Teaching Tips

Delight and Inspire


  • Beth Gulley Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Curtis Becker Holton Middle School, Holton, KS
  • Carolyn Nelson Wheatland High School
  • Jeremy M. Gulley Fort Scott Community College
  • Marianne Kunkel Johnson County Community College




When we put out the call for teaching tips this year, we did not have a theme in mind. However, as the submissions rolled in, one emerged. The selections in this column highlight the ways we as teachers listen to our students. This deep listening enables us to intervene in students' learning experiences in order to create a lasting positive impact on our students' lives.

Author Biographies

  • Beth Gulley, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

    Beth Gulley is a Professor of English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where she has taught developmental writing, composition, and literature since 1998. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and she earned a PhD in Curriculum Theory from the University of Kansas in 2009. Her academic publications include Feedback on Developmental Writing Students' First Drafts in the Journal of Developmental Education, Kehinde Wiley's Paintings: Men As They Could Be in Kansas English, MLA 8: We Are Here, But Should We Have Come? in Literacy and NCTE. In addition to supporting adjunct faculty and mentoring new faculty at JCCC, Beth serves on the boards of Flying Ketchup Press, the Riverfront Reading Committee, the Writers Place, and the Kansas Association of Teachers of English. In 2016-2017 she took a sabbatical to teach at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China.

  • Curtis Becker, Holton Middle School, Holton, KS

    Curtis Becker is an author and educator, currently teaching at Holton Middle School in Holton, KS. During almost twenty years in the classroom, Becker has taught at the middle school, high school, and college/university levels. He lives in Topeka and is a part of the local writing community and a frequenter of many open mics and coffee shops in the area. His book, He Watched and Took Note, a collection of poetry and flash fiction, can be found at/ordered by major booksellers and local bookstores.

  • Carolyn Nelson, Wheatland High School

    Carolyn Nelson is an English teacher at Wheatland High School in Grainfield, Kansas. She grew up in Northwest Kansas and has travelled many roads just to end up a few miles from her childhood home. Carolyn has a B.A. and a M.A. in English. She has been fortunate to travel much of the United States as well as a few other countries, including short trips to Japan, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and a nine-month stay in France. It's safe to say she enjoys travelling! Carolyn also enjoys reading the stories of many different cultures. People and their stories are fascinating to her.

  • Jeremy M. Gulley, Fort Scott Community College

    Jeremy Gulley likes to teach, travel, meet interesting people, and have adventures.

  • Marianne Kunkel, Johnson County Community College

    Marianne Kunkel is the author of Hillary, Made Up (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press), as well as poems that have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Notre Dame Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Johnson County Community College. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While earning her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was the managing editor of Prairie Schooner and the African Poetry Book Fund. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Kansas City Voices and Kansas City Voices Youth.






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