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“We read to know we are not alone.”  C.S. Lewis









We, the teachers of Grayslake Central High School’s English Department, challenge our students to grow as skilled communicators, critical readers, and increasingly independent learners.  Equally important is our commitment to fostering students’ confidence, integrity, and responsibility, encouraging them to use their voices to participate meaningfully in the world.

Melissa Thurlwell
Department Chair
847-986-3300 x5532

English Department Welcome Video
Rampage Student Newspaper

English Department Staff

Jeff Barry


Nina Cavender

English Teacher

Arian Colton

Special Education/English, Varsity Girl's Volleyball Coach

Tom Hamilton


Stephanie Kischuk

English/ Literacy Interventionist

Sarah Lester

English Teacher

Victoria Lobb


Jake O'Hara

English Teacher

Lauren Penny-Martin

ELL/English Teacher

Maureen Ritter


Joan Rush


Elizabeth Ryan


Melissa Thurlwell

English Department Chair

Lauren Tracy


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Grayslake Central
400 North Lake Street
Grayslake, IL 60030

(847) 986-3300

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