I am in my 10th year as an English teacher in an Oklahoma City area high school. Throughout my time in the classroom, I have had the privilege of teaching 6th-11th grade English classes with students who are 12+ years of age. Parents of kids these ages will know all too well the drama of some days, and the sudden maturity of others. Now, imagine having
80 140 120 teenagers a day… I still consider myself a new teacher, and love spending time with pre-service and early service teachers who are still young and idealistic. I think maybe that's because I'm old and idealistic. I still believe that I can make a difference in the students' lives — even if they hate me for it right now. I remember the difference my teachers made in my life and I want to do the same for my students. The two primary professional development opportunities I'm involved in are:
- Candidate, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- Master's Degree Student, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with a concentration in English Education, University of Oklahoma
Teaching is my 3rd career. I have served as an award-winning newspaper reporter after majoring in Journalism and Public Relations at Oklahoma Baptist University. After I had my son, I stayed home with him and started a web hosting and design company, which I managed for almost 10 years. During this time, I realized that I love teaching. I enjoyed those times when I called my clients and walked them through the process of using my software. And I started remembering how I loved playing school as a kid. Finally, it clicked one day. I wanted to be a teacher! My pastor shared with me that I could go through the alternative certification process and gain experience by subbing. So that's the route I took. At present, I've taught more than one year of high school and three years of middle school.
I have wanted to blog since I started this process. I probably should have started as soon as I decided to become a teacher. However, a combination of lesson-planning, children-raising, husband-paying-attention-to and so-tired-I'm-just-going-to-take-a-nap pressures resulted in a lack of energy to blog. But, as they say, better late than never…
For more information about my career in education, visit my online curriculum vitae.
- Co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal with Jennifer Williams, 2020.
- Board member, Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English, 2020.
- Waters, Michelle. “Waterfall.” Moment: OSU Writing Project Retreat Anthology. Tulsa. 2015. Print.
- Waters, Michelle, et al. “Overcomers.” Video Presentation. Little Axe Middle School Assembly and OK Gear Up Leadership Academy. 2014.
- Waters, Michelle. “The Power of an Online PLC.” Online Special Report. Mrs. Waters' English. 2014. Web.
- Waters, Michelle. “Oklahoma Educators Media Guide.” Online Special Report. Mrs. Waters' English. 2014. Web.
- Waters, Michelle. “Writing Modes: Journalism.” Writing Guide, 35-36. Oklahoma State Department of Education & Lawton Public Schools Collaboration. 2014