What Parents and Students are Saying:
How the class helped prepare me for college and life:
“…teaching style that encourages every kid to discuss and participate…I learned how to write with a goal in mind…would not have passed later classes without this foundation…preparation for college, the SAT, and beyond!” MD
“Mrs. Mathis takes a personal interest in each student and definitely wants them to succeed. The in depth way she taught her class prepared me for the reality of college and taught me not to slack….grateful for an attentive and loving teacher that pushed me to succeed.” AS
“…the starting point that got me where I am today in my writing…enjoyed the way you cared about each individual student.” NB
“(studying) creative non-fiction in Paris…you sparked in me a passion for writing and I will always be thankful for that.” SA
“You truly love these young people and that is the greatest gift you can give to them, their parents and to God. That is not something found in everyone. Many people can teach but few people really make kids feel important and cared for, which is where real learning occurs in my opinion. And you do this very well.” Mrs. O
“You have impacted S. in a very positive way and we are beyond grateful for your dedication.” Mrs. D.
“He honors you by working harder for your class than his others. You have performed miracles with my “Huck Finn” style of boy. “ Mrs. B.
“My daughter is way more confident this year and working independently.” Mrs. A.
“Equally important was the way you graded the essays: always a great balance between constructive criticism and compliments. I like to think I was (and am) a pretty good writer, but you can be the ultimate judge of that – I just know how excited I was when I was in your class to read what you liked best about my essay and then show my parents.” MT
“Mrs. Mathis is an exceptional teacher. She gives clear instructions, provides stimulating assignments, and fosters useful skills that will carry anyone throughout life. I can say with confidence that her courses made me a more concise and effective writer. Thanks to Mrs. Mathis, the English courses I took in college were easy and stress-free.” NN
“Attending your class during high school has truly blessed me, both academically and socially. Before enrolling in your class, I had no idea how to write. Reading & Writing II, and later Classic Lit, have greatly expanded my knowledge of literature, changing my perspective on it.” – PB.
What Students Need to Know to Succeed:
“…willing attitude…as long as you try your best and have a great attitude, she will help you! Some tips: be organized, keep track of assignments and homework, don’t procrastinate! The times I had study grops with classmates or stayed after class to talk with Mrs. Mathis, I learned the most.” MD
“attention, dedication, and a sense of humor…her homework lectures are thorough and in depth, but you learn so much interesting information…she’ll drop a pun like nobody’s business.” AS
“Don’t slack off…if you put detail and quality into your work, you will benefit. As long a you utilize all of your resources to the best of your ability, you can absolutely succeed and learn things that will stick with you for years to come.” NB
“Follow directions! Do the assigned reading and highlighting. Pay attention to the major themes and discussions brought up in class to do well at tests. Make sure all the checklist criteria are met before you publish your essays. Stay orderly in the presentation of your commonplace book, essays, and presentations. Be willing to work with the other students on occasion. Also, try not to skim – be familiar enough with the texts to contribute meaningfully to discussions in class, demystify quizzes with dexterity, cite convincingly on tests, and build arguments for essays you believe in.” – MT
“To be successful in Mrs. Mathis’ classes, careful attention to instruction is a must. But do not fret, she provides checklists and directions for each essay assigned. As long as a student listens and completes the assignments, he or she should not experience too many difficulties.” NN