Parkway High School English Department

Meet Your English Teachers

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Mrs. Amber Kennedy

  • I graduated from Parkway in 2002.

  • Married for thirteen years to Rick Kennedy (PHS c/o 2000)

  • We have two daughters: Gwyneth (10) and Evelyn (6)

  • We have a hairless cat named Truman Catpote.

  • I graduated from Northwestern State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education with a minor in Journalism.

  • I taught middle school for seven years in a variety of subjects and grade levels (6th grade ELA, 6th-8th Drama I,II, III, 8th grade ELA, Yearbook)

  • This is my seventh year at Parkway and starting my 14 year in teaching.

  • I was a student in the very first AP Lit class that Parkway offered.


  • I love reading (especially anything by Margaret Atwood), painting/crafting, listening to podcasts (especially Crime Junkie and Tony Evans), coffee, Pinterest, Icees, crossword puzzles, running, and more than anything, I love my job.

  • I won Teacher of the Year for Parkway High School for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • I won Teacher of the Year for Bossier Parish for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Besides working with some of my best friends, what I love about my job is that I get to read some of my all-time favorite writers, my students.

Contact information: email - amber.kennedy@bossierschools.org

Phone - 759-2258

Mrs. Amber Kennedy

English Department Chair Head

English IV, AP Language, AP Literature

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English IV"A"Day: ensztmp

English IV"B"Day: uax3klv

3rd Blk/AP Language

Hybrid 1 "A" Day: 34cvxq2 Hybrid 2 "A" Day: usb34x4 Hybrid 1 "B" Day: jdinvwa Hybrid 2 "B" Day: yjuz66g



Mrs. Amy Hoechten

Mrs. Amy Hoechten

English IV

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"A" Day Classes: nrhusy6

"B" Day Classes: lo2wcsl


Hello! My name is Mrs. Hoechten. I have been a teacher here at Parkway since 2010. I have taught English I, English I Honors, English I Pre-AP, Film as Literature, English III, Technical English, AP English Literature, English IV, and Senior Project! I look forward to getting to know you better, but here is a little bit about me:

This year I am teaching seniors again! I love teaching seniors because the literature studied in English IV is British literature, and- while some may say it sounds boring- it happens to be my favorite! I like to brag that I can make ANY and EVERY student enjoy Shakespeare. It's my superpower! We do lots of fun activities in my class to make the literature come to life. ... that is why I love this job.

I like to keep the lines of communication open with my students. Students may reach me via e-mail or Google Classroom. I respond as quickly as I can. Parents are welcome to contact me if necessary via e-mail or on my school telephone during my department hour. All of my contact information is on my syllabus.

It's going to be a great school year! GO PANTHERS!

Contact information: email - amy.hoechten@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-2257


Mrs. Courtney Smith

My name is Courtney Smith, and I began my teaching career at Parkway High School in January of 2011. I have taught the following courses: English I, English I Honors, English II, English, III, Creative Writing, and Film as Literature. The courses I currently teach are English IV/Senior Project, Speech I, and Speech II. I am a firm believer in the value of Senior Project. Senior Project prepares students for the assignments, skills, and real world interaction that will be expected of them in college and in the work force. Students are forced to step out of their comfort zones, communicate on a professional level with adults, and meet deadlines with their tasks and assignments.

I am a Parkway High School graduate, and a true lover of SOBO! After high school, I attended Louisiana Tech University where I received my BA in Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology. Two years later, I graduated with my Masters in Secondary English. My dad, uncle, aunt, sisters, and cousins are also graduates of PHS! I have two older sisters, Casey and Katie. Casey is married to Jason, and they have one precious daughter, Chloe Jane. My sister, Katie, is married to Justin. Together they have Eason and "the twins", Max and Presley. I enjoy working out and spending time with my family and friends. I have a Yorkshire Terrier named Totti Dior! She was born December 3, 2006. She is my obsession!

