Hello! My name is Jennifer Walter. I live in Pleasant Gap and love being a member of the Bellefonte Area School District. I am proud to be a community member and an educator here.
I grew up in Johnstown, PA and was part of family of teachers including my grandmother, my mother, both of my sisters, 3 of my aunts, 3 of my cousins, and a nephew. Needless to say, I have a good grasp on the profession and its ins-and-outs. I graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in 1996 and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 4 years. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education of Person's With Hearing Loss and, while working one year as a long-term substitute as a Hearing Therapist in Mifflin County School District, I moved with my husband to Centre County. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a new teaching position for several years after leaving MCSD, so I worked a variety of jobs including a technical writer for a software development company, an administrative assistant at a real estate office, and a database coordinator at a financial group. These experiences prepared me for the rigor and expectations of being a teacher! However, still wanting to pursue my dream to be a teacher, I went back to IUP and earned two additional certifications in English, Composition, and Literature & Family and Consumer Sciences. In 2009, I was hired at Bellefonte Area High School as an English teacher mid-school-year, and I could not be happier with the position! During the past 7 years I've worked here I was able to go back to school and earn a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Clarion University. I am also currently working toward an additional certification in American Sign Language. Bellefonte is a wonderful place to work with a fantastic faculty, amazing administration, and excellent extra-curricular opportunities. The students are some of the best I've ever met and the parents and community are supportive as well. My career is very fulfilling and I can't wait to see what each year will bring me in experiences, surprises, and proud moments.
Personally, I am an avid reader and a big fan of television. I will read almost any genre and style and especially love the classics, young adult fantasy, and mysteries. My favorite all-time books are Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Neverending Story, The Notebook, Jane Eyre, 1984, My Sister's Keeper, Of Mice and Men, and The Seven and a Half Dealths of Evelyn Hardcastle. And, of course, I love Harry Potter and have read each book in the series multiple times. I love getting recommendations of new books to read from friends, colleagues, and students! I love to read and almost always am reading at least 2 or 3 books at a time.
As for television, I am a big fan of Psych, Supernatural, Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Schitt's Creek, and The Good Place. I don't watch anything live, though, between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Basically, I enjoy stories of all kinds, whether I'm reading them or watching them. My favorite thing about both books and TV shows is seeing characters grow and change through their circumstances and how they give messages to the readers/viewrs about life's struggles and triumphs.
As a teacher, that is where my pasion lies. I want my students to see the value in stories - real or fictional - and all that they have to offer an individual, our society, and the world. I want to show my students how writing about what they read helps us make sense of things and sort out our own thoughts so we can grow and improve. I hope that students in my class learn how reading and writing can be a path to places they never dreamed possible.