Welcome to Mrs. Parsons' Website!
My Mission Statement:
It is my mission, as your child's English teacher: 1) to provide my students with the very best learning opportunities in the English language arts, literature, writing and critical thinking; 2) to facilitate a loving, caring classroom environment where my students will thrive as emerging adults; 3) to foster a lifelong love of reading for enjoyment.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Davie, Florida. I knew from the time I was in kindergarten that I would become a teacher one day. I loved my first teacher and raced home after school to "teach" my dolls. My passion for education, personal connections, reading and writing continued to grow throughout my childhood. After high school, I earned a Bachelor's of Science in English Education 6-12 at Florida State University. As I progressed through my career, I added certification endorsements for ESOL and reading. I've had the pleasure of teaching both middle school (6th grade) and high school (9-12th grade). I became a Timberwolf in 2006 and I'm looking forward to my 18th year of teaching at Chiles.
My family of five consists of my husband, my daughter and two "kitties" (a.k.a. fully grown cats). We fill our time with hiking, reading, jigsaw puzzles and cooking. I feel blessed to have both a wonderful home family and school family. Thank you for the opportunity to teach your child and work with you during the 2023-2024 school year.
We will be using Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS) this year. I teach using a hybrid model of direct instruction and digital platform. My students and I will begin class by engaging in lessons, class discussions, application activities, reading analysis (and more) in a variety of whole class instruction, group collaboration and individual work. Students will have the second part of class to apply their knowledge by using Canvas to submit assignments and take assessments. Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek my assistance as they work with the new concepts. Canvas is updated daily with make-up work, lessons, assignments, email, announcements and more. Students are expected to bring their school-issued Chromebook to class each day. Personal computers and mobile devices will not be allowed as a substitute.
How to Offer Support:
Parents are encouraged to sign up for a Canvas Observer account. As the saying goes, "it takes a village to raise a child" and I'm excited to work together with you. Please visit the following links for more information. Grades and attendance will continue to be posted in Focus; however, Canvas will contain announcements, due dates, assignment status, grading feedback, etc. Please feel welcome to email me any time. (Note: Allow up to 48 hours for a reply, not including holidays and weekends.)
Parent Canvas Observer Instructions:
How to Navigate Canvas for Ms. Parsons' English Class (for students & parent observers):
Mrs. Hilary Parsons
Lawton Chiles High School