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.

“The English classroom is a reciprocal process of teaching and learning. As I work to design an empowering and autonomous curriculum, students develop their voice and see themselves not just as students, but as writers, readers, and thinkers. They challenge me to be the best teacher I can be, to work to reach every student, and to help hold them—and myself—accountable.”

— English Chair Allison Bass-Riccio


Marc Aronson

Dean of Academics; Coed Varsity Golf Assistant Coach

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Allison Bass-Riccio

Director of the Center for Writing; English Department Chair


Nicole Beaudwin

English Teacher; Dorm Head of Markin Hall; Yearbook Advisor


Robert Chip Boyd

English Teacher; Theory of Knowledge Teacher; Varsity Boys' Tennis Head Coach; Senior Faculty


Katie Cooper

English Teacher; Sustainability Coordinator; Dorm Head of Motter Hall


Patrick Fitzgerald

English Teacher; Varsity Football Assistant Coach; Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach; JV Baseball Head Coach


Jaimeson Lynch

English Teacher


Stephen MacDonald

English Teacher; JV Boys' Soccer Assistant Coach


Maggie Guarino-Trier ’18

English Department Teaching Intern