Degrees and Certifications:
DEGREES B.A. Literature and Language M.A. Literature M.Ed. Secondary Education CERTIFICATIONS 7-12 ELAR
Ms. Mary Kate Motley
I grew up only about an hour away in Kerrville where I graduated from our town's only public high school, Tivy. Upon graduating, I attended Texas Tech University, and followed my interests, majoring in English Literature and Language and minoring in French. I was lucky enough to study abroad in France during the summer before my senior year. While in France I visited some of my favorite cities to read about. However, I was even luckier to travel a little further north to London, the land of a number of my literary heroes. Upon graduating with honors from Texas Tech, I moved to Denton. In my three years living in Denton, I earned two masters degrees from the University of North Texas--a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Secondary Education.
I did not grow up a reader (even though my mother was a reading teacher), but instead struggled to find a book that held my interest. For years I would only read and reread the Harry Potter series, which is still a favorite. While in high school, I watched the film version of Pride and Prejudice and was instantly interested in the characters and their world. I felt compelled to read the book. After I finished Pride and Prejudice, I read all of Jane Austen's other novels. Once I finished those I started picking books up that seemed similar. Finally, as a high school student I had become a successful reader--not from any program, but from the ability to choose my book. My unusual path to literacy is one of the reasons I chose to teach. It only takes one book to make someone a reader, and I will work endlessly to help my students find their books. I believe better readers become better writers, thinkers, and people. I am so excited to work in NEISD, and even more excited to work, write, and read with my students at Madison!
What I'm Currently Reading
Things I'm Reading In Real Life
I'm currently reading The Little Friend by one of my favorite contemporary authors, Donna Tartt. I don't know if I'm loving it as much as I loved The Goldfinch, but I'm only a dozen or so pages in.
Things I'm Reading For Class
I'm also reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and The Stranger by Albert Camus so I'm ready for our first term.
Regular Bell Schedule
1st Period (8:55-9:46) Conference
2nd Period (9:52-10:45) English IV AP/Dual
3rd Period (10:51-11:40) English IV AP/Dual
4th Period (11:46-12:35) English IV AP/Dual
5th Period (12:41-1:30) English IV AP/Dual
6th Period (1:36-2:25) Lunch/Planning
7th Period (2:31-3:20)English IV GT AP/Dual
8th Period (3:26-4:15) English IV AP/Dual
(8:15 - 8:40) Tuesday and Thursday
(4:10 - 5:00) Monday
A note on tutorials: I am on campus early and stay late almost every day. Students are welcome to pop by, but I encourage you to make an appointment with me!