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, 3:00-4:00
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. I received my Bachelor’s in English and Secondary Ed in 1998, and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy in 2011. I also have a Reading Specialist certificate, as well as a Learning Behavior Specialist certificate. This summer I spent several days in 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 Texas, but I haven't lived there in a long time. You'll still hear me say "y'all" as a throwback to that time, though. My husband is an English teacher at OTHS, and between us we have 3 teenage children. My daughters are 13 and 15 and my stepson is 14. Two of the three are in marching band, so we are busy busy band parents now! 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.
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"