English Dept.

About the English Department

The Ponderosa English Department offers courses of study designed to enlighten students and prepare them for college and the world beyond high school. In addition to traditional, required, year long courses, we offer an Honors English Program to students their freshman and sophomore years. In their junior and senior years, two Advanced Placement courses are offered: Literature and Composition and Language and Composition. We also offer courses accredited through Colorado University at Denver in Fiction and Composition. Further, students can choose elective courses in Creative Writing, Public Speaking, and Newspaper. In addition, we teach a wide range of composition skills for students of all levels. Like Henry David Thoreau, we believe one should read “the best books first."

2019-2020 English Department

English Staff

Kasi ChihoskiKasie Chihoski
English Teacher
303.387.0770 x64009

Gary CordrayGary Cordray
English Teacher
303.387.0770 x64288


Britany EderveenBritany Ederveen
English Teacher
Student Government

Angie HedrickAngie Hedrick
English Teacher

Emma MichelEmma Michel
English Teacher
Yearbook Sponsor
303.387.0770 x64029

Sean-Michael PfeifferSean-Michael Pfeiffer
English Teacher
Newspaper Sponsor
303.387.0770 x64016

Connor SaadConnor Saad
English Teacher

Dana SwansonDana Swanson
English Teacher
303.387.0770 x64030

Amanda VillariAmanda Villari
English Teacher
303.387.0770 x64017

Bret WellerBret Weller
Department Chair
English Teacher
303.387.0770 x64112

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Outside Agencies

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