South O'Brien School District

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Mission: Our mission is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

Mrs. Jessica Mattheis

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Welcome to the 7th Grade Language Arts page!

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

A little bit about me:

My name is Jessica Mattheis, and this is my very first year at South O’Brien!  I’m very excited to be here!  I grew up in Laurens, Iowa, and graduated from Laurens-Marathon High School in 2006.  Following high school, I attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, graduating summa cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre.  When I graduated from college, I never thought I would be a teacher!  It wasn’t until after I began working as a paraeducator and speech coach in a different school district that I decided teaching might be for me.  I went back to BVU in 2015 and got my teaching license in English/Language Arts, as well as Speech/Theatre.  I am currently attending the University of Northern Iowa, working on my Master’s of Education in Literacy.

Outside of school, I enjoying reading, writing, keeping up with the ever-changing world of theatre, watching sports (Go Hawks!) and spending time outdoors.  My husband, Denis, and I live in Aurelia, but we enjoy traveling to South O’Brien for as many events as we can.

What I teach:

I currently teach two sections of 7th grade language arts.  In my classroom, we’re working on becoming great writers.  Students use interactive notebooks, creative writing journals, group work, and a variety of other activities to sharpen their writing skills.

7th Grade Language Arts Syllabus

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