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​​​​Philosophy

In Fulton County we believe that the language arts classroom is a place where students begin to connect their own lives to the lives of others through great literature. We believe a balanced language arts program gives students opportunities to read and respond critically to literature; to write creatively, expressively, and analytically; to develop effective oral language skills; to investigate and present topics of interest using research methods; and to use media and technology to communicate for a variety of purposes. In addition to the county’s English Language Arts philosophy outlined above, Roswell HS Language Arts/English department also strives to assist students in finding their own unique voice through student publications and speech/forensics classes.  We collaborate not only within our own department of professionals and content-area experts, but also with other departments to ensure students are destined for success both here and beyond the halls of Roswell High.

Goals
Through our language arts program, the learner will;

  • enjoy, appreciate, and evaluate language in all its forms.
  • listen, read, view, and think critically.
  • write and speak effectively for a variety of formal and informal audiences and purposes.
  • pre-write, draft, revise, edit, publish, and reflect as a means to more effective writing.
  • choose and apply appropriate reading strategies in order to analyze and evaluate written texts.

http://www.fultonschools.org/k12/languagearts

Teacher List

 

Joel McElvaney 
Department Chair
English Teacher
E-mail: mcelvaney@fultonschools.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://fultonschools.edmodo.com

Education
B.Ed in Secondary English Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa; M.Ed in English Education, Kennesaw State University, National Board Certification

Courses Taught
12th Advanced Comp-Honors; AP Language and Composition

Sara Allegood
English teacher
E-mail: allegoods@fultonschools.org
Website: none (Uses Google Classroom)
Education

BA in English Literature/Journalism, Longwood University; Master’s in Education: Library Media & Technology, University of West Georgia; Educational Specialist in Educational Technology, Lesley University

Courses taught

10th Grade World Literature

Samira Bregeth 
English Teacher
E-mail: bregeth@fultonschools.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://mrsbregeth.wordpress.com/

Education
B.A. in English with Education concentration, Georgia State University; M.A. in English Literary Studies, with Education concentration, Georgia State University

Courses Taught
11th AP Language and Composition; 11th American Lit/Comp-Honors; Literary Magazine

Michael Bryan
English Teacher
E-mail: bryang1@fultonschools.org
Website: none

Education
BA in English and Political Science Mercer University, Class of 1996; M.Ed. in Secondary English Education University of Georgia, Class of 2003; Ed.S. in Secondary English Education University of Georgia, Class of 2007

Courses Taught
11th American Lit/Comp and 11th American Lit/Comp-Honors

​Hillary Collins
English Teacher
E-mail: collinsh@fultonschools.org
Website: Google Classroom

Education

Bachelor’s in English Education from Auburn University

Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southern

Courses Taught
10th Lit/Comp

Traci Damron
English Teacher
E-mail: damront@fultonschools.org
Website: none

Education
Bachelor of Arts in English, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina; Master of Liberal Studies, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Courses Taught
12th World Lit/Comp; 9th Lit/Comp-Honors

Amy Foti
English Department
E-mail: fotia@fultonschools.org
Website: Google Classroom

Education
B.A. in English, Wake Forest University; M.Ed. in English Education, Georgia State University

Courses Taught
12th AP Literature and Composition; AVID; British Literature; 11th American Lit/Comp

Kassidy Gaffigan 
English Teacher
Email:  gaffigank@fultonschools.org
Website: Google Classroom​

Education

Kennesaw State University BS for Secondary English Education

Courses Taught
American Literature, 9th Honors Literature, National Honors Society sponsor 

Emily Garner  
English Teacher
E-mail: 
garnere@fultonschools.org
Website: Google Classroom

Education
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. MEd. Curriculum and Leadership from Lipscomb University

Courses Taught
9th Grade Literature and Composition, 10th Grade World Literature, 9th Grade Basic Reading and Writing


Marina Goddard 

English Teacher
Email: goddardm@fultonschools.org
Website: none

Education

B.A. English- Georgia College; M.A.T. - English Education Georgia College

Courses Taught
10th and 10th Honors Lit/Comp; American Lit/Comp; Yearbook 

Debra-Ann Rufolo
English Teacher
E-mail: rufolo@fultonschools.org
Website: none

Education

M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University; B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University

Courses Taught
12th Multicultural Lit/Comp; 9th Lit/Comp

Hannah Sewell
English Teacher
Email: sewellh@fultonschools.org
Website: Google Classroom

Education
BA in English Literature, Georgia College and State University; Masters of Arts in Teaching in English Literature, University of North Georgia

Courses Taught
9th Lit/Comp

Derek Shackelford

English Teacher
Email:  shackelfordd@fultonschools.org                                                                            Website: none

Education
Bachelor of English, Univ. of Georgia, Masters of English Education, Univ. of Georgia, Specialist of Leadership, Lincoln Memorial University

Courses Taught

11th American Literature, Tag Directed Study, Tag Seminars

Jordan Shonka
English Teacher
Email: shonkaj@fultonschools.org
Website: none

Education
Kennesaw State University BS for Secondary English Education

Courses Taught
Teaching ​9th Lit/Comp; 10th Lit/Comp

Megan Volpert
English Teacher
E-mail: Volpert@fultonschools.org
Website: http://www.edmodo.com/volpert

Education
B.A, Illinois State University; M.F.A, Louisiana State University

Courses Taught

10th Lit/Comp-Honors; Speech/Forensics 1 & 2; Newspaper

Erika Zeidler
English Teacher
E-mail: zeidlere@fultonschools.org
Website: Google Classroom

Education

Ed.D. Teaching and Learning, Liberty University; B.A. English, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Courses Taught
12th Multicultural Lit/Comp

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