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Paige Arnell

Experienced High School English Teacher
  • Del Valle, TX
  • August 23, 2019

A passionate reader and writer since preschool, I have spent my adult life educating young people to be critical thinkers, thoughtful readers, and fluent writers. My students leave my classroom confident in their abilities to articulate their ideas in writing and in the classroom. I believe that literature allows us to explore what it means to be human across a broad spectrum of points of view and cultural situations. Competent critical thinkers become valuable citizens. My goal in the classroom is nothing less than to teach students to think deeply and to write clearly and powerfully.

During my eight years as a high school English teacher, I have taught a variety of courses from American Literature to AP English Language and AP English Literature. I have taught 9 -12 grade students demonstrating a wide range of abilities. My own educational background (BA, MA English) gives me a broad depth of knowledge and a wide range of colleagues (the Bread Loaf Teacher Network, for example, allows teachers to share ideas across a broad range of topics).

After spending a few years at home educating my own little ones, I am eager to get back into the classroom and rejoin the conversations of young people in Texas.

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Education

Master's Degree @ Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English
Jun 2005 — Sep 2019

Experience

High School English Teacher - 9-12 @ Kirby Hall School
Aug 2008 — May 2015

During my time at Kirby Hall, I taught all of the high school English courses, including AP English Literature and AP Language, British Literature, and American Literature.

Sophomore English Teacher, On level and Honors @ Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Aug 2006 — May 2008

During my two years at Ursuline Academy, I taught both on level and honors sophomore English. At this school, I was given a lot of freedom to tweak the curriculum. I enjoyed choosing books that would inspire and challenge my students.

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