DANIEL PEREIRA - English, COLLEGE COUNSELING
Mr. Pereira was born in the hometown of Robert Louis Stevenson. He grew up where Ken Kesey attended college, and then spent a year living next to a house formerly inhabited by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. He went to high school in the town Judy Blume wrote about in a book which is currently 8th on the list of most banned books in America. He went to college at Elizabeth Bishop's alma mater, where his heroes were David Foster Wallace and Oliver Sacks. He started teaching at GW in 2001. In addition to teaching English, he provides college counseling, is active in advising the GWCS Gay & Straight Alliance (GSA). To distract himself from thinking about his classes, Mr. Pereira spends time writing an absurdist philosophical novel about pirates, playing Ms. Pac-Man, and hiking. He is married with one daughter and owns one very fat cat. He loves books so much his daughter's middle name is Page.
Mr. Pereira is the Winner of the 2008-2009 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award
Language & Literature
The written word is probably the single most important tool ever developed. We use it every day for so many different purposes: social connection, entertainment, education, and advertisement, among others. In this class, we will explore all of the different tasks that writing can accomplish, as well as working on reading and understanding many different types of writing, focusing on producing well-written pieces in each of the genres we read.
African American Literature
The American experience as conveyed by African-American writers has had a profound influence on American culture even as the writers themselves have been sometimes ignored, doubted, or relegated to secondary status. In this class we will seek to recover the unique contributions of African-American writers to the American project, as well as to understand the ways that they both shaped the consciousness of the country and were shaped by their experiences here.