8th Grade English
My name is Christina Nersesian and I’m truly excited for the upcoming school year! This will be my 6th year as an English Language Arts teacher and my 1st year at New West Charter, where I’m thrilled to have found a collection of educators, students and families who are wholly welcoming and committed to fostering today’s youth. I love being an English teacher because literature is everywhere and language manipulation is one of the most vital skills to develop as our kids go through school and emerge into the professional world. Finding ways to express themselves appropriately, accurately and adequately through any medium – let that be visual or written – will set them up for success in the future as they navigate their futures careers, professions, and more.
I graduated from the University of California in Irvine in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literary Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Media Studies. I wrote in the Features and Entertainment sections for the New University Newspaper and had a radio show at KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine called “The Motley Music Show” during my time in school. As print media shifted to the more economical digital media, finding a lucrative start to a career in journalism was few and far between after graduation. I always loved teaching, though, and reveled in the Literature classes I took in college for my Minor in English and the literary nonfiction I read in my Literary Journalism classes. With these facts of life before me, I decided to pursue a career in teaching and attended the University of Southern California and in 2011, I received my Master of Arts degree in Teaching and teaching credential for Secondary English Language Arts.
Teaching is great because you can expose your students to the world they live in from a constructive and analytical lens that will prepare them for the equally important wonders and trials life will offer. Building these skills and perspectives in 8th grade are vital as students stand at a pivotal crossroads leaving childhood behind to embark on the start of rest of their lives in freshman year. By being consistently conscious of best practices in the classroom and the individual needs of each learner walking through my door, we will together explore language, its usage, and how to utilize our abilities to find the best modes of expression for every situation and perspective. Just like there is no one similar whole-life experience, there is no one type of learner and I look forward to sharing a space where your kids can build and develop their skills as building blocks for success in middle school and beyond.