Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Bianca Ferris


Mrs. Ferris has been teaching in Wappingers Central School District since 2007, where she has taught 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English. She's been at John Jay High School since 2012. Mrs. Ferris is a former newspaper reporter turned graduate student turned teacher. Along with her husband and two children, she lives in Ulster County - about 5 minutes from the Mohonk Preserve. 

During the Continuity of Learning in April 2020, her students worked on a quote collecting and freewriting assignment. One of her students found this inspiring quote that has stayed with her and helps keep her going during these uncertain times.  She's sharing it here for you:

"There's no such thing as the light at the end of the tunnel. You must realize that you are the light." Evan Sanders, actor


Grade 10H  Summer Reading for Honors Students

All incoming 10th grade honors students are required to choose ONE book to read from the list below.


Books to choose from:

Kite Runner by Khaleid Hosseini

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon


These are all “coming of age” stories -- or in literary terms -- “bildungsroman” novels.  We will discuss these texts in relation to other similar literature that we will read over the course of the year.  Please come to class ready to discuss your chosen book as the story of a character’s “coming of age.”


You are welcome to read as many books as you like from the above list. Please enjoy your summer and happy reading!


Honors English 10 Teachers


----Revised and Updated April 2021-----