Letter of Introduction
Dear Parents and Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Erica Cranden, and I will be your child's 8th grade English teacher at William Annin Middle School this year. I graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in elementary education and a Bachelors of Art in English, and am currently pursuing my Masters of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I have taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
It is a privilege for me to teach in such a high-achieving district as Bernards Township. As a teacher, I know I work best in a classroom that is full of creative energy and comfort, and is an outlet to express opinions and ask questions. I hope my students will appreciate that, too. Rest assured, I work with the entire 8th grade teaching community to maintain grading policies and high expectations. The students and I will also be working together to improve our writing, expand our vocabularies, and further our knowledge and empathy through reading.
In my spare time, I have interned for a literary agency in New York, and am a writer of young adult fiction in addition to being an active member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I value the importance of reading and writing both within and outside the classroom.
If at any time you would like to speak with me concerning your child, I am always available for questions, concerns, or comments. Please feel free to contact me. While I am available by phone, email is my most reliable method of contact. I am very excited to be working with your children, and I know we will have a productive and positive school year!
Ms. Erica Cranden
8th Grade English Teacher, Blue Team
William Annin Middle School
70 Quincy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 204-2610 ext. 297