9th Grade

 In 9th grade English, students will read various types of literature divided into five thematic units. Emphasis within these units will be placed on narrative elements (plot, character, point of view, setting, and theme) and reading comprehension and analysis skills. Students will also be introduced to research skills and MLA format through several mini-research assignments. 

Melissa Grove –started at KD in 2008

- B.A. Secondary Education English from York College
- M.S. Classroom Technology from Wilkes University

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Jenna Lloyd –started at KD in 2003

- B.A. English (Secondary Education concentration) from Lebanon Valley College
- M.S. Educational Development & Strategies from Wilkes University 

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10th Grade

English 10 involves the application of grammar, vocabulary, writing and literature. In literature, students will apply their knowledge of the five narrative techniques used in 9th grade to a variety of genres, and will utilize and interpret various other literary elements. The curriculum incorporates various texts that span American, British and World literature. In writing, the curriculum stresses the application of the 5 domains of writing (focus, content, organization, style and conventions), and students will be required to writing in a variety of different contexts.

Abrianna Wohlfeil – started at KD in 2019


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Grant Leonard –started at KD in 2004

- B.S. English and Secondary Education - English from Millersville University
- M.Ed. English Education from Millersville University

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11th Grade

English 11 will balance a survey of American literature with a study of strategic reading and comprehension skills that include focuses in grammar, vocabulary, and writing appropriately structured and differentiated for each level. Students successfully completing English 11 will experience significant growth in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will also engage in formal research projects at each level. Achievement of course goals is in accordance with the Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards. 

Jenna Ritter –started at KD in 2007

- B.A. English Education from York College
- M.Ed. English Education from Millersville University

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Joel Logan – started at SESD in 2004; started at KD in 2017

- B.A. English from Kenyon College
- M.S. Secondary Education from University of Pennsylvania

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12th Grade 

English 12 presents a survey of English literature and world masterpieces. Students will use topics from literature and from their personal experiences and interests to develop compositions which serve as practice for grammar, usage, mechanics, and structure of language. All students will also complete a formal research paper.  

 Ed Smith – started at KD in 2002

- B.S. English from Millersville University
- M.A. English from Millersville University

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Laura Drinan - started at KD in 2023

- B.A. German Studies & English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst - Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons University - Teacher Certification Pathway from Wilson College

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