Mrs.Derry's Website for
English 11, English 12, and Bridge to College English

Welcome to my website. I hope you find it helpful. Below is a list of some of the information you will find on the links (use the left-hand bar).
  • academic plans
  •  course outlines
  •  course assignments, what we do in class each day,  and homework assignments (USE THE HW Clalendar 2015-16 LINK) 
  • some handouts for the class (documents page)


A letter to students and parents as we begin the 2015-2016 school year:

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Atwood Townsend 

Dear Students,                                                                   September 9, 2015

This year we begin our 2nd year in our new high school. I wonder if in another 50 years it will seem as dated as our last school? I feel my room has the absolute best view, so as the weather and light change over the school year, be sure to stop and take in the view from time to time. I will miss the long relaxing days of summer, but I am excited to get to know all of you, and I look forward to guiding your curiosity and intellectual pursuits. I did some reading this summer (what English teacher doesn’t ?), but I also spent 2 weeks in Portugal, and ½ a week each in Germany and England.  While in England, my husband and I attended a lovely wedding in a tiny stone church right out of a storybook. I spent time nurturing flowers and vegetables in my garden, attending a conference in Wenatchee, and exploring some of Seattle’s known and unknown landmarks.

            I thought you might like to know a little about me both personally and professionally.  This is the start of my 24th   year here at Shorecrest. I started my teaching career in California, but my husband and I moved to Seattle to raise our children here.  Since I’ve been at Shorecrest, I have taught 10th and 12th grade honors English, English 10, speech, essay fundamentals, readers choice, journalism, life-time writing, American literature, senior connections, English 11 and English 12, and I was the advisor for the Highland Piper for 6 of those years. Also, somewhere along the way I directed a school play and coached the track team. I have a Master’s Degree in Education, and I am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.

                           My family consists of two grown children and a husband. My daughter graduated from Lake Forest College (near Chicago). She earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at Rutgers in New Jersey. She now lives and works in Manhattan, New York. My son graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, spent two years teaching English in Korea, and now teaches English at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. (And this from the boy who once told me he hated reading because I liked it!) Both of my children attended small liberal arts colleges, so if you have questions about finding a college, I’d love to share what I know. My husband works in public outreach for the city of Seattle.

Some of the things I like to do are craft projects, make soap, knit, and read. I’ve been in the same book club for 26 years, and every month we read and discuss another book.  Imagine, approximately 312 books, and just for fun! A few of the books I read this summer are: Something Dangerous, Into Temptation, We Need New Names, Being Mortal, A Small Death in Lisbon, and Brave New World.I love to watch movies, and as a family we are committed Netflix customers. If you haven’t seen Inside Out, I highly recommend it! I am also a devoted fan of “Sherlock Holmes,”  “True Dectective,” and “Modern Family.”

            I’m looking forward to guiding your learning this year. Together, we can accomplish a great deal. Hopefully you are committed to what it takes to be successful: thoroughness, thoughtfulness, kindness, discipline, and organization.          

            I’m looking forward to a great year.


Mrs. Derry