At Westside High School in Omaha, English and drama teacher Teresa Fischer requires active participation from all students. Since she assumed responsibility for the school's drama department in 2002, student enrollment has tripled. Miss Fischer has also developed the theater curriculum by adding two more semesters of course work for drama students. She played an integral role in modifying the freshman English requirement into an integrated full-year language arts course that includes reading, writing and speaking. With the school's established modular schedule, which includes weekly large-group lectures involving 300-550 students, Miss Fischer employs instructional techniques that raise students' interest while holding them accountable for remaining actively engaged. Her drama students perform in these classes regularly, tying their portrayal to the literature being studied schoolwide. Miss Fischer's large-group techniques have been used as a model for all incoming first-year teachers in the district.
1994 University of Nebraska - Lincoln, B.A.