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English Teacher

I’m Becca and I teach Middle School English ELA. My passion for literature developed at a young age, fueled by suggestions and recommendations from my own teachers and mentors. I am excited to share this passion with the students at Mountain West Montessori Academy. My favorite part about English is learning how the same pieces of writing can have different meanings for different readers, and examining the reasons behind that.

My devotion to literature followed me to the University of Utah, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in English in 2012. While in school, I coached a water polo team for 7-12th graders, which I really enjoyed. It was my first experience teaching in any capacity, and I loved being able to pass on my skills and experience.

Shortly after graduation, I got a job in marketing. After a few years, I didn't feel that it was the best fit for my career. I desperately missed discussing literature and writing, so I decided to pursue my MA while I hunted for a career path that involved those things. I moved to Oxford, England, where I got my Master’s Degree in English at Oxford Brookes University in 2015. My favorite part about living in Oxford was seeing the sites of inspiration for C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, both among my favorite authors. During this time, I got to do a lot of traveling and exploring, feeding into my need for adventure.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, baking, swimming, and cross-country skiing, as well as going to plays and concerts. Reading has always been my favorite hobby—my favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

Email: bbumgarner@mwmacademy.org