Jeffrey P. Shu8th Grade Language ArtsPatriots TeamCLASS DOCUMENTS AND JOURNAL ENTRIES POSTED ON TEAM WEBSITE NOW.http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=41048REMEMBER - Students should be reading at least 20 minutes per night.REFLECTIONS PROJECTS due Monday, Nov. 3. Details can be found here:
Who am I?
Growing up in equal parts North Carolina and Virginia (with a dash of Tennessee for luck), I earned my undergraduate degree in English from Virginia Tech and my master's from UNCG. I worked for several years as a newspaper reporter after my Hokie days, then in sales and customer service for a shipping company as I returned to school for graduate study and teacher certification. Since then I've earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in early adolescence as well as AIG licensure. I am deeply committed to the profession, dare I say the vocation of education, and this year am serving as Middle School Director on the Forsyth County Association of Educators Executive Committee. To fill the 3 1/2 minutes of free time I find each day, I play mandolin and pedal steel guitar in the bo-stevens, a honky tonk band with 4 albums under our belts. In fact, we're playing the Dixie Classic Fair Oct. 11, so come on down if you're able.
I have two daughters, Claire and Erin, who attend West Forsyth High and Meadowlark Middle, respectively. Though I hope to avoid conflict, I will confess that both girls play soccer for the Twins :-). My wife, Lisa, works as a journalist for the WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL. Having been diagnosed with stage one breast cancer 3 years ago, we're thankful she's put both chemo and radiation behind her and is again enjoying a cancer-free life. Her penname at the JOURNAL is Lisa O'Donnell, her maiden name. Lastly, our dog Gabby, whom we adopted from the Forsyth County Animal Shelter in 2008, likes nothing better than to chew on a shoe. Or a Shu!
As I begin my 17th year as a teacher, I appreciate more and more what an exceptional environment we have at Kernersville Middle School - good enough that I drive all the way across the county each day to come here. Good enough to be a School To Watch. Good enough to prepare you for high school and beyond. But I hope you will join me in the serious work of convincing our legislators that their decisions are costing our children, our most precious resource. I have spent my summer knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to parents, students, and other community members about the triumphs as well as the desperate needs in our school system and state, revealing to me so many issues that aren't even on the radar during current political discussions. Fortunately, public education is one of the greatest public goods humanity has developed; I'm lucky to be in a community like Kernersvile and the larger county that values education so highly.
Welcome aboard! Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-4255).