Hello and welcome to my classroom website and blog. I'm so glad that you took the time to stop by!
My name is Debbie Dennis, and I teach seventh grade language arts in a small town just outside of Columbus, Ohio. I am a believer in God, a scrapbooker, a journal-writer, and a lover of books, shopping, chocolate ice cream and coffee.
I live with my husband, two boys (20 and 16), and dog, a four year old terrier mix, Scout. Named mainly after the character in To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout was born on St. Patrick’s Day, and his full name is “Scouty O’Malley McSeamus O’Hare” due to his Irish birthday.
I believe in having priorities and doing my best to stick to them. Time is a priceless gift, and I can get carried away so easily with projects. Therefore, if you see that my blog posts are not as updated as they could be, that is probably due to me trying to put family first. As I am sure you well know, it is tough to balance everything!
I love helping busy teachers, tired parents and struggling students. My website, mrsdennis.com, was created with the mindset said best by Helen Keller:
Of anyone, Helen Keller would know how valuable an excellent teacher is in helping a student overcome obstacles. When teachers share experiences and educational perspectives with each other, we not only enrich our own lives, but increase our ability to influence so many more students positively.
Early in my career, I taught ninth grade in inner city Columbus, then moved to Los Angeles, California after having my first son, where I taught fifth grade and tutored (in Beverly Hills!). Both teaching experiences were eye opening for me; I was fortunate to work in distinctly different environments at a young age, alongside teachers with several years of experience, who were not unlike Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan– true “miracle workers” in their skill and determination to reach kids.
Fast-forward to the present-day, and I am blessed to have taught for over 20 years–mainly seventh and eighth grade language arts in both private and public schools. My passion is teaching students to use sentence variety and organize essays, yet I am also of the rare breed who loves to teach grammar. One of the main reasons that I decided to teach language arts is because of my love of poetry, short stories and creative writing.
I believe that teaching is an art, and find it fun to design my own lessons with the goal of increasing student engagement and motivation. My free time is spent reading, blogging and creating resources for my classroom and store on Teachers pay Teachers (Dreamy Designs by Debbie). In an effort to provide excellent materials, I usually create a product for my own classroom first, test it out, fix any errors, then offer it on my store. My goal is for you to enjoy your time here… perhaps discover an idea, find a resource or take a piece of encouragement with you.