Welcome to My Classroom
Teacher: Karen L. Jones
After graduating from Medina in 1992 (Karen D'Amico), I studied at Ithaca College for a year, then completed my Bachelor's Degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where I received my degree in Writing. After working in the private sector as a freelance writer, editor, and legal secretary, I returned to Pitt to complete my Masters in the Art of Teaching. Following my M.A.T. program, I was selected as a Fellow with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, a six week intensive program affiliated with the National Writing Project. It was after teaching in Pennsylvania for a year and after completing the writing institute that I returned home to teach, filling the shoes of one of my favorite Medina English teachers, Mrs. Nancy Blake, upon her retirement. I've been back home since 1999.
I teach tenth grade English, Creative Writing, College Preparation English, and ENG 101: College Composition, a GCC class we offer here. I've also taught at Genesee Community College, Upward Bound at the College at Brockport, and at Niagara Community College.
Outside of school and with some colleagues, I edit the online literary and arts magazine Oak Orchard Review, and with my husband, I run the website One Stop Medina, dedicated to celebrating all things Medina, as well as a free community calendar locals can use to announce their upcoming school, church, library, organization, or business events. As well, I am a member of the Middleport Community Choir and the Genesee Chorale. I live in Shelby with my husband and children, and enjoy fixing up our farmhouse, raising goats and chickens, and making all the gardens bigger and better every year. And of course, I love to read and write, a love I hope to instill in my students.
I believe it is so important to set high expectations for students and to teach them to set those standards themselves. Just as importantly, it is my job to give them the tools they need to be successful and make certain they know what their final polished work looks like, be it an example research paper or an edited poem or a text analysis. I do my very best to facilitate a classroom environment that is engaging, structured, respectful, empathetic, and warm. I try every day to offer children the same space in the classroom that I want my own children to experience. Anytime a parent has a question or concern, they can reach me here via email, or by calling and leaving a message, and I will get back to you in a timely manner.
It is a blessing to be here in Medina, and I am so grateful to work with the children and community I love.