Graduation Requirement: Four years of Upper School study.
We value critical and appreciative reading, lucid and beautiful writing, logical and imaginative thinking. In the English department, we hope to develop reverence for, and understanding of, literature as a direct path to these skills and habits.
By leading a thoughtful exploration of engaging works of literature, we help students begin to ponder human nature, the world around them and their place in it.
The study of literature also prompts questions related to craft and composition. To communicate their insights, ideas and questions, students need a clear sense of sentence, paragraph and essay structure, and they need to be aware of the many choices available to them as writers and speakers. To that end, the English faculty teach a wide range of writing, reading and speaking skills at all levels, designed to foster precision and elegance in composition and in thought.
B.A. - English
M.A. - Holocaust and Genocide Studies
"Kent Denver has a rich tradition of both academic excellence and real-world preparation for its students. I look forward to immersing myself in the Sun Devil community and to fostering impactful and lasting relationships with students and faculty members alike."
Mr. Barocas joined Kent Denver after 12 years at Overland High School, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2017. At Overland, he served as an English teacher, yearbook advisor, boys' lacrosse coach and Student Council sponsor among other duties.
B.A. Political Science
"I enjoy teaching because it requires me to always be a student, and I learn every day from my students. I try to make literature relevant to students' lives. It is my hope that they are using our discussions of texts to examine their own lives."
Ms. Brown knows she made the right decision to work at Kent Denver every time she witnesses the physical beauty of our campus, the kindness and collaborative spirit of her colleagues and the welcoming nature of the Kent Denver community.
"I hope that when students reflect on my class they will remember being pushed out of their comfort zone and having to think in new ways through heated debates, lively discussions, Shakespearean skits, graphing out Huck Finn's morality or drawing Holden Caulfield isolated on a hill."
Ms. Brown also hopes to be known as a teacher who cared deeply about her students and worked hard to make independent schools more inclusive.
B.A. - History
“Thinking critically about the past helps us think critically about the present. I love working with happy students, engaged families and passionate faculty!”
A Kent Denver graduate, Mr. Clark worked as a fishing guide in Wyoming prior to returning to his alma mater.
BA - History and American Studies
MA - English
"Students are incredible sources of compassion, imagination and joy. I love the challenge of helping them to become more thoughtful readers, writers, thinkers and citizens."
Prior to joining the faculty at Kent Denver, Ms. Crowley taught English and history at The Webb Schools in Claremont, California and St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware.