"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
Maryvale High School, English Dept. Room 906
I'm a 4th generation native Arizonan. I grew up in the Phoenix area and attended Grand Canyon University. On my graduation day, I was hired by the Phoenix Union High School District where I've taught English for 22 years. I spent my first 8 years at Alhambra High School and currently teach at Maryvale High School. During my time in PUHSD, I've earned my Reading Endorsement, MEd in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University, and National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult/English Language Arts. In my down time, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew; listening to vinyl; hiking; off-roading in my Jeep; traveling; reading; and writing.
Mx. Deahl in the media:
Mx. Deahl's Honors and Awards:
Arizona English Teachers Association Secondary English Teacher of the Year, 2018
Arizona English Teachers Association Best Poem, 2019
Courses I teach for the 2021-22 school year:
English 3-4 click here for our Plan for Success:
Creative Writing 1-2 Honors click here for our Plan for Success:
CW Parent Signature Survey:
- Be brave.
- Be yourself.
- Be helpful.
- Be honest.
- Be reasonable.
- Be communicative.
Office Hours & Tutoring
- Before school Tuesday-Friday from 07:30-8:00 AM
- After school Monday-Thursday from 3:00-3:30 PM
- Advisory, Per. 3 Tuesday-Friday
Required Class Materials:
- PXU issued laptop with charger
- 1 Writer's Notebook (preferably a Composition Book with college-ruled paper)
- 1 pocket folder
- Writing tools (pencils, pens, colored pencils/pens, highlighters)
- Students will need to choose their own books on their reading level. Students are responsible for finding their own books from my classroom library, Maryvale's library, the public library, book apps, or they may purchase them. Students are not required to purchase books.
- Amazon.com: Read book reviews. Write your own reviews. Find ideas for the next book you want to read.
- Goodreads.com: Read book reviews. Track your own reading by creating book shelves. Write your own reviews. Set yearly reading goals for yourself.
- Maryvale Library Page: Here you will find research databases, online encyclopedias, and a variety of other resources for your academic needs.
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): This site includes grammar resources, sample research papers, citation information, and how to follow MLA format.
- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Enter your artwork and writing into this annual contest. Winners will have their work published in a book and travel to New York for the awards dinner.
- Student/Parent Vue: Check your grades and attendance.
- TeenInk: Compare your writing to other teen writers AND publish your writing to a wider audience.
- Webster.com: Look up difficult words, or improve your word choice in your writing.