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English & Literature

Mrs. Kim Crawford

English & Literature Department Chair


AP Literature & Composition

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2013-14 School Year

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).  At Kolbe, 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.

Mrs. Ann Cereghino


Literature 7 Literature 8 Literature 10

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2014-15 School Year

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 four children.

Mrs. Ellen Finnigan

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., lived on a Catholic commune, and worked as a House Facilitator for a group of inner city missionaries in Denver. She has been teaching for Kolbe since the inaugural year of the online school (2013) and has taught 9th and 10th grade Literature, Intensive and Advanced Composition, and Creative Writing. She lives in Estes Park, Colorado, with her husband, Tom, and enjoys hiking, dancing, reading, writing, and the challenge of gardening in the Rockies.

Mrs. Meghan Hambleton

Meghan graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Literature and Medieval History. She began teaching for Kolbe Academy in 2014, right after she married her best friend and high school sweetheart. After four years, Meghan and her husband welcomed their first child in 2018, and moved to West Virginia, where they are enjoying experiencing all four seasons. They have 3 big dogs, and in her free time Meghan enjoys hiking with them, baking, doing puzzles, and all things Star Trek. Meghan is passionate about reading and writing and loves sharing her eclectic literary interests that range from Medieval epics to Victorian poetry and from Tolkien to T.S. Eliot with anyone who will listen.

Dr. Carl Hasler

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. Recently he has taught 20 years at Collin College, a 2-year institution, in Texas.  Currently, he is teaching courses in philosophy at the University of Texas at Dallas, and for campuses in the Dallas County Community College District.  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.  After many years of teaching in secular institutions, Dr. Hasler is seeking a more permanent position teaching in Catholic institutions of learning.  Dr. Hasler lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, two daughters and his two grandsons.

Mrs. Amanda Hayes

Amanda Hayes


English 6 English 7 Literature 6 Literature 8

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Year

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. 

Amanda and her husband have six children.  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.

Mrs. Melissa Johnson


Classical Composition 1 & 2 Classical Composition 3 & 4 English 10

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2019-20 School Year

Melissa Johnson earned her B.A. in Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She has spent over a decade preparing high school students for college entrance essays and for SAT writing and English. She has been a guest contributor on Catholic blogs focused on Catholic social justice issues. Melissa lives in Texas with her husband and seven children. She is currently completing a Masters of Arts in English with a concentration in American Literature.

Mrs. Jenifer Novak


English 7 English 8 Literature 7 Literature 8 English 9 Homeroom 6 Homeroom 8

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2014-15 School Year

Jenifer Novak uses her firsthand experience as an online student, homeschool parent, and instructor to motivate Kolbe students in a collaborative classroom environment. Mrs. Novak believes that the best educational environments are those that engage students in hands-on learning experiences. Mrs. Novak holds a Master of Science in Education, Learning Design and Technology specialization, from Purdue University, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in English from Purdue University. She is a member of international blended and online learning organization, iNACOL, an inductee of Golden Key International Honour Society, and a certified catechist through the Diocese of Gary in Indiana. 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. She also taught English and literature classes for local homeschool co-ops. Jenifer has four children, and her homeschooling journey began in 2007 when her oldest son began traditional homeschool courses with Kolbe Academy. She lives in Indiana. 

Mrs. Ann Still

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Life Science Earth Science English 8

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2015-16 School Year

Ann Still received her BA and MA in Education from the University of Florida. She taught middle school science for ten years in Catholic schools both in in the Archdiocese of Palm Beach, FL and the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA. She is currently a certified K-8 teacher in the state of Georgia. One of her priorities in teaching was the integration of technology into the curriculum, so she very much looks forward to teaching in a technology-based program with Kolbe Academy. Ann and her husband Shawn live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with their three children.