Grayslake Central High School

English Department

Mission Statement

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.

Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else's shoes for a while.

Malorie Blackman  

Top Row (left to right): Ms. Taylor Edwards, Ms. Heather Fee-Alvarez, Ms. Eliie Ryan, Mr. Tom Hamilton, Mr. Jeff Barry, Mr. Chris Palmer, Ms. Maureen Ritter, Ms. Melissa Thurlwell, Ms. Stephanie Kischuk, and Ms. Arian Colton Bottom Row (left to right): Ms. Mackenzie Stephens, Ms. Lauren Tracy, Ms. Nina Cavender, Ms. Victoria Lobb, Ms. Gabbi Kelly (not pictured Ms. Sarah Lester)

Top Row (left to right): Taylor Edwards, Heather Fee-Alvarez, Ellie Ryan, Tom Hamilton, Jeff Barry, Chris Palmer, Maureen Ritter, Melissa Thurlwell, Stephanie Kischuk, and Arian Colton. Bottom Row (left to right): Mackenzie Stephens, Lauren Tracy, Nina Cavender, Victoria Lobb, and Gabbi Kelly. Not pictured: Sarah Lester.

Book your Summer Escape

Summer reading is optional; it should be an "escape" from stress.

Read one (or more!) of the multiple genres included.

Pick up a free book and bookmark from the LRC while supplies last.

Bring the bookmark back in August to receive a prize.

Share your summer reading adventure on social media.


summer reading