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Courtney Konopacky


I have been teaching at Stone Valley since 2003. I grew up in Oregon and attended the University of Oregon. And if you've ever been in my classroom you might notice that I continue to be a HUGE Oregon Ducks fan. GO DUCKS! I graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History. When I entered college, I was certain I was going to be an attorney, but after working for one for a period of time, I decided that profession was not for me! Teaching runs in my family. My aunt and uncle retired from teaching after being in the profession for over 40 years, and my cousin is also a teacher in Southern California. My great grandmother was a schoolteacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma in the early 1900s. So I decided I would stick with the family tradition and enter the teaching profession. My younger sister got her masters degree in Library Science this year, and her husband is a teacher as well! And they say teaching isn't genetic. I attended St. Mary's in Moraga for my teaching credential.

Outside of school, I have a variety of interests. My "child" is my Jack Russell Terrier - Chihuahua mix (or a Jackhuahua), Charlotte Murphy. I'm a total "history dork" too. I love watching the History Channel, Ken Burns' documentaries, and I have been researching my family genealogy (family history) since I was 15. I'll probably forever be known at Stone Valley as that teacher that has all the lines to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory memorized! What can I say? It's my favorite movie!

Welcome to 8th Grade Core!

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Courtney's books

The Nightingale
it was amazing
This book absolutely gutted me like few other books have. What an amazing book in so many ways. In some ways, I was reminded of All the Light We Cannot See - similar time period and setting. But in other ways, this book stood apart from ...
The Atomic Weight of Love
it was amazing
A beautiful book with a protagonist that I admired, empathized with, and cried for. Meridian's story is so symbolic of what countless women endured. The sweeping path of her life illustrates how much changed in the lives of American wome...
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
really liked it
Interesting and insightful look into the modern women's rights movement. There were many challenges faced that I was unaware of before reading this, particularly within the civil rights movement. Women today, particularly those born in t...
Britt-Marie Was Here
it was amazing
Fredrik Backman has an amazing way of creating characters who are so rich and layered. Through each, you realize that everyone has a back story, and that facades often hide sadness underneath. It seems to be a recurring theme throughout ...
The Lake House
liked it
Really a 3.5 if I could give it a half star. The book starts a little slow, but then it definitely hooked me. Eleanor ended up being such a marvelous, elaborate character. My disappointment came with the ending however. A little too hoke...