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Bishop Hartley's English program uses a defined research formula which enables students to develop and build upon their research skills through all four years of high school.

English Courses

  • English 9
  • Honors English 9
  • English 10
  • Honors English 10
  • English 11
  • Honors English 11
  • Junior Advanced Placement: English Language and Composition
  • English 12
  • Honors English 12
  • Senior Advanced Placement: English Literature and Composition
  • Public Speaking
  • Journalism I

Learn more about each course and credits in the English Course Catalog.


Students are assigned summer reading. Selected titles change each year and reflect themes relating to Bishop Hartley's Six Pillars. Students receive a list in May with the required readings for each course.

Students conduct close studies of classic and contemporary novels throughout the English curriculum. Novels are teacher-selected to complement the curriculum.

Bishop Hartley includes a Communication for Social Action component in our College Prep Composition course which allows students to investigate a
community- or state-level problem to propose a solition and share their research with stakeholders.


Bishop Hartley offers English-related clubs, including Battle of the Books, and Hooked on Books. Learn more about these clubs.

Department Chair

Mrs. Molly Maloof

Molly Maloof, English Department Chair, has taught at Bishop Hartley since 2014 and within the Diocese since 1987. She received her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Miami University and Master of Science in Teacher Education from the University of Dayton. In addition to her roles as educator and department chair, Mrs. Maloof leads Bishop Hartley's National Honor Society and House Parent Organization and serves as a test prep tutor on the Student Services Committee.

English Department


Ms. Melanie Batty

Melanie Batty has taught for fifteen years, having worked at independent schools in Minnesota and Hawaii prior to her arrival at Bishop Hartley in 2018. She received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English Literature and American Studies from Miami University, and she holds a Master of Education in English Education from University of Minnesota. In addition to her role as educator, Ms. Batty is a member of the cultural humility team.


Ms. Courtney Blakeman

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Mr. Bradley Burchfield

Brad Burchfield has taught various levels of English at Bishop Hartley since 2008, and has taught High School English since 1997. He has taught Honors American Literature, Speech and Debate, and College Prep English at the Junior and Freshmen Levels. Mr. Burchfield received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Marietta College in 1997. He is certified in English Grades 7-12 as well as Language Arts in grades K-12. In addition to his roles in the English Department, Brad serves as Assistant Admissions Director, Assistant Athletic Director, Sacred Heart House Dean, and Head Football Coach.

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Ms. Rachel Dues

Rachel Dues has taught at Bishop Hartley since 2018 and in Catholic schools since 2014. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Dayton. Her subject area training is in teaching English to grades 7-12, high school Religion, and English as a New Language. In addition to teaching College Preparatory English 12 and Honors English 12, she is the moderator of Battle of the Books club and the Senior Capstone Project Coordinator.


Dr. William Kinnison

Dr. Kinnison began his teaching journey in 1984 and has been involved with Catholic education since 1993, teaching first at Springfield Catholic Central High School. He arrived at Bishop Hartley High School in 1997 where he is committed to helping young Hawks become successful college students through emphasizing their growth as thoughtful writers, dedicated readers, and self-directed learners. Dr. Kinnison also practices his craft at the college level, having taught at The Ohio State University, Wittenberg University, Ohio University, and, since May 2000, at Ohio Dominican University. He seeks to bring his experience as a college English instructor to bear on the somewhat daunting transition from high school to college that his Hartley students are soon to face.


Ms. Juli Roberts

Juli Roberts is in her 12th year with the English team at Bishop Hartley High School, following 10 years at R.B. Hayes High School in Delaware, Ohio. Juli earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in English Education from The Ohio State University and continues postgraduate studies in civic online reasoning and digital media literacy. She began her role as director of the school library in 2019, seeking to prepare Hartley students for the rigors of college-level inquiry and research as well as helping students find joy in reading. Her role as an adjunct professor with Columbus State Community College’s English program informs her craft by bridging gaps between high school writing and research and the rigors of first-year college writing and research. Mrs. Roberts has taught in Lithuania and Poland and enjoys volunteering her time to work with English language learners when she travels in the summer. Juli enjoys time with family, writing, reading, distance running, and genetic genealogy.

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