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Additionally, she tutors and acts as a mentor teacher. She enjoys working with both teachers and students and thinks the best part about teaching is figuring out how to reach every student. While this is a challenge for any teacher, it does keep the job interesting, exciting and valuable. She finds inspiration in Emily Dickinson’s poem “If I can stop one heart from breaking.” She believes that by helping just one person on his or her journey through this world gives meaning to her own life. And what better way to do that than through teaching!
Marypat loves to read and write, so she fills her classroom with lots of books. She posts student work on the walls when she can (since that’s always more interesting than her attempts at cute bulletin boards!). She also likes to post a “graffiti” board where students can write titles of books they have enjoyed reading. This also makes a handy reference for those who are looking for something to read.
As you can tell by the title of this post, she is a total book nerd, so her idea of a perfect day is reading a current middle school book at the beach! She also likes to knit, walk her dog (a rescue lab who loves to eat soap!!), and play Settlers of Catan with her family.
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Marypat also blogs. In fact, she has two blogs, one by herself called Just Add Students (what else?) and another where a group of middle school teachers collaborate to offer teaching ideas. They call themselves the Middle School Mob. She invites you to pop in sometime and say hello.