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Meet English Teacher and Technology Enthusiast, Amy Wilkinson

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on May 1, 2014 2:10:00 PM

How I Work

This is the fifth in an ongoing series of posts inspired by How I Work, a series on one of our favorite sites, Lifehacker. As educators, we like to know how other educators work, how they live, and how they play, so every few weeks we’ll be featuring a new interview with a new teacher.

This week, we’d like to introduce Amy Wilkinson!

Location:  Avenal High School, Avenal, California, south of Fresno

Desired location:
A view of the beach

Current work title? Also, what grade do you teach?:
ELA Department Chair, English Grade 9 teacher, technology enthusiast and cheerleader.

Area of expertise: I teach English, but my expertise seems to be pop culture, as I am constantly referencing TV and movies and all things Nerd as a way to make connections between what we are reading or writing about and the world at large. I also love history and getting into the historical background of whatever we are currently studying.

Do you have a specific long-term career goal?:
I have an evolving long-term goal: I want to continue to be a classroom teacher, but I would like to start helping teachers more directly with successfully incorporating technology into the classroom.

Languages you have studied or currently speak:
English, Teenager, Jive

The project you’re most proud of: This year my students and I participated in the NaNoWriMo project, where we all tried to write a novel for the month of November. It was the most ambitious thing I’ve done, and it changed how I did everything else this year.

Favorite time of the day: The morning, when it is quiet and the only sound you hear is me, swearing like a sailor at the copy machine or printer as I try to get ready for the day.

Favorite technology gadget for the classroom: The Apple TV, which, in theory, should allow me to seamlessly display what is on my laptop onto the projector. This is a working theory.

Next conference/professional-development event you’re planning to give or attend:
CUE Rockstar Teacher Camp in Tulare. I can’t wait!!

How many hours per day do you usually work?: I work from about 7:30 to 5:00, and I put in about 3-5 hours on the weekend doing lesson planning or thinking about different ideas for lessons.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?:
I am fairly extroverted. I really love interacting with my students, and that is what I miss the most when we are on vacation. Grading, not so much J

Are you an early-riser or a night-owl?: Early riser. Even on Saturdays. Ugh.

Do you have any pets or kids (names and ages)?:  
I have two children, Sam, who is 12 and Kate, who is three.
Next city/country you want to visit:
I can’t wait to visit New Orleans and NYC.

Favorite vacation place:
San Francisco and the Central Coast.

Favorite book: That is like asking me to pick my favorite child. I currently love the Harry Potter series, The Book Thief, Gone with the Wind, Pillars of the Earth, World War Z, and any other book I can get lost in. My favorite non-fiction book is the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Favorite song: “One” by U2 and “Happy” by Pharrell

Where we can find your website/blog/classroom blog: That is still in progress

Do you have a Twitter account we can follow you on?: @MsWClassroom is my PLN

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