Middle schoolers, what do YOU want to be when you grow up? Youre probably not sure yet. Dont worry; youve got plenty of time to decide and even change your mind a jillion times! And maybe, like me, youll get to live more than one dream! My high school friends all knew I was destined to become a magazine editor and in fact, I followed my heart to journalism school at Syracuse University and loved my career writing and editing feature stories. But after 20 years, I followed my heart again and went back to school to become a teacher. Why? Because as a Language Arts teacher, I could combine my love of writing (and reading) and make a difference at the same time because YOU matter! J This is my ninth year teaching Language Arts at TMS. When Im not teaching, I am with my husband and kids (three teenagers) -- well, one is away at college, but we text a lot! I live in Tenafly, so expect an occasional Mrs. Florczak sighting which might feel a little weird at first, but I think its nice to run into one another! Scroll down for some Mrs. Florczak trivia (and be sure to click on my Language Arts Classroom Page on this site for a welcome message):
My favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Other favorites: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth -- which transported me to another world. Originally published in 1877, I have an "antique," crumbling copy (ask me to bring it in!), but you can now read it online at
Favorite poems: "Abandoned Farmhouse" by Ted Kooser, "Birches" by Robert Frost, "Vacation" by Rita Dove
What I'm reading now: A book of Haiku. You will see why when school starts! This summer I read Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Scrawl by Mark Shulman (it is VERY likely that both will appear in our classroom!); I also read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren; I really enjoy memoirs -- and I learned a lot about trees from this one!
Word I spelled wrong in my fourth grade spelling bee: committee
What I most like to write: poetry
Favorite TV show: anything on HGTV! The Office and Modern Family, too.
Favorite color: purple
Hardest subjects: math in seventh grade and Russian in college
Favorite subject(s): math in high school and English every year (of course!)
Longtime ambition: to write a novel -- maybe a young adult book!
The best way to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org J
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