Dear Parents and Students,
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Kimberly Neal and I am your son’s/daughter's English teacher this year.
I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with an English degree in 2007 and began teaching in January 2008. I’m from a small town outside of Wilmington, NC called Bolton. I taught middle school English Language Arts there for seven years and moved back to Greensboro in 2015. This is my 10th year as an educator and I have to admit I am as excited as I was my first year. I am the youngest of three children, I have five nieces and nephews that I love dearly and I have a dog which is a miniature Pinscher named KJ. I love pizza, love to teach, workout, cook, travel, and spend time with my family.
Since I love teaching, I am constantly looking for new ways to challenge students. I have so many ideas for this year and I really can't wait for it to begin! I just wanted to tell you a little bit about myself and share with you my expectations as well as my excitement for this upcoming school year.
Please know that I understand the importance of preparing our students for the rigors of high school. It is my goal to provide engaging instruction that challenges critical thinking skills, fosters intelligent discussion, and develops logical writing skills for every student. I have very high expectations and standards that I will express clearly to each student, and I am absolutely committed to providing my students with the best education of their lives. I also believe that communication with parents is crucial to a successful year, and that honest communication can head off issues before they develop. Know that I am here with an open mind and a willingness to listen to any concerns that might arise throughout the year. If you don't understand a grade that was given, or an expectation stated, call or email me. I'd be happy to talk with you. Also, please know you are welcomed to drop in to observe at any time, no need to arrange an appointment, just stop by and see what we are doing.
My content is from a literature based company called American Reading Company. We'll be focusing on several class novels as well as a variety of short stories, editorials and poetry. I expect my students to be on time, and to be prepared for the day's activities and discussions. Students will have a full class library to choose an independent reading novel from and are expected to read every day. They will choose 1-3 books off the list per quarter to read outside of school, and will conference with me every other week about their progress. They will also be required to complete a reading log for a homework grade every week. I will send one home with your son/daughter the first few weeks of school.
I am in your child's life every day. It's my goal to make a powerful and positive impact, so let's work together to make that happen. I can promise you the best of myself for your son or daughter, each and every day. I look forward to having a great year!
by Angie Thomas Year Published: 2017
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.