“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion” (Socrates) captures the essence of Ms. Geers’ philosophy of education. She believes that through the exploration of literature, students develop the analytical skills necessary for inter-disciplinary connections, which enables them to become concerned global citizens with a higher level of empathy. With this pedagogical approach, students discover the importance of establishing a strong, independent voice within their writing, which is beneficial for their academic and future careers.
Ms. Geers graduated from Vanguard University where she earned a B.A. in English with a Minor in History/Political Science, as well as an M.A. in Biblical Studies/Archaeology. She received her teaching credential through San Jose State University and her Administrative Services Credential through California State University East Bay.
An educator since 2001, Ms. Geers currently is a member of the faculty at Mission San Jose High School where she teaches 10 Honors and 11 Honors English. She is G.A.T.E. certified, G.L.A.D. certified, in the process of earning her E.R.W.C. certification, and she has received training in Advanced Placement Language and Literature. Before joining the staff at Mission San Jose High School, Ms. Geers taught Advanced Placement Literature, American Literature, and World History at Fremont Christian School.
Ms. Geers has received the Alpha Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award, the Fremont Education Foundation’s Innovative Educator Award, Mission San Jose High School’s Teacher of the Year, Facing History And Ourselves Upstanding Educator – Finalist recognition, the National Society of High School Scholars Nobel Educator of Distinction award, the University of California Award of Excellence, the San Jose State University College of Education Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in the area of Multicultural Education, Chapman University’s Commendation for the Commitment to Student Learning, and recognition from The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
A trained archaeologist, Ms. Geers has worked in several countries located in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. She has a high level of energy, and a passion for knowledge and understanding, which she brings to her students. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family.