My name is Brooke Fabian and I teach College English and Honors English to Freshman and Sophomore Classes at East Boston High School. This is my eleventh year teaching at Eastie. I graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I went on to become a mental health counselor on a locked pediatric and adolescent psychiatric unit. Eventually, I became the Child Care Coordinator of two group homes and a school for children with behavior management problems. Ultimately, I left the psychiatric field to become an investigator. Consequentially, I spent two years investigating for the Roxbury Public Defenders Office. At the time, my intention was to join the Boston Police Department, but I realized that my main passion has always been around serving adolescents. I won a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers, a state program that recruits teachers out of other career paths. I became ELA certified through MINT and began teaching that Fall, here at East Boston High School. In 2008, I went on to become a National Board Certified teacher, the highest level of teacher certification available. I am also a certified ESL teacher, and I am currently earning my Master's Degree at Gordon College in ESL Education.
I absolutely love teaching. It's the best job that I have ever had. I love getting into the nitty gritty of a book and really tearing apart an author's techniques and intentions. I have always been fired up about writing, and nothing makes me happier than seeing a student become obsessed with their own writer's craft as they strive towards that perfect polished copy. I continue to write for my own pleasure, and I have a short story being released in an anthology this Fall. It has been a ton of fun to share the publication process with the students, and I hope to facilitate publication of young authors here with a Publishing Club this year.
In this era of high stakes testing, I take pride in my students MCAS scores. Although many of my students scored advanced on last year's MCAS, it is my goal this year to have the majority of my students score an advanced mark, and thereby qualify for The Abigail Adams Scholarship. I strive to prepare each of my students academically as if they were my own children. The greatest compliment I have ever gotten from a student is when a student returns to me and describes the passion they found for reading or writing in my class. When a student puts down a rigorous book at the end of a unit and says, "Miss! That book was awesome." I am delighted. I want every child to not just be prepared for college but to be enthusiastic about a literature rich life. The greatest gift I was given as a child was a true love for books. I strive to pass that on every day. My current favorite book is Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. I waited half the summer for it at the library. It was worth it.
I see myself as not only a teacher to your child but as a custodian. It is my job to not only enrich your child's literary life but to be there as a safe adult. I am here to help guide your adolescent towards their own adulthood. It can be hard; sometimes it can even be downright terrifying to be a teenager. I'm here to help make the transition easier for you and your child. Feel free to reach me at any time. My cell phone number is (617) 755- 6525 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to another rewarding year here at Eastie High. Go Jets!