Journalism is an introductory course in which students explore the broad traditions and expectations of American journalists. This course provides a practical primer for newswriting and reporting basics, and students often get their hard work published on GMHS’s news website throughout the semester as they meet their publishing deadlines. Special emphasis is placed on getting students to recognize the legal and ethical frameworks that modern, professional journalists struggle with on a regular basis. Students learn the importance of gathering facts, organizing them, and writing to communicate them in a manner that is appropriate for the publication they serve.
English/Language Arts 10 offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Students read widely to improve their reading rate, vocabulary, and comprehension and develop skills to determine the author’s intent and theme and to recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message. Students apply knowledge of purposes and audiences by studying and producing writing in various genres. Oral communication is practiced in group settings as well as through presentations.
After graduating from Green Mountain High School in 1986, I served in the U.S. Navy for several years as a linguist. I returned to Colorado and used my G.I. Bill to put myself through Metropolitan State University of Colorado, landing there in the English department to study linguistics. Long before I ever graduated, I decided that the most important thing I could do would be to give back to the community that gave so much to me as I grew up here, in Colorado and in Green Mountain. So, I focused my efforts on becoming a teacher. I’ve loved every second of it!
- June 1974: Certificate of Completion-kindergarten top 10 percent of the class
- May 1986: Diploma-Green Mountain High School nowhere near the top 10 percent of the class
- July 1994: Honorable Discharge-United States Navy
- June 1996: Bachelor of Arts/English-Metropolitan State University of Denver
- June 2011: Master of Arts/Curriculum and Instruction-University of Colorado Denver