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English Teachers and Courses

Jennifer Banaszek, English 1, English 2

Bio: From Chicago, IL

College:  UC San Diego (English Literature)

Graduate School: 
MA in English Literature SF State 1995

MAT in Urban Education & Social Justice USF 2018

Favorite Book:  The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera 

My three children, Emma, Jane, and William have all received their K-12 education through SFUSD

Albert Lee, 9/10 ELD 9/10 NX English


From: San Francisco

Education: BA in English Literature & Politics from UC Santa Cruz

San Jose State University Teacher Credential Program

Favorite Books: As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner Chinese Playground - Bill Lee

Emily Forbes, 9/10 ELD 9/10 NX English (Spanish cohort)


From Danville, CA 

College: UC Berkeley (English and Spanish)

Grad School: MA and Teaching Credential, UC Berkeley MUSE program

Years teaching: 4

Favorite book: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech


Alexis Beglinger, Writing for Publication Senior Seminar


From: San Francisco, CA

Education: B.A. in Psychology and English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan, M.S. Ed. in Inclusive Education from Nazareth College. 

Credentials: English, Psychology, and Special Education, and I have National Board certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. 

Years teaching: 17
Favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


Erin Gallagher, American Literature European Literature AP Literature & Composition


From: Philadelphia, PA

Education: Temple University (English BA); University of Pennsylvania (Urban Education MSEd)

Years Teaching: 8

Favorite Book(s): Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Jeremiah Turner, American Literature NX 9/10 Adv. ELD 11/12 Adv. ELD


From San Francisco, CA

Colleges: BA in Humanities and Social Justice New College

BFA in Speech and Drama, Artemis School, UK

MA Humanities, U of H

Teaching Credential in English/ELD SFSU

Years teaching: 27

Jessica Oppenheim, 9/10 NX ELD 9/10 (SLIFE) Students with Limited Interrupted Formal Education


From: Boston, Massachusetts

Education:BA, Photography from Richmond, The American International School in London, MA in teaching English as Second Language from Boston University

SFUSD for 8 years

Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo


Patrick Hennessey


From: St. Paul, Mn.

San Francisco last 20 years

SFUSD Employee 17 years

Two Children SFUSD

Partner SFUSD

BA English & MA Education

Good Book: Cannery Row

Nicole Hsu, 11/12 ELD Writing for Publication and Communication and Writing


Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona

Education: BA Journalism and  MEd Secondary Curriculum & Instruction (Arizona State University)

20 years teaching English, 16 years at Thurgood Marshall (10 years teaching newcomer English language learners)

My 6th grade daughter attends James Denman MS.

Favorite author/philosopher: Albert Camus 

My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that understanding the student and developing relationships are the foundations of effective instruction. My students know that I care about them both as people and as learners. With such a diverse population, it is crucial that I understand who they are, where they come from and what their needs are.


This page was last updated on June 3, 2021