Hello, there! My name is Tricia Ebarvia, and and since 2001, I have been teaching English at Conestoga High School outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I currently teach ninth grade World Literature as well as AP English Language & Composition and AP Seminar. Past courses include AP Literature & Composition, American literature, and European literature.
As an educator with 15 years of experience, I believe that developing a love of learning begins with a love of reading—a love I try to foster each day in the classroom. I also believe that developing student voice is not only an important skill in writing, but a necessary one for students to become engaged, informed citizens.
I’ve always believed teaching to be a vocation—from the Old French, “a calling”
Each year, I invite students to ask me questions, usually via index card during the opening week of school. Inevitably, a student asks what my dream job would be. It’s an interesting question, because it assumes that my dream job would be something other than teaching. But the truth is, I can’t imagine doing anything else but teaching. I’ve always believed teaching to be a vocation—from the Old French, “a calling”—and not just a job. My hope for my students is that they find their passion: something that they’re willing to work hard to do well, something that contributes positively to the world, and something that they’ll be proud to say they do for a living. . . because that’s how I feel about teaching.
In addition to teaching, I am also the faculty co-advisor for the senior class and the faculty sponsor of our school’s TED Talks student organization. I also participate on various district curriculum and technology committees. Outside of school, I serve as a Co-Director for the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP), a site of the National Writing Project (NWP). In addition to my blog here, I contribute bi-monthly to the “From the Classroom” column on the PAWLP website and monthly to MovingWriters.org. In May 2016, I was excited and humbled to be named to the second cohort of Heinemann Fellows, an action-research “think tank” of teachers led by Ellin Keene—I am looking forward to see where that work takes me! (Please note that opinions expressed here and elsewhere are my own and not necessarily reflective of my employer.)
Outside of school, you can find me spending time with my husband as we raise our three boys. Because they are growing up too fast, I document our lives through my passion for photography. Our young Jedi-in-training remind me every day that learning can be—and should be—filled with wonder and joy.
I love learning from fellow educators – feel free to connect with me on social media or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.