Department Mission Statement
The English Department seeks to develop in students those skills that will enable them not only to be successful in college and careers, but also to be leaders in the various roles they will have in their lives. To that end, we strive to provide students with the writing skills that will allow them to express complex ideas clearly and the reading skills that will enable them both to comprehend and evaluate the ideas of others. Our readings challenge students to think about settings, people, and questions beyond their own experiences in order to better understand themselves and their world. Furthermore, we work to help our students master these skills not only for practical applications, but also that they may live lives enriched by the love of language.
Meet the department chair
A fourth generation Seattleite, Jill Vincenzo joined the Prep community in 2015 and currently teaches Freshman and Junior Collegio. Previously, she taught English literature and composition to middle schoolers on Beacon Hill and high schoolers in Ecuador and Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Boston College and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. Jill lives in Ballard with her husband and three children. When she is not grading papers, Jill enjoys playing outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spending time with her family.