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: :
Irmo High School
6671 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, S.C. 29212
Classes taught: English 3 & 4 HN, IB CAS Coordinator
Where am I? I am in Room 2001. That is on the main floor of the West Wing near the interior entrance to Main Street.
Who am I? I am one of the luckiest people I know! I get to teach young people at Irmo High School in Columbia, SC. I have been teaching since 2007; there have been so many changes here since then. I have taught Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen, AP, HN, CP, IB, ADV, and OGL; no matter what it is called, each class is at a different place in academic development, and each is special. I love teaching English, and I read (and enjoy reading) almost anything. 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 get to teach both English 3 HN & 4 HN; which is a treat! This means I will have a mix of 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, probably maybe a few "super-juniors" and early graduates!
What I like most about my job is that I get to 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 my students preparation every day, and I keep trying to find new and better things for them to read and to do so that they will be better prepared for their future learning lives.
I am also the IB CAS Coordinator. This is a time-consuming but rewarding role which I take very seriously. My 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 linked to this page for both English 3 CP and HN. My schedule is included here 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!