York Community High School

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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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English Teachers

Ausnehmer, Meghan
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 mcollins@elmhurst205.org
DeLoriea, Kelly
English Teacher kdeloriea@elmhurst205.org
Dowling, Kathryn
Drumm, Brian
English Teacher - Assistant Athletic Director bdrumm@elmhurst205.org
Fitzgerald, Kristina
English Teacher kfitzgerald@elmhurst205.org
Fleming, Beth
English Teacher efleming@elmhurst205.org
Fleming, Sheila
English Teacher sfleming@elmhurst205.org
Foran, Elizabeth
Social Studies Teacher and Literacy Coach eforan@elmhurst205.org
Frank, Taylor
English Teacher
Johnson, Gabriel
Kennedy-Brooks, Brianne
English Teacher and Key Club Sponsor bkennedy-brooks@elmhurst205.org
Lampa, Kim
English Teacher / York-hi Adviser klampa@elmhurst205.org
Lancaster, Melissa
Lepore, Anne
Special Education English Teacher alepore@elmhurst205.org
McKinney, Rebecca
English Teacher rmckinney@elmhurst205.org
Noble, Jessica
English Teacher jnoble@elmhurst205.org
Noonan, Sally
English Teacher snoonan@elmhurst205.org
O'Connor, Erin
English Teacher erinoconnor@elmhurst205.org
Parrini, Isadora
English Teacher iparrini@elmhurst205.org
Pfau, Laura
English Teacher lpfau@elmhurst205.org
Riley, Rachel
English Teacher rriley@elmhurst205.org
Shackleton, Jennifer
English Teacher jshackleton@elmhurst205.org
Sharko, Benjamin
English Teacher bsharko@elmhurst205.org
Stoia, Kelly
Special Education English Teacher kstoia@elmhurst205.org
Vazquez, Gabriela
Wall, Elizabeth
English Teacher ewall@elmhurst205.org
Wood, Lillian
Special Education English Teacher lwood@elmhurst205.org