Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Liberal Arts Sacramento State University K-12 Teaching Credential Program, San Jose State University Highly Qualified in Language Arts SEI Certification Master Teacher University of Arizona
Mrs. Sharon Silvas
8th Grade Language Arts
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Welcome to my Language Arts Webpage. My teaching career began in 1993, and I have been teaching Language Arts at Wilson K-8 since March of 2000. I have 28 years of teaching experience in the middle school. I was born and raised in San Bruno, California, and lived in the Northern California Bay Area until 1999 when my family relocated here to Tucson. My husband and I have two children, a daughter who is a full time RRT at Phoenix Children's Hospital and a Real Estate Agent, and a son who is an FAA aircraft mechanic working with Tucson Aerotek. My husband is on the coaching staff here at Wilson, coaching football, basketball, and baseball. He certainly enjoys working with th middle school athletes. My most passionate hobby is running and training as a competitive marathoner and 70.3 triathlete. My love for sports extends my teaching work day, as I am also the Head Coach of Wilson's Cross Country and track team, as well as a local Run Club team as well.
Defining Moment in My Education
Through the years, I found a level of connectedness with middle school students that was energizing. The daily exposure to their inquisitiveness, uniqueness, and desire to figure out how to manipulate themselves in their ever changing world was a challenge I felt compelled to pursue. Helping students learn new curriculum and seeing their confidence increase with each success, continues to motivate me to work hard in my profession. As I reflect on the students I have taught over the years, I am always in awe in regards to the responsiblity and impact I have on future generations.
Core Educational Beliefs
"Gentle pressure, relentlessly applied." I believe that student's rise to the expectations of the teacher. I expect them to be thinkers and contributers in the classroom and take repsonsibilty for their learning. I do not give up on students and this includes pushing them to persevere with content that may be difficult or time consuming. We learn from asking questions and from being creatively stimulated to explore. Today's students need to be engaged in their learning and I know it is my responsibilty to encourage, motivate, and remind students that they are all capable learners and important individuals.