Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Maddison Schaefer
Introduction -- New Beginnings
Meet Ms. Maddison Schaefer. She is new in town in every sense of the word: new to Colorado, new to High Plains, and a fresh-outta-the-package, mint condition graduate ready to start chapter one of her career teaching 7th/8th grade ELA. She is thrilled to be taking these first steps at High Plains and is eager to grow as an educator and learn something new everyday alongside students and staff.
Backstory -- Oceans Behind and Mountains Ahead
A CO native by birthright if not upbringing, she decided it would be a great idea to drive all of her belongings and Kida, her dog of unknown breed--suspected Schnauzer mix--to Fort Collins, CO from her hometown of Chula Vista, CA (a very big but lesser known city south of San Diego and 7 miles north of the U.S.- Mexico border). Spoilers: it was a great idea and she has been enjoying the change of scenery immensely. Especially the literal change of scenery that comes with experiencing actual seasons for the first time in her life.
As far as teaching goes, it all started when she began working as a BSA camp counselor while pursuing her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. It kind of spiraled from there. After a variety of teaching experiences, from working in a wild 1st grade classroom in San Diego to teaching English to shy Czech students in Prague, to helping struggling students graduate at an independent study charter school, she decided to become a double alumna at UCSD and spent two years simultaneously earning her Teaching Credential with an Endorsement in English and a Master’s in Education.
About the Author -- A Nerd in Progress
Ms. Schaefer has always had a passion for words and stories and all the magic they can contain within them. In her free time, whenever she can grab hold of such an elusive thing, she is either devouring these words and stories through various mediums (novels, movies, shows, graphic novels, video games, non-fiction) or taking the role of creator, writing novels and creating artwork, playing tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, and participating in many online communities, through which she has connected with other creators across the globe. (Yes, she does go outside too; her non-homebody hobbies include travelling, hiking, going to Disneyland, and attending nerdy conventions).
Her goal is to help her students become critical consumers of diverse texts, empowered weavers of words, advocates for themselves and what they care about, enthusiastic collaborators, and lifelong learners who respect the power of language to build empathy and shape how we experience the world and ourselves.