At The Meadows School in Las Vegas, NV, Jeremy Gregersen is setting a new standard of achievement as chair of the school’s English department at just 32 years of age. In addition to his duties as teacher and department chair, Gregersen is the school’s liaison to the Las Vegas Literary Society. He has also taken an active leadership role in an effort to more closely align the English department curriculum used by The Meadows middle school with the upper school, so that students have a smoother transition to high school.
Gregersen shares his love of language as the instructor of several writing-centered courses. When a 40-year veteran teacher at The Meadows retired, her journalism class was left without a replacement. Gregresen jumped right in to teach her journalism class and rearranged his schedule to accommodate it. He took this opportunity to start a school literary magazine, The Metonymist, which is produced by students and bound like a published book. Gregersen also teaches a creative writing class in which students strengthen their critical thinking skills applied to literature and poetry. Each year, Gregersen assigns a world literature project to his students involving a comparative analysis of a Western masterpiece with its Eastern equivalent. In 2009, 25 of his students took the AP English language exam and 24 passed. On average, his class has a success rate of 96 percent on the AP English language exam, a number that is not just impressive when compared to state averages, but on a national level as well.
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