Of course, to continue to grow as a reader, children should be reading.  Parents can encourage or require their children to read (or do any other school work) that they deem in the best interests of helping their child grow.  

    Here are some resources:

    Audible Free Stories - Free "as long as schools are out" - audiobooks

    Epic  - Free books and audiobooks-- Reply to me if you want the home access enabled for free - I have to send you a link.

    NCKids digital library -- "Borrow" digital and audio books from the Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston County - Use your student ID# for the password. 


    In an uncertain time, books and stories can provide comfort and an escape.  Please know that I am with you, I want to encourage you that "this too shall pass".  I specifically enjoy reading historical fiction books, both to learn the history and also to realize that people throughout history have overcome huge challenges. 

    Thank you for all your support, and again, please ask me any questions you have.

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Mrs. Von Hoene

Phone: 919-359-2769


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A., English Education, N.C. State University M.Ed., English Education, N.C. State University National Board Certification in Early Adolescence English Language Arts, 2004, renewed 2014 Certified in grades 6-12 English Language Arts, grades K-12 Special Education, and grades 6-8 Social Studies Scholastic Book Club online code: M39CC

Mrs. Von Hoene

Welcome to my class!  This is my 17th year of teaching.  I graduated from N.C. State University and have my Master's degree in English Education, also from N.C. State University.  I have been a National Board Certified teacher since 2004.  I have taught mostly in Wake County schools, starting out by teaching high school English for six years. I mostly taught 9th grade when I was teaching high school English, and I loved helping students set up good study and organizational habits to help them get started in high school.  I realized that I would enjoy helping middle school students even more.  Starting when my first child was born, I took some time off to be a stay at home mom.  I worked part-time for a few semesters teaching beginning English courses at Wake Technical Community College.  I then taught 8th grade language arts at an alternative school in Wake County for three years and spent one year teaching special education. I have spent the past seven years teaching middle school.  

My husband is also a teacher, and we have three wonderful children. We have two dogs, one cat, one hamster, several fish, and one snail.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, gardening, and camping.  My family likes to travel and explore national parks, state parks, and theme parks.  My weeknights and weekends are most often spent taking my kids to their activities and cheering them on at soccer games, which I love to watch.  

I believe that literacy is the key to all other learning and future job opportunities.  However, I also believe in incorporating various subject areas into our studies as we read and write about issues in science, social studies, math, and electives that are interesting and relevant to students.  I encourage students to read books we will explore together in class as well as books they select for themselves.  I believe that students can start where they are and grow in their reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening skills in various ways.  I like to try new strategies and encourage students to personalize their learning by setting goals and asking questions of their own.  I love learning about almost anything, reading aloud, talking about stories, and listening to kids tell their own stories.  



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