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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991
Jeff Olsen

Olsen, Jeff

Current Position: 12th grade English AP Teacher at Belton High School

How did you get to be a teacher?

A year after returning to the University of Texas (UT) to complete my Bachelor of Arts in English and obtain a teaching certificate in Secondary Language Arts, I accepted a position as a 12th-grade AP English teacher at Belton High School.

What grade do you teach, and where?

This will be my second year in the classroom, following a very successful tenure as an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher at Hutto Middle School. Sixty-four of the sixty-five students I worked with last year passed Texas's new TAKS exam in April - it's amazing how a little juvenile humor can get middle-schoolers excited about their work! As I prepare to teacher older students next year, I am optimistic that they will benefit from my background in British and World Literature. I particularly remember taking courses taught by Dr. Lance Bertelsen, Dr. Neville Hoad and Dr. Linda Ferreira-Buckley - all of whom I recommend as great teachers and scholars.

What else do you do with your time?

Never content with just one pursuit, I also work evenings on the sports desk at the Temple Daily Telegram and am currently taking graduate classes in English Literature with the goal of eventually teaching dual-credit courses at my high school. Having been a member of two NCAA championship swimming teams at Texas I also keep up with the sport by volunteering my time with the Belton High swim team. I have, however, promised to take at least one day off when my wife, Susan, gives birth to our fourth child, due in early September!

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