Hello, my name is Waneta Hebert (pronounced Wah-Nee-Tah A-Bear, formerly Carter) and I am an English teacher.
Education and Teaching
I am a high school English teacher in Southeast (Houston area) Texas. I teach English I with a focus on STAAR prep, at least until the end of March – then it’s all Shakespeare!
UPDATE: I am now a middle school English teacher, still in the Houston area, still a focus on STAAR prep, but no Shakespeare. I am also now an adjunct lecturer at the University of Houston where I have the privilege of teaching an undergraduate educational technology class.
Like most teachers, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I believe that it can do amazing things for student learning, but it can also serve as a distraction. Part of my purpose in creating and maintaining this blog is for my own personal reflection on my attempts at utilizing the best technological tools for my classroom. Sometimes things go well, and sometimes they really don’t. Everything I do is a learning experience for me and my students.
This blog is not just for me. I hope that other educators (or parents or students or anyone else!) visit my site and can see the things that I, and all educators, do for our students. Hopefully, I can share ideas and tools that worked well for me (or didn’t). I would love to hear from other educators who have tried these same things. Please feel free to comment with your own experiences and opinions!
I have my Bachelor of Science in Integrated Language Arts Education from Kent State University and my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Houston. I’m passionate about teaching and learning. I don’t know what the future holds for me. I might end up as an instructional coach, be that in the form of a Curriculum Specialist or a Technology Coach or whatever other fancy title schools can think up, or I might stay in the classroom until I retire. Either way, everything I’ve learned and done in my graduate classes is well worth the money, time, and effort. I am always striving to make myself better so that I can help my students better.
I’m constantly working towards building my professional learning network. I love meeting new educators and collaborating with other professionals. I hope this blog can help me find educators across the country, and the world, that I would not have met otherwise.
I grew up in small town Ohio and graduated in a class of 83 students. It was a much smaller world than the big Houston city where I am now. I worked the regular teenager jobs – washing dishes at a diner, working the register at a convenience store/gas station, taking orders at a pizza shop, etc. I was lucky enough to take a couple of college classes while a senior in high school, and I graduated Salutatorian of my class (pesky math classes brought my GPA down a smidge).
I went to college at Kent State, a relatively large school about an hour away from home. At the end of my senior year, Kent put on what they called Teacher Interview Day – basically a job fair specifically for new teachers. The idea was that even if we didn’t get a follow-up interview or a job offer, we would get the experience of talking to administrators and answering interview questions. It worked quite well for me, as I was able to charm a math content specialist from Texas, who then set me up with two days of interviews for high school English positions all over the school district during my Spring Break.
A couple months after graduation, I packed up my little VW Bug and my mom packed up a rental van and we trekked across the country to my new home. I lived in an apartment for a year before I purchased my home just outside Houston.
On November 19th, 2016 I married my best friend, a fellow teacher I met in that first job here in Texas. We have a rescue zoo of four cats and two dogs, and I think it’s safe to say I’m living happily ever after here in Texas.
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Feel free to contact me with any questions (or offers of free coffee)!