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

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

Andy Le

  • Earned his B.A. in English at UC, Santa Barbara, where he was Vice President of Poets’ Club and Founder of Poetry in Performance. At UCSB, he helped create its first poetry slam team to compete at Collegiate Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). He earned his Teaching Credential at CSULA. 


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

Jack Stapleton

  • AP English Language, English 2 and English 2H

    Earned his Teaching Credential - from Cal State Los Angeles.

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