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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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.