I am also the Student Council Co-Sponsor with Stormy Feibel, as well as a member of our PHS Hospitality Committee. Student Council is an organization conducted by students and supervised by adults. The purpose of the Student Council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body. They help share student ideas, interests, and concerns with the school wide community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me! Students may contact me via email or Google Classroom. My planning period is 1st block, which is from 7:20-9:10. I look forward to working with your child! Have a blessed day!

Go Panthers!!

Contact information: email - courtney.friedley@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-2264

Mrs. Courtney Smith

English III

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A Day: z4cmiyf

B Day: 2xg6b6j


Mrs. Carlyn Amire

Carlyn Amire

English III


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Eng 3 - Group A - 53hizk7

Eng 3 - Group B - b3jo2lm


Hello! My name is Carlyn Amire, and this year will be my fourth year teaching at Parkway! I have taught a variety of classes including English I, English I Pre-AP, English III, and Business English. I’m looking forward to another great year at PHS!

I am originally from Mandeville and went to the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Geaux Cajuns! I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in Music Education. I am certified to teach Instrumental Music K-12, and also in English Language Arts 6-12.

I have been married to my amazing husband Daniel for over two years now. We moved to Shreveport from Lafayette in 2017. We had a short move to San Diego last year, but came back in November 2019. We are now expecting our first baby girl this August! We are excited to start this new journey as parents. We also have a chocolate lab named Gordon, and three cats Moo, Penny, and Rizzo.

My husband and I like to travel as much as possible. We have been to all different cities and countries. We take a yearly trip to San Diego and go all over California. Our honeymoon was to London where all my Harry Potter dreams came true! If you want to find me in my happy place, you’ll find me at any of the Universal Studio locations. We look forward to traveling again, but now with our daughter completing our amazing family!

Please feel free to contact me any time with any questions. Again, I absolutely love Parkway and look forward to another amazing year at the best school! Go Panthers!



Contact information: email - carlyn.amire@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-

Mr. James Snyder

Aloha. My name is Mr. Snyder.

FAMILY:

  • Wife – Savannah (wed in 2005)

  • Son – Josiah (age 11)

  • Daughter – Annagrace (age 10)

  • Pomeranian – Princess Zelda (age 7)

  • Black cat – Link (age 6)

  • Husky – Nanook (first year puppy)

THINGS I LOVE:

  • Classic literature

  • Medieval fantasy novels

  • Poetry

  • LSU football

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • Currently enrolled in Master’s of Education Leadership at LSUS

  • Taught English and Science in Bossier and Caddo Parishes

  • Graduated with Bachelor’s in Secondary Education: English from LSUS

  • Began teaching 7th-12th grade English at Ashley Christian Academy in Crossett, AR (2009)

  • Graduated with Master’s of Theology and Language from LMBIS in Minden, LA (2008)




Contact information: E-mail: james.snyder@bossierschools.org

Phone: 759-2262Class Website: https://sites.google.com/bossierschools.org/snyder-english2/home

James Snyder

English II/ Pre-AP English II

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2nd Blk: ioejo6j

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Mrs. Sarah Chaudoir

Sarah Chaudoir

English II/ Pre-AP English II

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English II Pre AP A Day: p7ironp

English II Pre AP B Day: hitg3qz

English II A Day: xzqywqv

English II B Day: u464go6

Hi everyone! My name is Mrs. Chaudoir and I teach both English II and English II Pre-AP. This is my ninth year of teaching and my third year teaching at Parkway High School. I grew up as a military brat, but spent most of my childhood in Bossier City. I graduated from Airline High School in 2007. After high school, I attended ULM where I earned a degree in Biology and English Education. I have two children, Bruce and Charlotte. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, shopping, and running. I am excited for a great school year.



Contact information: email - sarah.chaudoir@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-2265

Mrs. Caressa Deramus

My name is Caressa Deramus. I am originally from Lake Charles, LA and I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011.

Although this may not be the most normal school year, I am looking forward to making the best of it and making great memories.

I am married to my best friend who loves to spend time outdoors and fish as much as possible. We have an 11 year old girl who attends Caddo Middle Magnet in Shreveport, LA and we have a little girl on the way who is due in November of this year.

