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Erin Donevan

Job Title:

English Teacher




Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



BA English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and Music
Kalamazoo College, Masters in Effective Teaching, Sposato Graduate School of Education

Originally from:

Dexter, Michigan

Why I Teach:

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Why are the subjects you teach important?:

English class teaches us about the world and our place in it. It is empowers us to speak our truth and to deeply listen to the truths of others. Studying English made me both more kind and more fierce and I hope that it allows my students to become fuller versions of themselves as well.

Favorite quotes:

"Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination" Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
"You do not have to be good/ You do not have to walk on your knees/or a hundred miles through the desert repenting/You only have to let the soft animal of your body/love what it loves"" Wild Geese, Mary Oliver.

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Recommended reads:

The Broken Earth Trilogy by NK Jemison

Hobbies or outside interests:

Podcasts, Hammocks, listening to and singling along to music, easy walks in the woods, mornings on the beach, being silly with my babies, mindfulness

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