Camp, Jena

Ms. Camp

Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to English for Speakers of Other Languages!

I am thrilled to be your child's teacher this year! This is my third year at Jefferson High School, but have been teaching for 30 years, and I love it!  I was born in Texas and raised in Texas, England, and Oklahoma.  I graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1974 and earned a BA from Reed College in 1978 and an MA from The University of Chicago in 1983

My degrees are in anthropology, and my Texas teaching certification is for English, grades 4-12, with ESL endorsement and GT hours.  I have taught English as a second language in Chiapas (Mexico), Chicago, and El Paso; English-Spanish Co-learning in Oregon and El Paso, and Family Reading Circles in Chicago, Oregon, and El Paso.

I have taught arts-enriched content in both Spanish and English in Canutillo, Ysleta, El Paso, and Socorro ISDs, in collaboration with my late husband, our son, and other musicians and teaching artists such as Rosa Guerrero and Nancy Green.

For the past 15 years, I've played with the cross-border, Latin American musical group, Ceiba, and since 1985 I've worked with community-based organizations, school districts, community colleges, libraries, and funders to create and sustain educational programs that give learners of all ages the responsibility and resources we need to make a better world for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

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Classroom Expectations
The students in my class should treat each other with respect. In Blue Highways, author William Least Heat Moon quotes a Hopi student who shares Spider Grandmother's two rules:  "She said, 'Don't go around hurting each other,' and she said, 'Try to understand things.'"  I think those rules are good anywhere, including the classroom.