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Ms. Kirsten Corbman
Hi! My name is Kirsten Corbman, and I teach English 9 Honors, English 9 Academic, and Creative Writing & Public Speaking. I also sponsor the Creative Writing Club, Willard Literary Magazine, and Homework Club. I am so excited to meet my students for the upcoming school year! As a student, you can expect a welcoming environment, personalized learning, and plenty of opportunities to show your learning throughout the year. As a parent, you can expect to receive monthly newsletters from me, and I hope to work together with you to ensure your student finds success in English class!
I was born and raised in Loudoun County, having graduated from Broad Run High School. I went to Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) for both my undergraduate and gradute degrees. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Literature and Language, along with a second major certificate in Creative Writing. I received my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in English Education. In my free time, I enjoy reading and walking my dog.
For the 2019-2020 school year, I will be holding office hours for students who need help. Students may also ask to see me during my planing blocks. If students do not show up within fifteen minutes of office hours starting, I may leave the described location. If office hours are cancelled, students will receive a Remind message on the Sunday of the week if the absence is planned. If the absence is unplanned, the Remind message could be the day of. I am available during the following times and at the following locations:
Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 8:35 AM, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM - Room 631
Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 8:35 AM - Room 631, 3:45 - 4:45 PM - Library
My schedule is as follows:
Block 1 - Planning
Block 2 - English 9A
Block 3 - Creative Writing & Public Speaking
Block 4 - English 9H
Block 5 - Planning
Block 6 - English 9H
Block 7 - English 9A
Block 8 - English 9H
For parents and guardians: If you need to chat over the phone, please email me so we can arrange a time. I am available to chat on the phone during my office hours, planning blocks, and most days, I can chat just before or after school. If you would like to arrange an in-person conference, please email me, and I will chat with your student's counselor to arrange a meeting.
I like to send out a monthly newsletter letting you know what to expect for your student in English class. Make sure your email is up to date in ParentVue!
Also, I encourage parents to join Remind. Remind is a free app that allows teachers to send reminders for homework and other assignments related to class. I love that it can clue parents into what is expected from their student for English!
Text the code that correlates to your student's class to the number 81010 (include the @ symbol):
- 2nd block: @Corbman2a
- 3rd block: @Corbman3a
- 4th block: @Corbman4a
- 6th block: @Corbman6b
- 7th block: @Corbman7b
- 8th block: @Corbman8b
If parents would like to see what is on Google Classroom, they are welcome to log into Classroom using their student's login and password.
The supply list is included in the syllabus, but I will also list it here for convenience. Please note that Honors students are expected to purchase a copy of some books throughout the year in order to efficiently annotate. If purchasing books may be an issue, please let me know as soon as possible. Students may also check out a copy of the assigned book from the Willard or Gum Spring Library and use Post Its to annotate the book.
- Small binder or folder (depending on student preference)
- Composition notebook (to be kept in class)
- Notebook paper
- Pen, pencil, highlighter
- Post Its
- Chromebook (charged!)
- A book of your choice!
- The book we are reading in class