this week’s feature a teacher is morgan fair.
this is your first year at regina dominican, where were you before this?
before regina, i was at queen of all saints in sauganash for five years. at qas, i taught grades 5/ 6 english, then i moved up to 7/8 grade. i have had some of these regina girls for five years now!
what have you enjoyed most in your first month at regina dominican?
i have enjoyed being a part of such a close community. when i came in for my first day, i kept hearing, “welcome to regina.” it made me feel very comfortable in a new environment. the display of simple actions of kindness is what makes regina a special place and i’m grateful to be a member of this school community.
how does regina dominican’s all-girls community impact your teaching?
regina dominican has a unique school environment that challenges me to come up with creative and thought-provoking lessons that young women will be interested in. i find teaching at an all-girls high school allows for girls to take more of a leadership role in their learning. this display of leadership in academics inspires me as a teacher to be a good role model.
you are participating in the roll out of our writing center tutoring this week. why do you think that the writing center is so important to have at regina dominican?
writing is a huge push across the nation. when applying for colleges, student essays can decide college acceptance, as well as secure sought-after financial scholarships. in this regard and other assignments, writing is where students can show who they are. it is important to have the writing center at our school because it helps strengthen what students can do. giving our students that one-on-one attention outside of the classroom is vital to ensure they receive meaningful feedback that they can incorporate into their other core classes. by prompting and conferencing, we can help create effective editing habits that will carry into all work.
your freshmen students are currently learning about literary genres – mythology – can you tell us a little more about that?
we are looking into background information for the odyssey, so learning the history of greek mythology is necessary. the girls are intrigued by all of the crazy greek relationships! our class discussions and connections to modern life are entertaining, to say the least!
your brit lit class is currently reading beowulf. do you have a favorite book/piece of writing that is your favorite to teach?
teaching beowulf is the first story i am teaching here, but it may be my favorite. the names and concepts are so bizarre for the girls, so we take a lot of time to discuss it. i enjoy teaching this story, especially because the girls are shocked by the plot line and actions of both the humans and the monsters.