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Read, write, and speak about what matters.

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.

Finally, we pledge to make the very best use of our glorious campus and surrounding woods to cultivate in each girl a sense of wonder, stewardship for the land, an informed sense of concern for the health of the planet, and a desire to engage fully in saving it.

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By the Book: Ellie Lardner ’23

The New York Times has a weekly installment called "By the Book" which is a series of questions and answers about the reading habits of notable writers. Walker's tenth chapter

Added to: Academics, English

Publications and Contests

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.

Contests

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:

  • Poetry Out Loud*
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • New England Young Writers’ Conference*
  • Bennington Young Writers Award
  • High School Poetry Prize, Princeton University
  • The New Voices One Act Play competition
  • The Nancy Thorp poetry contest, Hollins University
  • Teen Ink publication*
  • University of Iowa-Hemingway Festival Writing Contest
  • Harvard Essay Contest*

*Contest Walker’s students have won in the past

English Faculty

Megan Mulhern

Chair, English Department and English Faculty

Megan Mulhern

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.

Carol Clark-Flanagan

Carol Clark-Flanagan P'93, '97

English Faculty

860-408-4301

Carol Clark-Flanagan P'93, '97

Scott Frey

English Faculty

860-408-4308

Scott Frey

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.

Catherine Reed

English Faculty

860-408-4305

Catherine Reed

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.

David Thacker P'24, '27

English Faculty

860-408-4307

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.

Kimberly Thacker P'24, '27

English Faculty

208-874-3615

Kimberly Thacker P'24, '27