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IB DP Coordinator & Teacher

Language & Literature

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." -J.D. Salinger (from The Catcher in the Rye) "I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia." -Woody Allen

Educational Philosophy:

The more active students are, the better they'll learn. I emphasize engagement, activity, speaking , listening, laughing, reading, collaborating, and writing. I'll challenge them as much as I can but work really hard to make difficult ideas accessible and relevant to their lives.

What I value most about ERHS:

Despite operating in a mammoth, labyrinthine school district, ERHS is amazingly unified, vibrant, challenging, diverse, interesting, and effective. A talented staff, dedicated administrators, caring families, and brilliant kids make this a one-of-a-kind place to spend the day.

About Me:

Welcome to my page. For 2016-2017, I will be teaching 12th Grade Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma Programme, 12th Grade AP Literature and Composition, Honors 11th Grade American Literature, and 8th through 12th Grade Journalism. If there are any questions, please email me at and I will reply within 24 hours.


College Degree/Major Year
Kenyon College B.A./English 1994
Cambridge University - The British and European Studies Group Certificate/English and Theatre 1994
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Diploma/Classical Acting 1999
California State University - Northridge Teaching Credential/English 2006


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