English, Grade Eight

Mr. Michael Rice

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Degrees:Bachelor of Arts - Humanities: University of Houston, Clear Lake (2006)Master of Arts - Cross Cultural Studies: University of Houston, Clear Lake (2014)Certifications:Generalist 4-8Special Education EC-12Social Studies 8-12

Mr. Michael Rice

Welcome to Eighth Grade English! My name is Michael Rice (Mr. Rice to the students!) and this is my third year teaching at Berry Miller and in the Pearland Independent School District. Before making a home at Berry Miller Junior High I was a professor of Humanitites at San Jacinto College - Central Campus. I have also taught middle school students at a University of Texas Charter School, social studies to students at the House of Hope School in Nairobi, Kenya, and cowrote and taught a technology curriculum with my wife to Montessori students in Mwanza, Tanzania.

When I am not teaching I am spending time with my wife and five (5!) children. I love reading (my favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Flannery O'Connor), listening to music (I love hip hop [particularly Houston rap]), and writing. I love writing because I love stories. We all have stories to tell and I hope to hear some of yours throughout this year!

"If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you’re not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real." - James Baldwin