English Department

Ballard, Colleen

6th Grade English cballard@elmhurst205.org

Branick, Caroline

6th & 7th Grade Social Studies, Social Studies Dept Chair cbranick@elmhurst205




Cohen, Therese

6th Grade English & 6th Grade Team Leader tcohen@elmhurst205.org

Dahlman, Frank

8th Grade Reach English, 7th Grade English, English Department Chairperson

Frederick, Kelly

6th Grade ELA



Joslyn, Brittany

Reading Specialist bjoslyn@elmhurst205.org

Kaiser, Melinda

7th Grade English mkaiser@elmhurst205.org



Reinheimer, Susan


Larsen, Emily

7th Grade ELA Teacher esilver@elmhurst205.org

Katherine Pa


Vazquez, Lauren

6th grade Math Teacher lvazquez@elmhurst205.org



Welcome to the Sandburg Middle School English Department website.  This website will keep you informed about important information regarding the English department.  Use the directory to the left to contact teachers in the department or visit their individual websites.


In an effort to align student experiences in grades six through eight and to help parents better understand their child's English education at Sandburg, the English department has agreed on a list of categories that will be used in English classes. Every category will not be used by every teacher, but when English teachers do enter an assignment or an assessment, it will fall under one of the listed categories. Below you will find the names of the categories as well as a description of the types of assignments and assessments that fall into each category.

Language Studies: This category encompasses vocabulary taught in class both academic and content based, spelling of vocabulary and morphemes, morpheme knowledge, and grammar related work including parts of speech.

Reading: This category is used to assess students on their ability to read and comprehend informational and literary texts tied to the core curriculum.

Writing: This category is used to assess students’ ability to write in a variety of formats including argument/persuasive writing, narrative writing, and informational writing as well as writing conventions.

Speaking / Listening: This category is used to assess students’ ability to participate in class, present information, discuss in pairs, small groups, and large groups, as well as presentations of projects.