Communications/English Department

Courses Offered

College Prep English I, II
Contemporary Literature
Digital Publishing in the 21st Century
The Female Identity in Literature
British Writers
The Writing Course
The Self In Literature
Topics in Literature
World Literature
Great Books
AP English: Literature and Composition
Communications and Speech
Playwriting I

Department Philosophy & Goals

The English Department is committed to preparing students for the reading, writing and speaking tasks they will face in college and beyond. Our program is primarily focused on fostering a student’s analytical reading and writing skills, as we believe it is these skills which best serve a student in future academic coursework and a multitude of professional endeavors.

All department members believe in providing a friendly, warm classroom environment where students feel respected and valued. We believe such an environment—when coupled with meaningful instruction and a commitment to academic excellence—provides a student with the means to discover, hone and manifest her critical thinking and writing skills.



Mr. Andy Berens
BA in English and history, UW-Madison
MA in Education, Concordia University of Wisconsin
Teaching at DSHA since 2016

Ms. Ami Bonk, DSHA '88
BA in political science, English, Xavier University
Certificate in secondary education, UW-Milwaukee
Teaching at DSHA since 1999

Mr. Tim Grandy
BS in English education, UW-Milwaukee
MA in English, Marquette University
Teaching at DSHA since 1980

Mr. Adam Ithier
BA in English, secondary education, Marquette University
MA in educational leadership, Marian University
Teaching at DSHA since 2014

Mrs. Laura Kahle, DSHA '02
BA in writing - intensive English, Marquette University
MA in secondary education, Providence College
Teaching at DSHA since 2012

Mr. Andrew Lelinski
BA in English and Secondary Education, Marquette University
MA in English, Marquette University
Teaching at DSHA since 2016

Mr. Quinten Loucks, Instructional Technology Coordinator
BS in secondary education, UW-Platteville
Master’s of education in instructional technology, Cardinal Stritch University
Teaching at DSHA since 2007

Dr. Heather Moran-Mansfield, Academic Dean
BS in biology, Briar Cliff University
Master’s in English, University of Missouri-Kansas City
PhD in English, Marquette University
At DSHA since 2004

Mr. Terrence McGinn
BA in English and journalism, UW-Milwaukee
Master’s degree in progress, UW-Milwaukee
Teaching at DSHA since 1978

Dr. Melissa Shew
BA in English literature, philosophy, political science,
     Miami University of Ohio
MA in philosophy, University of Oregon
PhD in philosophy, University of Oregon
Teaching at DSHA since 2012

© Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

4257 North 100th Street · Milwaukee, WI 53222
(414) 462-3742 
Sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior