Mr. Overacker's English II Pre-AP

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Wossman High School's Teacher of the Year 2019-2020
Monroe City Schools' District High School Teacher of the Year 2019-2020
Louisiana Department of Education Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist 2020

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Mr. Justin Craig Overacker

English II Pre-AP Instructor

ELA Instructional Content Leader

Room 216

Wossman High School

1600 Arizona Avenue

Monroe, Louisiana, 71202

Wildcats! Wildcats! Are you READY? We are Reading to Enhance Academic Development Yearly! Welcome to Mr. Overacker's website! Please navigate through the website using the tabs to the right. Let us make a 180-degree turn in our students' ELA skills and prepare our sophomore Wildcats for advancement on the LEAP2025 Exam!

I am overjoyed to experience my ninth year teaching at the magnanimous high school I started at right out of college. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (GEAUX CAJUNS!) where I received a BA in English with a minor in Cinema Studies and French. My English concentrations were African American Literature (focus in Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin), Southern & Louisiana Literature (focus in Kate Chopin, JT Toole, Flannery O'Connor), and Victorian Literature (focus in George Gissing, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy). I learned about literature, author's tone, and, more importantly, about myself during my undergrad coursework at UL and truly miss home. Everyone born in south Louisiana will relate to this feeling of disconnection being in a foreign place like Monroe. Yet, I absolutely adore my job. A month after graduating from UL, I was approached by our current Superintendent (then Principal of Neville HS), Dr. Vidrine, about teaching. Dr. Vidrine always believed in me and saw something I did not--the tenacity, drive, and humility needed to become an educator. He knew there was a semester-long position available at Wossman...and I took it!
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The Hate U Give author, Angie Thomas, and Mr. O in 2018.
Christ led me to this career. Universities can teach the art of education all they want, but Christ chooses teachers and places them in classrooms across the world. The reason I say this is because I had never taken an education course in my life before entering the classroom. However, I adapted so smoothly to the life of being an educator. My first year was complex and draining in that I would complete lesson plans to the absolute dot of the i and crossing of the t while never adjusting to my new environment in north Louisiana. Yet, I got accustomed to the early days and aching toes of the profession. I saw teaching as a challenge--both social, mental, and emotional. I became a teacher researcher and yearned to learn more about the art of teaching. Ever since then, my life has revolved around teaching my kiddos the art of English Language Arts! I eat, breathe, and sleep pedagogy (the art of teaching). I am one of those individuals that cherishes learning--I believe education can revolutionize our lives if we are persistent. I grew up poor and had a very difficult childhood, yet reading took me places other than where I was. I am a passionate advocate for reading. And although I am an English teacher, I will always be a reading teacher first and foremost. I have experienced how drastically reading can change lives. In May 2015, I received my Master's degree in Teaching from the prestigious College of Education at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA. I start taking additional classes for my Plus 30 certification this winter so that I can attain my add-on as a reading specialist and to teach the academically gifted. In addition, I am  a Teacher Leader, Content Leader, and Assessment Committee Member for the State of Louisiana and a Teacher Leader for the International Literacy Association and the American Federation of Teachers. Furthermore, I tour the country and teach other teachers how to integrate ELA strategies into their instruction.
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Jesmyn Ward, Mr. O's favorite author, at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Miss., in 2018.
This road called life has been filled with many joys, yet also many downfalls. Yet, I have Christ within me and in my heart every day I walk into room 216. I celebrate life with my students at the end of the school year, but that is after a year of high expectations and rich learning. I am a blessed individual to be in the classroom every day of my life educating our future. Through consistent classroom routines and procedures, diverse learning experience, and a dynamic teaching style, my classroom is a place where learning can be exciting and magnetic. 

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Mr. O. at the Edgar Allan Poe Memorial in Baltimore, Maryland, in Summer 2014.

Click here to view the Scholastic TeacherTalk Interview with Mr. Overacker to view his philosophy on teaching:

Click here to read a column Mr. Overacker wrote for the Louisiana Department of Education's October 2018 Teacher Leader Newsletter

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**Note: I take phone calls and am open for conferences at this period of time only. I will not sacrifice class time to meet parents or receive phone calls. I will also meet before and after school. I am usually at school an hour before time and two hours after school ends (except on Fridays).  I also have PLC meetings at this time on Wednesdays.

*If you would like to conference at this time, I have lunch duty every day on the northside entry next to visitor parking.

Wildcat Parents: Please feel free to call me at 318.387.2932 ext. 1461 or e-mail me using the Contact Me tab to the left!

Mr. O. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC., in 2018.


Mission: We are W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S. Proud!
Working to Improve Learning and Discipline with
Curriculums, Assessments, and Teaching Strategies
that are evidenced-based: some old, some new, all tried and true.

The vision of Wossman High School is that
 with the support and participation of all stakeholders,
our graduates will become productive citizens
in the world through the educational and social opportunities provided at our school.

"Prepare yourself so you that can be a rainbow in somebody elses cloud; somebody that may not look like you, may not call God the same name that you call God, if they call God at all, you see? And may not eat the same dishes prepared the way you do, may not dance your dances, or speak your language. But, be a blessing to somebody.  That’s what I think." -Dr. Maya Angelou, 1992