Discover your voice through the study of literature, communication, thought, and perspective.

The faculty in the English Department are passionate for literature and their commitment to facilitating student growth in communication skills, development of voice, and independent thought.

The curriculum spans centuries and continents to provide students with an awareness of how their own historical and cultural perspective is shaped.  The vicarious experience literature offers encourages the development of compassion, while the process of writing helps students develop reasoning skills so that they may become confident participants in shaping the future of their communities.-Kate timberlake, english department chair

featured class: Monsters & misfits

In Monsters & Misfits, students concentrate on examining the nature of our fears and how monsters and misfits come to symbolize cultural anxieties. Students apply cultural theory to examine and identify classical literary misfits and monsters and their manifestations in the 21st century through research, writing and critical cultural analysis of film and literature.

Presenting a thesis statement in Honor Senior English

The Thornton Academy English department provides perspective on the world. I have learned so much from the English department. I went from hating poetry to absolutely loving it. The teachers challenge each student to put forth their best effort everyday. 

sophia merrifield '19

English Courses

English Faculty

David Arenstam

English Teacher, Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Barbara Barklow

English Teacher

Heidi Brewer

Middle School Humanities Teacher, Golden Edge Coordinator, Dorm Parent

Inga Sandvoss Browne

English Teacher

Alivia Cram

Performing Arts Teacher, English Teacher

Caryn Ford

English Teacher

Amy Glidden

English Teacher, 504 Coordinator

Ben Grasso

English & History Teacher

Misharra Hefler

English Teacher, Residential Life Staff

Karen Laverriere

Middle School ELA Teacher

Alex Mitchell

English Teacher

Dawn Pendergrass

English Teacher

Tom Rackmales

English Teacher

Elizabeth Sampson

English Teacher

Lauren Sonneborn

English Teacher

Kate Timberlake

English Department Chair

Ed Whiting

Middle School ELA Teacher