English Department Members

Questions regarding Carlmont's English department can be directed to Justin Raisner - Instructional Leader
Dial (650) 595-0210 and then an extension below
Name Phone
Raisner, Justin Department Chair  39655 
Calvin, Sara English 1, English 2, English 2 Support  39614  scalvin@seq.org
Fewins, Kristen AS English 1, AS and CP Media Arts, English 2  39607 
Gold, Susan BTI English 2, BTI English 3  39710 
Hill, Joseph English 2  39649 
Humes, Jody AS English 2, English 4  39647 
Jay, Tiffany English 1, AS English 1 39635 tjay@seq.org
Lewellen, Addison English 1, AS English 1, AVID  39671 alewellen@seq.org 
Lucia, Stephen AP Literature, Academic Literacy  39708 
Migdail, Erik AS English 3, English 4, AVID  39617 
Nilson, Victoria English 4  39714 
Pierce, Carole AP Literature  39609 
Redmon, Kelly English 1, English 1 Support  39661 
Simpson, Lisa English Intensive, English Intervention  39670 
Shusterman, Cindy AS English 3, English 4  39613  cshusterman@seq.org
Soelberg, Kenneth English 1 SPED  34313 
Steward, Denise English 3, AS English 3  39623 
Turkis, Martin AS English2, AP Comp & Lang, Spanish 2  39679 
Walen, Janet English 2 and English 4 SPED  39640 
Wallace, Carolyn English 3, AS English 2  39611 

Summer Reading 2016

All students at all levels will read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Summer reading is required for all students in the Sequoia Union High School District. In our benchmark-level classes, an assessment will be given in the first few days of school.

AS/AP classes will have additional assignments to complete (see the links below) along with the reading and will use the texts extensively as part of their curriculum. All students should come to school having read the assigned text(s).

Copies are available for purchase at local bookstores and online. If you cannot afford to buy a copy, a limited number will be available in the local public libraries as well as in Carlmont’s textbook room.

    Carlmont English Department Summer Assignments
    Click here for AS/AP extra assignments

AP/AS English Course Info

While Carlmont has an open-enrollment policy in regard to advanced courses, being successful requires students to dedicate themselves to the rigorous demands of AS/AP English. The courses are for students who demonstrate a high interest in reading, writing, and analytical thinking. When considering enrolling a student in AS/AP English, please note the following:

  • Students scoring lower than Advanced 10.0 on the GMRT tend to have difficulty with the Advanced English curricula. Successful Advanced English students demonstrate reading and writing skills well above grade level. With that in mind, the focus of these courses is more on content than on skill building.

  • The rigor of AS/AP English courses requires concentrated academic focus. Grading follow the standard scale. Please note: Four-year colleges do not accept D or F grades for credit and AS/AP classes are not offered in summer school. Students who fail an AS/AP course will need to make up the course credits; however, the original grade of D or F will remain on the students’ transcript and will be calculated into the students’ grade point average (GPA). Because of limited summer school resources, students earning a grade of D may not be able to make up the course.

  • The AS/AP English curricula are designed to prepare students to take Advanced Placement (AP) English exam(s) during their senior year. AP courses are college level courses. There are only three years to prepare students for AP classes, thus the instructional pace in AS English is rapid and the focus is primarily on analytical writing and critical thinking.

  • Students’ grades in AS/AP courses are based primarily on writing assignments and larger projects. High-level participation and nightly homework completion are expected of all AS/AP English students. Failure to complete homework indicates that students are misplaced in AS/AP English.

  • AS English students can expect to read approximately twenty to twenty-five pages per night, in addition to having other English homework and homework for other courses. The load increases as students enter AS/AP courses their junior and senior years.

  • Late work is not accepted in AS/AP English courses (except for excused illness and Special Education considerations).

  • Students enrolled in AS/AP English must remain in the courses for the full semester once the two-week window for level changes closes. Students who struggle with the course will not be able to move out of the course until spring semester.
Carlmont offers support classes in math and English. The classes are designed to help fill-in any gaps in learning or gaps in prior content knowledge. Students receive additional content-specific instruction to help support the learning in their college


In 10th grade students can choose a thematic pathway to follow during their high school career. Check the links below for more information: