Welcome to the English Department!

  •  A-G Requirements

    Four units (equivalent to four years or eight semesters) of college-preparatory English composition and literature required, integrating:

    • Extensive reading of classic and modern literature and content-rich works of non-fiction
    • Frequent writing, from brainstorming to final paper
    • Practice listening and speaking with different audiences.

    More information: A-G Guide

Dr. Mary Stevens

  • AP Capstone Research, AP English Literature, and English 2 Honors Puente 

    B.A. English, UCSB; M.A.Ed. Teaching & Learning and Secondary Teaching Credential, Point Loma Nazarene University; Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies, USC.

    Favorite quote: "This above all, to thine own self be true."  -Shakespeare, “Hamlet”
    Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

W. Richard Boling

  • AP English Language, AP American Government, and AP Macroeconomics

    B.A. cum laude Harvard University in English & Economics (minor), M.A. Vermont College in English

    Favorite quotes: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”  -Albert Einstein. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that ain’t so." -Mark Twain
    Favorite books: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, and The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Joshua DeBets

  • English 1 Honors, English 1 Honors Puente, and English Language Development 7th/8th 

    B.A. in English Literature & Film minor from Whittier College; M.A. in Teacher Preparation from Pepperdine University

    Favorite quote: “Why so serious?” - The Dark Knight
    Favorite books: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Native Son by Richard Wright, and Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

     

C. Trent Ganschow

  • AP English Language, English 2, Journal News, and Yearbook

    Ball State University, Cal State LA, Cal Poly Pomona

    Favorite quote: “Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.” -V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Norwin Gardner

  • Math 3, Math 4, English 3, English 4, and Middle School Academic Assistance

    Dip. in Mild to Moderate Disabilities Special Education, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College; B. Ed (Primary Education Major). International University of the Caribbean

    Favorite quote: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” -Norman Vincent Peale
    Favourite books: All Stephen King material and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Gretchen Gingher

  • English 2 and English 3 

    BA in English and Minor in Education from Roanoke College, M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University: Irvine

    Favorite quote: “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” -Adrienne Rich
    Favorite books: The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fences by August Wilson, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Margie Keith

Sang Lee

  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) and English 2

    B.A. English, UC Irvine; M.A. Secondary Education, Loyola

    Favorite quote: “I’m starting to think it might be harder to be a good man than a great man.” -Randall Pearson 
    Favorite books: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Marti MacInnes

  • English 2 Honors, English 8, and English Language Development (ELD) 9-12

    B.A. English, UCLA; M.A. Education & Secondary Teaching Credential, UC

    Favorite quote: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” -Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter                                                                  Favorite books: The Dispossessed by Le Guin, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, and The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

    Remote Learning: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcrasv9ABbchvjYsGWV8fZQ

     

     

Jessica Maker-Bilandzija

  • English 8 and English 8 Honors

    B.A. English, Sonoma State University; Secondary Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University, Clear Credential UCSD

    Favorite quote: “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” - Bill Mollison
    Favorite books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Larryssa Perry

  • Math 6, English 7, English 8, and Middle School Academic Assistance

    B.A. Loyola Marymount University

David Slegers

  • English 1 and English 2 Honors

    B.A. English, CSU Fullerton; Secondary Teaching Credential, CSU San Bernardino

    Favorite quote: "That which has been is what will be,
                            That which is done is what will be done,
                            And there is nothing new under the sun."
                                -Ecclesiastes 1:9
    Favorite books: White Noise by Don DeLillo and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

English Courses