Hello, there! My name is Tricia Ebarvia, and since 2001, I have been teaching high school English outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I serve as Department Chair and currently teach American Literature and AP English Language & Composition.
AS AN EDUCATOR, I believe that developing a love of learning begins by centering students’ natural curiosity and nurturing 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.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, 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.
NOTE: Please note that opinions expressed here and elsewhere are my own and not necessarily reflective of any of my employers or other affiliations.