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The great novelist Victor Hugo said, “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”  This sentiment echoes the inquiry- based philosophy that is the groundwork of all English courses at Port Richmond High School. Through promoting engagement in individual and group investigation, our students build knowledge through reading, writing, discussion, and debate. Our approach provides the lens through which student develop strong literacy skills such as argumentation, analysis of an author’s bias or intent, and cultivate writing skills through the Hochman Writing Program and Common Core- aligned curriculum and performance tasks. The ultimate goal for student learning within Port Richmond High School’s English department is the development of sound reading, writing, speaking, and listening capabilities, as such skills will become crucial as students move to post-secondary education and careers. Ultimately, we offer our students the opportunity to “light a fire,” thus sparking a keen understanding of literature and its power not only to consider the meanings of humanity, but to question and consider the innate humanity within themselves and others.

9th Grade

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Mr. DeFazio
10, 11th Grade
SLT Member
New School for Social Research (B.A.), 1992
CUNY (M.A.), 1994

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Ms. Olivieri
9, 12th Grade
Varsity Girls Track Coach
Manhattan College (B.A.), 2006
College of Staten Island (M.A.)

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Ms. Ryan
9th Grade
Yearbook Advisor
College of Staten Island (M.A.)

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Ms. Spillane
9, 10, 12th Grade

SUNY Oneonta (B.A.), 1994
CUNY, College of Staten Island (M.S.Ed.), 1999

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Mrs. Makler

Clark University (B.A)
Rutgers University (M.L.S)

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Mrs. Bresowsky
9-12th Grade
School Newspaper Advisor
Rutgers College (B.A.), 1990
College of Staten Island (M.S.), 2006

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Ms. Dugan
10th -12th Grade

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Ms. McNally
12th Grade
Attendance Coordinator

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Mr. Reingold
10, 11, 12th Grade

Herbert Lehman College

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Mr. Scanlon
9-12th Grade

St. Joseph's College (M.A.), 2000
Mercy College (M.S.), 2004

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Ms. Troianiello
10,11,12 Grade

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