Who I Am:

I am a Pennsylvania certified 7-12 English teacher. I graduated from Bloomsburg University with my Secondary Education English B.S.Ed., an English B.A., and minors in Creative Writing and Educational Technology. In addition to teaching 8th Grade ELA at Riverside Jr./Sr. High School,  I coach cheerleading here as well.


In October, 2019, I presented "An Empirical Study of a Workshop about Paraphrasing for High School Students" at the IWCA-NCPTW conference in Columbus, Ohio. After this presentation, my research group and I were contacted to develop a teaching resource to help students distinguish between paraphrasing and plagiarizing for the MLA Style Center which can be found here. We have recently submitted our article on this research to be published in an academic journal.

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My Experience:

Prior to being an 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher, I was a substitute teacher with several districts in the area. I completed my student teaching at the Pittston Area School District where I taught 9th Grade English I and Journalism Honors, an elective course of juniors and seniors. 

In the fall of 2018, I completed a field experience at the North Central Secure Treatment Unit in Danville, PA where I taught English Language Arts lessons to 16-18 year-old incarcerated male youth. 


In July of 2018, I completed a practicum with the Hazleton Migrant Education Program where I co-taught a learning enhancement summer program in a 7th and 8th grade classroom of English Language Learners (ELLs). 

While I attended Bloomsburg University, I was employed as a Writing Fellow through the Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio. In this position, I worked closely with the students and faculty for a College Writing Enrichment course. I also worked as an Orientation Workshop Leader, where I gave tours, facilitated orientation, and helped students and their supporters in the transition to college life.

What I Believe:

Rita Pierson by Sylvia Duckworth