Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Secondary Education, English 7-12 and 5-6 M.S. Education, Literacy (Grades 5-12) Level 1 Google Certified Educator
Mrs. Jessica Castine
Please allow me to introduce myself and share with you my qualifications and goals for this school year. My name is Jessica Castine, and I have been teaching English at Northeastern Clinton Central School since 2004 (this is year 16, people!). I hold certification as a Secondary Education English Teacher, grades 7-12 with a 5-6 extension, and a Literacy Specialist, grades 5-12. So far, I have taught English 7, 8, 8H, 9, 11, 11H, and 12--including journalism and speech and debate courses--and AP English Language and Composition. Currently, I teach three sections of ELA 8, one section of Honors ELA 8, and one section of AP English Language and Composition.
I look forward to a rewarding, fun, and productive year. I strive to help students work to exceed their potential in order to leave my classroom with the skills and knowledge necessary for future success. Success, however, can only be achieved when both students and teachers work together toward a common goal. To that effect, I make myself available before school, during all prep periods, and during lunch. Students are always welcome to come into my room to make things up, improve assignments already submitted, or simply to get work done for the next day. Sometimes students will be "forced" to spend time with me in order to ensure they are on a path toward improvement. They don't usually complain, however, because they know I'm looking out for their best interests, even if it involves them having to get some work done. I offer ample opportunity for all students to work toward success!
On a personal note, I am a mother to two beautiful young ladies--Ella and Harper--and wife to my handsome husband, Jason. I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, doing anything to keep me busy, and eating chocolate. Chocolate is always welcome in my classroom, and it will often improve my already pleasant mood!
Here's to a wonderful school year!
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”--Haim Ginott