living and working here in our hometown of Mountain City!
Mr. Kerley and I are both graduates of Johnson County High. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University and a Master in the Art of Teaching from ETSU as well. I have worked in many schools in a variety of roles, and I am certified to teach pre-k through eighth grade, English and social studies in the middle grades, and high school English.
Our focus this year will be on postsecondary preparedness using anchor texts from predominantly British authors as well as current articles from various sources. We will explore the literary elements and devices throughout many pieces of literature, including but not limited to: novels, short stories, drama, informational texts, and poetry. The use of technology will also be incorporated into the units. Writing is a major focus of the class. Students will write daily as well as develop essays and papers analyzing and relating to reading materials. Vocabulary and grammar will be reviewed and taught throughout the semester.
We have a full semester planned, and I am beyond thrilled to be spending a portion of your senior year with you!
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