The English department is dedicated to fostering the understanding, appreciation, and creative expression of thought and meaning through the use of language in its core curriculum and electives. English courses combine a survey of various literature selections with the study of critical reading, new vocabulary, writing strategies, research skills, grammar usage, and public speaking. Overall, the curriculum is writing intensive. As students advance through the grade levels, texts and writing assignments become more complex, and language lessons are sequentially introduced and reinforced to support this complexity. This curriculum provides students with confidence, practice, and mastery in the language arts.

Ursuline Academy has developed a writing program which is incorporated into the required English class. Based on the belief that all writing is creative and that through introducing, teaching and reinforcing writing types and specific skills in a sequential manner, teachers encourage mastery and proficiency in the art of writing.

In addition to English I, II, III, and IV, Ursuline offers the following English courses:

    • American Studies
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature
    • Creative Writing
    • Public Speaking

English Faculty

Ms. Sarah Geers

English Faculty Member, Lions Roar (Newspaper) Moderator
B.S., Ohio University
M.Ed., Xavier University

Ms. Betsy Haglage

Class of 2001
English Faculty Member
B.A., Georgetown University
M.A., University College of London

Dr. Ann Hinkle

English Faculty Member, Department Coordinator, Writing Center Moderator, Spectrum Co-Moderator
B.S., Xavier University
M.A., Miami University
Ph.D., University of Kent, Canterbury, England

Ms. Emily Owen

English Faculty Member
B.S., Miami University

Ms. Cathi Schellhous

English Faculty Member, Book Club Moderator
B.S., University of Cincinnati
M.Ed. Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Kathy (Geraci) Stall

Class of 1976
English Faculty Member, Theatre Arts Group (TAG) Moderator
B.A., University of Dayton
M.A., Xavier University
Ph.D., Duquesne University

Ms. Julie Whalen

English Faculty Member
B.S., University of Cincinnati
B.A., University of Cincinnati

Ms. Shauna Whelan

English Faculty Member
B.S., University of Dayton
M.A., Loyola of Chicago