Thank you, English Department

Claire Good, News Editor

As a senior graduating this year, a significant portion of my daytime pondering surrounds the end of my mandated public education. I have come to realize that I have a lot to be grateful for concerning the education I received at Liberty. What stands out to me the most, however, is all that I was taught through Liberty’s English department.

I would feel massively underprepared to graduate from high school without the knowledge I attained or skills I developed in English classes at Liberty. Regardless of how I felt whilst doing the assignments, I can now reflect on how intrinsic all those essays, short responses, articles and in-class writes were to the development of my writing abilities. Possessing skills in writing means one is able to properly share ideas, effectively communicate, harness creativity, provide inspiration, be persuasive, and create important first impressions. If that’s not vital for a student’s pursuance of a college degree or a first job, I don’t know what is.

The teachers I had for English throughout my time at Liberty were always remarkably engaging, entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful. Mrs. Reischl is always surprising me with the sheer amount she knows about English literature, and I’m really grateful for the helpful suggestions she provided after she read my college essay. Mr. Level’s sense of humor and aura of grandeur enrapture his students, keep them engaged, and motivate them to keep improving. Mrs. Daughter has a way of teaching that is straightforward and somehow personal, and her students not only learn a lot but feel obligated to put in their best effort.

There’s a lot of hype nowadays about STEM careers, and how far students can get if they make math and science their main focus. But having a strong foundation of skills in reading and writing is an absolute necessity, regardless of your career field. The prospect of entering The Real World upon graduation is much less daunting after the English department put all that reading and writing practice under my belt— so my bottom line is THANK YOU!