"I touch the future. I teach."
- Christa McAuliffe
Space shuttle astronaut and teacher
About Mrs. Zuhlke:
I grew up in the State College area and graduated from State High. During grade school, I spent two years living in Cambridge, England, while my father, professor emeritus of English at Penn State, was on sabbatical leave. On our return, my mother, a former instructor of English at Penn State, became editor of Penn State Agriculture magazine, a position she held until her retirement. My brother, also a graduate of State High and of Penn State's English Department, is currently pursuing a career in music.
I earned my bachelor's degree in French from Vassar College in New York State and then spent two years pursuing graduate study in French, English, and Education at Penn State before my husband, Jim, and I started our family. I returned to graduate school at Penn State in the fall of 2001. In the intervening years I had a variety of teaching experiences, including Childbirth Education and Girl Scouts.
Throughout the 2004/05 school year, I served as an intern in the collaborative partnership between Penn State and State High known as the Professional Development School (PDS), co-teaching four sections of twelfth grade English, both College Preparatory (CP) and Advanced Placement (AP) levels, and one section of Problems of Democracy. That summer I earned my Master's of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and my Pennsylvania teaching certificate in English and Communications. In the past nine years, I have taught both Advanced and English 10, as well as CP English 12 and English 9.
This is my second year serving as co-advisor to the Philosophy Club. I love carrying on discussions about "big ideas" with students beyond the classroom.
Jim and I have four daughters, all State High graduates: Emma, a Kutztown University graduate who works as a photographer in Albany/Troy, New York; Diana, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate who earned her master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and works in western Pennsylvania to support youth in foster care; Julia, a Penn State graduate who majored in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and now works for Penn State in the Finance Office of the College of Liberal Arts; and Sarah, a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, who majored in Information Technology and works at the Penn State IT Service Desk. We enjoy camping, kayaking, picnicking, and supporting our favorite football teams.
About Miss Weaver:
I am from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, which is near Scranton (yes, like The Office). Currently, I’m a senior at Penn State, where I participate in a variety of clubs and activities. I’m most involved in Alternative Breaks, a club that holds service trips over school vacations. Through this organization, I’ve volunteered in Baltimore City Schools, farmed in a sustainable living community, and performed disaster relief in Houston, Texas. I also enjoy playing piano, writing, and painting. This year, I’ll be working in Mrs. Zuhlke’s English 10 classes and an Advanced 10 class. I’m so excited to learn with you all this year!