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Teacher Profile

Sarah Maney

email: sarah.maney@prepclasses.org

Sarah Maney has been an educator for 12 years. She’s taught 9th thru 12th grade English both in the classroom and through TTU K-12’s online program. Prior to joining the staff of TTU K-12, Sarah served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Texas Tech University where she oversaw the entire admissions process from application to admit.  In addition to teaching, she also owns a small business specializing in interior decorating and design.  Sarah is a proud Red Raider, graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in English. Sarah loves literature and is a gifted writer. She also loves to watch her students get excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. Sarah and her husband, Paul, moved to the Cypress area about 8 years ago. They have 2 kids, a dog, and 2 turtles. Sarah loves skiing, shopping for “treasures” in places like Round Top and Canton, being outside, chips and queso, and lazy Saturday mornings. The Maneys attend Bayou City Fellowship and are very active in the Cypress community through various sports and outreach programs.

Teacher's Classes

Tuition: $650/year OR $65/month for 10 months (August – May). Although, I do accept cash and checks, I prefer auto payments via PayPal or automated checks via your bank each month. If paying by PayPal, kindly add $3 to your monthly tuition and $20 if you are paying for the entire year. Tuition received after the 10th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.

One Time Supply Fee: $65 (Note: Your supply fee holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1.) Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts (must purchase specific edition and it must be unmarked).

Withdrawal Fee: Two months’ tuition after 10/1/2020

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 (This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class)

This class offers high school students a chance to dig deeper into writing and literature. We will begin to analyze the literature we read through class discussions, guided learning, and response writing. We will have opportunities to write persuasively, analytically, and creatively. This class is a great steppingstone towards the challenge of upper-level high school and college writing and literature. Each student will gain skills they will use for life!

We will learn elements of literary analysis by studying a selection of short stories, poems, plays, and full-length novels. Harper Lee, Shakespeare, and Poe are among the classic authors we will read throughout the year.

Expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests over the work as a whole. After applying the skills of careful reading, students will be challenged to participate in class discussions.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed. This course is intended as a pre-requisite to World and American Literature. Classic Lit is foundational for students who do not have a background in high-school level reading or writing.  Although all high schoolers are welcome, this course is geared toward ninth grade students.

As I am always tweaking curriculum to bring the best possible learning experience to class, a  complete list of novels and texts are TBD and will be communicated during the summer. Students can expect to read novels such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Animal Farm, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Christmas Carol, and various short stories. Our writing curriculum goes back to the basics to ensure students end the year with the ability to craft fully developed, multi-paragraphed essays that demonstrate analytical, persuasive, and creative writing skills.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School Honors English credit.

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.


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Tuition: $650/year OR $65/month for 10 months (August – May). Although, I do accept cash and checks, I prefer auto payments via PayPal or automated checks via your bank each month. If paying by PayPal, kindly add $3 to your monthly tuition and $20 if you are paying for the entire year. Tuition received after the 10th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.

One Time Supply Fee: $65 (Note: Your supply fee holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1.) Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts (must purchase specific edition and it must be unmarked).

Withdrawal Fee: Two months’ tuition after 10/1/2020

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 (This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class)

This class offers high school students a chance to dig deeper into writing and literature. We will begin to analyze the literature we read through class discussions, guided learning, and response writing. We will have opportunities to write persuasively, analytically, and creatively. This class is a great steppingstone towards the challenge of upper-level high school and college writing and literature. Each student will gain skills they will use for life!

We will learn elements of literary analysis by studying a selection of short stories, poems, plays, and full-length novels. Harper Lee, Shakespeare, and Poe are among the classic authors we will read throughout the year.

Expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests over the work as a whole. After applying the skills of careful reading, students will be challenged to participate in class discussions.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed. This course is intended as a pre-requisite to World and American Literature. Classic Lit is foundational for students who do not have a background in high-school level reading or writing.  Although all high schoolers are welcome, this course is geared toward ninth grade students.

As I am always tweaking curriculum to bring the best possible learning experience to class, a  complete list of novels and texts are TBD and will be communicated during the summer. Students can expect to read novels such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Animal Farm, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Christmas Carol, and various short stories. Our writing curriculum goes back to the basics to ensure students end the year with the ability to craft fully developed, multi-paragraphed essays that demonstrate analytical, persuasive, and creative writing skills.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School Honors English credit.

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.


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Tuition: $650/year OR $65/month for 10 months (August – May). Although, I do accept cash and checks, I prefer auto payments via PayPal or automated checks via your bank each month. If paying by PayPal, kindly add $3 to your monthly tuition and $20 if you are paying for the entire year. Tuition received after the 10th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.

One Time Supply Fee: $65 (Note: Your supply fee holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1.) Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts (must purchase specific edition and it must be unmarked).

Withdrawal Fee: Two months’ tuition after 10/1/2020

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 (This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class)

American Literature is a college-preparatory literature course. The works we read in this course, including novels, short stories, and poems, have been selected for literary quality and for their place in the historical development of literature. Students will gain an understanding of the development of American literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays and discussion. We will examine the worldviews of both the authors and their times and how this shaped their writing.

