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Brandi Gomes

All About Mrs. Gomes

Welcome to room E-103! Be prepared for an exciting and academically rigorous year. This year all students in Mrs. Gomes’ classes will be participating in a variety of critically reading, thinking, writing, and discussion activities, as a means to prepare all students for college and professional careers. In order to be successful in class, it is essential that all students have an organized binder and take Cornell notes daily that will be checked weekly on Mondays. All students will be expected to write three pages of Cornell notes each week. While this year may seem challenging, it will also be extremely rewarding.

For those students who are entering my class for the first time, I would like to take this time to provide an overview of my education/qualifications, work history, and personal life.  I earned my BA in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara. While studying at UCSB, I studied abroad in England for a year at the University of Birmingham. After I graduated, I immediately went into work as a promotions director at several Bay Area radio stations, while also working as a freelance music journalist.  Even though I truly enjoyed working in the music business, it did not feel rewarding, and I quickly realized that teaching and academia is where I belonged. Therefore, I went back to school at Sonoma State University to obtain my teaching credential, and began my teaching career at Santa Rosa High School, followed by two years in the Lodi Unified School District, and then landing here at Rio Vista High School ten years ago. Throughout my tenure of teaching, I have taught all grade levels, but for the past nine years I have been teaching juniors, seniors, a combination of AP English Literature and AP Language, and AVID. I have also taken the AVID Coordinator role for the past ten years, and have maintained a certified AVID school the entire time. After teaching for 7 years, I noticed students struggling with writing and reading demands, and I knew that I needed to help resolve that issue, so as a means to expand my knowledge of college expectations and reading/writing demands, to better assist high school students, I returned to school and earned my masters in English Literature from Sacramento State in 2013.

In addition to teaching, I am also a mother of three wild and crazy boys, and I have a very energetic and friendly Labrador dog. My passion lies not only with reading and writing, but also with cooking, music, art, and traveling. When I’m not teaching, I like to explore nearby cities, listen to live music, go to museums, learn to cook a new cuisine, and go on adventures with my sons.

This year, you may face new challenges, but it is through the grappling of those challenges that you will persevere, and ultimately, become a stronger communicator and individual.

 

 

 

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