JOEY ROBBINS, ENGLISH & FINANCE TEACHER

I graduated from GWCS in 2011. Since then, I attended Marymount University and earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English. I am currently enrolled in the Master’s program at Marymount, pursuing a Master of Arts in English and Humanities.

It is my tremendous pleasure to be able to teach at my alma matter. I honestly believe this institution, GWCS, can perform miracles. I am delighted to be a member of this team.

I teach English and am a co-teacher for personal finance at GWCS. I feel as, English being my passion, it would be felicitous to expound upon my philosophy on its particular saliency as a subject.

In an English course, students learn to explicate texts: to “make meaning” of the work--whether it be a film, a novel, a newspaper article, a law, or even a parking ticket—by interpreting it through thematic analysis, contextual investigation, and interrogation through the application of a lens of the myriad critical theories. But what does it mean to “make meaning?” There is a slipperiness to it: it can be interpreted as “making sense:” to solve a puzzle or riddle, or it may be defined as “making value:” to construct meaning about something that, necessarily, was either deficient in it, if not wholly devoid of it, meaning prior to this process. When combined, then, to “make meaning” is to both see the structure of something and give that structure, and the ephemera which decorates it, significance and value. The totality of the human experience wheels around this fulcrum: the merit of laws, the justifications for conflict, the beauty of nature, and the value of human life are all contingent on this acumen. English courses seek merely to enhance this nascent ability within students.

Suffice it to say, I am elated to take part in this edification and I can conceive of no better environment than GWCS in which to do so.

Courses Taught

Personal Finance

Personal Finance is a semester long course that directly follows an introductory Economics course. Personal Finance will inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, mortgage literacy, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts; gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions that lead to financial independence.

Female Authors & Feminist Theory

Does it matter if the author of a work is a woman as opposed to a man? Does it matter if the protagonist is a hero or a heroine? What is a woman? What is a feminist?

All of these questions, and more, will be answered through this class. The purpose of this course is two pronged: first, to explore the complex and fascinating world of critical feminist theory and second to familiarize oneself with a litany of female authors and their myriad works spanning multifarious genres. In combination, students will be edified in such theoretical topics as gendered discourse, false binaries, and sexual essentialism and, through facility with such methods and methodologies, will be able to explicate works created by some of the greatest female artists of all time with aplomb. In so doing, students will find the intersection of motherhood and Godhood, the concomitant relationship of the nuclear family with masculine hegemony, and the power of the female voice.

At the terminus of this course, students will be equipped with the tools apposite to examine all facets of society through a feminist perspective: to see how femininity/masculinity are constructed and deconstructed, the reasons why, and what can be done to alter the patriarchal paradigm.

Creative Writing Club

The Creative Writing Club allows students to explore a multitude of facets of creative writing, ranging from learning about the nature of the writing process itself to experimenting with the myriad genres of literature.

As a general schedule, every meeting, the students vote on a genre, such as poetry, fantasy, drama, etc. Following this decision, a small discussion of the genre, involving its merits and conventions will ensue. After this dialogue, the writing process begins: students have one week to produce a piece in line with the selected genre. Each student will present his/her piece and receive feedback in the form of constructive criticism from his/her peers.

Contact

Email: robbinsmj@gwcommunityschool.com