Ever mindful of the Spiritan tradition, the English Department strives to promote the moral, intellectual, and spiritual development of our students through their study of literature and composition. In the words of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley: "A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination; and poetry [literature] administers to the effect by acting upon the cause" (from A Defense of Poetry).

As English teachers we aspire to challenge our students to empathize with, and to think and to write critically about the diverse human issues explored in literature.


  • Introduction to Literature and Composition (H)
  • Communication Skills (H)
  • Academic Writing (H)
  • American Literature (H)
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • World Literature (H)
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • Digital Media
  • Creative Writing

Clubs, Organizations and Publications

  • Comic Book Club
  • Forensic Society
  • Literary Magazine, Embers
  • Newspaper, The Flame
  • Poetry Club
  • Student Film Club
  • National English Honor Society


Mr. Ryan Abramson

Class of 1994
Titles: Director of Admissions and Marketing, Manager of the Ice Hockey Program

Ms. Jessica Ciaramella

Titles: English Teacher, Drama Coordinator

Michael Foley

Titles: English Teacher

Mr. Justin Goulet

Class of 1999
Titles: English Department Chair, Head Varsity Tennis Coach, The Flame Moderator

Mr. Patrick Hoelzle

Class of 2001
Titles: Dean of Academics

Mr. Matthew Jordan

Titles: English Teacher, Embers and Lampoon Moderator

Mr. Patrick McGhee

Class of 2003
Titles: English Teacher, Forensics Moderator