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 three children at home who daily challenge and encourage my learning. My firstborn Aiden, a fourth-grader, loves sports and reading. Ashton, who is in first grade, is curious and stubborn and loves being outside and building with legos. My daughter, Addalee, is ecstatic about starting pre-school, and (as I desire for all my students) I hope she retains her desire to learn throughout her life.
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 that I create (and enable my students to create) make 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 2nd period (my prep. period).