Phone: (830) 780-2321 x. 322
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Criminal Justice (Legal Studies Emphasis) B.A. English (Creative Writing Emphasis) Certified ELA 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, ESL and Sp. Ed.
Ms. Jodi Lynne Ierien
I was born in Duluth, MN. When I get chilly, I have a tendency to hibernate. I grew up in San Antonio (right across the street from my grandparents), but attended high school in La Vernia. I spent most Saturdays in Seguin, with my great-grandparents. My father is from Duluth, MN and my mom was born in Seguin. They met when he served in the military at Ft. Sam. I have a little brother (he prefers "younger brother" since he is taller than I am) who lives in Lebanon, PA. Thanks to him, I have two terrific nieces. I am an animal lover (yes, even snakes) and currently reside with two cats. My parents' two dogs also claim partial ownership of me.
I earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from UTSA in 1993. I spent twelve years as a paralegal in Dallas before returning to San Antonio. After two more years as a paralegal, I accepted a job as an insurance adjuster. While working full-time as an adjuster, I returned to school full-time, earning a B.A. in English at UTSA in 2012. I spent a year working in the Writing Center at Our Lady of the Lake before deciding to become a teacher. I taught at East Central HS for a year and then spent two years teaching at Ector Middle School in Odessa before deciding to return to teaching at the high school level. I'm delighted to be at Karnes City High School!
In my spare time, I'm working on an MFA in Creative Writing. I also enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, and ringing handbells. I am proud to be a published author. I am amazed to say I'm a poet, particularly since I didn't like poetry when I was in high school. One of my proudest moments came when a paper I wrote on World War I poetry was published.
I'm looking forward to a fantastic year at KCHS. Go Badgers!
Ms. Ierien's Book List
by Arthur Miller Year Published: 1947
A play which looks at the consequences which occur when the course of justice is perverted.
by Erich Maria Remarque Year Published: 1929
This novel is unusual in that it presents World War I from the point of view of a German soldier.
by Agatha Christie Year Published: 1939
This novel raises the question of when and how justice should be administered. Agatha Christie noted she wrote this novel simply because she wanted to see if it could be done.
by Arthur Miller Year Published: 1949
A play which chronicles the effects of perceived injustice.
by Elie Wiesel Year Published: 1956
A memoir which presents the effects of the Holocaust through the eyes of a survivor.