Welcome! My name is Michelle Quirk and I am certified to teach English 7-12 in New York and to teach English and special education in New Jersey. In 2008 I received my bachelor's degree in English, in 2009 I received my master's degree in adolescence education, and in May 2011 I completed my special education endorsement program. I meet the requirements of a highly-qualified English teacher.
I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I was young and have loved my experiences while completing fieldwork, student teaching, and substitute teaching. My content specialty is English, but I am also well-versed in art history, drama, music, and science. I am proficient in Italian, can still remember some German from high school, and am currently learning Spanish. I am a quiet activist who supports environmental conservation and advocates for civil rights. I would like to be involved in student activities that are arts-, volunteer-, and civil-rights-oriented.
One of my long-term goals is to help design English curricula so that I may integrate my passion for literature and my pedagogical knowledge as I work with colleagues to create enduring understandings, essential questions, and authentic, relevant assessments that students can relate to and grow from. I think I would also like to work with students who speak languages other than English; partially for this reason, I am developing my skills in other languages.
I invite you to explore my e-portfolio by using the navigation bar on the left. You can review my philosophies, my methods, and even documents and other artifacts that are representative of my work, standards, and beliefs. I highly suggest traversing through the eight subsections under "Elements of Effective Teaching" in which I cover content knowledge, planning and instruction, assessment, technology, a positive learning environment, diversity, collaboration and outreach, and professional development.
*Note: Please forgive any book titles that are not properly italicized/underlined in captions; I have yet to discover how to do that using this web program. Thank you for your understanding.