I grew up and went to school and grad school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--where folks eat fried jumbo and chip chopped ham sandwiches and love the Steelers.
I’ve been a pizza cook, library page, mac lab assistant, hardwood oven pizza cook(real fire!), admin assistant, mailroom clerk, production assistant, software engineer, team lead, deli worker, library clerk, managing editor and editor of a literary magazine, community college professor, graduate school lecturer, editor of a monthly community newspaper, and finally--starting here at Peoria--a high school English teacher.
I mention this not because I want you to know I make a mean pizza (though I do) but because the skills we’ll be working on in the classroom are ones that I have used in every one of those jobs--planning and organizing, critical thinking, clear communication, and well-reasoned argument aren’t just things you have to do to pass an English class. I believe they are tools that will help you get what you want out of life, and I believe that because I know how they helped me.
I also mention this because you are already better at these skills than you know because you use them all the time.