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Ms. Holly Genova
My name is Holly Genova and I love teaching high school reading. I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with each and every one of my students to improve their literacy skills. My undergraduate degree is in literature with a minor in history and a minor in Spanish. Recently, I received my Masters in Education. My journey to be a teacher at LHS began at Central Elementary School. Yes, I went to school in Lewisville. I have lived here my entire life and even graduated from LHS. Actually, most of my family has graduated from LHS, including my mom, grandfather, aunts, uncles, and my brother. Fast-forward a few years, and I am now a teacher where I went to high school. I could not be happier to be here working with students at Lewisville High School – Harmon Campus. It is an excellent school which places the highest of expectations on its students. At Harmon, we realize that all of our students have potential to achieve their dreams. It is my desire that my students develop a greater appreciation for reading, strengthen their reading skills, and learn something they did not know about our world. If a students reads a text or passage and doesn't learn anything new, something is wrong.
Reading is a life force, and I believe that words have the power to change our lives. My strength as a reader comes from my love for reading. I always expressed the desire to read the newspaper as a little child, and I was constantly surrounded by books. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. This classic book explores the positive and negative relationship that exist in life. One of my favorite lines in all of literature comes from To Kill a Mockingbird, “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus understood that people could only be held responsible for what they knew, and that not everyone had an ideal upbringing. That people were doing the best they could in the circumstances in which they found themselves, and he strove above all to see the good in people and to figure out why they did the things they did. He is truly my favorite character in all of literature.
Writing is also a force to be reckoned with. Just like the words we read have power to change our thoughts and lives, the words that we write have the power to help us think through life’s most difficult problems, change our life as well as the readers. The words we write are such unpredictable creatures. No army in the world will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Knowing the power of words and writing is why I struggle to write. Simply put, I doubt myself. However, I do know that good writing comes from a lot of bad writing, so I try to write every day. Often times, what ends up on paper only makes sense to me, but sometimes the first draft dribble that ends up in my notebook turns into something beautiful. The idea of writing freaks students and adults out. They say, “ I can’t write.” or “I don’t know what to say.” That is a lie. The truth is that we all can write, we just don’t always know how to take the bad writing to good writing. Hopefully, this year, we can nurture the habit of writing together and diminish those nightmarish empty pages once and for all.
Not only do I love teaching at Harmon, but I am also a Teacher Consultant for National Writing Project and in January of 2016 was awarded Secondary English Teacher of the year for the State of Texas.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org