Meet Our Staff - English Literature
Mr. William Garcia - IB Literature 1 & 2
Howdy. I am a native Texan, recently transplanted to Ann Arbor while my wife pursues a PhD at the University of Michigan. I hold a BS in Radio-TV-Film Production from the University of Texas and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English. I have taught all levels of AP English, as well as classes for the Intentional Cambridge IGCSE English exam and the British A-Level exams. When not teaching, I keep busy chauffeuring my children about town, watching strange movies and writing strange screenplays. I love to travel, and I have toured 27 counties so far, with the hopes of hitting 100 before I am done.
Mr. Michael Hoffman - IB Literature 1
I am a life-long Michigan resident and a former officer in the US Army, and I am thrilled to start my teaching career at WIHI this year. I recently completed a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Michigan (majoring in both English and history), from which I also received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate. My wife and I have two children, and we live in Ann Arbor. When the kids give us a free moment, I enjoy running, writing, and reading modern fiction, graphic novels, and long academic papers that explain why print isn’t dead. Lastly, I grew up in East Lansing; don’t tell anyone around here, please.
Ms. Jamie Morgan - World Literature, Communications, and Forensics Coach
I studied at Eastern Michigan University where I got my BA in education with a major of Language, Literature, and Writing, and a minor of Communication, Media, and Theater Arts. I am currently continuing my education at EMU with the intention of acquiring a Masters of Communication. I am thrilled to be teaching World Literature and Communication. I started at WIHI as a graduate assistant, long term sub, and Forensics Coach. I look forward to leading this years Forensics Team to even greater success as we enter the competitive season with nearly 60 participants. In my spare time, I enjoy sand volleyball, water sports, competitive speech, and writing.
Ms. Kyrsten Persells - World Literature, American Literature, and Enrichment Coordinator
I studied at the University of Michigan, where I got my BA in secondary education with a major in English and a minor in Earth/space science. I have worn many hats at WIHI, including Head Graduate Assistant, Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator, and Enrichment Coordinator. I feel blessed to be working in such a collaborative and student-centered environment! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, yoga, and ceramics.
Mr. Brooke Pierson - Music Director and Extended Essay Coordinator
I attended Michigan State University (GO SPARTANS!) where I studied music education with a focus on instrumental music. I have worked for Lansing Public Schools and Okemos Public Schools, having taught grades pre-k to 12 at some point in my career. In addition to my teaching responsibilities I am a self-published composer and clinician having had my music performed throughout the country and the world. Also, I am an avid cook, often concocting delicious meals on a whim. I enjoy daily exercise and running.