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 Office Hours: 7:30-7:50, 2:45-3:00
Hello! My name is Lisa Teague and if you are here, I guess that means that your son or daughter is in one of my classes this year! Rest assured that your child is in good hands. I have always loved reading AND writing, and I’ve been teaching longer than these kids have been alive! I have experience in several different types of classrooms - high school and middle school, on-level as well as self-contained special ed, public school and private school. The last few summers I took classes and participated in amazing professional development activities, and 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, Texas, but I haven't lived there in a long time. 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 boy, and is an English teacher at OTHS, and between us we have 3 teenage children. My daughters are 14 and 16 and my stepson is 15. We are band parents and lacrosse parents these days! 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! Email is the best way to reach me, as phone calls can't be returned until my room is empty - and that's not usually as timely as email. Let's work together!
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"