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
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ann Marie Slevin has been teaching high school English since 2000. Prior to that she spent five years teaching ESL to students from all over the world. She did her undergraduate work in English and Film Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and earned her Masters in Education from Western Washington University. Ann Marie is thrilled to be back at Seattle Prep, where she began her career teaching Collegio from 2000-2006. After stints teaching at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Hutch School in Seattle and Holy Names High School in Oakland, CA, she returned to Prep in 2013, and currently teaches Sophomore and Junior Collegio. When not at school, she enjoys cooking, watching baseball, and following in the footsteps of her favorite writers, most recently in London and Dublin.