English Language Arts



Dr. Nicole Chiesa
Director of Humanities

Ed.D Northeastern University
J.D. Suffolk Law School
M.Ed. Salem State College
B.A. English and International Relations, Tufts University

Medford High School

David Ambrose
English 10 & 11
Yearbook Workshop
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. English and Journalism, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Advisorships/Extracurricular Activities: Blue and White Yearbook

Rosemary Beagan
English 12, MCAS English
M.A. Boston College
B.S. Boston College

Douglass Bowen-Flynn
Grade 11 AP Language and Composition
English 10, Mythology
Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Harvard University
B.A., University of Puget Sound

Eric Esner
English 9
M.A.T. Simmons College
B.A. English and Creative Writing, New England College

Max Heinegg
English 10 & 12
M.A.T. Boston University
B.A. English, Union College

Barry Lewis
English 9 & 11
B.A. Liberal Arts, Goddard College
M.Ed. Secondary English Language Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston
Advisorships/Extracurricular Activities: Drama Club Advisor

Shawn Morris
English 9 Standard
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Grade 12
B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D. candidate, Northeastern University

Sarah Terranova
English 11 & 12 Standard, Book Club
B.A. English and Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
M. Ed., University of Massachusetts Boston
Extracurricular Activities: Online Book Club

Nicole Sanford
English 9 Standard and Honors
B.A. in English, Bridgewater State College

Sara Stevens
English 10 & 11
M.Ed. Lesley University
B.A. Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College

Cheryl Giordano
English 11

James Bostock
English 9 Standard, English 12 Honors
B.S., Worcester State College

Medford Vocational Technical High School

Rebekah McGinnis
English Language Arts 9 – 12, T.E.A/Career Education, Applied Academics
Medford Vocational Technical High School

Jonathan Brown
English 9,10,11,12
B.A. German, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A. English, Salem State University

Andrews Middle School

Enza Boos
Grade 6 English Language Arts
M.Ed. Salem State College
B.S. Journalism, Suffolk University
Awards/Distinctions: Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

Paul DeMeo
Grade 6 English Language Arts
M.Ed. School Administration, Cambridge College
M.Ed. Special Education, Cambridge College
B.S. English, Northeastern University
Advisorships/Extracurricular Activities: Talent Show Director, Musical Play Director

Kathleen DeMeo
Grade 7 English Language Arts
B.A. English, University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.Ed. Secondary Education, Salem State College, Advisorships/Extracurricular Activities: National Junior Honor Society Advisor; Choreographer for spring musical

Narineh Abrimian
Grade 7 English Language Arts
B.A. English, Minor in Music, University of Massachusetts Boston
M.Ed. Middle and Secondary Education, University of Massachusetts Boston

Patrice Murphy
Grades 6, 7, 8
M.Ed. CAGS Reading Specialist K-12, American International College
M.Ed. Elementary Education 1-6, Cambridge College
B.A. Communication and Business, University of New Hampshire
Extracurricular Activities: Yearbook Advisor

Lisa Luongo
Grade 8 English Language Arts
B.A. English, Salem State College
MA.Ed. Special Education, Salem State College
C.A.G.S., School Leadership, American International College

Charlene Douglas
Grade 8 English Language Arts
M.S. Education, Cambridge College
B.S. Education, Boston State College

McGlynn Middle School

Loni-Anne Sanford
Grade 6 English Language Arts
M.Ed. Special Education, Endicott College
B.A. English, Bridgewater State University

Michael Cremin IV
Grade 6 English Language Arts
M.Ed. UMass Boston
B.A. Psychology, University of Maine
Awards/Distinctions: Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Great American Books Grant (2007), Awarded Teaching Tolerance Grant (2008)

Audra M. Cashin
Grade 7 English Language Arts
B.S. English, M. Ed.

Lindsay Repucci
Grade 8 English Language Arts
B.S. Theatre Design and Technology, Northern Arizona University
M.Ed. Middle School English, Lesley
Advisorships/Extracurricular Activities:, McGlynn Middle School Drama Club advisor

Kristin Zeckman
Grade 8 English Language Arts
M.Ed. English Language Arts, Boston University
B.A. English (Writing) & Education, Denison University

Ellen McGlynn
Grades 6, 7, 8
Reading and Study Skills

Mission Statement

Although the emphasis placed on specific skills varies for each grade and level, the total English program provides continuity in the student’s educational program over four years. The English Department is committed to the presentation of materials and skills acquisition through a broad range of study: research skills, the reading of quality literature; the development of writing skills that ensure an appropriate finished product; spelling and vocabulary development; oral language; listening; grammar and usage, and reasoning. Since writing is a reflection of thinking, students are expected to respond to literature as well as to generate writing from their own ideas. Massachusetts has state Curriculum Frameworks for English /Language Arts. A new emphasis within the state Framework is “speaking and presenting,” areas that are also reflected in the Medford High School English curriculum.

Since the English faculty members believe that written composition is a reflection of a student’s ability to think, writing is assigned regularly, on an average of four times per month and responded to by the teacher in some detail at least twice a month. Writing assignments represent different types and purposes and are geared toward multiple audiences. Length varies from a five-paragraph journal entry to a twenty-page typed critical paper produced over several months. As more and more English teachers utilize “portfolio assessment,” parents can expect to periodically receive portfolios of completed work. The parent is then expected to “respond” in writing to the student.

Every student must take and pass English 9, 10, ll and 12. A double English (e.g., English ll and five additional credits in other English electives) is strongly recommended for all Level III and Level IV students in grades 10, ll and 12. A student cannot progress to another English course without first fulfilling the prerequisite for that course. Therefore, two regular English courses (e.g., English 10 and ll) cannot be taken simultaneously.

The English curriculum at Medford High School was revised to reflect the changes in American and world history. The content of each grade reflects the best of the classics. Important contributions from diverse cultures throughout history and into the twenty first century are also incorporated into the curriculum..

The English Program includes two Advanced Placement courses, an Honors level in each of the four years; and in-class computer clusters. English/Language Arts electives include: (l) Writing Workshop I and II (which is strongly recommended for all students prior to entering (Grade 12); (2) Communication Workshop (Grade 9); (3) MCAS English Review (Grades 10 and 12); (4) Mythology (Grades 9 -12); (5) Public Communications (Grades 10-12); (6) Verbal SAT Prep (grades 10-11); Journalism, (9-12), and Yearbook (9-12).

Medford High School has a strict homework policy. A research paper requirement is also expected within every department. The English curriculum supports both. Teacher feedback will be offered throughout each class. The Medford High School English Program holds students to high standards and believes firmly in a meaningful education.

Since the English/Language Arts Program k-12 strongly supports a home-school partnership, parents are urged to seek the advice of guidance counselors (393-2288), English teachers, and/or the Humanities Director (393-9016).