“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.” -John Keats
Writing is a process of thought–an idea that largely inspired this blog. It’s a vehicle for observing and understanding our thoughts and the world around us. I think, more than anything, that’s what I love about it. In both engaging in language and creating it, we develop and deeper understanding of ourselves and the shared experiences of others.
My name is Katy Goodman. Previously, I was a public affairs wordcrafter for the Department of Homeland Security, and a writing teacher at Auburn University and the College of Charleston. Now I’m a vehement high school English teacher and freelance writer who focuses on language, rhetoric, education, nature/conservation, life, and the processes that stem from all of these things. I also am heavily involved in naturalism and wildlife rehabilitation.
While I write when I can, I am first and foremost an educator. My students are the source of my own inspiration. My work is fueled by education reformation and the teaching of critical thinking and writing. How can we use writing to allow our students to have a voice? How can we encourage learning through interaction rather than lecture? How can teachers be catalysts for thought, rather than the regurgitation of information? How can we break down barriers for children who have disabilities? How do we make it all relevant? This blog is ultimately a culmination of professional portfolio, reflections and observations about life, and also high school classroom adventures.
PS: I’d love to hear from you! If you have any inquiries, requests, collaborations, or want more information on volunteering with kids/wildlife/educational organizations and charities please contact me at Katgoodman@outlook.com, or on the form below.