Mrs. Val Keller
Eighth Grade/Jr. High English/Language Arts
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Hello, my name is Mrs. Val Keller. I am the 8th grade homeroom teacher and ELA Teacher for grades 6 through 8. I will do my best to help your student strive beyond expectations. Learning works best when students, parents, teachers and other staff members work together for the best interest of the student. It is a blessing and a privilege to be a part of your student's educational experience.
I was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. My husband John and I have been married since 1994 and we have one son, Nic, who attended St. Gerard Catholic School and graduated from Lima Central Catholic. He currently is studying at Wilmington College. Even though we only have one child, he keeps us very busy and continues to do so as he is swimming for his college team.
I received my Bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University. I worked in the city schools for 8 years before going back to school to obtain my Master's degree with a concentration on Curriculum and Instruction of English and Language Arts from The University of Phoenix.
I am always excited to discover the challenges and accomplishments that happen through the school year. 6th graders explore the Six Traits of Writing; one trait at time, to gain a better understanding of the writing process. These students will also develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills as the year progresses. Grade 7 students will continue to work with the Six Traits of Writing building on their knowledge of the wring process. They will begin to learn how to condense their writing process down to fitly minutes which will benefit them in a formal testing situation. Like 6th grade, they will also continue to develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Eighth grade is a big year. This is a year filled with many changes, struggles and growing academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Our students are preparing to enter high school next year, so we try to prepare them to be independent workers and thinkers. They will continue to use the condensed version for the writing process more fluently by expanding their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills even further. The 8th graders also have additional responsibilities within the church and school.