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Mr. Trent Hamlin
My name is Trent Hamlin and I am the English teacher here at Locust Trace AgriScience Center. I was born in Danville, KY, but grew up in Florida before moving back to Kentucky for high school and college. I have been married to my lovely wife, Amy, for more than 24 years and am the proud father of an 18-year-old daughter named Katie who will be a freshman at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, in the fall of 2018. I have instilled in Katie a love of movies, and we spend almost every weekend seeing at least one movie in the theaters. My family is also very passionate about sports, so we spend a lot of time rooting on the University of Kentucky, Florida State football, and North Carolina basketball teams.
I have been teaching for 18 years, with the first 12 coming at the college level. During this time I taught at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Midway University, Kentucky State University, Georgetown College, and the University of Phoenix. I then spent two and a half years teaching at an alternative school in Frankfort, Kentucky called Capital City Prep. This time was very rewarding, but I chose to seek a job in Fayette County to be closer to home. During the summer, I score the Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature exam in Louisville and have done this for the past 10 years. I graduated with a BA in English from the University of Kentucky, with a concentration in Film Studies. I then obtained my MA in English from Eastern Kentucky University, with an emphasis on American Literature and Creative Writing. I am passionate about literature and enjoy opening up new worlds to my students in Freshman, Junior and Senior English. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.
Having a diverse teaching experience with many different demographics of students benefits my students in the classroom. I am aware that different students have different interests and reading abilities, so I structure my classes to accommodate all learners. I offer differentiated instruction and always promote a positive, open, and dynamic learning environment. Many students are intimidated by English courses, so I see it as my job to remove some of that fear and replace it with enthusiasm. I often tell my students that I will “make English as fun as you will allow it to be.” This means that I will incorporate real world events, references from popular culture, and students' own personal interests into my teaching wherever (and whenever) possible. This does not mean that we will stray away from canonical literature, because we won’t. But it does mean that I will make an effort to help them see this literature through a different lens; hopefully, one which will enlighten them and help them gain an appreciation and understanding of these challenging, but ultimately rewarding, texts.
I look forward to another exciting year here at Locust Trace and welcome anyone to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions whatsoever.