During my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, sewing, singing, traveling, and spending time outdoors. I love teaching English. My primary goal is to connect the material that we read in class to our everyday lives. I look forward to getting to know each of my students and encouraging them to achieve their personal best.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I'm looking forward to an amazing year!


Contact information: email - caressa.deramus@bossierschools.org

Phone - 759-2266

Mrs. Caressa Deramus

Language Live! & Speech

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4th - B group- lxflny2




Ms. Lisa Brown

Ms. Lisa Brown

English I Year Long

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1st:English I /Speech: meqkwiy

2nd: English I/Speech: vbchvr4

4th: English I/Speech: wjdfxk6

This year will be my 3rd year teaching at Parkway and I love it. I was born in Bossier City while my father was stationed at Barksdale AFB. We travelled abroad for several years with the Air Force. My mother and I returned to Bossier and made it our home.

I attended Northeast Louisiana University, now known as ULM. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in English. Teaching is not my first career. After working as a non-profit executive for nearly two decades, I decided to follow my dream to be a teacher. I went back to school to get my Teaching Certificate and I haven’t looked back. Being a teacher is my dream job!

Without children of my own, I tend to fawn over my Godchildren, Megan and Sean, much to their dismay. I have 2 amazing cats named Lily and Jaz.

I love English and Grammar and Literature! My goal, as a teacher, is to ignite my student’s passion for reading and writing.

Parents, we are in this together. Should you need to reach out to me, my phone number and email are both listed here.

Happy to be a Panther!


Contact information: email - lisa.brown@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-2265

Ms. Catherine Shaw

Hi! My name is Catherine Shaw and I am thrilled to begin my third year PHS!

A little about me:

I am from Haughton, LA, and had the privilege of attending Bossier Parish Schools myself. I graduated from Haughton High School in 2014 then began Louisiana Tech that fall. This May I graduated from Louisiana Tech with a B.A. in Secondary English Education. I loved my time at Louisiana Tech and will forever say “Go Dawgs!”

In my spare time I enjoy reading, exercising, being involved at my church, SHOPPING, and being surrounded by my friends and family!

This semester I will be teaching English I and Pre-AP English I. I am so excited to be able to share my passion for the English language and literature with PHS freshmen.

Again, I am so excited for this year and to be a Parkway Panther!



Contact information: email - catherine.shaw@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-2264


Ms. Catherine Shaw

English I/ Pre-AP English I

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1st PreAP Class B: aqzytjv

3rd PreAP Class A: 7y4t5sg

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4th Eng I Class A: rnah7g5

4th Eng I Class B: jfpnp26

Mrs. Ashley Perkins

Mrs. Ashley Perkins

English I/ Pre-AP English I

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My name is Ashley Perkins, and I have taught English since 2012. I am a product of the Bossier Parish school system and attended Airline High School. After graduating from Airline, I attended Louisiana Tech and received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Later on, I graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge where I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012.

I’ve spent most of my teaching career in Caddo Parish, but my husband and I recently moved back to North Louisiana from the New Orleans area, where I taught for two and a half years and served as a teacher leader for Jefferson Parish. While my teaching has centered on middle school and its curriculum, I am very excited to teach English I at Parkway and return to Bossier Parish. The English I curriculum contains some of my favorite literary pieces to teach and write about. My teaching methodology consists of a lot of classroom discussion, especially incorporating Socratic Seminars into my lessons. I love listening to my students really “dig” into literature.

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and pets. We have a Yorkie, Chloe, and a black cat, Voodoo Kitty. We affectionately call Voodoo our “house panther” (a bit of foreshadowing?). I also enjoy reading, gardening, traveling, watching Saints football and attending festivals with my husband.

I firmly believe that receiving an education requires participation not only from the school and student, but also from home. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email. I look forward to working with my students in my new Parkway home!

Contact information: email - ashley.perkins@bossierschools.org Phone - 759-2261

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