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Post by Adanma on Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:23 pm

Whats up everybody!

Ok, so I'm late on the whole introduction thing - sorry. My name is Adanma and I will be teaching Theatre at the Gov School. This is my first summer teaching Gov School and I'm super stoked about it.

I have taught theatre at VCU, Henrico High Center for the Arts, SPARC, UVA, and many other places. I have also acted professionally for nearly a decade. After Gov School I will be moving to Kentucky to teach theatre at the super amazing Berea College. (Look the college up on the web at www.berea.edu)

I like easy going, open minded people. I'm ready to have fun and hopefully learn at the same time. I have no tolerance for people who are quick to judge or out right disrespectful.

I like to whistle and I like to sing (I'm not a great singer but you will hear me anyway) I believe in the power of positive thinking. I think Chicken Fried Rice and a cold ginger ale is the greatest.

I can't wait to meet all of you. Please feel free to come up to me and say hello.
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Just Sayin' Hi!

Post by sjearle on Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:17 pm

Hi! Just want to introduce myself--I'm Steve Earle and I'll be co-teaching PREDITORS AND PREY and 7 OR 14 WAYS TO MEET THE DEVIL. I'll also be the one facilitating THE TIMES THEY KEPT A CHANGIN'. Are there any Dylan fans out there who signed up for my seminar? Or does being a Dylan fan just make me old? I'm Chair of the Theatre Department at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. Once upon a time I was part of the Theatre team at Summer Residential Gov School as well--I'm really excited to be part of the Humanities faculty this year--give me a break from the theatre world and a chance to explore some very cool subjects. I look forward to meeting you all. Shoot me an email at searle@gsarts.net if you're taking one of my courses--or if you just want to introduce yourself! Happy summer!

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Hi!

Post by sarahtea on Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:29 pm

Hey, Everyone!
My name is Sarah and I'll be teaching the Woodwinds, Music Theory, Studentiade! and Say What?!? This is my 7th summer at Governor's School and in real life I live in Cleveland, Ohio where I'm working on my PhD in musicology at Case Western Reserve University... and in case you were wondering, Cleveland really DOES rock! My main instrument is flute and aside from spending what seems like the better part of forever going to school, I've also worked at a living history museum, taught undergraduate music courses, was an elementary/middle school music teacher, can cook in a hoop skirt over a cast iron wood burning stove, know that 3 really is a magic number, have a dog, a cat, and a box turtle, am still on a Coldplay high after going to a concert in Atlanta a few weeks ago, and love to collect found objects in old glass jars.

Looking forward to meeting all of you- it's going to be a fantastic summer!!

Sarah very happy
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Post by mperezte on Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:33 pm

Hi everyone!

This is Manuel Pérez Tejada saying hi to everyone around. This is my first year as part of the Humanities faculty at the Governor’s School. I’m from Mexico and English is my second language. Even though my accent is thick, people usually start understanding what I am saying after a little while, let’s say … four weeks? Just kidding, … three.

After studying and,finally getting a postgraduate degree here in the States (the University of Kansas – Rock chalk, Jayhawks!), I’ve been teaching at Georgia Tech (I hope nobody feels bothered about that) for the last two years. My classes there focus on foreign films and media, but they are actually English composition classes. Before coming to the States in 2001, I was teaching TV and video production in Mexico at a college level. One of my assignments this summer is to co-teach a video production class in the mornings.

About things I like, obviously, I really like good Mexican food. My music taste is very eclectic, but my way to keep track of what’s hip in music is through friends. Lately, I’ve been reading essay books about documentary films, but not that long ago I enjoyed reading Banana Yoshimoto’s “Kitchen” and some short novels by Mexican writer Sergio Pitol. I enjoy jogging racquetball, tennis and soccer (but I am not good in any of those sports).

I am looking forward to the beginning of July and get to meet everybody.
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Post by jmacg on Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:29 pm

Hello my name is Jeff MacGuinness. I am a teacher and coach at York High School and have been teaching for 13 years. I have been married for over 31 years to my High School ( actually) Middle School, sweetheart and we have two dogs, a Border Collie, named Papageno who loves to run, and a Jack Russell Terrier who rules the roost, named Petunia. I love to run and have done over 40 marathons. I play guitar and mandolin and collect and write songs, as well as kayak, and garden and numerous other hobbies and diversions. I love to stay busy and love teaching High School. This will be my fourth year of teaching with two of the greatest partners in the business Michelle Gulick and Ed Motley. I am looking forward to this year and the new setting for this wonderful program. I look forward to meeting all the new students.

