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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 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

(603) 875-3800 x2249

My name is Ashley Barsanti, and it is my third 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 and family. 

Patrice Comeau

(603) 875-3800 x2247

My name is Patrice Comeau and this is my first 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 dog. 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. 

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 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

(603) 875-3800  x2252

Greetings! This is my third 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 freshmen and sophomore English classes and fully subscribe to the Prospect mindset of 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 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 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. 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 son George.

Michelle Spiller
Department Leader

(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.