Rhonda Howard here. I am in Tri-Cities, WA (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland). I teach in West Richland, live in Pasco, and my husband (of 30 years this July) has a body piercing/tattoo business (20 years) in Kennewick, WA.
I taught first, second, third, fourth, and fourth grade gifted for nineteen years. Then I wanted to work with big people, so I moved to middle school. There I taught 6th grade LA and SS (regular ed and gifted), 7th LA, and 8th LA for ten years.
After 29 years teaching, I decided to get my librarian credentials. I was the librarian for two elementary schools before I achieved my goal - to be the librarian at our new STEM middle school - the first one in Richland, and the first school to go 1:1 with Chromebooks. This is our first year. I feel as though I’ve always been on an exciting learning curve, and these last few years have been steep.
My favorite part of teaching is not the kids It’s the LEARNING. I love to learn new things every day. My students are my best teachers if I listen and ask questions. It feels weird to admit that I love working with middle school students. They are such interesting people, experiencing the wild ride of transition from child to adult. I want to be that pillar of stability in their three year middle school tornado.
I’ve tried to figure out my super-power, and I think my best one is making connections. I love connecting with students. I love connecting books with other books, students, poetry, research, current events, music, other cultures, life experiences, memories… anything I can.
I’d love to hear what you consider to be YOUR super-powers.
I look forward to learning from all of you. This seems like an amazingly intelligent group, and I hope I can keep up!
Leona Libby Middle School Librarian