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PHS English Department

Sarah Walls - Co. Dept Head Senior English and AP Literature

Jenna Jewell - Co. Dept Head Freshman Honors and Freshman English

Simone Spearman - Freshman and AP Language

Karen Coster - Sophomore Honors and ECM Co-ordinator

Anjuli Hollman - Sophomore Honors, Sophomore English

Hollie Retzinger ALD

Jennifer Griffiths - Junior English, Newcomers English

 

English & Language Arts

Meet the piner english teachers

English Dept

Hollie Retzinger has been teaching Secondary English for six years and has a passion for getting to know her students and helping them realize the power of education to change lives. Hollie is a Bay Area native who attended San Francisco City College and received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley and her Single Subject English Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She has experience working with English Learners at all proficiency levels and has taught English Literature classes for 9th through 12th graders, including Journalism and Expository Reading and Writing. She enjoys adapting her curriculum to meet the particular needs and interests of her students. Hollie recently relocated to Santa Rosa from San Francisco with her family and she enjoys hiking, cooking and going to see live music with her family and friends. Hollie is thrilled to be a part of the Piner community and looks forward to getting to know her students each year. 

Ms. Coster and Bob Ross
Karen Coster and Bob Ross

 

Karen Coster currently teaches English and oversees the Early College Program at Piner. She has taught English for 20+ years, served as the ECM Coordinator for 8+ years, and was a school librarian for 10 years. She loves books, is a life-long learner and is a fan of Bob Ross.

Ms. Jewell and Ben

Ms. Jewell is a native Santa Rosan and a proud prospector. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College for her AA, and then Sonoma State University for her BA along with her single subject teaching credential. She has been teaching at Piner since 2012 and has taught various classes, though predominantly Honors and Academic English 9. Ms. Jewell enjoys spending her free time with her son, hanging with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and enjoying Sonoma County. She is an advocate for her students and works diligently to support them in reaching their academic and personal goals.

newcomers english class
newcomers english class

Jennifer Griffiths joins Piner High School’s English department with over a decade of teaching experience.  She holds a Masters Degree in Education and both Multiple Subjects and Single Subject Credential authorizations. Additionally, she brings over a decade of skilled instruction working with the Newcomer students in Marin County.  She is an avid reader, enjoys time with family and friends, and teaching at Piner! “Piner is like a big family. The environment here is rich with support and the academic rigor offers challenges to all. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to meet their goals and the staff is caring and supportive.” Jennifer has one grown son, loves to travel and enjoys keeping the curriculum fresh and relevant.  Ms. Griffiths looks forward to many more years with the Piner Family!

Ms. Hollman
Anjuli Hollan

Ms. Hollman earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through a rigorous program at the University of the Pacific. Before her teaching career (her true passion!), she obtained a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. After graduation, she worked in corporate marketing for 7 years. This experience puts Ms. Hollman in a unique position to prepare students for their future careers.

Currently, Ms. Hollman teaches Sophomore Academic and Honors English at Piner and is a co-leader for the Safe School Ambassador (SSA) program. During her first three years at Piner, she taught ASB, Piner’s Student Leadership Program; thus, she continues to be very engaged in campus events and culture. In addition to providing a rigorous, yet supportive and engaging learning environment, she values building meaningful relationships with students. Her central dogma is that all students can learn and be successful. In her classes, students learn practical and fundamental English writing skills; skills that will help them secure a bright future for themselves.