Degrees and Certifications:
BA - English and Secondary Education, Dallas Baptist University, 1998 M. Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy, University of Texas at Arlington, 2011 Middle School Endorsement Reading Specialist Endorsement Special Education Endorsement Available Hours: 7:30-3:00 pm on days school is in session
Hello! I'm Lisa Teague, and I am a professional educator. All my life, I have always loved reading AND writing. I have experience in several different types of classrooms - high school / middle school, honors / on-level / supported / self-contained special ed, public school / private school. Even though things have been different these last couple of years, I am ready and excited to start the year using both tried and true methods and up-to-date best practices for your students!
On a personal note, I am originally from El Paso, TX. I miss the desert and the very unique culture I grew up in, and you'll still hear me say "y'all" as a throwback to my time in Texas. My husband is a Belleville East grad and an English teacher at OTHS, and between us we have 3 teenage children - 17, 18, & 19! They followed in his footsteps as Lancers at Belleville East, and our oldest two are now in college. I love reading and listening to audiobooks and podcasts, watching TV and movies (and pop culture in general), gardening, traveling, singing along to the radio, and hanging out with my family. Also, I love BOOKS and bringing the best books into my classroom for "my kids"!
Please feel free to contact me with any concerns and questions! Let's work together to make it a great year!
The Psychological Value of Reading Fiction
Research supports the idea that reading literary fiction can affect how readers think and act. Fiction offers a simulation of social life that challenges readers to figure out characters’ motives and points of view.
Fiction also has the power to foster empathy and change attitudes. The immersive experience of using one’s imagination to understand characters in a fictional world – particularly those different from us, but with whom we can identify – can lessen prejudice. Imagination, J. K. Rowling said in her 2008 Harvard commencement address, is “the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
By Georgene Troseth, Vanderbilt University/The Conversation, excerpted from her article "Why I Use Harry Potter to Teach a College Course on Child Development"