About

Welcome to my blog!  I am an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville, Georgia.
buffy-at-lakewood-park-originalI have twenty five years of experience in public education, and I am passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for learners of all ages.   My interests include literacy learning experiences, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, and writing literacies.  I especially love writing instruction and embrace a studio/workshop approach to teaching literacy skills with young people.

In addition, I’m a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker who loves dogs, shopping, running, music, and poetry.  In addition to blogging here, I have previously blogged for DMLcentral.

My career path began with 20 years of service to the Cherokee County School District as an English teacher, technology specialist, and school librarian.  I moved to Cleveland, Ohio in January 2013 to serve as the Learning Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library.  When my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in late June 2013, I returned home to Georgia and resumed my career in Georgia public schools.  In the last five years, I’ve served as a media specialist at Norcross High and Chattahoochee High, an 11th and 12th Language Arts teacher at Lanier High, and a Title I Writing teacher at Chestatee Academy.   My heart truly lies in being a literacy educator and working in the classroom with students.

The content and opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone except myself, nor are they endorsed by anyone except myself.    Please visit my professional portfolio at http://www.buffyjhamilton.wordpress.com, or you can learn more about me and my work here.

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