English

We offer a rich program of reading and writing that draws on some of the best that has been known throughout the ages, and addresses the challenges of modern life.

You'll learn to read critically, an essential life skill in a world that is filled with multi-media messages. You'll engage with great literature and explore the human questions it raises. You'll participate in creative, dynamic assignments, like critically examining a podcast or making an animated film based on a scene from "Hamlet."

We'll challenge you to formulate arguments, weigh and select evidence, reason logically and effectively, write a clear narrative, express personal views, use language imaginatively and present all of the above in clear, grammatically correct prose.

You'll be exposed to vigorous classroom discussions among intellectually and emotionally engaged peers, in a setting where love of language and a love of ideas is valued.

Our dynamic curriculum includes courses in humanities, and classical and contemporary literature. We offer advanced placement classes as well as the Creative Writing Signature Experience, an opportunity to develop your passion for creative writing through a sequence of elective classes and extracurricular activities.

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This is the best time in human history to be in an English class. There are more ways to access texts; more ways to connect with literature to experience; and more ways to share and refine your ideas about a text. We take full advantage of that opportunity. Matt Roach, English Department Chair

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Matthew Roach

Matthew Roach

Department Chair, Head Coach, Girls' Varsity Soccer
B.A., Williams College
M.A., Bread Loaf School of English
Kurt Bennett

Kurt Bennett

Teacher
B.A., Amherst College
Jenate Brown

Jenate Brown

Teacher
B.A., Princeton University
Grant Edwards

Grant Edwards

Teacher
B.A., Princeton University
M.A., Dartmouth College
Tim Hedges

Tim Hedges

Teacher
B.A., Cornell University
M.F.A., University of Michigan
M.A., The Ohio State University
Sarah Jensen

Sarah Jensen

Teacher
B.A., Williams College
Johan Johnson

Johan Johnson

Chaplain
B.A., Clark University
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Fordham University
Alexander Kocar

Alexander Kocar

Teacher
Ph.D., Princeton University
Jan Loughran

Jan Loughran

Teacher
A.B., Princeton University
J.D., Villanova University School of Law
M.A., Middlebury College
William McMann

William McMann

Teacher
M.A., University of Rochester
B.A., Hamilton College
Joseph Murtaugh

Joseph Murtaugh

Teacher, Head Coach, Boys' Varsity Crew
M.Ed., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Virginia
Catherine Rodrigue

Catherine Rodrigue

Associate Head of School
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Georgia
Diku Rogers

Diku Rogers

Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College
Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins

Writer-in-Residence
B.A., Yale University
Leigh Wood

Leigh Wood

Dean of Students
M.A., University of Idaho
B.A., Denison University
Tristram Wood

Tristram Wood

Director of Academic Support
M.Ed., University of Idaho
B.A., Hartwick College