We believe all students should be challenged, regardless of their ability, and smaller class sizes allow for more attention paid to individual needs of students.  Regardless of the specific assignments in the English classes, the curriculum is centered upon and driven by the needs of the students, thus increasing interest and assuring that all students are challenged by their work. This individualization is achieved through a variety of activities such as cooperative learning, authentic experiences, and independent learning activities. 

Course Description

All members of the department consistently juxtapose themes of morality and basic human decency from classic literature to the lives of our students so as to promote the idea that all people, especially those who have the means, must be responsible for and help those who do not have the basic necessities of life.

Required Coursework:

English I

                A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

                Mythology by Edith Hamilton

                Monster by Walter Dean Myers

                Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

                The Call of the Wild/White Fang by Jack London

                The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

                The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer      

English II                  

                Animal Farm by George Orwell

                A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

                Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

                Legends of King Arthur

                An additional outside reading novel is required each quarter.

English III

                The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

                The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

                Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

                The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

English IV

                The Oedipal Trilogy

                 Antigone by Anouilh

                 Night by Elie Weisel

                 Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

                 Stranger by Camus

                 Other Selections from the Literature Book

Elective Course Work:

Introduction to Journalism, Newspaper, Yearbook

Speech, Debate, Forensics

Developmental Reading, Library Science



Mrs. Stacie Rupp, TMP alum class of ’03, primarily teaches Sophomore English.   Mrs. Rupp earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University in 2008.  She has taught a variety of classes in her 7 years here including Reading Enrichment, all sections of English, Yearbook, Speech, Drama, Forensics, and Debate.  In addition to teaching, Mrs. Rupp is the Advisor for the Sophomore Class, Peer Tutoring Coordinator, a member of the CARE team, a member of the Climate Team, and serves as a School Improvement Faith Leader.  When she is not teaching, tutoring, or in a meeting, Mrs. Rupp can be found assisting her husband at Sake2Me Sushi, watching a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, baking sweets, or reading every spare second she can.

Email rupps@tmpmarian.org

Mr. Joseph Hertel has been teaching English for over 35 years.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas, and his Master’s Degree in 1992 from Fort Hays State University.  Mr. Hertel began his teaching career in 1980 at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.  Five years later he accepted a job from TMP and has been here ever since.  Mr. Hertel teaches Junior English and serves as a Study Hall teacher.  He is also the Head Boys Basketball Coach.  Mr. Hertel has many hobbies including hunting, fishing, mechanics and building, watching college basketball and the Pittsburg Steelers on TV.

Email hertelj@tmpmarian.org

Mrs. Heather Sramek earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1997 at Fort Hays State University.  She went on to earn her Master’s Degree at Baker University in 2004.  Mrs. Sramek has taught at both the University and High School level.  With over 16 years teaching experience, she has taught Career Explorations, English Composition I & II, Newspaper, Introduction to Journalism, English I, II, & IV, and Advanced Placement and Composition. Other extra-curricular activities Mrs. Sramek is involved in include Student Council Sponsor, School Improvement Steering Committee Chair, Academic Coucil Chair, English Department Chair, and Climate Team member.  When Mrs. Sramek gets a few moments to herself she can be found reading, traveling, cooking, enjoying her kids, and watching college baseball.

Email sramekh@tmpmarian.org

Mrs. Vanessa Schumacher is in her 3rd year of teaching here at TMP.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University and is pursuing her Master’s Degree.  Previously she taught 7th grade English and Social Studies at the Junior High level.  Currently she teaches Yearbook, Speech, Intro to Journalism, as well as some Social Studies classes.  She is the Head Cheerleading Coach and loves to watch her daughter compete in competitive dance competitions.  She also enjoys a long run and a good book.

Email Schumacherv@tmpmarian.org