Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science in Education, Concentration English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Michael Hallinan
Hello and welcome to English 8! I am super excited to welcome new and familiar faces to another year at Trailside Middle School! As a huge fan of reading, writing, film, and storytelling in general, I am beyond excited to begin talking about literature in all forms (books, plays, films, etc.), and (hopefully) helping you to love them as much as I do!
I am from Altoona Pennsylvania, a small city about 2 hours outside of Pittsburgh (Go Pens!). I received my Bachelors in English Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (confusing, I know. It's located in a small town in Pennsylvania called Indiana). After subbing in Pennsylvania for a few years, I began teaching full-time when Trailside opened. Over the past 8 years I have taught English in all 3 grade levels, as well as Journalism and Video Production.
I am a huge fan of movies: from the classic black and white, to the fun action popcorn blockbusters. I also enjoy writing scripts and filming movies with my friends and family. In college I was involved in several student films.
I also am an avid collector of comic books. I love Superman, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Batman, Green Lantern...again, too many to list. When I'm not reading, I enjoy geocaching, hiking, writing, watching and making movies (both good and bad!), swimming, and playing tabletop games. I also run the Trailside Dungeons and Dragons club after school.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, comments, concerns, or just to check in on your progress!