Dear Lusher Parents and Students,

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and give you a sense of what you can expect over the course of the next seven months.

My name is Sean Leon. In 2002 I moved to NYC to join the NYC Teaching Fellowship. After teaching four years at a middle school in the Bronx, I was offered and accepted a high school English position at The Beacon School in Manhattan. Over the course of my eleven years at Beacon, I have taught English 9, 10, and 12 (English 10 and 12 for nine years). Interestingly, Beacon allows teachers to design their own senior English electives so I created and taught an Existential Lit course (imagine the good times in that class) and a Poetry Seminar course.

Alas, the end is built into the beginning. Over time, a dizzying homesickness and family duty called me home to Louisiana, to Lusher, to you.

Now, sitting in a Lusher classroom typing this note to you, I realize that the transition for your child may be difficult. Ms. Chellin is an amazing educator who cares deeply for her students. They know this and consequently, have great appreciation for her.

So, I thought I would take some time and words to give you a sense of what to expect this year so that you may rest easy.  My classroom is a place where literature, vocabulary, and grammar/style instruction are seamlessly integrated into the curriculum. It is a place where my students come to understand that great writing must be not only clear and concise, but also purposeful, powerful, and elegant. To this end, writing and its instruction are conscious and deliberate processes rooted in close examination of student writing as well as the writing of the greats whom we read throughout the year. As the year progresses students will develop control/mastery over the content, style and mechanics of their essays. They will be expected to pay as much attention to the nuances of writing (i.e. diction, syntax) as the argument. Don’t fret; I will teach you to that end! [Read more…]