About Mr. Armstrong

This will be my eleventh year teaching English Language Arts and my third working at Carthage High School, which I graduated from in 2005. I love being back in my hometown helping our sophomores find an appreciation for reading and writing while challenging them to discover and develop the value, depth, and power of their own voices. Hopefully this will be a year of daring greatly and learning bravely.



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Day Zero. Daring Greatly

Dear Student,

You are probably both excited and terrified by whatever comes next after high school. So much about the next few years is unknown, unknowable, beyond your control - or so it can seem. If you are anything like me, that truth is both exhilarating and overwhelming. You want to go there, do this, or study that; first, however, you have to get money, get hired, get accepted. One week, you know exactly who you are and what you want to do; the next, many of you would gladly let someone else make those decisions for you. There can be a lot of pressure to get it right all the time.

The future is uncharted territory, and there is not a map to tell us the perfect path to our desired destination. Sometimes we don't always know or care where we end up. Regardless, it is up to each of us to forge our own paths, steer our ships, and push forward into whatever lies ahead. Because staying the same is not an option. We are all always changing.

The world is in need of the person you will become. If you are up to the challenge.

(You may be, even if you think you are not.)

The themes, readings, writings, and discussions this year are meant to challenge you to have the conversations that need to be had, to push you past your comfort zone and into the wild unknown, while also developing the essential skills required for whatever comes next in your life. As you read, write, listen, think, watch, talk, and research your way through the work of this class, I hope you will be reminded that the story of your life is yours to write.

Show up. Be seen. Do the work. Dare greatly.

-Mr. Armstrong