Mrs. Ebarvia

Hello, students!

Welcome to, my online space for all things teaching-related for my students.  Some background: I came to Conestoga High School in 2001 after receiving my master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Since then, I’ve taught several courses here at ‘Stoga, including World Lit, American Lit, European Lit, AP Lit & Comp, and AP Lang & Comp.

During the 2015-16 school year, I have three sections of Honors World Literature and two sections of AP Lang & Comp. As you can see from this website’s title, you can find me in room 290, my classroom. If I’m not there, chances are I’m in room 248, the English department room, talking with colleagues, preparing for classes, and most importantly, having my much-needed cup of coffee. I’m also the faculty co-advisor for the Senior Class (with Mrs. Gately) and the LitMag (with Mr. Smith), as well as the advisor for TED X Stoga and the Comic Book Club.

I currently serve on T/E’s Language Arts Standing Committee as well as the District Technology Committee.  Outside T/E, I’m a co-director and teacher-consultant with the Pennsylvania Reading and Literature Project—a National Writing Project site—a professional development organization committed to improving the teaching of writing and learning.

bio photo headerWhen I’m not busy being “Mrs. Ebarvia, English Teacher,” I’m also mom to three boys—ages 10, 8, and 5—who love all things superhero, Lego, and Star Wars related.  Chances are, you’ll hear more about them as the year goes on, as well as learn more about me.  Aside from my love of reading and writing, I also love photography, which allows me to document the lives of my boys and their daily adventures. Feel free to check out some of my images on my photography site,, my Friday posts on the photoblog,, or on the Daily Project at

I also welcome you to tell me a little bit about yourselves as we get to know each other this year.  I believe that one of the keys to successful learning is having a community of fellow readers and writers with whom we can share our writing, take risks in our thinking, and ask those universal—and sometimes tough—questions that literature provokes.

Each year, I invite students to ask me questions, usually via index card during the opening week of school. Inevitably, a student asks what my dream job would be. It’s an interesting question, because it assumes that my dream job would be something other than teaching. But the truth is, I can’t imagine doing any else but teaching. Teaching may not be glamorous, but there really isn’t anything else I’d rather do.  I’ve always believed teaching to be a vocation—from the Old French, “a calling”—and not just a job.  My hope for my students is that you find your passion: something that you’re willing to work hard for in order to do well, something that contributes positively to the world, and something that you’ll be proud to say you do for a living. . . because that’s how I feel about teaching.

My classes thrive on discussion, and I invite you to come each day ready to share your thoughts and questions as we build our classroom community.  As your teacher, I promise to challenge you, to make you think deeply, and to hopefully inspire you to appreciate (and maybe even love) writing and reading as much as I do. 

I look forward to getting to know each of you, and if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask during class, speak to me privately afterwards, or just send me a quick e-mail (just a caveat: if you send me an email during off-school hours, I may not see it until the next school day).  Here’s to another great year!

PS – Former students: Don’t be strangers! I still consider you my students, so please stop by and visit whenever you get the chance. 🙂