Let me introduce myself! My name is Abby Madsen and I have the privilege of being an English Language Arts teacher within the Rock Valley Community School District. I teach English I (freshman English), English III (junior English), and publications. There is an emphasis on literature, grammar, speech, vocabulary, and writing in my English I and English III classes. My publications class is project-based. We focus on using InDesign and Photoshop to create the yearbook and to produce the school newspaper. I really enjoy teaching language arts because I have the great privilege of hearing each individual student’s voice. Each voice is heard uniquely and clearly through each student's writing and response to literature.
Here’s a little more about me. In addition to learning new things each day through my interactions with my students, I have four children at home who daily challenge and encourage my learning. My firstborn Aiden, a sixth-grader, loves sports and reading. Ashton, who is in third grade, is curious and stubborn and loves being outside and building with legos. My 5-year-old daughter, Addalee, is ecstatic about attending kindergarten. As I hope for all my students, I hope she retains her desire to learn throughout her life. Aliza, the littlest sister, was born in April 2020, and it has been so fun to watch her be loved by her siblings. We can't remember life without her.
I want to provide educational opportunities for lifelong achievement and to help students reach their fullest potential. I want to lead by example.
One of the major reasons why I went into teaching was the “ripple effect”. I want the ripples I create (and empower my students to create) to have a far-reaching and positive impact on our world.
"When in doubt, check it out!" is a favorite saying of mine. I want you to feel free to stop by if you have questions! The following is taken directly from my course syllabus: I encourage you to ask questions and/or seek help if you are struggling to understand something. If you need assistance, please stop in before or after school. I am here to help and I expect you to take advantage of this opportunity! I am also available during 4th period (my prep. period).