Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of arts in English literature and history from Northeastern Illinois University in 2006. Masters in the art of teaching from Northeastern Illinois University in 2012.

Mr. Elfinger

Seventh Grade language arts

Poetry list:

My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke

One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by William Butler Yeats

If I can stop one Heart from breaking by Emily Dickinson

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

maggie and milly and molly and may, who are you, little i, old age sticks by E.E. Cummings

Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney

The World Is Not a Pleasant Place to Be by Nikki Giovanni

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe


Short story:

Seventh Grade by Gary Soto

Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

Thank You M’am by Langston Hughes

What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything? by Avi

The Two Brothers by Leo Tolstoy

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger



A Christmas Carol (dramatized by Frederick Gaines)

A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry



Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck


I have been teaching for six years having obtained a masters in education from Northeastern Illinois University in 2012.