Getting to know you,
getting to know
all about you....
Greetings, CMC students,
Your first assignment is due by midnight on Friday, August 24. Be there or be square! Several Bio Poems have already arrived in the CMC mailbox. They are published below. Look for examples of other Bio Poems in the Multicultural Issues Reading Room.
Whose family hails from Scotland
Who values faith, wisdom, love, and family
Who hates hate, and loves love
Who seeks truth
Who dribbles, passes, shoots, and dunks
Who cherishes great food, great friends, and great times
Who desires perfection in effort
Who perseveres through all
Who sacrifices for the good of others
Who seeks knowledge in order to teach others
Who loves the Razorbacks and Cubs
Submitted Mon 08/20/07 16:35
My first name is Jane, meaning God's precious gift,
Combs, my maiden name, was a farming name originating in England, as in comb the valley,
Climbed across America through Kentucky and Tennessee, arriving in Arkansas in the early 1700s,
Whose family were some of the first to inhabit the Boxley Valley area (Clarks and Lanes),
Whose dad is one of the lone remaining cowboys of a generation of rough riders,
Who loves to journey in all places at all times,
Who has traveled whenever possible, China, South Korea, Central America, Mexico, Europe, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ammerrriiicaaa,
To gain an understanding of the world and an appreciation of diversity,
To see that education is a key element of social, economic, and political stability,
To believe that everyone is entitled to an education,
Who speaks Spanish, some Korean and Mandarin,
Who is a mom and a wife,
Who smiles when she closes her eyes and dances to beautiful music,
Who believes Earth laughs in flowers and other special moments that must be enjoyed,
Who enjoys pottery making, fine wine, and literature,
Who appreciates her wonderful friends and family, no matter where they are or where she is,
And who is glad to make the most out of this whimsical adventure called life.
Submitted Mon 08/20/07 16:35
Whose family originated from Germany, Holland, and the Cherokee Indian Tribes of Oklahoma
Who values hard work and family
Who believes Oklahoma Football is the center of the universe and that my actions influence the outcome of games
Who speaks only when I have something important to say
Who feels everyone (including animals) should be treated with respect
Who is a member of Classmates.com
Who feels most comfortable at home with my wife and dogs
Whose family traditions include many summers at the lake and holiday gatherings
Who participates in sports
Who enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with my family
Who is happy when my family is happy and of course when OU wins
Submitted Mon 08/20/07 17:11
Whose family hails from Kansas and future family from Arkansas.
Who believes that no matter what, you should always put your best foot forward.
Who values honesty, caring, and integrity.
Who is always practicing patience, easygoingness, and compromise.
Who speaks English, some Spanish, and at times with Authority.
Who does his best to always look at the bright side of things.
Who is the member of a wonderful relationship with the love of his life, Heather.
Who at times feels uncomfortable with things that are foreign to him.
Whose family traditions include water skiing, huge family Christmas parties, and watching countless movies.
Who favorite meals are chicken and noodles and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Who enjoys playing baseball, friends, and relaxing with his fiancé.
Who is happy when making others happy.
Submitted Mon 08/20/07 17:53
Whose family originated in Ireland and has great Irish Pride
Who values love, faith and her Lord in heaven
Who believes in the power of education
Who speaks English and occasionally her own language
Who feels loved and alive by being with her husband
Who is a member of an amazingly supportive family
Who feels most comfortable when with her husband and puppy
Whose family traditions include being together on every holiday no matter how small
Who enjoys reading, singing, and learning
Who is happy when she sees babies!!
Submitted Mon 08/20/07 19:46
Whose family hails from Ireland
Who values family and friends
Who believes that everyone can learn something new everyday
Who speaks some Spanish
Who feels excited about being a new teacher
Who is an animal person
Who loves to read
Who likes to listen and watch people
Whose family traditions include going out to look at Christmas lights on Christmas eve
Who enjoys horseback riding, playing with my dog, and dancing
Submitted Tue 08/21/07 16:15
Whose family hails from Germany, but makes their home in Little Rock.
Who believes that she is a good friend, great daughter, and the best aunt to the best niece and nephew ever.
Who values honesty, happiness, and good laughs
Who speaks English, but sometimes speaks too fast.
Who does her best to learn about many different things, and many different people.
Who is member of an excellent group of friends.
Who at times can be quiet, but do not take it personally.
Whose family traditions include Christmas day movie, birthday dinner, and late night talks.
Who enjoys watching romantic comedies, weekly girls' night out, Razorback football, and lazy Sundays.
Who is happy when surrounded by all the people she loves and who make her laugh.
