Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of South Florida
Kristal Montgomery is a part of our Special Education/Inclusion staff in the English department. She is currently in her 5th year teaching English inclusion at Chalmette High School. She is certified in both English 9-12 grade, as well as Mild/Moderate Special Education. She has previous teaching experience in Elementary Special Ed: Severe Emotional Disabilities, as well as Middle School Math. Her experience in language arts, as well as her trusting personality, are the key qualities that help her build positive relationships with her students.
Kristal grew up in south Louisiana and later lived in Florida, where she attended the University of South Florida. This is where she earned a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. After returning home over 15 years ago, she decided to make a permanent home for herself and her family. She feels very blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.
Currently, Kristal lives in Chalmette with her 2 daughters, ages 11 & 7, who are both actively involved students in St. Bernard Parish. She hopes to instill in her daughters the importance of a good education and the values of a strong community.
Persepolisby Marjane Satrapi Year Published: 2000 Novel; Autobiographical comic
Persepolis is an autobiographical series of bande dessinées by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. The title Persepolis is a reference to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire. Due to its graphic language and images, there is controversy surrounding the use of Persepolis in classrooms in the United States.
Things Fall Apartby Chinua Achebe Year Published: 1958 Novel
This story chronicles pre-colonial life in the southeastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of Europeans during the late 19th century. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and is widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world.
Antigoneby Sophicles Year Published: 441 B.C. Play; Ancient Greek Tragedy
Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC. Of the three Theban plays Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written. The play expands on the Theban legend that predates it, and it picks up where Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes ends.
Anthemby Ayn Rand Year Published: 1938 Fiction; Novel
Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Russian-American writer Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.
The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas Year Published: 2017 Novel
The Hate U Give is a 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It is Thomas's debut novel, expanded from a short story she wrote in college in reaction to the police shooting of Oscar Grant. The book is narrated by Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl from a poor neighborhood who attends an elite private school in a predominantly white, affluent part of the city. Starr becomes entangled in a national news story after she witnesses a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend, Khalil. She speaks up about the shooting in increasingly public ways, and social tensions culminate in a riot after a grand jury decides not to indict the police officer for the shooting.
I Am Malalaby Malala Yousafzai Year Published: 2013 Autobiography
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiographical book by Malala Yousafzai, co-written with Christina Lamb. It was published on 8 October 2013, by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK and Little, Brown and Company in the US. The book details the early life of Yousafzai, her father's ownership of schools and activism, the rise and fall of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in Swat Valley and the assassination attempt made against Yousafzai, when she was aged 15, following her activism for female education. It has received a positive critical reception and won awards, though it has been banned in many schools in Pakistan.
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahloby Hayden Herrera Year Published: 1983 Biography
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo is a 1983 book by Hayden Herrera about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her art, and her relationship with muralist Diego Rivera.
A major 2002 studio film, Frida, adapted from the book, stars Salma Hayek as Kahlo.
Lord of the Fliesby William Golding Year Published: 1954 Novel
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. Themes include the tension between groupthink and individuality, between rational and emotional reactions, and between morality and immorality.
How Video Games Affect the Brain
Video gaming is clearly a popular form of entertainment, with video gamers collectively spending 3 billion hours per week in front of their screens. Due to their widespread use, scientists have researched how video games affect the brain and behavior. Are these effects positive or negative? We examine the evidence.
Brain training apps don't seem to do much
But figuring out whether or not they work is almost as tough as creating them.