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Welcome to the York English Department
Doherty, Ryan (630) 617-2453 English Department Chair

English Department 2014-15

English Department 2014-15

Summer Reading 2014

One Shot at Forever.jpg The Final Four.jpg Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.jpg Leviathan.jpg
Madman's Daughter.jpg Thone of Glass.jpg Swamplandia.jpg Handmaid's Tale.jpg
A Thousand Acres.jpg Ready Player One.jpg The 5th Wave.jpg Room.jpg
Purple Heart.jpg Night Circus.jpg I Hunt Killers.jpg Winger.jpg
Hate List.jpg Double Take.jpg What is the What.jpg Escape from Camp 14.jpg



English Department Philosophy


Anton Chekhov is credited with saying, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  Although more than a century old, this sentiment echoes the inquiry-based philosophy that is the foundation of all English coursework at York Community High School.  This philosophy promotes engagement in individual and group inquiry and builds knowledge through reading, writing, discussion, and debate.  Our inquiry-based approach challenges students with engaging questions, and students communicate their evolving understanding of the inquiry through increasingly sophisticated written and oral arguments. 


These inquiry questions provide the lens through which students develop literacy skills such as argumentation or analysis of an author’s bias or intent.  The ultimate goal for student learning is the development of clearly established skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, skills that will become crucial as they pursue post-secondary education and careers.  It is our intention to offer college preparatory courses that challenge and inspire.  Ultimately, a student’s four years as a Duke offer the opportunity to discover “the moon” through inquiry and inspire enlightenment through “broken glass.”



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Lit Center   (English Dept. priority)

Lincoln Lab   (Social Stdy priority)

Alpha Lab  (Math priority)

Beta Lab  (Math priority)

Learning Common Labs

Student Quick Link

William Shakespeare F. Scott Fitzgerald Malcolm Gladwell Amy Tan Ray Bradbury Alice Walker Tim O'Brien Chinua Achebe Sandra Cisneros John Steinbeck Oscar Wilde Ken Kesey Mary Shelley Robert Louis Stevenson
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English Teachers

Aigner, Karen
English Teacher kaigner@elmhurst205.org
Behen, Jolee
Special Education English Teacher jbehen@elmhurst205.org
Bendelow, Andrew
English Teacher abendelow@elmhurst205.org
Bylina, Cecilia
English Teacher cbylina@elmhurst205.org
Carrillo, Benjamin
English Teacher bcarrillo@elmhurst205.org
Chambers, Brendan
English Teacher bchambers@elmhurst205.org
Collins, Matthew
Special Education English Teacher
Comber, Jennie
Special Education English Teacher jcomber@elmhurst205.org
Cuculich, Melissa
English Teacher mcuculich@elmhurst205.org
DeLoriea, Kelly
English Teacher kdeloriea@elmhurst205.org
Drumm, Brian
English Teacher - Assistant Athletic Director bdrumm@elmhurst205.org
Drumm, Erica
English Teacher edrumm@elmhurst205.org
Fitzgerald, Kristina
English Teacher kfitzgerald@elmhurst205.org
Fleming, Beth
English Teacher efleming@elmhurst205.org
Fleming, Sheila
English Teacher sfleming@elmhurst205.org
Gwizdala, Kimberly
English Teacher kgwizdala@elmhurst205.org
Kennedy-Brooks, Brianne
English Teacher and Key Club Sponsor bkennedy-brooks@elmhurst205.org
Lampa, Kim
English Teacher / York-hi Adviser klampa@elmhurst205.org
Lepore, Anne
Special Education English Teacher alepore@elmhurst205.org
Loerop, Nanette
English Teacher nloerop@elmhurst205.org
McKinney, Rebecca
English Teacher rmckinney@elmhurst205.org
Noble, Jessica
English Teacher jnoble@elmhurst205.org
Parrini, Isadora
English Teacher iparrini@elmhurst205.org
Pfau, Laura
English Teacher lpfau@elmhurst205.org
Regan, Sally
English Teacher sregan@elmhurst205.org
Riley, Rachel
English Teacher rriley@elmhurst205.org
Shackleton, Jennifer
English Teacher jshackleton@elmhurst205.org
Stoia, Kelly
Special Education English Teacher kstoia@elmhurst205.org
Wall, Elizabeth
English Teacher ewall@elmhurst205.org
Walsh, Kristin
Counselor kwalsh@elmhurst205.org
Wood, Lillian
Special Education Teacher lwood@elmhurst205.org