Jeff
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Hello from Madeleine Reber

Post by mreber on Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:20 pm

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself. I am coming to Virginia from Greenville, NC. I will be one of two dance teachers at Governor's School this summer and I am also teaching a course on CHAIRS.
I look forwarding to meeting everyone and seeing some old friends from last year!

Madeleine Reber

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Greetings From Faculty and Staff

Post by dlellis09 on Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:06 pm

Hi everyone!

I’m Diana. This is my first year teaching at Governor’s School and I am thrilled to be a part of the Humanities faculty. I was born, raised, and educated in Ohio, but have lived in Virginia for 25 years. In fact, my father’s side of the family (the Johnstons) comes from Pulaski County. I bring with me 13 years teaching experience as well as the awesome experience of raising my own two children. I am thrilled to be team teaching with two Gov School professionals. I am teaming with Steve Earle (of the Legend of Blue) for Prey and Predators (it should be a fun class!) For the bookmaking class, I will be teaming with Chris Stephens (also fun!)

Having lived near Amish country and having made several quilts of my own, I will embark on my own to teach quilt making (could this one be fun, too ????) I am looking forward to meeting all of you and discovering your special interests and talents.
See you soon!

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Post by lundqua on Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:32 pm

Hello,
Between finishing my first year teaching, helping sheryl with inventory, and getting all these buttons made; I seem to have been neglecting my forum duties. Anyway I'm Adam the RA for boys split hall in YoE. Here's the section where i intruduce myself. I'm a hopeless optimist but will tell you exactly how it is (in the bluntest way possable). I also am a horrable speller turns out. I grew up on Long Island NY -- not the good part. About 15 years ago my family moved to Chesapeake where we've been every since. I did both my graduate and undergraduate at CNU so I'm one of the go to guys if you want to know whats what -- PS: bring shoes you don't mind getting wet b/c at CNU when it rains you need a canoe. When I'm not RAing it up, I teach Highschool Science/Math (if its got a curriculum then I'll be there) and being the head swim team coach for Heritage High School. I just finished my student / First year teaching and getting my masters in education. I am really REALLY excited to meet everyone and move back to campus.
Questions, concerns, general statements of grammer?
Email me (Adam.Lundquist@yahoo.com)
~Adam
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G'day from Knoxville, TN

Post by jjohn111 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:36 pm

I wish I could say I had a reason for not posting sooner...does beautiful weather count?

Hello, I'm Jenn Johnson and I'm a first-year RA at GovSchool. Not to worry- my ingenuity and wit will surely make up for any lack of experience. As will my humility, to be certain.

I just graduated from UT Knoxville and wow is it a big world out there. When I'm not philosophicating under trees or carports, I'm whittling, whistling, or keeping it poppin fresh with my homies. I love to travel and hang out on porches. My Acholi name is Obwoli (it means bubbly.) I enjoy doing lots of things and listening to lots of music so I bet we have something in common.

Last night I went swimming in the street behind my house. I think I'll be able to handle the infamous CNU rains.

I look so forward to meeting everyone in my hall and beyond! The date is arriving so quickly!

Peace.
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Post by bpieper on Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:33 am

I'm Beth. I am a lady RA, and forum inept. My full name is Bethany Anne Pieper I was born in Arlington, Virginia and I grew up in lush Lovettsville, Virginia. I have one older sister, an older mother, an older father, two dogs, and five cats. Currently, I am 22 years old. I thoroughly enjoy the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area, as well as the state of West Virginia. I Love the United States of America, except for Pennsylvania. I am 5ft 3in tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland where I made really immature and pathetic sculptures. They're not terrible. My top five favorite activities are: 1. sitting 2. washing my hands 3. petting domestic animals 4. listening 5. pacing

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Post by carsonmf on Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:51 am

Hi, I'm Carson. I enjoy reading forums but not participating. Here goes nothing...

I Graduated from JMU with a degree in music a year ago and have since started to explore psychology. This past year I worked as a behavior specialist hangin' out in various schools around Harrisonburg, Virginia. I enjoy 20th century music, especially if it's dissonant. Mmmmmm.

My first year involved with Governor's School was last year and it was great. That's why I'm here this year. See y'all in a few days (I usually don't say "y'all". Do I?).
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Re: Greetings from the Faculty and Staff!

Post by DavidH on Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:26 pm

Hi, I'm David - one of the Humanities instructors.
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