The mission of the English Department is to develop in every student, every year, in every lesson, the ability to read, write, and speak about what matters — to her — and to the world.
We believe in teaching our students to write creatively, personally, and analytically with brilliance and authenticity, to read for wisdom, strength, and moral citizenship, and to be able to speak truth to power. Our reading, writing, and public speaking curriculum supports that mission every day. Our assignments in these three areas of focus are all designed to hone rhetorical capabilities, and to stimulate the full joy of learning.
Shermya Dover-John ’21 has earned the title of Poetry Out Loud Connecticut State Champion following her virtual performance at the regional competition on February 26. While Walker’s has had several…
Publishing student work here at school, and in other venues is a top priority for us; the best way to understand the power of one’s voice is to use it in the wider world. Our literary magazine, regular participation in national and international writing contests, and our future goal of housing our very own press, create a literary environment in which student voices are not just heard, but honored and celebrated.
The English Department faculty pledge to help students to become published authors and to be recognized for their excellent writing well beyond the school’s walls. A few of the writing and performance contests our students will participate in this year:
*Contest Walker’s students have won in the past
Prior to joining Walker’s, Megan (Danyliw) Mulhern taught several English courses at Westminster School and the YK Pao Secondary School in Shanghai, China. While at the YK Pao Secondary School she developed a school wide reading program. She also taught at The Lawrenceville School, The Emma Willard School and worked for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. Megan earned her B.A. in English from Brown University and her M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College.Read Full Profile
Carol Clark-Flanagan P'93, '97
Scott joined The Ethel Walker School community in 2012 after more than a decade of teaching English at the Landmark School in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching English, he coached basketball, worked as a dorm parent, designed new courses in creative writing and film studies, and taught in the school’s summer outreach program. While working at Landmark, Scott also earned a Master of Science in Education from Simmons College. Most importantly, he was truly amazed at the kindness and support of the Landmark community during his tenure there.
At Walker’s, Scott feels he has found another such community. Like so many of his colleagues, he is quite simply thrilled to learn and to teach. Scott is currently working on a second graduate degree in English at Trinity College, yet his greatest lessons come from the students and colleagues he works with each day. Their energy and brilliance continually energize him and renew his love for teaching.Read Full Profile
A master teacher, Catherine comes to Walker’s after nine years of teaching English and running the English department at Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye in Paris. Prior to that, she was an English teacher and college counselor for four years at School Year Abroad in France. She has taught internationally and domestically with her longest teaching engagement at The Wheeler School in Providence, RI. Catherine will be teaching in the Upper School and will help out with Walker’s outdoor adventure program.Read Full Profile
Dr. David Thacker P'24, '27
Dave comes to Walker’s from Florida State University where he was completing his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and teaching English. He has enjoyed teaching for the past 11 years at the University level but is thrilled to be coming to Walker’s where he can spend more time focusing on teaching and getting to know his students. A published poet, Dave earned a B.S. in English, summa cum laude, from Weber State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Idaho. Dave is passionate about community partnerships and is the director of our community partnerships program.Read Full Profile
Kimberly Thacker P'24, '27
Kim Harris Thacker teaches 6th and 7th grade English at The Ethel Walker School and is the school’s archivist. She is a well-published magazine writer and essayist with a keen interest in history and community, and in connecting the past and the present through the medium of story. Born and raised in Wyoming, Kim has retained a love of the outdoors, which she shares with her husband, Walker’s Upper School English teacher Dr. David Thacker, and their two daughters, Molly and Liesel, who attend Walker’s as students.