Mrs. Bolen grew up in Nashville, Tennessee before attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a double minor in Religious Studies and Spanish. After graduation, she joined Teach for America and relocated to Dallas, Texas, where she earned her teaching certifications for middle school and English as a Second Language. In 2016, she moved to San Antonio to join her husband who is in the Air Force. There, she continued teaching middle school English and also earned her certification to teach Journalism. Mrs. Bolen moved to Los Angeles this summer and is so excited to be joining the NDA family.
In Mrs. Bolen’s English class, students will grow as readers through engaging with relevant and meaningful texts from a variety of genres that will expose them to diverse ideas and cultures. Students will have opportunities to read independently to improve comprehension and to practice using self-monitoring strategies. They will also read with peers and as a whole class in order to discuss and analyze theme, author’s craft, imagery in text, etc. Students will also develop their writing skills through authentic writing tasks such as literary responses, persuasive essays, and research papers. They will spend time learning about the traits of writing in order to improve the style and structure of their writing. Mrs. Bolen emphasizes the importance of evidence in her classroom. Students will learn how to seek out the strongest evidence to support their ideas both in discussion and in their writing.