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Middle schoolers, what do YOU want to be when you grow up? You’re probably not sure yet. Don’t worry; you’ve got plenty of time to decide and even change your mind a jillion times! And maybe, like me, you’ll 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 tenth year teaching Language Arts at TMS. When I’m not teaching, I am with my husband and kids (well, two of the three are now 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 it’s nice to run into one another! Scroll down for some Mrs. Florczak trivia:


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
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/molesworth/clock/clock.html

More favorites: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Tangerine by Edward Bloor, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Scrawl by Mark Shulman, and The Giver and its companion novels by Lois Lowry.

Favorite poems: "Abandoned Farmhouse" by Ted Kooser, "Birches" by Robert Frost, "Vacation" by Rita Dove

What I'm reading now: I'm about to plunge in to The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.

Word I spelled wrong in my fourth grade spelling bee: committee

What I most like to write: poetry, vignettes

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: aflorczak@tenafly.k12.nj.us J
 

 

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