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High School

Language Arts

Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? High School English & Speech Instructor

High School attended? Sheldon Community High School, Sheldon, Iowa

University Attended?  Creighton University

Degree Received? Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education-English

Master's degree program or school attended?  Master's in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health Pre-K-12, Creighton University

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School?  Archbishop Bergan Catholic School has a familial atmosphere where students and teachers truly care about the well-being of the other.  This can be felt in all facets of the school.


Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? 7th, 8th & Senior English, & 8th Theology

High School attended? Archbishop Bergan Catholic School

University Attended? Midland

Degree Received? Bachelor's Degree in 7-12 Secondary English, K-12 Physical Education, Coaching Endorsement

Master's degree program or school attended? Doane College - Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, 7-12 Curriculum Director

Extra-Curricular Duties? Jr. High Volleyball, Jr. High Girls' Basketball, English Department Head

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? Archbishop Bergan Catholic School exists to instill a passion, as exemplified by Christ, for faith, knowledge, and service. One of the best things about teaching at Bergan is this mission statement. Our mission statement reminds us that at the center of everything we do is Christ. It is truly amazing to teach in an environment like this! We are a family helping one another grow both spiritually and academically.


English 9
Required Grade 9 two semesters 10 credits Ninth grade English has three parts, Literature, Grammar, and Writing. Units on language and literature will alternate throughout the year. Grammar, composition, spelling and vocabulary are emphasized. Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men and Animal Farm are read.

English 10
Required Grade 10 two semesters 10 credits Sophomore English is designed to increase a student's skills in English usage. Writing is emphasized through the use of small groups, individual writing, journal writing, and writing through researching. Major works include To Kill A Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun and The House on Mango Street. A literature text is used. Major writing projects include personal essay, literary analysis and research paper.

Required Grade 10 one semester 5 credits This course will serve as an introduction to public speaking. The student will prepare speeches in the areas of informative, persuasive, impromptu, and special occasion.

English 11
Required Grade 11 two semesters 10 credits During their Junior year, Juniors will complete the Archdiocese Assessment. Vocabulary and spelling are continued. Formal and informal writing is also continued and evaluated through the use of small groups and journal writing. An in depth look at American literature is covered.

College English
Grade 12 two semesters By permission, but an option to fulfill Grade 12 English requirement 0 credits College English is for students with well-developed English grammar skills who are capable of writing well-organized papers with moderate supervision. Although grammar and composition will be a part of the course of study, the emphasis will be on literature. A survey of British Literature, the course includes Pride & Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, Hamlet and Macbeth. Major writing projects include a personal essay, research project, literary analysis, persuasive, and book reviews.

English 12
Two period semesters or Block for one semester Grade 12 Option to fulfill Grade 12 English requirement. 10 credits This class will mainly focus on improving students' writing skills through the use of the Write Tools curriculum. Students will also do weekly proofreading exercises and vocabulary units to build their writing and analysis skills. As a class, we will also read and discuss Same Kind of Different as Me, and The Shack. Our closing project will be to write and illustrate a picture book to be shared with our pre-schoolers.

Creative Writing I
Elective Grades 10 - 12 one semester Prerequisite: Permission 5 credits This course offers opportunities to write poetry, short stories, and other creative works.

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Bergan Catholic has a differentiated curriculum that promotes creative and critical thinking skills, increases student self-esteem and enhances a passion for Faith, Knowledge and Service.