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About Mrs. McCleese 
In 1989, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in English Literature and the following year, I acquired a secondary teaching certificate in English from Morehead State University. A few years later, I also earned a M.S. in Technology from Morehead State University. In 2007, I achieved National Board Certification in English and added the status of Master Teacher to my list of accomplishments. In addition to teaching Advanced Placement and other junior and senior English courses here at Minford, I am the National Honor Society adviser.

Currently completing a second master's degree in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Findlay, I plan to offer CCP courses within two years. 

As you read on the front page, my main objective in teaching is to show students how to think critically and independently of the influences around them. To that end, I provide reading and writing opportunities that force students to rationalize their decisions and support them with evidence, and, in the process, begin to actualize their own worldviews and communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. In this way, they can be prepared to meet the challenges that college and careers will offer. 

My personal life revolves around my husband Tony and our family of rescued cats and dogs. Everyone who spends five minutes in my classroom learns that I value kindness toward animals. In that way, my personal and professional lives merge and I intend that students discover not just important skills they need for college or their careers, but also how our lives are enriched by sharing it with our four-legged family members. You can tell a lot about people by the way they interact with animals.
When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.      ~ Mark Twain
My Beautiful Family!
People who hate cats come back as mice in their next life.