Degrees and Certifications:
BA in English Literature University of Illinois, 2002 Elementary/Middle School Certification Millikin University, 2006
Ms. Witts teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts in Room 100 at JHMS. She has been teaching for ten years, with the 2016-2017 school year being her first at DPS. Ms. Witts was born and raised in Decatur, and graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School. Her mother is also a teacher, and was the biggest inspiration in becoming a teacher herself. Ms. Witts also coaches volleyball for JHMS.
About Language Arts
7th and 8th grade Language Arts both focus on the building of skills in writing and reading. In 7th grade, students will write narrative essays, argumentative essays, and will read the novels Tangerine by Edward Bloor and The Giver by Lois Lowry. In 8th grade, students will write narrative essays, arguementative research essays, and will read the novels Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Night by Eli Wiesel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. While both classes will focus on written expression as well as reading, 8th grade Language Arts has an emphasis on literary analysis. Both 7th and 8th grade Language Arts classes utilize an arts integrated format.