Hi 8th Grade Avengers! I'm Ms. McWilliams! (You can call me McWild. Just McWild. No Ms.)
My background is in colleges and universities, high school and 8th grade. My Master's degree is from Columbia University in College Student Personnel Administration, and my B.A. was a dual major in English and Journalism from James Madision University. I have taught or worked at The Juilliard School, Rice University, American University, the University of Calgary, Wichita State University, and high school in Stuart, Florida.
I'm so excited to work at Westlake in my new home of Colorado. I recently moved here from Florida, where I taught high school English, SAT Prep, Journalism/yearbook and Intensive Reading for ten years. I'm so happy to be in the land of four seasons again.
While my professional background began in colleges and universities, I've now worked in both high school and middle school. My main job, other than teaching English, is preparing my 8th graders - as much as I can - for high school. Having been a high school teacher for so long, I know what my 8th graders need to flourish. It can be a tough transition, and I want my students to feel ready, confident and competent.
For information and updates about what's going on in my classes, please see the following webpage. If students are absent from my class, then they should make sure to check the webpage (by going to the corresponding day's page [date pages are purple]), complete any assignments or readings linked, and come prepared with any questions to check in with me before class starts the following day.
To go to my class website, please click: https://westlake.adams12.org/classrooms/11401
I am here for any concerns or issues you may have, so please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to working with you all toward a successful year!