Meet the Teacher

Phone: (256) 614-3708


Degrees and Certifications:

BA English - The Colorado College MAT English - Jacksonville University Areas of Certification: State of Alabama: English Language Arts, Secondary Grades 6-12 General Social Science, Secondary Grades 6-12

Mrs. Leigh Boulineau

My name is Mrs. Boulineau (or Ms. B for short), and I teach Standard and Honors 9th-12th grade English and AP English Language and Composition. I am the 10th grade Homeroom Advisor and the sponsor of the ARS Art and Literary Society. Check out the amazing artwork and poetry in their Online Journal.

I am originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and I have lived in Alabama since 2011. Before that, my husband and I lived in North Carolina and Alaska. 

I have an undergraduate degree in English from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a Masters of Arts in Teaching English from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. I studied fine art at Western Carolina University in Sylva, NC and take classes to continue my study whenever possible. I also am a certified history teacher and focus on teaching literature in relation to history and culture.

I look forward to our time together. The key to success in life is communication, and English class is all about communication. I can't read your mind; if you have questions, message me and let me know!   


*Please email your completed assignment to my School Email address: by the first day of 1st Semester, Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

If you have English second semester, you will need to complete your Summer Reading assignment by August 11, 2021. The grade you make will be applied to your English class in the Spring. 

All Rising 9th-12th graders will choose one book from the following lists. Find the class you will be in next year and follow the link (in RED) for the book page count and the corresponding assignment. 

You may be able to check the book out of your local library or download a free version online. If not, each book title below will be a link to the book on Amazon, where you can buy the book online.  If you are unable to purchase a copy of the book, please let me know, and I’ll get one to you.

Click on your class name (in RED) for the Summer Reading assignment.

9th Standard

True Grit by Charles Portis; Wonder by R.J. Palacio; The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline Cooney

9th Honors

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

10th Standard

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai; All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque; The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom; Night by Elie Weisel

10th Honors

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11th Standard

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer; The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

11th Honors

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather; Walden by Henry Thoreau; The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; The Chosen by Chaim Potok

11th AP English Language and Composition

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

12th Standard

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; The Time Machine by H.G. Wells; A Room With a View by E. M. Forster

12th Honors

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (or any Austen novel); Great Expectations by Charles Dickens; 1984 by George Orwell; Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens


Links to online ENGLISH RESOURCES:

Mrs. Boulineau's Catch All Grammar Sheet 

Highly recommended: "CHOMP CHOMP" - a website with excellent grammar explanations