English Department

  • Welcome to the English Department,

    Terra Nova’s English Department believes that all students should leave high school able to read complex texts, think critically about the information within the texts, communicate effectively about what they are learning, and write convincingly for a variety of audiences and purposes.

    To achieve those objectives, all courses include both classic and modern pieces of literature, fiction and non-fiction texts, presentations, research papers, and literary analysis essays.  All of our teachers are committed to being and creating life-long learners; department staff enhance the learning environment by updating and modifying curriculum, attending professional development opportunities, and reading for pleasure.

    Sample texts and topics at different grade levels (this list is by no means exhaustive):

    English 9/9E:  Romeo and JulietOf Mice and MenThe House on Mango Street, and Greek/Roman mythology

    English 10/10E:  MacbethAll Quiet on the Western FrontCatcher in the Rye, and Things Fall Apart

    English 11/11H/AP English Language:  The CrucibleThe Great GatsbyTo Kill a Mockingbird, and In Cold Blood​

    English 12 (ERWC – Expository Reading/Writing Curriculum)/12H/AP English Literature:  HamletInto the WildLike Water for Chocolate, and The Things They Carried

     

    Alyssa Jenkins

    English Department Chair, AP English Literature & Composition, 

    Enriched English 10, English 9, Journalism 1-2, Travel Club Advisor, Students in Action Advisor, Class of 2020 Co-advisor

    AJenkins@juhsd.net

     

    Robert Colvig

    English 10, Advanced Journalism - Yearbook

    rcolvig@juhsd.net

     

    Ophny Escalante

    Expository Reading & Writing, Controversial Issues in American Society, Leadership, Class of 2019 Advisor                                                             

    OEscalante@juhsd.net

     

    Sara Meskin 

    Enriched English 9, AP English Language & Composition, Expository Reading & Writing, Class of 2020 Co-Advisor

    SMeskin@juhsd.net

     

    Scot Schneider 

    Film as Literature (Drama, Advanced Drama, Theater Tech – taught through the Fine Arts Department)

    Drama Club, Film Club, Poetry Club & Ultimate Frisbee Club Advisor 

    SSchne@juhsd.net

     

    Korinne Stockler

    English 12 Honors, English 9, English 11, Class of 2021 Co-Advisor 

    kstockler@juhsd.net

      

    Diane Woodhull

    English 9, English 11, English 11 Honors, Class of 2021 Co-Advisor 

    dwoodhull@juhsd.net