Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Emily Connolly and I am an English enthusiast.
From a very young age I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. Though the offices of President, lawyer and journalist held appeal in the ensuing years, somewhere deep down I always knew that teaching was my calling. More than one home video shows a young Emily at the chalk board "teaching" a lesson to my siblings. This drive to impart information only strengthened when I discovered a love for literature in high school. Throughout my 9th grade English class, I discovered that literature could take me away to a place of my own creation. My vivid imagination soaked in the words on the page and created worlds in which Huck and Jim sailed the intrepid river or Romeo braved familial scorn for the chance at true love. I also learned that beneath the descriptions and colorful plot lines messages awaited decoding. I realized that authors were telegraphing greater themes and morals than what were written on the page, and took it upon myself to become a detective tasked with their discovery.
At California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, I indulged my passion for literature and earned a Bachelor's Degree in English. During my time at Cal Poly, I learned how to fuse my love for literature with my desire to teach. The University's "Learn By Doing" approach inspired me to approach students in a similar way. I realized that though most teachers see English as an abstract concept to be dissected and discussed, students (particularly those in high school) need hands-on experience with language in order to fully comprehend the work. My teaching style was born primarily through the union of the "Learn By Doing" approach, and my own observation that students comprehend more when they interact with the text. Therefore, I strive to incorporate technology, art, cinema and theatre into my classroom model so as to target the many forms of learning and maximize student comprehension.
I currently hold a Teaching Credential in Single Subject English as well as a Master’s Degree in Digital Teaching and Learning from Azusa Pacific University.
I completed my student teaching placement at Grossmont High School in El Cajon, CA, where I taught 9th and 10th grade College Preparatory English classes. During my time there, I learned so much about the culture of high school today and about my own teaching style. I especially enjoyed our unit on Night by Elie Wiesel, which chronicles one survivor's journey through Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Some fun facts about me: I love riding horses, curling up with a good book, playing with my two dogs, watching Pride and Prejudice, and traveling.