By the Book: Fitting Teachers’ Expectations

By the Book: Fitting Teachers’ Expectations

Alexa* let out a sigh of disappointment as she trudged out of the English department office with a page of edits in one hand and a laptop in another. After meeting with her teacher about an upcoming writing assignment, she came to a realization that the words on her edited paper were not hers. Dreading […]

Read past the requirements

Read past the requirements

I sat at home with my book, eyelids drooping as I desperately tried to finish the assigned chapter. The book told the same story, with the same characters and the same words. So why did reading it for school feel so different than when I read it over the summer? In July, it was “The […]

Kwitny looks forward to pursuing new interests

English teacher Jeffrey Kwitny has decided to retire after 17 years, and plans on using his new free time to write novels and pursue new interests. Kwitny joined the community in 2001, after having taught English at La Salle High School for three years prior. Before his time as a teacher, Kwitny was a filmmaker. […]

Cheating the System

Cheating the System

Every time Rodney* ’19 received an essay assignment in his sophomore English class, he would go home and share the prompt with his tutor, who would write the essay in front of him on his own computer while only sometimes asking Rodney for his input. “I got worse [in English last year] because I stopped […]

Dynamic Duo: An Interview with English Teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar

Dynamic Duo: An Interview with English Teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar

“I mean…I hear we’re pretty good,” English teacher Jeremy Michaelson said, laughing, when we asked him and English teacher Jocelyn Medawar: “You guys have to know the mutual reputation that you share, right?” Michaelson and Medawar have been friends for over 20 years, initially bonding over finishing college recommendations. Now inseparable, the duo are the […]

Off Balance

Off Balance

Paging through the curriculum guide the spring before freshman year, Diego Ayala ‘18 was disappointed with what he found. Ayala, who said he prefers the social sciences, couldn’t sign up for honors classes in his favorite field. He initially signed up for Geometry Honors and Biology Honors, but regular courses in both history and English. […]

Stephen Thompson: English

Stephen Thompson: English

Stephen Thompson has joined the upper school English department this fall, having completed his doctorate in English requirements in English from Cornell University earlier this year. Thompson will teach English II and AP English Language: Imagined Societies- Utopias and Dystopias. “I’m really excited to talk about books with students,” Thompson said.” For a long time, […]

English teacher to depart from school after two years

Part-time English teacher Mahshid Feiz ’92 will leave at the end of this school year. For the last two years, Feiz taught English III: Living America. One of the main reasons for her departure was the fact that she only held a part-time job, teaching one section of juniors, Feiz said. “I have a very […]

Seniors react to new English program

The English curriculum for seniors has been expanded this year, receiving appreciation from students. Students can choose from seven courses to satisfy their English requirement. The revamped program allows them to select from one of the three AP Literature courses, three AP Language courses or a Shakespeare course. Under the prior program, options for seniors […]

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