California School of the Arts' Literature, Language, and Composition students are inspired to be original thinkers, who write and speak articulately. These students also make intelligent connections between literary works, their lives, and the world, and thus are well prepared for life beyond the classroom.

Heidi Bowman

Heidi Bowman

Instructor & Curriculum Lead

Heidi.Bowman@sgv.csarts.net

Heidi Bowman, a passionate word-nerd, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, majoring in English Education, with emphases in multicultural literature and social justice theory.

While a senior in college, she assisted in the teaching of three classes at HSU: Young Adult Literature, Freshman Composition, and Advanced English Grammar. Determined to teach students before they lost their passion for knowledge, Mrs. Bowman moved back home to Orange County, and continued her study of instructional methodology and critical pedagogy, earning her high school teaching credential at California State University, Long Beach. Mrs. Bowman joined the Orange County School of the Arts Literature and Composition department in the fall of 2012, teaching the 10th and 11th grades. In 2013 Mrs. Bowman began teaching AP Language and Composition. Mrs. Bowman is a part of the small cohort of teachers who left OCSA to join the CSArts founding team. Mrs. Bowman believes that her job is to teach students to be engaged, inquisitive, creative, conscientious citizens of the world…and English.

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Erin Conley

Erin Conley

Instructor

Erin.Conley@sgv.csarts.net

 

Erin Conley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College with a major in English and Comparative Literary Studies. Ms. Conley began her career as a secondary school teaching intern while she finished her Master of Arts degree and loved the joys and challenges of teaching so much that she ultimately earned her English teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. She has taught students across all middle school and high school grade levels at various different schools, including most recently at Orange County School of the Arts. Working at OCSA reaffirmed her belief in the power of combining academics and the arts to transform students' lives and prepare them to achieve their goals. Ms. Conley is thrilled to join the CSArts-SGV community in 2018 and looks forward to nurturing thoughtful, creative, responsible global citizens in their pursuit of academic and artistic excellence.

Sonya Egan

Sonya Egan

Instructor

Sonya.Egan@sgv.csarts.net

Sonya Egan attended UCLA for her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish, where she graduated with highest honors. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching and Single-Subject English Credential from UC Irvine. While earning her credential, Ms. Egan taught 9th grade honors at Orange County School of the Arts.

Her prior teaching experiences include working as a peer instructor at the UCLA Writing Center, teaching English in Madrid, Spain, and tutoring with the AVID program at Palos Verdes High School. A recipient of several writing awards, Ms. Egan finds joy in helping students discover their own voices and grow their critical reading, writing, and language skills. She is excited to be part of the CSArts-SGV family and to share her passion for language(s) and literature with her students!

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Megan Mekjian

Megan Mekjian

Instructor

Megan.Mekjian@sgv.csarts.net

Megan Mekjian is a proud OCSA alumna who is thrilled to be a part of the CSArts founding team. Both an educator and an artist, Megan earned her BFA in Theatre from NYU/Tisch, obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential in Secondary English from USC, and is a member of Actor’s Equity. For eleven years she lived and worked in New York City as well as taught, performed, directed, and choreographed across North America.  Megan deeply believes in the transformative impact and unparalleled value of an arts education. She is honored to be back in Southern California to contribute to the next generation of creative thinkers and artists.

Jake Read

Jake Read

Instructor

Jake.Read@sgv.csarts.net

Jake Read holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from California State University Long Beach and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from California State University Dominguez Hills. Mr. Read also possesses a single-subject teaching credential in English from CSULB. He joined OCSA in 2011 and has taught Literature and Composition II and II Honors since that time. In addition, Mr. Read has taught Philosophy, an A-G approved academic elective, to juniors and seniors as well as Computer Science. Mr. Read is a part of the small cohort of teachers who left OCSA to join the CSArts founding team.