Rebecca Newby, a ninth grade English teacher at Watson Chapel Junior High School, will present a workshop on “How to Write Good Essays.”

Newby will be the presenter for the Ivy Center for Education students from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive.

Newby is a 2017 honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Alpha Rho Chapter.

“Teaching English is great and can be made fun,” she said in a news release. “I was recently featured on social media for my Cardi B Hall Passes and was showcased on Good Morning America, ABC, Buzzfeed, BET, Billboard, The Source, and local news stations (Fox 16 and KARK 4).”

Newby believes that hall passes are just a small part of what makes up her classroom culture. Making a positive life-long impact and filling in the gaps to help as many children as possible is what drives her classroom and her everyday life, according to the release.

“Teaching is my passion, and I am happy to be thriving in a career where many are called, but few are chosen,” Newby said.

When she’s not teaching, Newby spends her summers working with the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County.

“Students interested in improving their writing skills are invited to attend the workshop,” an Ivy Center spokesman said. “The Ivy Center for Education Inc. promotes excellence in academics.”

For more information, email Mattie Collins, Ivy Center president, at or Patricia Berry, executive director, at