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Prepare students to successfully meet the challenges of the future.

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Bean Klusendorf

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About Me
High School
Teaching Grade
9th, 11th, 12th
Education Focus
Welcome and thanks for viewing my teacher page on our high school website.

I have been teaching at SJHS since 2005. Prior to that, I taught English for eleven years in two Chicago area school districts and in Boston. I moved to St. Joseph in 1999, and for five years I taught summer writing classes and worked year-round with students on SAT and ACT preparation and on college application essays.

In addition to teaching five sections of English, I'm involved in curriculum projects and long-term planning for K-12 English Language Arts. I also conduct summer workshops and offer one-on-one coaching for college application essay writing.

My teaching philosophy is this: I believe in pushing students, showing them what they can accomplish.  With effective instruction and support, they can do amazing things.  I continuously remind them that though they live in a small town, they live in a global world--and they need to be prepared for it.  I will encourage them to know their world, become informed, think critically, communicate effectively, work hard, learn every day.

When I'm not working with students, I'm usually running, swimming, reading, traveling, walking the beach, and spending time with my kids, Christopher and Annie, and my husband, Brian.


University of Michigan, BA English, 1987
University of Michigan, Secondary Teaching Certificate, 1987
University of Chicago, MA English Education (curriculum writing specialty), 1993 

Contacting Me:

The best way to contact me is through e-mail which I check several times a day (though not while I'm teaching).

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Best Regards,

Bean Kinney Klusendorf



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