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English

At MSSM, the study of Composition and English literature is the primary focus of our department. We expect students to look critically and carefully at text, and respond to it in a formal, written manner. Our primary goal is to prepare students for college, for academics, and for their future jobs. But here, English is also much more than simply learning the skills of analysis, synthesis, inquiry, and communication.

Our English teachers endeavor to help students develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, and to begin to see how and why their contributions to discourse matter. It is also an exercise in learning empathy, in contextualizing our language, and in exploring what it means to exist as a human being. Through a variety of literary experiences, students will encounter ideas that will challenge them, that will force them to examine historical and contemporary ideas, to face the dark places in the human experience, as well as the summits of our capacities.

Together, we learn how to critically read and think about nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, film, and literary theory/criticism. We work towards producing strong, clear, thorough writing about these forms and genres, as well as about our lives, thoughts, and experiences.

Courses Offered:


NOT all classes offered every year

English Department

Mrs. Cynthia Berube

Titles: English Instructor
Degrees: BA, Secondary Education, University of Maine - Fort Kent

Dr. Helana Brigman

Titles: English Instructor

Ms Amber Jeskey

Titles: International Student Coordinator
Degrees: BA, English/Secondary Education, Franklin Pierce College

Mr. Michael McCartney

Titles: English and Fine Arts Department Chair, English Instructor, Boffer Instructor
Degrees: MA, English Literature, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English
BA, History, Moravian College
BA, English, Moravian College

Mr. Anthony Scott

Titles: English Instructor
Degrees: MA, Creative Writing, Wilkes University
MFA, Writing Education, Wilkes University
BA, English, University of Maine at Presque Isle