Welcome to 8th grade ELA!
Bom dia! My name is Mr. Vis (vee). I am thrilled to serve as the 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at Compass Academy! This is my first year teaching secondary school, but I have worked at the University of Texas Permian Basin teaching ENGL 1301, 1302, 2322, and 2327. I’m a Midland native, but a lot of my family is from Odessa. I am blessed to be at Compass with my family, Matthew, Mikey & Ari!
I hold a BA in Communication & Spanish and an MA in Spanish. Currently, I am a candidate for an MA in English at UTPB. I hope to graduate this forthcoming summer 2022. I am also excited to publish my first scholarly, peer-reviewed article over Harry Potter!
Before Compass, I worked in coffee locally and as Costumer / Wardrober. I was an avid volunteer at Midland Community Theatre – y'all might have seen some of my costume designs at Summer Mummers (pre-pandemic)! I’ve worked in Opera and the Theatre Arts across the county. So, it’s safe to say that I am passionate about the performance of texts.
My teaching stems from the belief that literature enriches life through its complexity. Literary studies are not strictly restricted to the bindings of a book but blossom into an examination of the audience’s identity and subjectivity. I embrace the many facets of literature and its sister arts as a means to actively engage and empower my students to actualize their potential.