About Me

Welcome to GradingGirl! -The Tender Loving Critic


I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve had these initials and put my passions to good use when I became a high school National Board Certified English teacher.  Never the same day twice, I have the best clients in the world – my students!  They inspire me and remind me of my own daughter, a USC graduate enjoying a rewarding career in entertainment public relations.

When not teaching, I can be spotted at the gym as I crave exercise daily.  My goal is to maintain fitness so that I may embark upon a third career in personal training and nutrition once I retire from teaching.  I say third because as much as I’ve wanted to be a teacher since playing school as a child, I worked in the business sector as a speech writer and product manager prior to teaching.  Today, I feel very lucky to be able to use that background to help students connect what we do in the classroom to what they will do in their future lives and careers.

Thank you for sharing in this conversation and feel free to comment along the way.  Just as I provide feedback to my students, I more than welcome the opportunity for learning from my readers.   A foreshadow of my blogging days came back in my third year of teaching in Spring 2004, when I presented and published “Journaling the Novel in Cyberspace” project for Illinois Association of Teachers of English . . . before it was even considered “social” media.   In other words, I’ve always believed in authentic connections to enhance the learning experience.

**Please note that any and all material I present here is of my own opinion and not of the school district I’m blessed to work for.  In fact, this is my personal blog. If you’d like to take a peek at what I do during the school day, refer to my professional site: TheresaLChristensen.com.

Thank you and Have a Beautiful Day!! 



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