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English teacher Adam Wies received his BA in liberal arts at Menlo College in Atherton, California in 2006, and later studied at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, where he earned his MA in English and acquired his teaching credential. Adam Wies’ studies were focused on literary analysis, and culminate… Read More
English teacher Adam Wies received his BA in liberal arts at Menlo College in Atherton, California in 2006, and later studied at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, where he earned his MA in English and acquired his teaching credential. Adam Wies’ studies were focused on literary analysis, and culminated in a thesis entitled The Hot and Cold of “Great Expectations”: A Semiotic Reading of Dickens’s Uses of Environment to Shape the Characters. Using rhetorical interactions among characters governed by meteorological conditions, Adam's thesis is an original piece of literary criticism in an already overexposed realm of inquiry; his work allows for new interpretations of the implications of Dickens' famous scenery.

While teaching English in California schools, Adam Wies has also guest-lectured on literary subjects at various colleges. Topics included academic research and thesis writing, literary analysis, and rhetoric. His lectures have focused heavily on the works of both Shakespeare and Dickens. During a keynote speech at the University of California at Berkeley, he used Great Expectations to illustrate Dickens’ use of rhetorical devices in dialogue. Currently employed at Roosevelt School in Redwood City, Mr. Wies continues to introduce students to English literature.

In his free time, Mr. Wies enjoys reading literary criticism, Italian food, and both playing and watching football, especially San Francisco Bay Area teams. Read Less
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