My name is John Britton Buttrill, and I am an educator working in a global context. I have worked as an English Literature teacher for the past five years and will spend this year traveling throughout France & West Africa. I hold two graduate degrees, an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English education. I believe that the study of English allows us to garner the communication skills, while gaining a larger understanding of how our lives fit in to a diverse world. My passion for teaching literature stems from my background as a writer, as I am a produced playwright, published poet, and freelance journalist.
I have worked as an English teacher with the NYC Department of Education. I taught 9th grade English at a Title-1 high-school, serving high-needs BIPOC students, where I took on leadership and teaching roles. I was a team leader for the 9th grade English department, created department wide unit plans for a variety of texts, and taught both honors-level and special-needs students. I was a member of our school's Equity Committee and co-creator of a mentorship group for male-identifying students of color. During the 2020/2021 remote-learning school year, I utilized a variety of technologies, including Google Classroom, PearDeck, and Padlet. Lastly, I had the highest student-attendance rate in our high-school.
As a teacher of literature and literacy, I employ a Critical Pedagogy using the Socratic method. My practice is grounded in equity and social justice, and thus I challenge my students to interrogate the world around them. I believe that effective ELA instruction should be tailored to students' cultural contexts, while maintaining rigor and college preparedness. To achieve these goals, I strive for an authentic, relationship-based classroom culture.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oglethorpe University - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: The New School - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing
Outside of education, my interests include boxing, hip-hop music, jazz, contemporary art, and travel.
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
EAS - Educating All Students (NY Teaching exam)
High School English
High School Government
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Social Studies
Middle School Writing
NYSTCE - New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
Study Skills and Organization