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Hello! My name if Lisa Maher and I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts this year at Pioneer Middle School. This is my first year at Pioneer and my first year as a middle school teacher. I started my career as a high school teacher teaching sophomores and seniors in Visalia. After eight years of teaching high school, I took four years off to stay home with my three daughters who are 8, 6, and 4. I live in Kingsburg now, but I grew up in Hanford so I am very familiar with the community and delighted to be back.
After receiving my bachelors degree in English Literature and Writing from Fresno Pacific University I married my awesome husband and went on to pursue my teaching credential and master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, both also at FPU. My hobbies outside of the classroom include running, cooking, hanging out with my husband and generally doing whatever it is our kids are into. Right now that’s dance, soccer, taekwondo, Harry Potter, and legos. My favorite novels include: Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Book Thief and I defiently enjoy a good murder mystery novel.
I am very excited to get back into the classroom and discover the joys, quirks, and challenges of middle school students! I will be working hard this year to keep you parents in the loop via email, this website and maybe some phone calls, but if anything comes up, please feel free to contact me. I am excited to guide your students through this year of ELA and my goal is that every student will be successful and enjoy their time in my classroom.