I received my B. A. in Theatre Artsfrom PepperdineUniversity in 1986 with extensive coursework in English and Music.I completed post baccalaureate work at PortlandStateUniversity to earn my teaching credential in 1989, and continued studying at the graduate level at University of Portland where I completed my M.F.A. in scenic design in 1997.
I have been teaching in the VancouverPublic Schools since the fall of 1989.I started at McLoughlinMiddle School and FortVancouverHigh School teaching theatre, language arts, choir, newspaper, and visual art.I was invited to be on the planning team for VSAA in the fall of 1992, and I have been here ever since! While planning VSAA, I also taught Survey of Fine Arts at the University of Portland in 1994 and that college perspective was helpful in preparing to work with VSAA's engaged students.
This school year, I am teaching Advocacy, Interdisciplinary Core, AP English Language and Composition, Music Explore, Theatre Explore, and Lit Arts Explore. I also plan to assist Margaret Green in the vocal music program, as I completed my choral endorsement in August 2009 with the hope to teach a vocal class here in the next few years. I am also involved in various aspects of our theatre productions; this year I am scenic designer to our fall production of Little Women directed by Judy Goff.
Away from VSAA, I love to sing and study privately with Janet Lindsley year round and sing in choirs for isolated events.I am a freelance scenic designer and designed Pirates of Penzance for Mock’s Crest Production a few years ago. In addition, Icompleted my 200+ hours to become a certified yoga teacher in Anusara Yoga in July 2011 and teach occasionally at the Vancouver Yoga Center and elsewhere. At home, I have a wonderful husband, Joe, and two fabulous boys:Drew, 21, who is a senior at Western Oregon University studying music composition, and Park, 16, who is previously a VSAA student and now a full time Running Start student. We share a love for music, theatre, playing games, cross country skiing, hiking, our pet beagle and chickens, and family movie nights.In addition, I love to row, swim, garden, and read.J
Email is the most effective way to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know so we can problem solve together. I can meet after school most days as well, so we will work with our schedules to find a time to meet if that is also helpful.
Syllabus for Spring 2016 Review the course description, format, policies, and grading scale for this course. Please talk to Jeri any time you have questions. :^)
This is a theatre year, and we will connect to Greek theatre, Elizabethan drama, and the American musical over the course of this year. We will also read a variety of pieces of literature with the hope of increasing your awareness and appreciation of literature. Enjoy!
Syllabus for Fall 2015 Please refer to the syllabus so you are clear about class expectations and grading percentages. As always, ask questions any time you have them either in person or via email. Thank you!
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