About Mr. Cecil

Mr. Cecil grew up in the San Fernando Valley, but later moved east to attend Wesleyan University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Film Studies and Philosophy. He then moved to New York City, where he earned his Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in History through the Bard College MAT Program.


Mr. Cecil returned to Los Angeles to work alongside the legendary Ray Linn, his mentor and former teacher at the Cleveland Humanities Magnet. Since 2016, Mr. Cecil has found a home at the Grant College Prep and Digital Arts Magnet where he teaches and designs curriculum for social studies, film studies, and philosophy courses. He is also the founding teacher of the school’s AP Capstone diploma program.

What Mr. Cecil is currently reading:

  • The Movie Musical! by Jeanine Basinger
  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry

  • Theses Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

  • Liquid Rules by Mark Miodownik

  • The Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke


What Mr. Cecil is currently watching:

  • Films off the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies List
  • Anything on the Food Network

Contact Mr. Cecil

Use this form to get in touch, or email me directly at max.cecil@grantmagnet.net.


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