Our English Department

Dedication is the best word to describe Parkview's English Department. Last year, the AP English Exam scores rose from a 40 percent pass rate to a 70 percent pass rate - which meant that more Parkview students entered college with an English credit already earned toward their degree. Throughout the department, teachers have intensified both the in-class and outside study sessions.

Throughout the year, the English department prepares students for college level reading, writing, and literature, with a strong focus on novels, plays, poetry, and other works of literary merit that are taught in college world literature classes.

At the senior level, students focus on reading, interpeting, analyzing, discussion, and writing. Socratic seminars - which are student led - are frequent events at Parkview. All essays are graded with AP Exam Rubrics.

Parkview has 11 English teachers who are very dedicated to their profession. Most hold advanced degrees, and are committed to student achievement. Most arrive early for tutoring, and many stay late. In addition, this dedicated staff spends many nights and weekends going over students essays to help students improve their writing.

Our literary magazine, Patchwork Pegasus, which is created by students in the creative writing classes, won statewide "Superior" rankings at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association Conference, where schools from all over the state gathered to compete.

For more information, please contact our English Department chair, Mr. Mark Shepherd, at 501-447-2341. Because of his class load, he may not asnwer each call, but will respond to written queries directed to Mark.Shepherd@lrsd.org

English Department offerings ...

  • ACT Preparation: English
  • AP Language
  • AP Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • English I, II, III, IV
  • Journalism I
  • Modern Grammar
  • Mythology
  • Newspaper
  • Pre AP English I, II & III
  • Yearbook

The English department staff...

Mark (Tony) Shepherd, English Department Chair and Instructional Literacy Coach
Teaches: Honors American Literature (Pre-AP English 3), AP Language & Composition and Bible as Literature
Education: Bachelors of Arts in English, pursing Masters of Education in Educational Leadership
Honors:  AP Lead Teacher, English Department Chair, Leadership Team member, Saturday Study Session – AP Language/AP Literature Review Coordinator, Literacy Night Co –Coordinator. Club Sponsorships: Young Democrats, Book Club, National Honor Society.

Kimber Barber-Fendley
Teaches: 9th Grade PreAP English, 12th Grade Regular English, and Grammar Studies.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  Bachelor of Arts in Writing.  Master of Arts in Technical and Expository Writing.  All from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arizona.
Honors:  Former university composition instructor.  Published author in College Composition and Communication (Feb 2004) as well as local literatures.  Research interests include teaching student writing, student responses to teacher commentary, cultural and literary criticisms, and the application of multi-sensory and Montessori -based pedagogies.

Deannah Crotts
eaches: 11th grade Regular English, 10th grade Pre-AP English and Transitional Literacy.. 
Education: B.A. in English Literature with a minor in secondary education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. MEd in developmental studies with a concentration on struggling students from Boston University.
Honors: Member of Dr. William G. Cooper, Jr. Honors English program in 2011; member of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program in 2011. Johnson won the Roslyn L. Knutson English Award for outstanding service in the department of English at UALR in 2011.

Erica Ivy
Teaches: 11th grade English, 12th Grade English
Education: B.A. in English Literature with a minor in secondary education from the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ivy is currently working on her master's degree.

Laura Langley
Teaches: English 3 and English 4
Education: BA from Hendrix College
M.Ed. from UALR

Tyeshail Miller
eaches: English I and Leadership
Education:Bachelors of Arts in English w/Teacher Licensure; Masters of Arts in Teaching Gifted Education; Specialist in Educational Leadership.
Honors: Ms. Miller is currently the testing coordinator for Parkview, after showing outstanding leadership in that area.

Jeffrey Murray
Teaches: English I, English I Pre-AP, and English II
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Donaghey Scholar, AP Scholar, National Merit Hispanic Recognized Scholar.

Judith Palmer Murray
Education: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified through 2027; BA English, BA Journalism, 1988, UALR, MeD Secondary Education (emphasis on Journalism), UALR, 1989; Technology Certificate, UALR, 2000. Earned national Master Journalism Educator certificate. Teaches: Journalism I, Yearbook, and Newspaper, and Creative Writing. Currently serves as webmaster for Parkview.
Honors: Stephens City Trust Award, 2017. Multicultural Scholarship attendee for the Journalism Education Association (2006); Attended the ASNE adviser fellowship in journalism University of California at Berkley in 2004; Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 1996; and received the Best of Print (overall), Best of Feature Writing for the state of Arkansas large dailies category from the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994 for a four-part series on endangered species in Arkansas for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette; Best special section for "Operation Welcome Home" during the first gulf war, (1992) Arkansas Press Association; Honorable Mention, 1990, WEHCO Media, Deadline writing, for a story on the swinging bridge collapse over the Little Red River in Heber Springs.

Billie Wallace
Teaches: 12th grade AP English (Literature and Composition.) and 9th grade English
Education: BA, English, MEd Secondary Education.
Honors: ESL endorsement. Honors: Mrs. Wallace earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2006, one of the highest national awards in the teaching field. Wallace is a National reader and scorer new college SAT essay exam; a graduation coordinator, a facilitator for the Parent Center and for Turnitin.com, and serves on the LPAC committee that makes recommendation for students to exit the English as a Second Language as Fluent English Proficient.

Erick Weed
Teaches: AP Literature, AP Research, and Pre AP English II.
Education: BA English/Secondary Education with a minor in History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Honors: Dr. William G. Cooper Honors Program in English; 2011 first runner-up for Humanities at the UALR Undergraduate Research Symposium; 2012 winner for Humanities at the UALR Undergraduate Research Symposium. 






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