Degrees and Certifications:
Highly Effective Certificate: Secondary English, Special Education, and Social Studies, Louisiana 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 6th year teaching English inclusion at Chalmette High School. She is certified in both English and Social Studies, as well as in Special Education. She has 3 years of previous teaching experience in Elementary Special Education and 1 year in Middle School Math. Her experience in Language Arts and working with students with a variety of special needs, along with her trustworthy and genuine 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 Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. After returning home over 15 years ago, she decided to make a permanent home for herself and her family here in St. Bernard Parish. She feels very blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.
Currently, Kristal lives in Chalmette with her 2 daughters, ages 12 & 8, who are both actively involved students in local elementary and middle schools. She hopes to instill in her daughters the importance of a good education and the values of a strong community.
by 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.
by 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.
by 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.
by George Orwell Year Published: 1949 Science fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Political fiction, Social science fiction
George Orwell created a whole vocabulary of words concerning totalitarian control that have since passed into our common vocabulary. More importantly, he has portrayed a chillingly credible dystopia. In our deeply anxious world, the seeds of unthinking conformity are everywhere in evidence; and Big Brother is always looking for his chance.
by George Orwell Year Published: 1945 Allegory, Satire, Fable, Novella, Science fiction, Political satire, Textbook, Political fiction
Animal Farm is a beast fable, in the form of a satirical allegorical novella, by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. It tells the story of a group of anthropomorphic farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.
by Any Rand Year Published: 2013 Science fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Psychological Fiction
Hailed by The New York Times as "a compelling dystopian look at paranoia from one of the most unique and perceptive writers of our time," this brief, captivating novel offers a cautionary tale. The story unfolds within a society in which all traces of individualism have been eliminated from every aspect of life—use of the word "I" is a capital offense. The hero, a rebel who discovers that man's greatest moral duty is the pursuit of his own happiness, embodies the values the author embraced in her personal philosophy of objectivism: reason, ethics, volition, and individualism.
by Ray Bradbury Year Published: 1953 Novel, Science fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Political fiction
Nearly seventy years after its original publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.
by Richard Bach Year Published: 1970 Novella, Parable, Fiction, Self-help book
People who make their own rules when they know they're right...people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well (even if only for themselves)...people who know there's more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they'll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way. Others may simply escape into a delightful adventure about freedom and flight. Either way it's an uncommon treat.
by J.D. Salinger Year Published: 1951 Novel, Bildungsroman, Young adult fiction, Coming-of-age story, First-person narrative
Story of Holden Caufield with his idiosyncrasies, penetrating insight, confusion, sensitivity and negativism. Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.
by William Golding Year Published: 1954 Novel, Allegory, Young adult fiction, Psychological Fiction
Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.