MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER
Debbie has taught language arts for 11 years. Before her children were born, she taught music for 3 years. Shereceived her master’s degree in middle school educationfrom the University of Georgia in 1995. When Debbie was teaching seventh- and eighth-grade language arts, sherealized she missed the camaraderie she had felt withother language arts and reading teachers when enrolled inher master’s degree program. Therefore, she began a program for a specialist’s degree in language education andhopes to finish in the spring of 2003. The Readers as Teachers and Teachers as Readersseminar felt to Debbie as if she had finally reached thedessert course of a meal! To be able to read books shewanted to read and listen to others talk about books they had read was a treat. Her favorite reading selectionwas M
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by Ann B. Ross(2000). Debbie loved the humor of Miss Julia, the proper Southern woman who is widowed and childless and yetsuddenly is left with her deceased husband’s illegitimatechild. Debbie also has learned to appreciate the wisdomshe finds in books, such as in Joyce Rockwood’s T
(1987) when one of the Native Americans states,
We walk a path of constant changing. With each change there is a sadness for what we have lost and a confusionabout what we have become. It happens to us again andagain, and each time we are caught by surprise and do notrecognize at first what has happened, because always we think we have already changed for the last time. But thereis no last time. (p. 76)
Debbie could relate to this excerpt because she feltchanged by the seminar in unexpected ways.