Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English and Secondary Education, College of St. Benedict Certificate, Technology Integration, Hamline University Advanced Placement Language and Composition trained International Baccalaureate English A1 trained AVID trained
Ms. Deborah Kozak
The 2020-2021 school year is my 25th year in Saint Paul Public Schools, and my fifth year teaching English at Como Park Senior High School. I currently teach English 10, English 11, and AP Language & Composition. I am also the advisor for the Cougar Journal, a student-led literary and art journal that is published each spring.
Prior to joining the staff at Como Park Sr. High, I spent nine years working in the district's Technology Services Department as a Technology Integration Specialist. I worked with teachers on integrating technology in their classrooms, and worked behind the scenes to plan and implement one-to-one iPads in Saint Paul Public Schools. I spent the first 11 years of my career at Highland Park Senior High, where I taught all levels of English, including English 11 and 12 International Baccalaureate (IB).
When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my family, including my parents, siblings, seven nieces and one nephew. I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, golfing, and watching sports. I also like to dig around on the web and help my dad with genealogy research. I love to try new recipes, and am proud of the fact that I am the one to carry on the family food traditions, including my grandma's Potica and grandpa's baked beans. I am a huge Como Park, Vikings, Wild, Twins, and Gophers sports fan.
My husband, Kevin, and I live in Brooklyn Park. We are guardians to his younger brother, Craig, who lives with us. I am a second generation SPPS teacher, and my dad and I taught together at Highland Park Sr. I am also the oldest of four kids, all of whom are teachers.
I love the Como community, and look forward to getting to know and work with my students.
Grades, assignments, directions, and digital copies of all class resources are posted in Schoology. The daily agenda can be found under "Materials."
Mrs. Kozak's Schedule
1 - English 10
2 - AP Lang & Comp
3 - English 11
4 - English 11
5 - Lunch / Advisory
6 - Prep / PLC
7 - Prep / PLC
8 - English 10
Wednesday & Thursday
2:00 - 3:00pm
Other times by request