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The English Department
Amity's English program integrates the language arts skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The cornerstone in the development of these skills is clear, perceptive, and imaginative thinking.

The English department believes that literature exposes students to ideas which may challenge, confirm, or broaden their perspectives. Because we believe studying literature enables students to learn about the world outside our classroom and to be aware of social issues, we guide all students towards an appreciation and an interest in diverse forms of literature. Our department maintains a firm belief in the power of literature as a means of connecting–spanning time, place, and experience. The skills to read, write, speak, and listen effectively enable students to recognize their place in the changing world around them--to respect what has come before and to assume a role in the world they will help to shape. We believe in creating environments where students feel comfortable to express ideas, ask questions, and disagree with each other in thoughtful, insightful ways. We strive to cultivate empathy in our students for others in circumstances both like and unlike their own. We want students to have both the skills and the confidence to communicate because we believe that students have ideas worth expressing.

Faculty

 Julie Chevan, Department Chair
Contact:
Room 102 | x3102 | julie.chevan@reg5.k12.ct.us


Chevan
 
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• AP Literature and Composition
• Creative Writing
• Shakespeare

Other Roles at Amity:
• Assistant Advisor, Amity Creative Theater
• Costume Designer, Amity Creative Theater


 Christian Allard
Contact:
Room 150 |x3150 | christian.allard@reg5.k12.ct.us

No Photo Available 
Website:


Courses:
• English III
• AP Language and Composition




 Christina Allen
Contact:
Room 148 | x3148 | christina.allen@reg5.k12.ct.us


Allen
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English III
• Philosophy



 Don Barkin
Contact:
Room 111 | x3111 | don.barkin@reg5.k12.ct.us

No Photo Available 
Website:
Mr. Barkin's Site

Courses:
• English III
• Modern American Poetry

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Philosophy Club


 Maggie Barkin
Contact:
Room 109 | maggie.barkin@reg5.k12.ct.us

M Barkin 
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English II
• Communications I
• Communications II

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Unified Theater
• Coordinator of HS Staff Development


 Jennifer Bonaldo
Contact:
Room 152 | x3152 | jennifer.bonaldo@reg5.k12.ct.us

Bonaldo 
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English I
• Creative Writing

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Amity Improv Club
• Link Crew Coordinator


 Emily Clark
Contact:
Room 106 | emily.clark@reg5.k12.ct.us

E Clark
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English I
• Journalism

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Read to Grow Club
• Faculty Advisor, The Trident (School Newspaper)


 Ken Clark
Contact:
Room 144 | x3144 | ken.clark@reg5.k12.ct.us

K Clark 
Website:
Schoology

 Courses:
• English II
• Expository Writing
• The Graphic Novel

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Embers (Yearbook)

 

 Tim Gaipa
Contact:
Room 150 |timothy.gaipa@reg5.k12.ct.us

Tim Gaipa 
Website:
Mr. Gaipa's Classroom Website

Courses:
• English II

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Creative Writing Club
• Faculty Advisor, UNICEF Club
• Assistant Advisor, Embers (Yearbook)


 Jeremy Iverson
Contact:
Room 145 | x3145 | jeremy.iverson@reg5.k12.ct.us


Iverson 
Website:
Moodle

 Courses:
• English I
• Writing for College and Career Readiness

Other Roles at Amity:
• Indoor Track & Field Coach
• Teen Teaching Coordinator


 Kelly Kane
Contact:
Room 110 | kelly.kane@reg5.k12.ct.us

 No Photo Available
Website:


Courses:
• English I
• Expository Writing
• Modern American Novel
• World Literature



Tasia Kimball
Contact:
Rm. 104 | x3104 | anastasia.kimball@reg5.k12.ct.us

Kimball
 
Website:
Schoology
Edmodo
The Same River Twice

Courses:
• English II
• Humanities
• Writing for College and Career Readiness
• Modern American Novel

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, PLAHD
• Faculty Advisor, Calliope (Literary Magazine)
• Link Crew Coordinator


 Jeanine Lambrecht
Contact:
Rm. 180 | x3180 | jeanine.lambrecht@reg5.k12.ct.us

McCann 
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English I
• World Literature

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Girls Helping Girls
• Assistant Swim Coach
• Freshman Class Advisor


 Jeanene Lyons
Contact:
Room 182 | x3182 | jeanene.lyons@reg5.k12.ct.us

Chevan
Website:
Ms. Lyons's Classroom Website

Courses:
• English I


 

 Bill Rocco
Contact:
Room 181 |x3952 | william.rocco@reg5.k12.ct.us

No Photo Available 
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English II
• College Research and Writing
• AP Capstone

 

 

 Jennifer Wentworth
Contact:
Rm. 108 | x3108 | jennifer.wentworth@reg5.k12.ct.us

No Photo Available 
Website:
Ms. Wentworth's English Space

Courses:
• English II
• Expository Writing

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Tabletop Gaming Club
• Faculty Advisor, Psychology Club
• Coordinator, Amity High School Writing Center


 Allyson Wuerth
Contact:
Room 144 |allyson.wuerth@reg5.k12.ct.us

 Wuerth
Website:
Schoology

Courses:
• English III
• AP Literature and Composition

Other Roles at Amity:
• Coordinator, Amity Open Mic Nights

 

 Maggie Barkin
 Maggie Barkin
Contact:
Room 31 | x3031 | maggie.barkin@reg5.k12.ct.us

 
Website:
Mrs. Barkin's English Classes

 Courses:
• English II
• Creative Writing

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Unified Theater
• Faculty Advisor, Creative Writing Club

Contact:
Room 31 | x3031 | maggie.barkin@reg5.k12.ct.us

 
Website:
Mrs. Barkin's English Classes

 Courses:
• English II
• Creative Writing

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, Unified Theater
• Faculty Advisor, Creative Writing Club