Roxbury High School English Department

  • Roxbury High School's English Department offers students a robust literacy education.  The goal of the English department is to develop students’ critical thinking, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and study skills. Assignments and experiences commensurate to their needs and abilities will challenge all students to develop competency in their use of the English language and apply literacy skills to a balance of classic and modern literature.  Students at Roxbury High School are afforded the opportunity to engage daily in independent reading in English classrooms.  

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Mr. Jonathan Benbow

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Miss Jenna Burke

Jenna Burke has taught English Language Arts at Roxbury High School since 2018 where she is also an advisor to the Literary Magazine, Class of 2025, and Equal Rights Advocacy Club.

Ms. Burke is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where she completed both her undergraduate studies in English Secondary Education and her graduate studies in English. She has previously presented for the National Council for Teachers of English, South Central Modern Language Association, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. In her spare time, she can also be found working with local community theatre groups or participating in book clubs of all genres.

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Mr. Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn has taught English Language Arts at Roxbury High School since 2011.  In addition to teaching Junior and Senior English, he has also created electives such as Film Studies, Screenwriting, and sometimes teaches other electives such as Creative Writing. 

He graduated from Centenary College with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. He is originally from Connecticut, and now lives in Sussex County, NJ with his wife Nikki and his pets Bowie, Eddie (dogs), Susie and Willow (cats). 

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Mrs. Elizabeth Heddy

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Mrs. Cindy Hubbard

 
Mrs. Hubbard started in the Roxbury School District in 2008.  She taught English Language Arts at EMS for seven years before moving to Roxbury High School.
 
Mrs. Hubbard graduated from Centenary University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She earned her Master's degree in Instruction from The College of New Jersey. 

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Mrs. Shari Kaine

Shari L. Kaine has taught English Language Arts at Roxbury High School since 2001.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science.  She then earned her Masters degree in Education from East Stroudsburg University and most recently received her Education Specialist degree from Seton Hall University.  She is also a Level 1 Google certified educator and continually strives to improve and innovate instructional practices.

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Mr. Cosmo Lorusso

Cosmo Lorusso has taught English Language Arts at Roxbury High School since 2002 and in various public schools since 1987. Currently, he is teaching the senior dual-credit Expository Writing course, 9th Grade English, and Sports and Literature. 

Cosmo Lorusso graduated from Montclair State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and from Northeastern University with a Master of Arts degree in Writing. He is the author of several test preparation books as well as a non-fiction book entitled Every Child Needs an Angel.

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Ms. Kaitlyn Norgard

Kate Norgard has taught English Language Arts at Roxbury High School since 2013. Currently, she teaches AP Seminar to sophomores and English 4, Crime/Mystery to senior students. She is the Roxbury girls' XC head coach and spring track assistant coach. She also coaches field hockey year-round for Centercourt Club. 

Kate Norgard graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English & Secondary Education.  She earned a Master's degree in Education from Centenary University in 2017. 

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Ms. Maria Rispoli

Ms. Rispoli has been an English teacher at Roxbury since the 2005-06 school year. She earned her AA at County College of Morris, her BA at Montclair State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Curriculum and Assessment at Marygrove College. In 2018 Ms. Rispoli earned her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University and now holds school leader certifications as Supervisor, Principal, and Superintendent. 

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Mrs. Megan Santoro

Megan Santoro has been a member of the Roxbury High School staff since 2017. She teaches both English Language Arts and Journalism and is the advisor of the Roxbury Review, our school newspaper. 
 
Megan Santoro graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Education as a Social Science. She later earned a Master's degree from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University in English Education (K-12) with an endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. 

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Mrs. Laura Schmidt

Laura Schmidt has taught English Language Arts at Roxbury High School since 2009.  Currently, she teaches English 1 to freshmen and AP Literature and composition to Junior students. She is also the advisor of the Roxbury Literary Magazine and NHS.

Laura Schmidt graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts in English & Secondary Education.  She earned a Master's degree in Education from Centenary University in 2013. 

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Mrs. Allyson Spargo

Allyson Spargo has been teaching at Roxbury High School since 2003.  A proud graduate of the Roxbury School District and a lifelong resident herself, she is honored to serve a community she loves.  Allyson is currently teaching all seniors, and she is enjoying finding ways to keep our students engaged by delivering high-interest content.  Her passion is helping the students to find their confidence and the desire to enter their college years and beyond with a strong voice and sound critical thinking skills. Mrs. Spargo attended FDU and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature.  

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Ms. Kaitlin Stellingwerf

Kaitlin Stellingwerf is a junior and senior English teacher at Roxbury High School. Her academic focuses are in American Literature, specifically in the horror genre. Miss Stellingwerf attended Seton Hall University and acquired a BSE in Secondary Education & Special Education with a Concentration in English and a MA in Literature. Miss Stellingwerf also coaches JV soccer and jumps for the track program.