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





Staff




John Anderson

janderson@pmhschool.com

(603) 875-3800 x2253



My name is John Anderson and 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 currently teach English 12 and Film Criticism.  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

abarsanti@pmhschool.com

(603) 875-3800 x2249


This is my second year as a teacher 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, English 12 CP, Creative Writing CP, and Film Criticism CP. I received my Master of Arts in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire. I enjoy hiking, reading, skiing, and spending time with my friends and family. 












Patrice Comeau

pcomeau@pmhschool.com

(603) 875-3800 x2247











Andrea Caruso
acaruso@pmhschool.com

(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

kroy@pmhschool.com

(603) 875-3800 x2250



My name is Kayla Roy and I am happy to say that this is my 5th year here at Prospect. Before that, I completed a year-long internship at Noble Middle School as part of my master's degree program for UNH.  I currently teach junior English at both the college prep and general level, and in addition to this, I'm also an adviser for the class of 2018. When I am not here teaching or planning upcoming events like senior prom and fundraisers, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, and hiking with my dog.












James Sophinos

jsophinos@pmhschool.com

(603) 875-3800  x2252


Greetings! This is my second year here at Prospect Mountain High School, and I feel very fortunate to be a Timberwolf and a part of this school community. I currently teach both English 10 Honors as well as reading classes adopted from the Expedition Literacy program. Before teaching here at PMHS, I taught English for two years in the alternative education program at Exeter High School, where I also coached freshman boys’ lacrosse. In 2013, I received my Master of Arts in 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 love to surround myself with books whether it be in my classroom, at home, or within the quietude of a library. Despite my love for literature, my true life's passion is music, as I collect albums of all genres ranging from motown to jazz to folk. I play music myself as well, mainly the bass and acoustic guitar, and enjoy playing tunes with other like-minded musicians. Above my professional and personal pursuits, my world revolves around my family. This past year has been incredibly special as my fiancee Amanda and I welcomed into the world our son, George, in August.






Michelle Spiller

mspiller@pmhschool.com

(603) 875-3800 x2248


I currently teach English 11 and AP English Literature & Composition at Prospect Mountain High School.  Since I began teaching English in 2007, I have strived to cultivate a classroom of thinkers, readers and writers who engage with and contribute to the literary world.  As a proponent of exploring the relevance and resonance of various literary genres, I collaborated with the English department to build the Poetry Out Loud program at PMHS.  I am currently working to develop better writing instruction through affiliations with the Writing Committee and UNH.  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 the artful intricacies of intertextuality; deep thinking; strenuous exercise (as is necessary to empty the mind afterward); being a mother, introvert, and identical twin; cats; and decadent desserts.