Hello all! I am ecstatic to be re-joining the Pittsford community. As an alumna of the PCSD, I am honored to join a collective of like-minded individuals that are dedicated to uplifting student identities. I have always had an affinity for literature. I learned to read at the budding age of three, unaware that this ordinary skill would cultivate into a lifelong passion. I received books as Christmas presents, spent my recesses curled up in the library, and “back in the day” I was that enthusiastic student that was enrolled in every English elective my senior year.
Secondly, you are probably wondering how to pronounce my ridiculously long last name. For brevity, I shortened it to “Wijnaendts” for school; we need to maintain our sanity when we are working with MLA format! Unfortunately, my last name does not remotely sound like what it “looks like”. The phonetic pronunciation is vi.nah.nce. I like to tell my students to think of vi (rhyming with eye) and nah ( as in “Nah! That is crazy”).
I aim to cultivate a classroom of self-assured students that actively participate in a culture of learning. All students have their own unique literacies; it is my privilege to help them hone their strengths.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature - University of Vermont
- Master of Science in Secondary English Education (Grades 7-12) & Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership - University of Rochester
- English Teacher -EPIK(English Program in Korea) - Daegu, South Korea
- English Teacher- Colexio Plurilingüe San Xosé da Guía - Vigo, Spain
- 7th Grade English Teacher - Rochester City School District
My passport is filled with entry stamps. I’ve traveled to 15 countries and I’ve resided in three (not including the United States). I actually met my husband when I was studying abroad in Canterbury, England!
I have a natural inclination to read dystopian and tragic literature. I also love the Gothic literary tradition. I find it oddly fitting that I am drawn toward the uncanny considering I was born in October.
I have a black pug named Chloe.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my favorites My pug My husband and I in Amsterdam