English Department

The English Department is the hub of critical thinking, cultural conversations, and creative writing at Cheshire Academy. From poetry to prose, from timeless classics to contemporary works, our students find meaning and create connections through the power of ideas and words. Challenging all assumptions, norms and biases, we read diversely, converse deeply, and write passionately.

“Students frequently open my eyes to new interpretations of texts I have studied for years. It’s their curiosity, creativity, and cleverness that make the classroom a lot of fun.”

— English Chair Theresa West Mautner


Wesley Simon

Dean of Community Life; English Teacher

203-439-7604 email: Wesley Simon PROFILE

Sara Griesbach

Dean of Residential Life

203-439-7613 email: Sara Griesbach PROFILE

Owen Winslow

English Teacher; Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach; Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Coach

email: Owen Winslow PROFILE

Emily Roller

English Teacher

email: Emily Roller PROFILE

Jaimeson Lynch

IB Coordinator; English Teacher

email: Jaimeson Lynch PROFILE

Jaclyn Lionetti

English/ELL Teacher; Coed Cross Country Coach; Coed Track and Field Coach

203-439-7410 email: Jaclyn Lionetti PROFILE

Jennifer Guarino

Performing Arts Director; English Teacher

203-439-7603 email: Jennifer Guarino PROFILE

Nicole Beaudwin

English Teacher

203-439-7192 email: Nicole Beaudwin PROFILE

Allison Bass-Riccio

English Teacher

email: Allison Bass-Riccio

Wendy Swift

Director of the Center for Writing

203-439-7325 email: Wendy Swift