International School for the Arts
Degrees and Certifications:
BA Education, University of South Carolina AP Language and Composition, UCLA Extension AP Literature and Composition, UCLA Extension IB CAS: CASIE Rice University, TX IB English I & II: CASIE Atlanta, GA GT Gifted and Talented Coastal Carolina
Mrs. Debbie Wellslager
Contact Info: :
Classes taught: English 4 HN, IB English A: Literature 2, & IB CAS Coordinator
Where am I? I am in Room 126: ground floor of the East Wing.
Who am I? I am a teacher, a wife, a mother, a reader, and so many other things! I teach young people at Irmo High School in Columbia, SC. Since 2007, I have taught Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen, AP, HN, CP, IB, ADV, and OGL; no matter what it is called, each class has wonderful, important young people, and each is special. I love English; I read (and enjoy reading) almost anything, and I am a writer. I have a BA in Education, and I am certified to teach Middle or High School English, AP Language, AP Literature, IB English and GT (Gifted & Talented).
This year I am teaching both English 4 HN & IB Senior English; which is a treat and a challenge! This means I will be focused on getting my students prepared for graduation and beyond. My IB students will also be focused on Orals and an end of year writing challenge: Paper 1 & Paper 2.
What I like most about my job is that I help students write more clearly and effectively in preparation for their college experience, whether it begins here next year or in a later institution. The bonus is that I get to read - a lot!
What drives me is that I think about preparing students every day. This means I keep trying to find the best material to connect them to their future learning lives.
I am also the IB CAS Coordinator. This is a time-consuming but rewarding role which I take very seriously. Our IB students do wonderful things in each of the strands of creativity, activity and service. It is a privilege to work with them on this journey.
If you want to reach me, please send me an email. I will respond the same day. If you call, I will reply as soon as I can.
My class syllabi are under the Syllabi tab for both English 4 HN & IB. My schedule is included as a tab as well. I will be using google classroom for each class to schedule assignments, so you can - and should - keep on track even when absent.
I am looking forward to an exciting year working with each of you: my new students and their parents!