This course will cover a large section of American literature beginning with the colonial times to the present.  We will read authors such as Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, Poe, and Bradbury.  Students will read closely, think carefully, critically & analytically, and discuss thoroughly. This prepares them to write persuasively.

Our writing focus will be on literary analysis which will be done through short essays and a full research paper. Comprehension will be tested through short quizzes each week as well as unit and semester finals.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed.

**Students wishing to take this course without prior completion of Classic and World Literature MUST have teacher approval.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School Honors English credit.

A complete list of novels and texts TBD

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.


Read more

Tuition: $650/year OR $65/month for 10 months (August – May). Although, I do accept cash and checks, I prefer auto payments via PayPal or automated checks via your bank each month. If paying by PayPal, kindly add $3 to your monthly tuition and $20 if you are paying for the entire year. Tuition received after the 10th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.

One Time Supply Fee: $65 (Note: Your supply fee holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1.) Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts (must purchase specific edition and it must be unmarked).

Withdrawal Fee: Two months’ tuition after 10/1/2020

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 (This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class)

American Literature is a college-preparatory literature course. The works we read in this course, including novels, short stories, and poems, have been selected for literary quality and for their place in the historical development of literature. Students will gain an understanding of the development of American literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays and discussion. We will examine the worldviews of both the authors and their times and how this shaped their writing.

This course will cover a large section of American literature beginning with the colonial times to the present.  We will read authors such as Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, Poe, and Bradbury.  Students will read closely, think carefully, critically & analytically, and discuss thoroughly. This prepares them to write persuasively.

Our writing focus will be on literary analysis which will be done through short essays and a full research paper. Comprehension will be tested through short quizzes each week as well as unit and semester finals.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed.

**Students wishing to take this course without prior completion of Classic and World Literature MUST have teacher approval.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School Honors English credit.

A complete list of novels and texts TBD

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.


Read more

Tuition: $650/year OR $65/month for 10 months (August – May). Although, I do accept cash and checks, I prefer auto payments via PayPal or automated checks via your bank each month. If paying by PayPal, kindly add $3 to your monthly tuition and $20 if you are paying for the entire year. Tuition received after the 10th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.

One Time Supply Fee: $65 (Note: Your supply fee holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1.) Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts (must purchase specific edition and it must be unmarked).

Withdrawal Fee: Two months’ tuition after 10/1/2020

Prerequisite: This class assumes that students, 10th grade and up, can write a basic short essay and handle the challenge of weekly reading assignments. If not, I recommend beginning with Classic Lit (see course sequence below).

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 (This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class)

World Literature will challenge your students as they read broadly and write carefully. From Shakespeare to a little tribe in Africa to evaluating sources on the internet, this class will prepare your students for upper-level reading and writing, including college level papers and SAT writing.

We will span the globe as we read works from around the world. Our texts will be comprised of poetry, short stories, essays as well as full-length novels. Shakespeare, Eli Wiesel, and Sandra Cisneros are among the authors we read. Writing a research paper is the focus of this year’s writing. We will lay a solid foundation of how to organize information, how to structure the paper, and how to present it using MLA style. Additionally, students will be doing response writing, formal essays, and creative writing. Students should expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed.

**Students wishing to enroll in this course without having completed Classic Literature MUST have teacher approval.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School English credit.

A complete list of novels and texts TBD

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.


Read more

Tuition: $650/year OR $65/month for 10 months (August – May). Although, I do accept cash and checks, I prefer auto payments via PayPal or automated checks via your bank each month. If paying by PayPal, kindly add $3 to your monthly tuition and $20 if you are paying for the entire year. Tuition received after the 10th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.

One Time Supply Fee: $65 (Note: Your supply fee holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1.) Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts (must purchase specific edition and it must be unmarked).

Withdrawal Fee: Two months’ tuition after 10/1/2020

Prerequisite: This class assumes that students, 10th grade and up, can write a basic short essay and handle the challenge of weekly reading assignments. If not, I recommend beginning with Classic Lit (see course sequence below).

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 (This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class)

World Literature will challenge your students as they read broadly and write carefully. From Shakespeare to a little tribe in Africa to evaluating sources on the internet, this class will prepare your students for upper-level reading and writing, including college level papers and SAT writing.

We will span the globe as we read works from around the world. Our texts will be comprised of poetry, short stories, essays as well as full-length novels. Shakespeare, Eli Wiesel, and Sandra Cisneros are among the authors we read. Writing a research paper is the focus of this year’s writing. We will lay a solid foundation of how to organize information, how to structure the paper, and how to present it using MLA style. Additionally, students will be doing response writing, formal essays, and creative writing. Students should expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed.

**Students wishing to enroll in this course without having completed Classic Literature MUST have teacher approval.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School English credit.

A complete list of novels and texts TBD

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.


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