SHANNON JANOVITZ, English Teacher and Department Chair

I have been teaching English for just over twenty years, fourteen of which I have spent here at Burlington High School. After a brief stint in advertising followed by years teaching in other districts,  I found a home at BHS. I feel so very fortunate to be a part of such a dedicated faculty and energetic school community, one that has allowed me to grow as an educator and an individual.

In addition to teaching three classes a day, two sections of British Literature and one section of Introduction to Literature I, I am also in my second year as BHS English Department Chair. In that role, I have spent concentrated time working with department members to define the department's goals for students and explore strategies to help all students meet high expectations. Over the past few years we have seen so many changes in education, in our community, and in our national and global culture that it has become necessary to alter the way we teach students and the content we provide them.  We recently reviewed and updated the curricula for our core courses to most effectively assist students advance their skill base and better prepare them for their lives after graduation. Our work this year will center on implementing that newly revised curriculum, tracking student progress, and integrating the school's 21st century learning expectations. I am excited about the changes and can't wait to see what students do  

Outside of focusing on what happens in the classroom, I spend a great deal of my time working with students on extracurricular projects. I have the pleasure of advising the school's music journalism club and poetry slam team. Sharing my love for music and poetry with students is one of the greatest joys of my work here at BHS. I am also fortunate enough to work with students and community members in our developing Career Exploration Program, which includes career speaker sessions, career fairs, job shadows, and the senior internship program. It has been truly rewarding to see our students get to know some of our local professionals and begin considering what they want to do after high school.

I love being one of the BHS Devils. I am invested in this community, this school, and these students. I look forward to another challenging and exciting year in an amazing school district.