High School
High School Faculty
English Department

Marc van der Woude, English Department

Marc van der Woude
What is your favorite lesson to cover and why?
I like Enlightenment literature. It’s my favorite historical period and I like the formality of the language.
What do you hope students take from your classes?
In writing, nothing is more valuable than clarity. Clear writing stems from clear thinking, and clear thinking comes from training, practice and lots of reading.
Describe something interesting about your experience of being a teacher at Immaculate Heart.
I’ve taught the daughters and family members of former college mates, employers and friends I’ve lost touch with going back as far as thirty years. In each case, neither they, nor I, knew beforehand we’d reconnect in this way. In other words, it’s always been a surprise to discover the child of someone I once knew sitting in my classroom. It’s a very weird experience. To me, that speaks to Immaculate Heart’s central position in our community. It’s a crossroads that in many ways seems unavoidable if you’re connected to Los Angeles. Now, when it happens, I’m less surprised and more amused by it; I smile knowingly at the seeming inevitability of it.
Besides teaching, what other roles do you play on campus?
I supervise the Student Writing Center and announce the students’ names at graduation as they process across the stage of the Hollywood Bowl.
What does “Women of Great Heart & Right Conscience” mean to you?
That our students are called to a higher awareness of their place in the world.
What is something special about working at Immaculate Heart?
The deep and often life-long connections we often make with our students.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My classroom, especially when the students and I have caught a wave where our discussion is insightful and inspiring to all of us.
What has been your favorite place to travel? Where would you like to travel next?
The Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, Hawaii, Bavaria and Yellowstone Park are the most influential places I’ve been. I want to go to Vietnam next.

Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School

5515 Franklin Avenue • Los Angeles, California 90028
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A Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, Immaculate Heart has been located on a beautiful hillside property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles since our founding by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1906. We celebrate more than a century of nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social and moral development of students as they distinguish themselves as women of great heart and right conscience.