Submitted Tue 08/21/07 17:26
well there's a whole lot of logs from out east to Arkansas,
and on their way down the keen's cut em' all
out of those grand ships and southward we rolled
and your summers are hot and your winters are cold
into the flatlands by your big brown rivers
we'll meet the locals and we'll marry their sisters
hundred years later find your strength in my blood
rush this world like an unexpected flood
we saw our daddies work with their hands,
they sent us to school so we would understand,
plowing is noble, the saying is old
but your summers are hot and your winters are cold,
my mother my father they made me who I am
taught me to talk and to act like a man
to have faith and to try the best that I can
and to never ask more from any across this land
It's always from a seed that the white oak grows,
just needs what it needs to let you know
like a migrant off the grand ship trying to find his home
we're all sharing this moment, we're all led to roam
Submitted Tue 08/21/07 19:28
Whose family is losing our patriarch
Who values children and good health
Who believes that learning never ceases
Who speaks kindly even when provoked
Who feels she is in a good place for the first time
Who is always positive and never gives up
Who wants a meaningful career
Whose kids mean the world to her
Who enjoys spending time with her mother
Who makes lemonade from lemons
Submitted Tue 08/21/07 19:33
Whose blood flows with the echoes of Wales, Scotland, and the Creek Native Americans
Who values creativity, spontaneity, flexibility, exploration, the world of nature, and the cultures of the world
Who has lived in Alaska, Florida, Alabama, Washington, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri and visited Canada and Germany
Who believes in respecting and enjoying diversity in all its manifestations and can demonstrate that with a tattoo of an African elephant head partially representing the Hindu deity Ganesh as the feminine form Vinayaki depicted in Polynesian tribal style
Who tries to live by the principles of right speech, right thought, right action, and loving kindness
Who speaks a little Japanese
Who often feels his conscience, logic, and intuition are his best guides
Who is a member of a family that stands behind him and his wife in all they do
Who feels uncomfortable with extremes and always seeks balance
Who enjoys bicycling, kayaking, hiking, all kinds of music from world to classical to alternative to the nihilistic strains of Rammstein, yoga, art, and learning
Who has had the rare opportunities to hold a lion cub, follow moose in Montana, and have Cougar cross his path in Missouri
Who is happy above all to have his wife
Submitted Tue 08/21/07 22:07
Whose name means hunter
Whose family hails from the Land of the Red Man
Who desires to see all his students succeed
Who relishes his student's victories on any field of play
Who wants his students to know that they CAN make a difference
Who would love to see the city whose bridges children sing about
Who would love to be a Bulldog someday
Who values hard work and justice
Who wishes all his students would desire the first letter
Who desires to live in a world where all KNOW life is precious and we should do everything we can to protect it
Who knows that life is what you make it
Submitted Wed 08/22/07 08:09
Whose family hails from No Man's Land
Who values time alone
Who believes she doesn't get enough
Who speaks carefully to hide a drawl
Who feels obligated
Who is an active member of society
Who feels we have a long way to go
Whose family traditions made her
Who is happy to share.
Submitted Wed 08/22/07 19:45
Whose name originated from the Hebrew form of Jesca, meaning "God's Grace" or "wealthy," and first appeared in Shakepeare's A Merchant of Venice
Whose family heritage stems from roots in Spain (Catalonia), Germany, Scotland, and Colombia
Who may sometimes be confused as part Asian for the Cherokee blood that runs through her veins
Whose ancestors, the Pingree family, came to the United States on the Mayflower
Who comes from a line of strong-minded people who have persevered through whatever challenges come their way porque por su sangre corre la pasión
Who has taken this drive to accomplish her goals and experience so many things in only 21 years
Who has traveled throughout various cities in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Morocco, England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia, as well as across the United States.
Who has seen love, loss, laughter, and sadness . . . . only to realize that "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." --Philippians 4:13
Who is a granddaughter, a daughter, a niece, a sister, and a friend
Who loves spending time with others, yet cherishes her alone moments of quiet bliss
Who cannot wait to become a teacher so as to have the opportunity to help kids grow, learn, and question
Who smiles mischievously at life and simply gives it a flirtatious wink, knowing that everything will work out fabulously
Submitted Wed 08/22/07 19:55
Whose name means princess
Who is a proud United States Marine
Who is very sentimental
Who tells her husband "J'taime" and
Whose husband replies "J'taime aussi"
Who is an Arkansan and a Cali girl at the same time
Who believes in family values
Who misses not being able to experience the U.S. in all of its eras
Who loves learning
Whose heart breaks for anyone in need
Who is highly incensed by disrespect and a lack of discipline
Who is very proud to be a Gemini
Who loves her cat Patches like she's her child
Whose goal in life is to visit as many volcanoes as possible with her husband
Who loves seeing her friends smile
Who is devoted to inspiring and teaching children
Who wholeheartedly believes in the U of A instilling Razorbackophobia into all other teams.
