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Biography: Mrs. Pashby has been teaching at Etiwanda High School since 2004. She has been fortunate enough to teach her favorite areas of English--American literature, as well as world literature (from ancient times, to modern), not to mention composition (from formal essays, to creative writing, and personal reflections. Fortunately for you, Mrs. Pashby is not one of those stereotypical jaded teachers that pulls out old lesson plans, adhering to the same old stuff year after year. Instead, she likes to shake things up a bit, and oftentimes varies her style as well as materials covered every single year. Her philosophy is that if she is bored with the lesson, then she can't possibly expect anything different from her students. 


Mrs. Pashby attended Bonita High School in La Verne and graduated at the top of her class, with high honors. She then attended Citrus Community College in Azusa, and earned her AA degree with an emphasis in Language Arts. Upon completing community college coursework, she transferred to CSU Fullerton where she studied English literature (ranging from classical mythology, to the contemporary American novel). She earned her BA in English Literature, and once again graduated at the top of her class, summa cum laude.


Immediately thereafter she began her single subject credential coursework, also at CSUF, and completed her student teaching between two Orange County high schools. Her stellar performance as a student teacher definitely paid off, as she was offered a full-time position at Etiwanda High School right away. She has taught a variety of classes, since her career began at EHS, including: 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English, Newspaper, ASB-Student Achievement, and ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Course) to 12th graders. Currently, Mrs. Pashby teaches sophomore honors English, and 12th grade ERWC. 


In June of 2011, Mrs. Pashby completed her graduate school coursework in antebellum American literature and world literature, at Cal Poly Pomona, earning her MA in Literature. She is thankful that she can now focus her attention entirely on her teaching career and not have to juggle being both a student and a teacher, simultaneously.