English & Literature

Mrs. Ann Cereghino


2017-18: Literature 7Literature 8

2016-17: Literature 7, Literature 8

2015-16: Literature 7, Literature 8

2014-15: Literature 7, Literature 8, English 8


Ann Cereghino graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in English and her Washington Teacher Certification. Right after, she received her Masters in Education through the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) program at University of Portland. While in PACE, Ann taught English, Literature, and Health at the middle school level in Portland, OR. Shortly thereafter, she taught English and Journalism for a number of years at a Catholic high school in Portland. An avid reader and lover of all things literary, Ann enjoys sharing her passion with her students. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two children, and is expecting her third child this fall.

Mrs. Kim Crawford


2017-18: Literature 12Honors Literature 12, AP Literature 12

2016-17: Literature 12, Honors Literature 12

2015-16: Literature 12

2014-15: Literature 12

Kim Crawford is a lifelong book person. As well as being a voracious reader, she has been a bookseller, a copy editor at a small publishing house, and a high school English teacher. Kim graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Secondary English Education and taught high school English in brick-and-mortar schools in North Carolina and Virginia. She has also instructed through the prestigious Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).  Mrs. Crawford joined Kolbe Academy in its inaugural year online and chairs the English & Literature Department in addition to teaching Modern Literature and AP Literature. She loves the melding of serious literature study with the beauty of the Catholic faith and really enjoys instilling that same love in her students!   When not reading or teaching, Kim may be found playing board games, traveling, and participating in geeky sff things.  Mrs. Crawford lives near Atlanta, GA with her husband and six children and is ready to talk about books with anybody, anytime and anywhere.

Ms. Ellen Finnigan


2017-18: Intenisvie Composition (English 9)Advanced Composition (English 10)Creative Writing (English 12)Literature 9Honors Literature 9Literature 10Honors Literature 10

Summer 2016: Composition Bootcamp (HS) Workshop

2016-17: Literature 9, Honors Literature 9, Literature 10, Honors Literature 10, Advanced Composition (English 10), Creative Writing (English 12), Honors Creative Writing (Honors English 12)

Summer 2015: HS Composition Bootcamp

2015-16: Ancient Greek Lit, Ancient Roman Lit, Advanced Comp (English 10), Creative Writing

2014-15: Ancient Greek Literature, Ancient Roman Literature, Creative Writing

Ellen Finnigan holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She has worked as an Editorial Director for an online media network, written a political column for a daily newspaper in Washington D.C., and lived on a Catholic commune. In 2008, she started working with homeschoolers as an online writing coach. She became acquainted with Kolbe while teaching their literature and rhetoric curricula at a hybrid school in Suwannee, GA. Her writing has been published in various places and will soon be featured in Humor: A Reader for Writers, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She lives in Atlanta.

Mrs. Barbara Hall


2017-18: English 7English 8, Homeroom 7

Summer 2016: Intro to German Workshop

2016-17: English 7, English 8, German 1, German 2

2015-16: English 7,  Intensive Comp (English 9), German 1, German 2

2014-15:  English 7, Intensive Comp (English 9)

Barbara Hall holds an honors degree in German, with French and psychology from the University of Leicester, England, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the Victoria University of Manchester. Her teaching experience spans a wide spectrum of educational establishments, including several High Schools, the Department of Languages for Business at the University of Central Lancashire and the Brussels School of Languages. After emigrating to the U.S.A., Our Blessed Mother led her to Kolbe Academy's Day School (now Kolbe-Trinity Prep), where she taught over the course of 14 years German and Spanish, composition and theology in the high school, and Junior High English and Literature. In the summer of 2014, she returned to England to care for her mother, but continues her close connection with Kolbe as an online instructor.

Barbara has also utilized her teaching experience with her strong devotion to her faith to teach Catechism classes at St. Apollinaris, Napa, and St. Sebastians's, Greenbrae.

Apart from her love of languages, knowledge of which also includes Flemish, Italian and Maltese, she enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming, piano and has recently, under the influence of her dear sister, taken up the art of quilting. Her children live on three continents, Asia, Europe and America, whilst her husband has just settled in Malta.

Mrs. Meghan Hambleton


2017-18: Literature 7, Literature 10Literature 11Honors Literature 11History 8

Summer 2016: Survey of British Poetry Semester 

2016-17: Literature 7, History 8, Intensive Composition (English 9), Literature 11, Honors Literature 11

2015-16: Literature 7, Literature 8, Intensive Comp (English 9), Advanced Comp (English 10), Literature 11

2014-15: Religion & Bible History 7, Classical Composition 1, Intensive Composition (English)

A graduate of Seton Homestudy School, Meghan holds a Master's Degree in English from the University of North Florida, as well as Bachelor's Degrees in both English and History. She is married to her best friend, and lives in Florida with their two big dogs and two cats. Her favorite hobbies include reading, baking, fairy and folk tales, and hiking with her dogs.

