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Ms. Jennifer Hessenthaler
My name is Ms. Hessenthaler, and I have been a teacher at Senn High School for three years. Prior to my time here, I worked on the southwest side at Kelly High School for seven great years. I received my bachelor's degree in English at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Two years ago, I also finished my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL endorsement.

I am excited to be teaching sophomore American Literature during the 2016-2017 school year. My hope for students this year is to allow them opportunities to improve their writing skills, expand their knowledge of American authors, and engage in discussion that connects the literature we read to the world as we know it. My number one goal is for all students to find success in American Literature through perseverance and risk taking.

I also believe that critical thinking is paramount to any student's success in both the American Literature classroom as well as the real world. When we are able to think critically about literature, we are able to be more understanding, compassionate people. I truly believe that literature allows readers the opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes for those moments spent on a text. This opportunity allows readers to better understand our fellow humans and the unique experiences we all bring to the table.

When I am not teaching, I love spending time with family, friends, and my adorable little pup, Daisy May. My summers and breaks are spent going on adventures to new places or revisiting old favorites. A perfect day for me is one spent on the lake fishing or sitting on the dock reading a good book.