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My name is Niki Vriens and I teach 11th grade English, Creative Writing (Spring) and Reading Writing Workshop (Fall). Please email me at or call 691-4530 ext. 3144 if you have any questions. Additionally, all daily assignments and resources are posted on Google Classroom for students to view and submit assignments.

In 11th grade English, we explore the evolution of America through a literary lens.  We analyze the development of the American Dream through the poetry, essays, novels, and spoken words of many influential people from the past and the present. Students read, write, think, and speak every day! English is not just about reading literature, it’s about what you do with it--what you think about what you’ve read and how you express those thoughts.

Reading Writing Workshop (Fall) is geared towards students wishing to develop as independent readers and grow as writers. In addition to reading and analyzing selections of fiction and non-fiction as a class, students read self-selected books throughout the course of the semester. Students write in both formal and informal contexts in response to their readings and revise selected pieces to compile a writer’s portfolio.  Mini-lessons in analysis and writing skills are interspersed with in-class discussion, writer’s workshops, independent reading, small-group book discussions, and one-on-one conferences with the instructor.

In Creative Writing (Spring), the goal of this course is to create an environment in which we’ll become a community of readers and writers producing memoirs, creative nonfiction (“literary nonfiction”), short stories, poetry, and ultimately a portfolio of our best work. We’ll write every day in class, using journals to explore new ideas and develop writing topics for creative assignments.

I graduated from MASH in 2005 and am excited to be back.  The high school has evolved to fit the needs of 21st century learners, but has still maintained the strong sense of community that I have always remembered. Since graduating from MASH, I completed my undergraduate degree at PITT, studying communications and public and professional writing. I then moved to Philadelphia where I worked in the event and destination management field as a proposal writer/event manager. In 2010, I decided to pursue teaching and started my coursework for English Certification and have since completed this work through Wilson College. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, being with friends, and spending time at my family's shore house.