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 six years teaching middle school English language arts, including last year at Riverwood Middle.

My husband is also a teacher, and we have three wonderful children who are in the 3rd, 7th, and 9th grades.  We have two dogs, one hamster, six fish, and three snails.  (I'm not counting the tadpoles and crayfish, who are temporary guests.)  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.  It really is a beautiful game!  

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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