Shelley Hull – English
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love being in the classroom and working with my colleagues! I honestly look forward to coming to work every day.
How would you summarize your teaching philosophy?
Something writer Toni Morrison said in an interview about her teaching has always resonated with me: “I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” I suppose that’s not exactly a teaching philosophy, but it helps me keep in mind what the end goal of an education should really be about.
Why did you become a teacher?
I felt such a strong sense of belonging in high school, and my teachers and coaches played an important role in that. I hope I can offer the same to my students. I also love literature, discussing books, and helping students with their writing!
What do you hope students master in your class?
I hope students expand their skills in critical thinking and written expression as well as their capacity to empathize.