Upper School English Teacher
Get to know High School English teacher, Deana Masnik. Mrs. Masnik appreciates the opportunity to impact students by drawing connections between faith, literature, and her personal testimony.
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
I teach 11th and 12th-grade English.
What do you love most about CLS?
I love the daily contact with my students and my colleagues. I love that I can come to a place where I am encouraged to walk closer with the Lord and where I can encourage my students and those I work alongside with to grow in their faith.
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
I like sharing my enthusiasm for literature. I like to be able to inspire students to dig in deeper to the pieces that we read. But, most importantly, I LOVE teaching at CLS because I am able to help students make personal and spiritual connections to the pieces we read.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
Faith is an important part of CLS and it is integrated with every subject here. I think this is extremely important especially as we prepare students for the future.
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
Throughout the course of the year, I often share my personal testimony with my students. I think that this helps them to see that we all struggle and that God has a unique story for each of us.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I think my background and life experiences are unique and I believe that those life experiences are what make me who I am. By sharing who I am, students can see that God continues to work on us no matter how old or young we are.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
CLS students are AMAZING! They will do random acts of kindness for each other and for their teachers. There have been numerous times where students have said “I am praying for you” or “can I pray with you.” They are sensitive to the things around them and they really do care about their classmates and their teachers.