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English Department

Welcome to the SJHHS English Department

At SJHHS, English curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, and critical thinking. As students advance through the grades and master these skills and standards, they are able to exhibit with increasing fullness and regularity the capacities of the literate individual. All instruction is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards and is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college and career. Instruction seeks to prepare students for success both in high school and in life beyond high school.

English Teachers
Sarah Alvarado Education Specialist
Christine Bak-Boychuk English Teacher
Kathy Callier English Teacher
Courtney Cooper English Teacher
Janey Gidion English Teacher
Katie Klingbeil English Teacher
John Lewis English Teacher
Amber Martinez Education Specialist
Kaitlin Naccarato English Teacher
Eric Noble English Department Chair/Pep Squad Advisor
Danielle Serio English Teacher
Mishelle Smith English Teacher
Leo Spengler English Teacher
Sharon Spiers English/Health Teacher
Darcie Stress English Teacher
Jen Tatala English Teacher
Katie Wegner English Teacher
Brian Willis English Teacher

Classes Currently Offered

  • English I
  • English I Honors
  • English II
  • English II Honors
  • English III
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • English IV
  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (Senior English)
  • AP English Literature

Students who are College & Career Ready

  • They demonstrate independence.
  • They build strong content knowledge.
  • They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
  • They comprehend as well as critique.
  • They value evidence.
  • They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
  • They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

What is Turn-It-In?

Turn-It-In is an internet based service used by our English department where students are able to upload essays and other English assignments for teachers to look over and check for plagiarism as well as grade the assignment.