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March Teacher of the Month: Del Campo's Disa Banker

She teaches English at DCHS.

Editor's Note: Due to the San Juan Unified School District's spring break, this monthly feature was delayed.

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Disa Banker has been at for four years and teaches freshman and sophomore English, an expository writing class, a poetry class and Advanced Placement English.

"It's an amazing community here," Banker said. "Everyone works together and teachers support each other."

Banker said she first considered teaching during a senior project in high school. She also has had family members teach so she said it just made sense after a dozen years working in retail management.

Banker lives in North Highlands with her husband Jacob, an employee at York Risk Services.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Ohio State University and a master's degree in cross cultural teaching at National University.

At Del Campo, Banker has led students in the Poetry Out Loud competition and has introduced a new writing unit regarding sea turtle conservation. She said she tries her best to reach students in this time of iPhones and Facebook.

"I use this program called Project Ocean on Skype where we've adopted a sea turtle and we follow it online," she said. "I like to use more tech stuff to get them interested and I still do group activities like when I used 'Lord of the Flies' to get them in groups for each of the characters."

Parents say they appreciate Baker's teaching methods.

"She has taught both my children," Angie Spiers Morrison wrote on Carmichael Patch's Facebook page. "She is awesome."

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