Submitted Wed 08/22/07 20:37
Whose family hails from Italy and Germany, buy now call NW Arkansas home.
Who values family and friends
Who believes in hard work and respecting others
Who speaks English and poco italiano
Who at times feels shy, but always happy
Who is a member of a loving family and a group of amazing friends
Who feels uncomfortable around the unknown
Whose family traditions include a big Thanksgiving and Easter feasts and spending time together at Christmas
Who enjoys baking, music, going to the movies, and being with loved ones
Who is happy when with family and friends.
Submitted Wed 08/22/07 21:05
Who am I?
A good question indeed
I hunt, hike, and fish
But there must be more to me
I trudged through school
Not a model student
But now I'll be teacher
So I must be prudent
I'll teach history
And show students the map
Hopefully contrary to me
My students won't give their teacher crap
Submitted Thu 08/23/07 11:45
Who's reaching for success.
Who does not mind a little stress, if it provides me with the best.
Who has his mind on his family, while living his destiny.
The name has new meaning and representation of father and teacher
Who sees a new reason to keep on reaching.
It seems to me that Shane is a great name, but only with a man full of ambition.
I like to compete, in sports and most anything.
I like to believe that; who Shane is?
all he can be.
Enjoys the outdoors, fishing and camping, rides his bike for exercise.
Loves to watch movies and play many games.
Wants to teach because Shane's still a kid at heart.
Submitted Thu 08/23/07 18:23
Whose family talks, laughs and mourns together
Who will learn all her life
Who sees math in every part of every day
Who misses the millions of stars
Who wakes up happy to be alive
Whose dog is more than just a pet
Who never goes a week without a meal with her family
Who will always give of her time or money to help a friend and a stranger
Who loves to discover
Who turns stone into art
Who seeks to inspire and educate
Submitted Thu 08/23/07 19:31
Whose family hails from Britain, but now a days are just good ole Texans!
Who values honesty and is probably the most patriotic girl you have ever met
Who believes that the common and simple life is the backbone of the world
Who is known to be bluntly honest
Who feels nervous about getting married and becoming a teacher
Who is a true farm-raised country girl
Who is very serious and straightforward, but known to be random and say what she means
Who likes to be with other people who don't annoy her
Whose family is very close and spends lots of time with distant relatives
Who enjoys riding horses, snow skiing, cows, mudding, hunting and getting dirty. . . . oh,
and riding horses REALLY fast
Submitted Thu 08/23/07 20:15
Whose family is as diverse as his opinions.
Whose brother challanges him to do his best.
Whose mother loves him through it all.
Whose father was taken in the prime of his life.
Who tries to love his fellow man and woman even when he or she is at their worst.
Who seldom hesitates to express his affection.
Who believes that if you are not involved with something bigger than yourself, you are wasting your life.
Who rises each day hoping for the best.
Who strives to help chidren succeed.
Who looks for the image of the creator in the face of every man and woman.
Who treats his dog, Bash, as his only child.
Who sings to soothe his aches.
Who always offers a friendly ear or a shoulder to lean on.
Whose life ambition is to be a better friend than I was yesterday.
Submitted Thu 08/23/07 21:02
Quinn, who was named for an eccentric Grandfather
Whose family hails from Germany and Ireland
Whose life revolves around his four year old son Jake
Whose house is filled with a wife, son, dog, cats and fish
Who loves football rabidly
Who travels at any possible time to any place
Who drives his wife crazy with sloppiness among other things
Who loves music and plays bass in Ultra Suede
Who has been a career college student
Who just put his boy to bed after singing along to all the songs on the Yellow Submarine movie
Who can't wait to finish preparing and start teaching
Who sees all kids as if they were his own
Submitted Thu 08/23/07 22:06
Whose family hails from Fayetteville, AR with Scottish and English origins
Who is the sister of one brother and a set of twins and the proud aunt of two nephews and a niece
Who values sincerety, meaningful relationships, education, and compassion for others
Who speaks English, Español, and Français (un peu)
Who is a member of the University of Arkansas (Wooo Pig Sooie!)
