The English Department’s goals are to ensure that each student graduates with the ability to think critically, write effectively, analyze a text thoughtfully, present information well through a variety of methods, and synthesize information. To that end, students read challenging, insightful texts, develop their skills at both analyzing and writing, collaborate on presentations and projects, and enhance their public speaking skills. While vocabulary, grammar, and close readings are critical elements of each course, thinking critically about what is being examined is paramount. Whether a student is in an Advanced Placement course or a lower section, teachers are focused on designing a curriculum that prepares him for success in college and beyond.

Graduation Requirements

24 credits of English are required to graduate from Trinity-Pawling.

English Courses

Active and Applied

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I love any moments in my class that bring my students joy! My teaching style is very active, hands-on, and student-driven. I incorporate games and activities into class wherever possible, and I also try to vary the way that students learn: independently, partners, groups, or whole-class.Liz Moore, English Teacher

Meet the English Department

Rob Davenport

English Teacher, History Teacher

Bill Dunham

Associate Director of College Counseling, English Department Chair, English Teacher

John Ericson

English Teacher

Nate Lynn

English Teacher

Liz Moore

English Teacher

Tarik Smith

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Self-Awareness (DEISA), English Teacher

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