Hello! My name is Callie Kitchen!
I currently teach Writing and General Education courses full-time at the University of California, Merced.
I have a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Teaching Writing. I graduated from California State University, Stanislaus.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from California State University at Stanislaus.
For the last three years I have been actively involved with the Great Valley Project as a teaching consultant. As a teaching consultant for the Great Valley Writing Project, I was offered a unique opportunity to team up with the California Writing Project and Common Sense Media. Through this partnership I was trained during the summer of 2014 to be an Accelerated Educator. My work as a member of the GVWP Graphite team is designed to help teachers throughout the Central Valley and Greater Sacramento areas discover, use, and share digital tools for the classroom through participation in Graphite, Common Sense Media’s latest resource. Accelerated Educators have significant experience using technology to enrich and enhance learning, and currently hold a leadership position supporting teachers in the effective integration of technology into teaching. Through this project I have been able to help other teachers utilize technology in the classroom and I have implemented several of Graphite’s apps into my own classroom at UC Merced. This experience has reminded me that the educational world is constantly changing and that I can be a part of that change.
As an instructor of writing, I think that it is important for me to practice what I preach and continue developing my own craft. Although I write with my students during class on a daily basis, I find that it is also important to write outside of the classroom. Whether I write for publication purposes, or simply for reflection, being a part of the writing process is essential for my effectiveness as a writing instructor. As such, I recently published an article in the California Association of Teachers of English’s journal titled California English. My article, “Snails on the Classroom Racetrack,” provided me with the opportunity to reflect back on my teaching experiences, a practice that I now attempt to apply daily.
You can also read more of my writing here: www.calliekitchen.com