Seventh Grade, MS Language Arts,
Miss Jackie Ott
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
Middle School Language Arts
Welcome to language arts! I am Ms. Ott, and I am so excited to join the Holy Cross community as the middle school language arts teacher and 7th grade co-homeroom teacher this year. Although I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have lived in Portland for the past 8 years, moving around North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland. After attending the University of Portland and receiving my B.A. in English with minors in Philosophy, Psychology, and Business Administration, I spent 3 years as a children’s bookseller at Powell’s Books. There I rediscovered my love of children’s literature and the wonder of helping others find joy in reading and writing. This led me back to the University of Portland, where I received my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2021. At Holy Cross this year I will be teaching one group of 6th grade langauge arts, 7th grade langauge arts, 8th grade langauge arts, and 8th grade grammar.
When I’m not teaching, you can typically find me reading from my never-ending TBR stack, quilting, going to local vintage stores, or hanging out with my cat, Mr. Bear. I’m a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs (despite their rivalry!), although my favorite sport to watch is tennis.