AP English Literature and Composition
Master Teacher: Steven Hake, PhD
Steven Hake, PhD
PhD, Binghamton University
Steven Hake is the only Patrick Henry College faculty member (with the exception of Michael Farris) to have taught at the college since its very beginning in 2000. He was the director of Rivendell Study Center in northern Pennsylvania for four years just prior to coming to PHC. He was a tent-making missionary to Taiwan for almost 20 years prior to that (1977–1996), teaching English literature in a large Chinese university for most of that time.
Dr. Hake has nine children, four of whom are married. They span 26 years. He has seven grandchildren.
Dr. Hake designed and launched the literature major at Patrick Henry. He directs that major and serves as chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts. He is an avid reader and enjoys learning languages as a hobby. He regularly reads (with widely varying degrees of fluency!) the Bible in 10 languages.
He is very interested in the culture-shaping mission of Patrick Henry College, and believes that we need to read the great books in order that some of us may one day write them.
BA, Patrick Henry College
Over the past seven years, Jennifer has worked as an online instructor and an independent tutor, offering assistance to middle school and high school students across her local area, the country, and the world. She has taught and graded writing in various forms—creative writing for middle school, essay writing for middle school, and essay writing for high school—along with other subjects such as Spanish, SAT Prep, and Christian worldview/apologetics. As she enters her fifth year with PHC Prep Academy, she counts the AP English Literature course as her favorite teaching venture so far. She has also enjoyed some consulting work as a proofreader/editor for a small textbook company.
Jennifer makes her home in deep East Texas, where she seeks to serve her family and show Christ to her community through whatever opportunities the Lord brings her way. Making music with her local church is one of her favorite ways to minister. As she works with Christian students, her prayer for them is this: “that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain” (Philippians 2:15-16 NKJV).
BA, Patrick Henry College
Emily Rose Cockerham graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2008 with a B.A. in Literature. During her four years of on-campus education she had the privilege of learning from some truly brilliant teachers including Dr. Steven Hake and Dr. Gene Edward Veith. These teachers gave her the opportunity to learn to write in a number of different venues and styles including analysis, novellas, poetry, and radio drama. During her junior year, she was given the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation.
Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued to both self-educate and help train high school students in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. She has taught several courses in Worldviews in Literature, as well as serving as an editor for writings varying from young adult novels to doctoral theses.
As she prepares lessons for her PHC Prep Academy students, Emily-Rose enjoys the chance to grapple with great authors and share her enthusiasm for literature with others. She looks forward to learning something new from her students.
Emily-Rose lives in South Carolina, where she is seeking to serve and grow in God as she walks the daily adventure of life in faith.
MA, Greenville Theological Seminary
Caleb, the eldest of eleven children, was brought up by hand on a sheep ranch in Northern Colorado. By age six he was devouring Reader’s Digest and Smithsonian each month and was already manifesting an active dislike for any book which sported the hateful word “abridged” on its cover. His mother knew literature would feature prominently in his future when, at age twelve, he read and then reread The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
During a rigorous three-and-one-half years at Patrick Henry College, Caleb’s literary horizons expanded by leaps and bounds, particularly when he snagged a book-reviewing job at WORLD magazine. He is currently pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America and studying the greatest literature ever penned, God’s Word, at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, S.C.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
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