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The English Department prepares students by teaching them to be critical readers, thinkers, and writers.


John Anderson

(603) 875-3800 x2253

My name is John Anderson.  I was raised in Vermont and moved to New Hampshire in 2000.  In 2001, I began teaching English at Alton Central School, transferring to PMHS upon its opening.  I hold a B.A. in English from New York's Nyack College, and in 2005 I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry Degree from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.  In addition to reading and writing, I enjoy drawing and playing the guitar.


Ashley Barsanti

(603) 875-3800 x2249

My name is Ashley Barsanti, and it is my fourth year as a teacher here at PMHS. Before coming to PMHS, I completed a year-long internship at Oyster River Middle School in Durham, NH. I currently teach Freshman English CP and Basic English. I received my Master of Arts in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire. I enjoy hiking, traveling, reading, skiing, cooking, writing, and spending time with my friends, family, and pets. One of my current goals is to hike the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire.  

Andrea Caruso

(603) 875-3800 x2251

My name is Andrea Caruso and I have been teaching high school English for 15 years, the last 10 of which have been at Prospect Mountain where I currently teach sophomore English.  My undergrad time was divided between Boston College and UNH and my Master of Arts in Education is also from UNH. I believe personal literacy is the most important core component of education. I feel strongly in the power of putting the right novel in a student's hands and assert that the written word has the power to help people transcend all challenges. 

Outside of Prospect, I spend time sharing adventures with my daughter.  I love to travel, dance, and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Kayla Roy

(603) 875-3800 x2250

My name is Kayla Roy and I am happy to say that this is my 7th year here at Prospect Mountain. I am a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Master of Arts in English Teaching. I currently teach junior English at both the college prep and general level. My passions outside of teaching consist of spending time with my family, camping, hiking, and reading.

Patrice Sbrizza

(603) 875-3800 x2252

My name is Patrice Sbrizza and this is my second year teaching at Prospect Mountain High School. I am excited to be teaching reading classes adopted from the Expedition Literacy program. Before coming to PMHS, I spent three years teaching 8th grade language arts at Winnisquam Regional Middle School in Tilton, NH. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2013. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, going to concerts (country music is my favorite), and spending time with friends, family, and my cat and dogs. I also spend summers working at Lone Oak Ice Cream in Rochester, where I've been making lobster rolls and scooping ice cream every summer since 2004.  

James Sophinos

(603) 875-3800  x2247

Greetings! Having joined Prospect Mountain High School in 2015, I feel very fortunate to be a Timberwolf and a part of this school community. I currently teach both freshmen and sophomore English classes and fully subscribe to the Prospect core belief in personalizing education. Before teaching here at PMHS, I taught English for two years in the alternative education program at Exeter High School, where I also coached lacrosse. In 2013, I received my Master of Education from the University of New Hampshire, after previously obtaining my Bachelor degree in Philosophy at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I am an enthusiastic reader and writer as I love to surround myself with books whether it be in my classroom, at home, or within the quietude of a library. Music also plays an enormous role in my life, as I collect albums of all genres ranging from Motown to jazz to folk and everything in between. I play music myself and enjoy playing tunes with other like-minded musicians. Above my professional and personal pursuits, my world revolves around my home and family with my wife Amanda and our boys George and Theodore.

Michelle Spiller
Department Leader

(603) 875-3800 x2248

Hello, I’m Michelle Spiller and I currently teach English 11 Honors and Running Start English Composition. Since I began teaching in 2007, I have believed in cultivating a community of readers and writers who think higher, further, or differently every day. I am a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Master of Arts in English Teaching, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature at Smith College. I enjoy a good book that leaves me ruminating on life’s big questions, and I am proud to be a mother of two daughters, an unabashed introvert, and an identical twin.