Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Literary Studies from UT Dallas M.A. in English near completion Certified in G/T, ESL, and AP education
Mrs. Amber Counts
Subjects Taught: AP English Literature & Composition, PSAT Team, Creative Writing, and Academic Decathlon
Conference Period: 3rd
Tutorial Times: Before school: Tuesday & Thursday, 7:40-8:10; After school: Wednesday & Friday, 3:45-4:15, or by appointment
I am excited to begin my 8th year in the Farmer family, and I have enjoyed meeting my new students! My background in psychology and the humanities, as well as graduating summa cum laude with school honors from UT Dallas with a degree in Literary Studies, allows me to create an inviting classroom atmosphere and facilitate rich discussions. We will explore the human experience through literature, other art forms, and non-fiction as we build confidence and capability in our reading and writing. My students can expect to read, write, and talk a lot. For those who join me in this journey, I guarantee they will be smarter and more skilled at the end of the course.
I'm a nerd who loves good alliteration, rhyme, and other playful word combinations. I hope to inspire my students to love playing with language, and I hope to help them see that successfully harnessing language gives them power. I read and write as much as possible; I believe this is not only important for all people, but especially for teachers of reading and writing. My favorite genres include science fiction, historical fiction, and literary non-fiction. When I'm not teaching, thinking about teaching, reading, or writing, I spend my time creating art, hiking, and - most importantly - spending time with my family.
Reminder: Students enrolled in the course can find most information they need on Canvas. This resource will allow students to access course calendars, documents, and assignments for the course. AP students should always be reading a novel, novella, or play at home. Only active readers become successful writers.