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Mrs.  Wendie  Joy  Burbridge
Team 8-3 Language Arts
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8th Grade Language Arts

Education

Education

  • 1992 BA Theatre Arts and Speech Communication/Minor Study: English- Gonzaga University
  • 1993 Professional Certificate/Teaching Certification- Grades 4-12- English Language Arts, Speech Communication, Theatre/Drama- Gonzaga University
  • 2003 University of Hawaii: Hawaii Writing Project Fellow
  • 2004 University of Hawaii: Hawaii Writing Project Mentor Teacher
  • 2016 University of Alabama-Birmingham: Red Mountain Writing Project Fellow


Experience

Teaching Experience

2013-Current

Language Arts Teacher,:R.F. Bumpus Middle School- Hoover, Alabama 

Grade 8- Language Arts, Social Media Coordinator, Asst. Cross Country Coach

1998-2013 

English Teacher, Kamehameha High School – Kapālama, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Grade 12- Literature of Competition, Fiction Writing Workshop, Sexism in Literature, American Satire, Works of Shakespeare, World Poetry Seminar.

Grade 11- American Literature

Grade 9/10- Speech Communication

1995-1998

Language Arts Teacher, Mililani High School, Hawaii Department of Education, Mililani, Hawaiʻi.

English 9, English 10, English 11-12- American Literature, Argumentation and Debate, Speech Communication, Drama.



Bio
I am married to USN Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Patrick Burbridge, and we have one son, Dakota Hulu'ili. I was raised in Hawai'i and attended the very same school that I taught at for 15 years-- Kamehameha Schools on O'ahu. Students at Kamehameha must have Native Hawaiian blood to attend the college preparatory private school. I graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where I studied Theatre, Speech, English, and Teaching. 
 
Our family moved to Hoover in 2013 and I started teaching at Bumpus shortly after my son started his 7th grade year. He's now at Hoover High School and he runs Cross Country and throws Discus and Shotput on the Track and Field team. At Bumpus, I take care of the social media feeds and help coach the Cross Country team with Coach Doran.
My writing career started in 2004. I started writing when I left theatre and began to get my work published through local presses. My first was a piece called “Miss World” which was published in 2004 by Bamboo Ridge Press. I also won “Best New Writer (to Bamboo Ridge)” for my story. They also published a short story called “The Finder” in 2005, and I also read an abridged version of “The Finder” on a Hawaii Public Radio show called “Aloha Shorts.”
I have also been published by ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, Volumes 3 and 4-- my poem “Howl at the Womb, with thanks to Allen Ginsberg” was published in Volume 3: Huliau, and my short story “The Cave Man” was published in 2010 ‘Oiwi 4, Kupa‘a Makou ma hope o ka ‘Aina (We Stand Firm Behind the Land) — Kanaka Maoli Voices on Annexation, Statehood, and Ceded Lands. Oiwi only publishes Native Hawaiian writers.
In 2009, I worked with a hui (group) of writers who put together scenes, poems, and monologues for a play called The Statehood Project. My piece called “The Dance” opened the production for Kumu Kahua theatre. “The Dance” was also included in the Fat Ulu publication of the same name.
In 2010, my short story "The Finder" and a writing lesson plan was published by Fat Ulu Productions in their textbook "CREATIVE WRITING ANTHOLOGY GUIDE FOR SECONDARY EDUCATORS."

Autumn House Press published my poem "Mother May I" in their textbook New America Spring 2013.

I was also published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in their “Goddess Speaks” column about my student's love for the novel Twilight.

My biggest writing accomplishment would be my blog, The Five-0 Redux, a "Hawaii Five-0" blog for The Honolulu Star Advertiser, the main newspaper in Hawai'i. I started writing for the newspaper in 2011. 

I was a Contributing Editor and writer for the website Sweatpants and Coffee until 2015. I wrote the Travel blog "Off The Rock" as well as other features, like the post about "Snowpocalypse 2014."  My poetry, book reviews, and fiction have also been published on the site.