Oscar the TurtleColumbia High School
Ain't I a cutie?!?

Devin Keener B.S.
Columbia City High School
English 10&12
Assistant Boy's Soccer Coach

My name is Devin Keener. I was born and raised in Churubusco, Indiana and graduated fro Churubusco High School in 1996. My family and I still reside in Churubusco or Turtletown U.S.A. I obtained my degree in English Education from IPFW in 2005My career started by teaching English/Language arts at Columbia City High School, and I am getting ready to start my fifth year of employment. I have enjoyed teaching English 9, 10,12, and American Literature.

  • What grade level do you teach? Everything- this year I teach 10-12
  • What is your educational background? Churubusco HS, Turtle Town USA, IPFW and Manchester College (BS in english)
  • Where are you from? Churubusco, TURTLES!!!! ---primarily OSCAR the Turtle
  • Where do you teach? Columbia City HS
  • How did you come to be at AWP? I heard about this from my wife
  • What are your experiences in education? 4 years of teaching nearly every Language Arts course (below AP level) at the HS
  • What are your concerns about teaching writing? Inspiring people to write, especially when focusing on "formal" writing, also not being able to reach students (trouble students)

  • What inspired you to write? Life experiences, children
  • How do you view writing as a professional in education? Important, both for myself and my students
  • How do you use writing in your life? grocery lists, professional development, communication with peers and friends
  • What genres do you like to write in? personal narratives, short stories, poetry- which is new for me
  • When did you first think of yourself as a writer? It has really emerged since our time here at the Appleseed Writing Project
  • What writers do you like to read?James Patterson, Nick Sparks, Elie Wiesel, Robert Frost

Hi! My name is Devin Keener, or as the cooler people call me, D-Dawg. I grew up in Churubusco, Indiana, which is the proud home of Oscar the Turtle.

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