Mary Hoyt - Director of Guidance/English Department Head
BA, English/Secondary Education/Social Welfare, Mt. St. Joseph College
MA, Reading Specialist/Consultant, University of Rhode Island;
60 Doctoral Credits- Literacy and Counseling, Boston College
Ms. Hoyt has spent her entire teaching career, a total of 30 years, at The Prout School, beginning in 1973. In addition to directing our guidance department, she also teaches our IB level English and Theory of Knowledge classes. Ms. Hoyt also instructs at the graduate level at the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of Amnesty International-Freedom Writers, RI Reading Association and the International Reading Association. In her spare time, Ms. Hoyt enjoys travel and movies.
Ms. Franklin joined Prout in 2000 as both an English and Drama teacher. She brought with her over 17 years of teaching experience. Ms. Franklin has been the Managing and Co-artistic Director of the Newport Children’s Theatre, a board member of the Island Moving and Dance Company and a board member of the Arts Alliance of Newport County. Ms. Franklin currently belongs to the New England Theatre Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Costume Society of America, and has been recognized by Who’s Who in America. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, travel, and reading.
MaryAnn Houlihan - English/History
BA, Salve Regina University
Ms. Houlihan has been teaching at Prout since 1999 and is currently teaching World History and US Modern English. Ms. Houlihan is also co-moderator for the school yearbook. A member of the Newport Democratic Committee, a mental health volunteer, and the recipient of a community service award from the Boys’ Club of Newport, Ms. Houlihan enjoys tennis, reading, skiing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Cathy Shackleton - English
BA, Elementary Education, University of Rhode Island
Middle School Endorsement
Mrs. Shackleton came to Prout in 1987 after teaching seventh and eighth grade at Msgr. Clarke for six years. She teaches English.
Mrs. Matone – English
BS, English & Secondary Education, University of Rhode Island
Graduate work at Providence College & URI Extension
Mrs. Matone joined the Prout community in 2002. She enjoys sharing her love of words and mythology with the freshmen. She also serves as Student Council Moderator and Class Moderator.
A native of Exeter, Rhode Island, John received a bachelor’s in both English and Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. While acquiring his teacher certificate in English at the University of Rhode Island, he also studied German at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany. John comes to Prout pursuing an M.A. in Education at the University of Rhode Island. He is a recipient of two consecutive first place awards from the Academy of American Poets. His poems have been published and are forthcoming in various poetry journals. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, writing, music, and classical studies.
Maximillian Orsini - English
BA, English and Creative Writing, Washington College
MA, Drew University
Max Orsini, a native of Brooklyn, New York, first began to realize his enthusiasm for literature when, at seventeen, he attended boarding school in the Swiss Alps. Shortly thereafter Orsini proceeded to earn his undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Washington College on the eastern shore of Maryland. At Washington Orsini cultivated a love of Modern and Contemporary American poetry. This interest in poetry moved him to write a collection of short poems called “Roads near Water” in fulfillment of his undergraduate thesis obligation. Continuing his interest in poetry, he went on to write his master’s thesis at Drew University on the American poet James Wright. After finishing his Master’s, Orsini spent two years teaching English at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland. He now teaches junior and senior English at Prout and is enrolled in the English PHD program at the University of Rhode Island.
Nikki Kettle, English
B.A. English Literature, Rhode Island College
M.A. Media Studies, Rhode Island College