English Department

Language and Literature (English Department)

 Mary Beth Putnam

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BS in English from Appalachian State University

Mary Beth Putnam

Department Chair

Subject Area(s): English 11/English 11 Honors

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MHS Activities: Newspaper and Yearbook Adviser, English Department Chair, Service Club Adviser

Started At Millbrook: Fall 1987

My hometown is Durham, NC; however, I’ve lived in Raleigh since graduating from Appalachian in 1985. I came to Millbrook my second year of teaching, so I’ve basically been here my entire career. I have no plans of changing that since I expect to stay at Millbrook until I retire, which may be sooner than later! I read A LOT, but I also save plenty of time to catch up on my DVR and binge-watch Netflix. My greatest accomplishments are my three daughters: Katie, Emily, and Abbey. They keep me young…well, them and my Wildcats here at MHS.!

 Paula Abbott

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BA, Campbell University NBCT

Paula Abbott

Subject Area(s): English 9 & 10

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MHS Activities: Service Club 

Started At Millbrook: 2004

Both of my children graduated from Millbrook. I enjoy spending time with my family, working in my church's library, and reading.

 Elizabeth Balazs

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Clemson University, BA in Communication and Media AND BS from Illinois State University in Teacher Education and English

Elizabeth Balazs

Subject Area(s): English 11, AP Literature and Composition

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MHS Activities:  Writing Club, Ethics Bowl, Science Olympiad

Started At Millbrook: 2015

I have been teaching for over 10 years across multiple states, as we relocated for the military, but I am happy to call Raleigh our final move. Currently, my life is filled with working with students AND my own two kids as they enter elementary school. I can be found running, reading, grading or doing yoga - if I'm not at school. As I start my fourth year at Millbrook, I'm looking forward to many more!

 Bridget Callan

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Bridget Callan

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Started At Millbrook: 2017

 Brynn Cartier

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University of Missouri-Columbia BA and UNC-Asheville teaching certificate

Brynn Cartier

Subject Area(s): English 9

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Started At Millbrook: 2014

Originally from St. Louis Mo, I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BA in English. My husband and I enjoyed living on the west coast in Portland, OR before moving to Asheville, NC where I received my teaching certificate at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. I am an avid reader and outdoors person and travel often to the mountains, the beach and around the U.S. to see family and friends. North Carolina has been home now for 10 years and teaching here at Millbrook has been a wonderful second career. We have the best teachers and the best students and I look forward to serving this community in the future.

 Catherine Cortright

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UNC-Chapel Hill: BA in English and Journalism and Masters of Arts in Teaching

Catherine Cortright

Subject Area(s): English 10, Digital Media Career Academy

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Started At Millbrook: 2014

I am originally from Rocky Mount, North Carolina and I attended UNC-Chapel Hill. From there, I moved up to Washington, D.C. and taught in Alexandria, Virginia for seven years. This is my fifth year teaching at Millbrook. My husband and I have two energetic children, Daniel (3) and Ava (1), and two crazy dogs, Kelsey and Maya. We are enjoying living in North Carolina closer to both of our families.

 Ansley Deese

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Ansley Deese

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 Jamie Delp

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Rowan University, BA - English

Jamie Delp

 Subject Area(s):  English 10

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Started At Millbrook: 2018

 I am a native of Southern New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 2016. My love for the Philadelphia area sports teams runs deep! My family relocated to the Raleigh area in August 2018 and this is my first year at Millbrook. I have three young children and a wonderful husband at home who keep life interesting!

 Megan Fritz

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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education--English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Megan Fritz

Subject Area(s): AP Language and Composition and English IV

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MHS Activities: Assistant Cross Country Coach and School Improvement Team Co-chair

Started At Millbrook: 2010

I am from Wadsworth, Ohio. After graduating from SRU, I packed only what I could fit in my car and moved to Raleigh with the hope of finding my first teaching job in Wake County--thank you Millbrook! In my free time, I enjoy coaching and running with the cross country team, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time near bodies of water. My animals are like my children; I have two energetic dogs and one lazy cat.

 Lauren S. Genesky

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North Carolina State University, Secondary English Education NBCT

Lauren S. Genesky

Subject Area(s): English III, IB Language & Literature, IB Theory of Knowledge

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MHS Activities: Junior Class Adviser, Key Club Adviser

Started At Millbrook: 2010

I attended North Carolina State University and originally taught in Charlotte, NC before moving back to Raleigh in 2010 to become a Millbrook Wildcat. I love reading (ask me for a recommendation!), cooking, watching movies with my amazing husband, and anything coffee or chocolate.

 Laura Kost

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BA in English and Education from the University of North Dakota

Laura Kost

Subject Area(s): English 9, Speech I

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MHS Activities: Freshman Class Council, Speech and Debate

Started At Millbrook: 2016

Originally from North Dakota, I moved to Raleigh in the fall of 2015. I enjoy reading, binge watching series on Netflix, listening to music, and spending time outdoors with my pup, Pepper.

 Collin Medina

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East Carolina University - B.S. English Education / B.A. English AP Literature and Composition Certified

Collin Medina

Subject Area(s): English II, AP Language and Composition

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MHS Activities: Men's Tennis, Men's Soccer, Cross Country, Winter Track and Field

Started At Millbrook: 2016

Although I was born in the most southern point of the United States (Key West, Florida), I spent the majority of my life growing up in the mountains of North Carolina. From a young age, I knew that teaching was my passion, so I eventually pursued a teaching degree from East Carolina University. I am currently in my seventh year of education and love what I do. I am an avid reader, runner, and writer.

 Alyssa Morris

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MEd English - NC State; BS English - East Carolina University

Alyssa Morris

Subject Area(s): English II, English III, English IV, GradPoint

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Started At Millbrook: 2001

I grew up in Manassas, Virginia but have stayed in NC since college. My perfect day would be spent reading on the beach followed by dinner with family and friends. Most of my time outside of school is focused on my three children and their various activities.

 Andrew Oliver

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UNCG - English and Secondary Education

Andrew Oliver

Subject Area(s): IB Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge

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MHS Activities: GSA and Robotics

Started At Millbrook: 2017

After spending most of my professional life in Greensboro, I relocated to Raleigh last year. Even though it's my second year in this city, I'm still excited to be exploring the area!

 Johnna Reisner

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Johnna Reisner

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 Erin Smith

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Salem College - Masters of Arts in Teaching, Presbyterian College - Bachelor of Arts in English with Creative Writing Emphasis and Psychology minor. AP English III Certified, International Honor Society in Teaching

Erin Smith

Subject Area(s): Creative Writing I and English III/English III Honors

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MHS Activities: English Honor Society

Started At Millbrook: 2018

Having been born and raised in the Raleigh area, I am pleased to have been able to move back to the Triangle after teaching in the Winston-Salem area for the past five years. I truly enjoy teaching with the goal of encouraging a personal exploration of the vast world through literature, discussion, and writing while building individual confidence.

 Damon Weinhold

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Damon Weinhold

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