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Mr. Nathan Beachy
I've been teaching for 12 years. This is my third year here at Mariner, and it's been fantastic. I've never worked at a school with such a feeling of "student community." Each and every student at Mariner is in it for the betterment of their peers.
I graduated locally from Arlington High School before leaving to Eastern Oregon University where I obtained my Bachelors of Arts in English. I moved down to Arizona and received my teaching cert through a Post-Baccalaureate program. In 2017 I received my Masters in English from Tiffin University.
I started my teaching career in Avondale, AZ. I taught at the middle school level Language Arts for four years before teaching English at a La Joya Community High School for five years.
My family decided it was time to move back home, closer to our family.
I currently get to teach Junior English and Creative Writing.
It's such a joy getting to work with the great minds in both academics and creativity.
Here's a list of books that I've read recently that I think students might enjoy!
Ender's Gameby Orson Scott Card Year Published:
The Earth has been attacked twice by aliens called Formics, or more popularly, Buggers, and everyone is sure a third invasion is coming. So the military embarks on a crash program to breed the ultimate military genius to lead the fleet in a pre-emptive attack against the Formic homeworld. These kids are trained from age 6 in an off-world facility called Battle School, and their training consists mostly of games. Ender Wiggins may be the child they are looking for. Brilliant, compassionate, and tormented, he's better at the games than anyone has ever been. But how can they manipulate a compassionate child into wiping out an entire species, and at the same time give him the skills to do it effectively? The adults who run the school are literally out to save the world: They will stop at nothing to achieve their ends, and one small boy, or even a school full of kids, is nothing but a means to that end.
Legend Series (Legend, Prodigy, Champion)by Mary Lu Year Published:
Day and June are teenagers on opposite sides of a dystopian regime in what was once Los Angeles. Day is the ultimate outlaw, stealing money and medical supplies for his family and others. June is being groomed for leadership within the ruling party. After June's beloved older brother is killed, all clues point toward Day, and she vows revenge at any cost. Neither Day nor Joy is prepared for what will happen when their paths eventually cross.
Ready Player Oneby Ernest Cline Year Published:
Like nearly everyone on the depleted, depressed Planet Earth, high school student Wade Watts dreams of winning the untold billions at stake in a contest devised by James Halliday, late inventor of OASIS, the immersive virtual utopia that allows anyone to plug in and leave the real world behind. Obsessed with Reagan-era pop culture and technology, Halliday creates a series of puzzles that can only be solved by someone with an encyclopedic knowledge of science fiction, player-vs.-player fighting strategies, and the software mogul's own personal history. As the stakes grow higher and players begin to die in the real world, Wade must decide whether he can trust anyone else in his quest for the ultimate prize.
Scytheby Neal Shusterman Year Published:
As SCYTHE opens, Rowan and Citra have no intention of becoming scythes, favored officials who rule on matters of life and death in a future where disease has been vanquished and death can be easily thwarted. But when they both become students of Scythe Farraday, they begin to question the meaning of life and death. And when they're pitted against each other, they will have to face the possibility of personal extermination, even as they struggle against the machinations of a corrupt band of renegade scythes.