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Ms. Leanne Otten
6th & 7th Grade ELA/Lit Teacher
Rm. 30
Office Hours:  Tuesday at Lunch and by Appointment

I am new to Woodside this year and will be teaching 6th and 7th grade ELA and a blogging elective. I feel honored to join this wonderful group of staff and students.

This is my fourth year teaching middle school, and I enjoy it more every year. I started out in Santa Clara Unified as an 8th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher before I accepted a position at Redwood Middle School in Saratoga Union School District teaching 8th and 6th grade ELA/Social Studies. I also served on the curriculum adoption committee in the piloting process for new ELA curriculum and was a member of the District Leadership Team.

I grew up in Santa Clara and currently live in San Jose. I graduated from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) with a BA in English and a Technical Communications Certificate. For a short time, I wrote a few articles for local magazines and interned at NASA Ames as a copyeditor. After I received a TESL certificate and considered teaching abroad, I actually ended up teaching preschool for a year before pursuing a credential from San Jose State. I have a Multiple Subject Credential as well as English and Social Science Single Subject Credentials. I love teaching, learning from, and having fun with students!