“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!"
-- Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
Courses and Resources
Below, you will find links to the courses I teach this year. Find your class and explore the resources for your class. You can also view a calendar of important deadlines and dates, check out the downloads page for useful materials to download and print, or take a look at the software page for a selection of freeware and open-source software. Enjoy!
A new school year is a beginning, and a beginning is a great place to start.
Whether you are a senior with three years of high school experience under your belt, or a first-year freshman who feels a bit bewildered by the chaos of your first week at Rutherford, let me welcome you to my classroom.
Just so you know, this is an exciting year for me. I am beginning my thirtieth year at Rutherford High School. That’s right – 30 years. There is a good chance I taught some of your parents, and if I did, don’t believe everything they said about me. Unless it was all good, in which case you should consider every word they said to be the gospel truth.
In 1985, when I started teaching at Rutherford, Ronald Reagan was the President, the first Nintendo game system was sold in the US, Microsoft released Windows 1.0, and The Cosby Show was the most popular show on TV.
Needless to say, things have changed.
What hasn’t changed is this: Rutherford High School was then and still is today the best high school in Bay County, and Rutherford’s teachers and administrators are here to help you be successful, whatever it takes.
This site can help you do that. You’ll find resources for all my classes, including downloadable class materials, useful web links, even a section of completely free and legal software to help you be more productive or take a well-deserved break.
So roll up your sleeves, keep an open mind, treat your classmates and instructors with respect, and together we will make this your best school year yet.
I hope you love good books and enjoy lively discussions. I hope you enjoy writing and sharing your ideas. And I hope you like the aroma of coffee.
In case you were wondering, I’m the third one from the left. The three smiling young ladies were students in my AP Lit & Comp class last year, who decided to follow my fashion sense on “Dress as your Favorite Teacher Day.”