Mrs. Amanda Hayes


2017-18: English 6, Literature 6

Mrs. Hayes received her B.S. in Secondary English Education from Kennesaw State University and has taught multiple grades over the years above and beyond her degree focus in charter schools and in the homeschool community.  In 2014, she was trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction for dyslexic learners, and for the past 3 years has tutored many children ranging in age from 7 to 14 in Orton Gillingham. Helping students become proficient in reading has become a passion of hers, alongside her continued goal of nurturing a love of reading and an appreciation for classic literature. 

Having been married 10 years, she has five children and is expecting number 6 in 2017! When Mrs. Hayes isn't homeschooling or teaching, she enjoys reading, sewing, tinkering with graphic design, and slowly renovating her home in the mountains with her husband. 

Dr. Carl Hasler


2017-18: Literature 11

2016-17: Literature 11

Dr. Carl Hasler received his MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has taught philosophy at the college/university level for 30+ years.  Most recently he has taught 20 years at Collin College, a 2-year institution, in Texas.  Over the years, Dr. Hasler has tried to focus his teaching on the ideas of such Catholic luminaries as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bonaventure as well as more contemporary Catholic thinkers as G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Josef Pieper, Fr. James Schall, S. J., and Dr. Peter Kreeft.  Dr. Hasler decided to leave the secular institution and seek opportunities teaching in Catholic high schools.  Dr. Hasler lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, two daughters and his two grandsons. 

Mrs. Kara Heyne


2017-18: Advanced Composition (English 10)

2016-17: Intensive Composition (English 9), Advanced Composition (English 10)

2015-16: Intensive Composition (English 9), Advanced Composition (English 10)

2014-15: Intensive Composition (English 9)

Kara Kelley Heyne is a Kolbe Summa high school alumna and has a BA in English from the University of Dallas. For the last eleven years, she has been involved in teaching homeschool students various courses online and in real life. Before her time here at Kolbe, she taught four years as a Teaching Assistant and four years as a learning support teacher (7th grade religion, 11th grade Medieval History, special needs education religion, history, and English) for the high school Mother of Divine Grace program. Beginning this year, she has taught in person workshops on Shakespeare for ages 5-10 with scripts she has modified herself and she is currently working on a novelization of The Tempest.  Her own experiences with being homeschooled feature prominently in her Young Adult book, The Locket's Secret. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and six (for now, seven by the start of the 2017 school year) homeschooled kids.

Mrs. Nicole O'Connor


2017-18: Classical Composition 1Classical Composition 2Classical Rhetoric (English 11), Homeroom 7

2016-17: Classical Composition 1, Classical Composition 2, Classical Rhetoric (English 11)

2015-16: English 8, Classical Composition 1

Summer 2016: Diagramming Bootcamp (JH) Workshop, Composition Bootcamp (HS) Workshop, MLA Mini-Workshop

Mrs. Nicole O'Connor received a Bachelor

Of Arts degree in Composition and a Master of Science degree in Online Education through Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has worked both in the classroom and online with students ranging from 6th-12th grade. Writing has always been her passion; however, she is even more passionate about helping her students learn to read, write, and love grammar! 

The O'Connor family is abundantly blessed with three young daughters--Teagan, Brigit, & Cambria. When Mrs. O'Connor isn't teaching, she enjoys painting, praying, and philosophizing with her husband (Ian), working at the local Preschool Co-op, re-reading Flannery O'Connor, and spending time at the beach in Orange County, California. 

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint Brigid, Ora Pro Nobis!

Mrs. Jenifer Novak


2017-18: English 8Literature 8, Homeroom 6

Summer 2016: Composition Bootcamp (JH) Workshop, Famous Frame Stories (JH) Seminar

2016-17: English 7, English 8, Literature 8

2015-16: Literature 8, Religion 8 (girls), English 8

Jenifer Novak graduated from Purdue University with bachelor's degrees in political science and English writing. She is a certified online instructor through University of California Irvine Virtual Teacher Specialization program, a member of international blended and online learning organization, iNACOL, and a certified catechist through the Diocese of Gary. Prior to working with Kolbe, she spent many years working as a journalist for daily newspapers as a designer, community news editor, and freelance writer. Jenifer has four children, and her homeschooling journey began in 2007 when her oldest son began homeschooling with Kolbe Academy. She now homeschools her oldest daughter. She is co-founder of the Delta Iota chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society, a Beta Rho chapter member of Tri Kappa, and a Parent Council member at University of Evansville. She lives in Indiana.