• Mrs. Winfrey's Homepage 

    English 9 / Room 505

    Stack of Books

    Welcome to Higley High School to the upcoming freshman class!  Thank you for visiting my homepage.   

    This will be my third year at Higley High School and thirteenth year of teaching.  Previously, I taught in IL and then we decided to get out of the cold and move to AZ.  After all, you don't have to shovel sunshine.  It has been a wonderful experience meeting new people and traveling in this beautiful state.

    I will keep my teacher page the same throughout the year as we will use other means of communication for this English 9 course.  For daily updates and class assignments, we will use Edmodo.  Once classes begin, I will post the class codes for both Edmodo and TurnItIn.com.  I will send group emails regularly to update parents and guardians on upcoming class novels, assignments or projects.  Please make sure to update your email address with the front office to ensure receiving these important announcements.  In addition, a paper copy of the syllabus will be provided the first day of class for review and signature.  Syllabus acknowledgments will be due at the end of the week, but a copy will be on my teacher page all year for reference.

    Background:

    Bachelors - earned a BA in English and Communications from University of Illinois

    Masters - currently earning my MEd at Walden University in Curriculum and Instruction

    I worked in the corporate world before realizing my goals of becoming a teacher.  This combination of experiences allows me to help students understand how their skills and lessons they learn in school will transfer to the 'real' world.

    Teaching Philosophy:

    Every student has the ability to achieve success.  The finish line may be the same for my classes, but the path to getting there may be as unique as the student themselves.  A positive and productive environment is created by all of us and we will be there to support each other along the way.  My role model as a teacher is Anne Sullivan.  She was able to teach Helen Keller, despite all of her obstacles, by setting high expectations yet aiding her in meeting those expectations with dignity and respect.  Where other teachers left, gave up or were fired from teaching Helen, Anne Sullivan persevered and what a miracle it was indeed.  Helen's intelligence was there the whole time and Anne helped navigate its course. I feel I am a facilitator of learning and wisdom and knowledge are gained by students as they navigate through the academic year and beyond.  I will also set high expectations, believing my students can achieve them, and fully understand I am teaching the whole child not just the academic component of the learning process. 

    One of my favorite inspirational quotes from Anne Sullivan:  "a strenuous effort must be made to train young people to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives."

    Helpful Information to start the year is listed below.

    Supply List: 

     - (One) 1.5- to 3-inch binder- no built-in folders; no accordion style 
     - (Six - Seven) Colored tabs- one for each class period
     - (Two) Loose-leaf paper packages
     - Pens
     - Pencils
     - Highlighters - (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) 
     - (One) 3-hole punched pencil case/pouch 

    Office Hours: 

    Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15 - 3:00; please check class reminder board and Edmodo for weekly updates as this may change due to scheduled meetings.  Appointments are also welcome.

    Accessibility:

    The best way to contact me is by email:  danielle.winfrey@husd.org.  Or by phone 480-279-7300 and I will return your call as soon as possible.

    I'm looking forward to a great year.  Go Knights!