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Welcome to 6th grade English! This is going to be a great year full of writing, reading, and grammar learning! This website is your one-stop shop for all schedules, homework, resources, and announcements. Please feel free to contact me at any time at mverdoia@lgusd.org or at 408-335-2359.

About Me:
I spent my entire childhood in central Maryland. In college, I majored in English and Theatre Arts, and I spent many hours tutoring middle school students, performing children’s theatre, and volunteering as an ESL instructor for adults. After completing my college career at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, I decided to move to California.

I spent the years after college graduation in California, gradually moving up the coast, from Salinas to Monterey to Oakland. In each place I gained expertise working with students of all ages – kindergarten through eighth grade – and especially teaching literacy, creative writing, reading comprehension, and incorporating theatre into my teaching. I have experience working in multilingual communities and with diverse students and their families.

I enrolled in the credential/master’s program at the University of California, Davis; after finishing the multiple subject credential portion of the program, I taught English at St. Paul School to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. During my first year of teaching, I received my single subject credential in English and my Master’s Degree in Education.

I am recently married and a very happy dog owner. No doubt, you will hear lots of stories about my Border Collie puppy, Zoe. Outside of school, I enjoy being outside in any capacity – camping, hiking, traveling, swimming – you name it! I also enjoy theatre, photography and reading widely. Now that you know a bit about me, I look forward to learning more about your child!
 

Recent Posts

P4: Argument Presentation Schedule

Friday, 5/12
Are sports safe?
Should kids be on TV?
 
Wednesday, 5/17
Should artificial intelligence replace humans?
Should kids under 18 be allowed to use social media?
 
Friday, 5/19
Should animals be used as tourist attractions?
Should schools use educational video games to teach students?

P2: Argument Presentation Schedule

Friday, 5/12
Should children under 18 be allowed to use social media?
Should kids be on TV?
 
Wednesday, 5/17
Should schools use edutainment?
Should robots be used?
 
Friday, 5/19
Is football worth the risk for athletes?
Should the world colonize other planets?

P5: Argument Presentation Schedule

Thursday, 5/11
Should kids be allowed on TV?
Are sports worth the risks for athletes?
 
Tuesday, 5/16
Is edutainment good or bad for schools?
Is social media good or bad?
 
Thursday, 5/18
Should humanity rely on robots/AI?
Should school be year-round?

P3: Argument Presentation Schedule

Thursday, 5/11
Is social media safe?
Should free speech be censored?
 
Tuesday, 5/16
Is edutainment good or bad?
Should kids be on TV?
 
Thursday, 5/18
Are sports safe?
Should people rely on robots/AI for important matters?

P1: Argument Presentation Schedule

Thursday, 5/11
Should society use robots/AI?
Are sports safe?
 
Tuesday, 5/16
Should schools use edutainment to teach students?
Should people rescue a dog or get one from a breeder?
 
Thursday, 5/18
Is social media good or bad?
Should kids be on TV?

Meet Ying Chang Compestine, author of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

Monday, May 1st from 7PM - 8PM at Santa Clara City Library!
 
RSVP via this link to reserve a ticket!