English II

Team Leader: English I

Ms. Shelly S. Cook earned her B.A. in English and Journalism and M.A. in English Literature from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and her M.T.S from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She taught secondary English studies for over thirty years in three states. She has taught On-level, Pre-AP, Advanced Placement® Language and AP® Literature and works as a consultant and writer. She has served as a College Board® reader. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award. Shelly has served in department chair and curriculum development positions and worked as an AP Lead Teacher in Dallas ISD.

Ms. Hailey Drescher earned her B.S. from the University of Evansville.  She taught 11th and 12th grade English (Pre-AP), Communication Applications, Shakespeare, and Forensics for five years. She continues to coach mock trial at the high school level and is finishing her Master's degree in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas.

Ms. Marcia Hilsabeck earned her B. A. and M. A. from The University of Texas. She also earned certification in Supervision of Instruction in Language Art from Southwest Texas State University.  Ms. Hilsabeck taught English and Communications for forty-three years; for thirty of those years, she taught Advanced Placement® English. She was an Adjunct Instructor in English at Austin Community College for ten years. She served as a College Board® consultant in Advanced Placement English for thirty years and was an AP® National Reader for seven years. She is now retired.

Dr. Deborah Louis earned her B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.A.'s from The University of North Texas and her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She taught English 9-12 (On-Level, Pre-AP, AP® Language and Literature) for 17 years, was a College Board® Consultant for 15 years, an AP English Lead for 2 years, and an Instructional Technology Specialist for two years. She is the President and CEO of CerV® and owns The Jane Schaffer Writing Program®.

Team Leader: English II

Ms. Beth Menzies earned her B. A. from Texas Tech University in English and Art and her M. A. in English from Angelo State University. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Currently an Advanced Placement® Lead Teacher, Ms. Menzies has taught Advanced Placement and On-level English for ten years. Before her time as a high school instructor, she taught Freshman Composition and Literature courses at the college level. Ms. Menzies currently serves as a National Math and Science Initiative® Consultant and a College Board® AP® National Reader.

Ms. Amy Simpson has been an English teacher for twenty years at levels ranging from 7th grade to graduate school.  Currently she teaches English I Honors and AP® Literature at North Garland High School.   Having earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Amy is nearing the dissertation phase of her PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ms. Lynne Weber teaches AP® Literature and Composition (12) and sixth grade humanities at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, Texas. For a number of years she has led AP® and Pre-AP sessions at summer institutes in the Southwest, as well as at College Board® two-day conferences.  She is also a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas, teaching Curriculum and Instruction in English to pre-service teachers.   In 2005, Ms. Weber received the College Board’s Special Recognition Award. She holds a BA in History from UCLA and a Master of Humanities degree from The University of Dallas.

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