Hello Studets (and Parents and Friends)!
I'm Mr. Oppenheim, and I'm excited to be teaching you English II and III this year. I'm originally from Los Angeles and that is where a small part of my heart still stays. I love and miss the beach, and luckily, my parents still live there. Every once in a while I stop over and take a dip in the not-as-warm-as-you'd-wish-or-believe salty sea. While I'm from Los Angeles, both of my parents are from Poland; specifically, Warsaw. This means I grew up speaking Polish, doing Polish things, and feeling confused quite often when it came to language, specifically English. (I dla rodzicow, mylo bedzie cie pozgnac ten rok szkolny!). Maybe that's where my passion (some would say obsession) with language and literature comes from. LA is a fun place with no shortage of people who speak and live in Spanish, so I took a deep dive into learning that language as well, and I followed it through from middle and high school into college. (A padres, espero que tenere opportunidad a conocer ustedes este ano escolar!).
I attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU-LA) which has the dubious distinction of having the only football team in the country that has been undefeated. That's an inside joke; we don't have a football team. :( The school is close to the beach, so that's a plus. And, it has great views of the beach . . . once again, another plus. Since I wasn't distracted by great sports, I was able to focus on English Language and Literature. I loved it so much, I went back to grad school there and I earned my MA in English, with a focus in Rhetoric and Composition. I loved that so much also that I went back . . . again, for a credential to teach English, and another MA in Education, with an emphasis in Educational Anthropology. If I could, I would keep going back to school again and again. I love to learn. I'm excited to share this passion with you.
I moved to Norcal 7 years ago, and I taught for 5 years in Napa. Last year I taught in Elk Grove. And now, I've come to my senses and I've arrived at Cordova, clearly the best out of all three. I'm excited to be a Lancer, and I'm looking forward to working with all of you.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments, concerns, good recipes, good book recommendations, and advice on good hiking spots nearby.
All the best,
Mr. Peter (Piotr) W. (Wryzrykowski) Oppenheim, aka, Mr. O.
Email: email@example.com <-- Best way to reach me. I typically respond within a few hours.
Phone: <-- ok way to reach me. I can't talk during class hours, but I am available to speak before school, on my preps, lunch, or after school.
If you would like to find more information about my class rules, norms, expectations, syllabus, and required texts, please click on the appropriate link below:
11th Grade: I keep track of all student work using PowerSchool. Please use that resource if you are curious about how your child is doing in my class. If you would like more specific information about your child's progress in class, please do not hesitate to set up an appointment to meet with me.
10 Honors: I keep track of all student work using Managebac. Please use that resource if you are curious about how your child is doing in my class. If you would like more specific information about your child's progress in class, please do not hesitate to set up an appointment to meet with me.
My course syllabi you will find in the appropriate links below: