English

WHERE CAN I FIND...?

***Ms. Kolb***
Room 203, Periods 1, 3 and Room 2019, Period 5
English Department/office
kkolb@pausd.org

***Mr. Bautista***
Room 214, Periods 1, 5, 7
English Department/office
cbautista@pausd.org

***Class Materials and Homework Assignments***
Assignments and materials for English class are posted in the unit files on Schoology.

Weekly homework assignments are written on the white board in class and posted on Schoology.

Link: https://schoology.pausd.org/

***TEAM Teacher Profile!***
Mr. Bautista

1. How many years have you been teaching and which classes?

I’m a fourth year teacher who has taught in Oakland, Vallejo, and Richmond. I have experience teaching middle school and all years of high school. I’ve taught math (Algebra and Geometry), American history, and English, but for now I’m primarily an English teacher.

2. What are you looking forward to this year in TEAM and why?

My teaching experience has involved helping students in transitional phases in their lives (middle school to high school, high school to college), and TEAM provides a structured program to help with freshmen transition into high school.

3. What is your favorite or least favorite expression that your students say?

Whenever I teach Shakespeare I open up with a lesson on Shakespearean insults. I enjoy when students use these sayings in their regular conversations. Nothing is more satisfying when I overhear students calling each other sanctimonious pirates and luxurious mountain goats.

I hate it when students ask "Is this the right answer?" The thing about English is that there isn't always a right answer. What matters is your use of evidence and your flow of logic that backs up your answer. So don't ask me that.

4. What do you like to do outside of school?

I go to the gym outside of school. I believe that in order to fulfill our full potential as humans we must cultivate both our intellect and our physical selves. Also, teaching is a stressful profession and exercising provides stress relief for me.

I also enjoy spending time with my cats because they do not ask me if their work is graded yet. Their names are Chicken and Waffle.

5. What is the coolest thing you did this summer?

I'm big on video games. I own every major Nintendo release and own almost all the new generation technology. I repurposed a bookshelf and created a display my video game consoles, complete with spotlights to to showcase each system. Each console is also fully functional is connected to my television for easy access.

***TEAM Teacher Profile!***
Ms. Kolb

1. How many years have you been teaching at Paly and which subject(s)?

I've been a teacher here for 15 years, but with a LOA for a 1 semester maternity leave and an LOA for one year.
I have taught Freshmen English 9 & 9A, Sophomore English 10 & 10A, and American Lit.
Additionally, I have been a 9th grade TA for many of those 15 years.

2. What is your favorite TEAM activity or event and why?

Yosemite: The park is beautiful and it is THE event when I really bond with and get to know my students as whole people.

3. What is your favorite or least favorite expression that your students say?

My favorite expressions change from year to year and class to class. Teen lingo cracks me up and keeps me feeling young.

4. What do you like to do outside of school?

Hands down, I like to hang out or travel with my husband and two children. I also love hiking, skiing, cooking, Pilates, and being with my extended family and close friends.

5. What is the coolest thing you did this summer?

I went on a 5 day canoeing trip down the Green River in Utah. It was amazing and I got a chance to meet some really great people. Ms. Brimhall went too!