Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

I am an English Teacher for British Literature and World Literature (focus on the classics). I have a background in speech, debate, and theatre as well.

Prior to finding my way to becoming a teacher, I worked as a legal assistant/paralegal for eight years. I worked on briefs, research, client management, trial preparation, and administrative matters.

I have many interests from animals, current issues, the arts, education, parenting, and specifically literature that allow me to tackle a wide range of topics. I love reading, writing and researching.
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B.A. in English with minor in Theatre Arts, certified in Theatre Arts (EC-12), Speech (8-12), and English (8-12)

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Change your attitude, and change your life.

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Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Delta, National Council Teachers of English

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  • Readin’, ‘Ritin’, ‘Rithmatic
    The corporate reform take over of education is in full swing. You should be paying attention. It is a muddled mess, but one you are smart enough to sort through. What is education reform really? Who does it impact? And what do people really want?
  • This Democrat Losing Faith in Party Commitment to Education
    There are many issues plaguing America's social landscape, and one that is being held captive, and its most innovative and passionate voices silenced, is education. Bottom Line: Politicians and Corporations just don't know education.
  • Texas Passes Controversial Legislation Based On....Party Politics?
    Despite the fight, Stand With Texas Women was unable to overcome the obstacles placed before them, but it is unlikely that the battle is done. There are some things to keep in mind as this bill comes back to the forefront of our attention.
  • Battleground: Red Vs. Orange
    The state is divided along party lines, but neither side is using the same talking points. If a compromise is to be reached, both sides have to hear, listen, and be given the chance to speak. What has been the chatter? From the Orange Perspective
  • Being a Woman Today: It is All About Freedom
    While being a woman in American society has its hurdles, the freedoms we have and the opportunities we have are vast and varied compared to the struggles of women in the past. Celebrate your independence and continue pushing forward.
  • Crossing State Lines (I)
    Buying a home is stressful, moving just down the road is stressful, but moving to another state can be completely overwhelming. I am sharing my tips, as I learn from my successes and failures through this experience.
  • When the Individual is Silenced
    It isn't easy, and you are unlikely to win, but like any great existential novelist will tell you, it is the struggle, not the result that is important. It is a painful struggle, and you have to determine whether it is worth it. Here is my experience.
  • Parenting Has No Place for Micromanagers
    Every parent faces the unsolicited parenting advice. Sometimes the intentions are good and sometimes not so much. Recognize it for what it is, and trust yourself.
  • First Person: How I Learned to Cope with Panic Attacks
    Panic attacks are scary, and sometimes the symptoms can be worse than the problems that caused the anxiety to begin with, but getting the attacks under control is not impossible.
  • Gestational Diabetes: It is Not All About Diet
    While much of the effect of gestational diabetes can be controlled by diet, the treatment and the effects of the disorder on mom and baby can be difficult and trying. But it can be survived by educating yourself about effects and treatment.
  • Divorce from the Child's Perspective
    Navigating life is difficult enough, but when a child has to deal with a broken home, the pain can be devastating. Showing love and support to the children of divorce is paramount in healing.
  • My Experience With Dermatofibrosarcoma
    Getting a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and confusing, but a healthy outlook can help you and your family cope with treatment and recovery.
  • Depression Does Not Have to Be Debilitating
    While I have struggled a great deal with depression and anxiety and all of the fallout that comes with the disorder, I still manage to live a happy and fulfilling life.
  • Start Educating and Stop Enabling
    Socially, we are not equipped to provide children the means necessary for productive adulthood. The education system has had its hands tied by state legislatures inhibiting the true potential of students.
  • First Person: Keeping Your Kids Involved
    Kids love to play, and they love to compete. But sometimes paying for these activities when finances are already tight seems impossible. There are solutions to allow your kids to be involved with a little creative thinking and dedication of your time.
  • Bullying: Stop Just Watching
    A parent and teacher explores the damaging effects of bullying and the difficulties regulating it. This is a call to action for parents and community members to help their community by stopping the damaging effects.
  • Living a Christian Life in the Current Political Climate
    The current political climate is influencing belief, and socially people are suffering due to the fear of others.
  • First Person: Rising Grocery Costs Are Hitting Me Hard
    As oil prices continue to increase, and the problems in our food industry, purchasing food items is becoming quite the struggle for this middle class household.
  • First Person: My Husband-to-Be Was $50,000 in Debt
    The idea of living without debt is inconceivable to most Americans. And while financial freedom requires a lot of will power, it is possible to overcome essential financial devastation and actually benefit personally from these obstacles.
  • Aging
    This poem is a rhetorical approach to the complications of sustaining an aging and abused world. The question is: can life sustain without life sustaining the environment?
  • First Person: From Paralegal to Teacher
    I worked hard and was successful, but the job I had wasn't the career I wanted. Change isn't easy, but it is worth it.
  • Easter Faux Pas
    Easter is full of tradition. Like many holidays, the overall tradition is similar to many people of the same belief although the details differ from family to family. One mother revisits the importance of her own established traditions.
  • Riding the Yield Curve
    What is working in a law firm really like? There are real benefits to be gained from working in the legal profession. It takes a "special" someone to be a lawyer, and it takes someone equally "special" to work for them.
  • Congo Free State
    Poem inspired by the statue of Leopold II.
  • It Isn't My Fault
    This is a short story based on an online image. It is an exploration of the unreliable narrator, and a commentary on taking responsibility for action, and what social conventions reveal about a person's nature.
  • Con Man
    Small interactions with others limit a person's perspective. When confronted with a new acquaintance, judgment is limited to what the other person chooses to reveal. When is it possible to determine a person's influence and potential danger?
  • Emily Dickinson's Paradox of Death
    This is an analysis of Dickinson's poem, "I heard a fly buzz" and the conflict in her belief about life and the afterlife.
  • Obama's Big Oops?
    A provision of the new healthcare law states that employers provide free contraceptives to employees; a furious debate arises as to the rights of government and the rights of faith.
  • Warning
    This sonnet is written in the traditional Shakespearean form. It is a 14 line poem of iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg.

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