Who enjoys Fayetteville in the Fall, traveling, being on the lake, cooking, and relaxing
Whose family traditions include the exchange of "the ugly pink vase" every Christmas, and, if really lucky, on birthdays, too
Who enjoys being in good company, experiencing new cultures, and accomplishing difficult tasks
Who is frustrated by subborness, close-mindedness, and ignorance
Who believes in the concept of work hard, play hard, and values the Golden Rule
Who views the world and others optimistically
Submitted Fri 08/24/07 17:10
One who is sprightly
Who loves all animals, especially cats
Who is compassionate and abhors abusers of all kinds
Who is married to Andrew
Who loves Jesus and believes we have an awesome God
Who wants to make a difference in people's lives
Who is most comfortable cozied in a blanket watching a movie
Who loves nature and the outdoors
Who likes to eat mint oreos dunked in milk
Who loves to read, but not so much to write
Submitted Fri 08/24/07 17:38
My name is Jazmin, meaning scented flower
Whose maiden name is Mercado, meaning market in Spanish
Whose family hails from Guadalajara and Michoacán, Mexico, and San Salvador, El Salvador
Who values religion, family, friends, love, and education
Who believes in God, family, love, respect, and truth
Who speaks Spanish, English, some French, a bit of Italian, and a tad of German
Who feels great about being a future teacher
Who is proud of herself and her brother, who is fighting for freedom in Iraq
Who is a member of large, loving family
Who feels uncomfortable around discrimination and injustice
Whose family traditions include eating dinner together every Sunday and Monday
Who enjoys singing, cooking, summer swimming, and spending time with family and friends
Who is happy the majority of the time
Submitted Fri 08/24/07 17:47
Who came from India to this land of opportunity in 1993
Who speaks English, Hindi and Marathi (my mother tongue)
Who is smart, social, simple, scientific, and super fun
Who is the wife of Ajay and the mother of Harsha and Ashvini
Who loves to read books, science-fiction and non-fiction
Who enjoys cooking various dishes with her family
Who loves to swim and jog
Who feels joy with her family and friends, running, watching movies and eating
Who feels for and tries to help anybody in need of help
Who dreams to visit places and teach kids after retirement along with her husband
Who shares her secrets, her worries, and her love with her family
Submitted Fri 08/24/07 18:13
Whose family hails from Hempwallace, a community in Hot Springs
Whose name is Ami,
Who prefers to be called Nicole for short
Who can read
K2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, k3, yo, ssk
As easily as
See Spot. See Spot Run.
And turn it into something beautiful
Who enjoys a fresh cup of coffee, dark chocolate, and faded jeans
Who cannot imagine life without another course to take, another book to read, another paper to write, another project to complete
Who cannot imagine life operating on any other schedule than the ebb and flow of a school year
Who is, in other words, a life-long learner
Who misses family dinners on the back porch with a thousand humming birds buzzing the feeder just beyond the screen
Who keeps Harry Hotspur in a bowl on the bookshelf in the living room
Who is young and old, green and wise, lost and found, unusually unusual and then some
Who believes the best is yet to come.
Submitted Fri 08/24/07 22:08
Whose family is American as apple pie,
Who values integrity, honesty, and faith,
Who hates cats and loves dogs,
Who seeks beauty,
Who is a husband and a father of two,
Who cherishes a quiet moment to ponder and think,
Who desires a few minutes to himself daily,
Who isn't afraid to try new things,
Who sacrifices for things he believes in,
Who seeks wisdom and knowledge,
Who loves being alive and a teacher.
Submitted Sat 08/25/07 16:14
Who now calls Fayetteville home, but originally grew up by the beach in South Texas
Who wants to stay in school, both as a teacher and as a student
Who has a family tree full of fellow teachers
Who wishes for nothing more than a simple life
Who values his family and friends above everything else
Who wants to be just
Who wants to make people happy, but doesn't want to have to change who he is to do so
Who loves other subjects just as much as he does mathematics, like the foreign languages and history
Who has only gone by Michael since high school, since going by Ben through middle school didn't seem to work
Who will always go by Benji to his family though
Who hasn't been an extrovert since 2nd grade
Who hopes he gets to travel the world and see the places he has only ever imagined or seen on television
Who wishes the world could be made a less stressful place to live in for everybody
Submitted Sun 08/26/07 19:30
Whose family hails from Nantes, France and England.
Who values life, peace, and joy
Who believes in goodness, love, and God
Who speaks English, French and many times without thinking
Who feels content, free, and lucky
Who is a member of a loving family, NCTE and the Holy Orthodox Church
Who sometimes feels unsure of herself, anxious and old
Whose family traditions include always spending Christmas together and waking up at 5:00 a.m. on Christmas Day to open stockings and gifts
Who enjoys fishing, hiking, canoeing, journaling, Pilates, and traveling.
Who is happy during liturgy, one a river, and with my family or friends.
Whose family hails from Ireland and North Carolina
Who values family, friends, and learning
Who believes in generosity, gratitude, and grace
Who speaks English, German, some Spanish, and a little French and Hungarian
Who feels optimistic and happy most of the time
Who is a member of a wonderful family and learning community
Who feels uncomfortable around superficiality
Whose family traditions include a big Christmas celebration
Who enjoys dancing, baking, reading, and Tai Chi
Who is happy when other people are happy too!
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