Welcome, I'm glad you are here.
I'm Ms. McNamara, and this will be my 22nd year at Anderson High School and my 21st year teaching IB Psychology at the Standard Level and 10th year at the Higher Level. In the past I have taught IB Theory of Knowledge, AP Psychology and Sophomore and Junior Language Arts on-level, honors, AP and IB. I graduated from UT Austin where I double majored in English and Psychology while I worked at UT Freshman Admissions and Kids Exchange and volunteered with Best Buddies, Child Adolescent Psychiatric Services at Austin State Hospital and PhD Psychology professors and graduate students on research projects ranging from kindergarten reading to eating disorders. Sometime between then and now, I also earned my M.A. in English Literature from UC Irvine and my National Board Teacher Certification as well as graded AP and IB Exams for College Board and IBO respectively. I'm married to a teacher with whom we have a 7th grader and a 1st grader, who are also AISD students. I love considering, thinking, wondering, conversing, writing and questioning ideas, others' and my own, whether they be from news sources, journals, novels, films, poems, theater, songs, other art forms, walks, drives, road-trips, travels and dreams, day or night. My teaching hope is that you, too, will be inspired by ideas so that you will continue to have your own and so that you may create, give, challenge, shift, reflect, change and contribute, ultimately finding meaningful work in the world as well as a constant comfort in curiosity. For Psychology specifically, let's explore and investigate if the discipline can help us better understand and interact with the complexity of others and ourselves.
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