English Spotlight


Meet the Faculty

Department Head: Kasey Barth

My name is Kasey Barth and I am the Department Chair for the English Department. I currently teach 9th Literature and Composition and American Literature and Composition. I currently hold an Ed.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, a Master of Education from North Georgia College & State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baldwin-Wallace College. This is my 22nd year teaching at Sequoyah High School. Teaching is a calling in my life and I had great role models in my parents as they were both educators. English is definitely a passion for me as I love to read and write. I understand that passion is not typical for many teenagers, but I hope that they learn to appreciate the written word as we delve into literature, non-fiction, and writing throughout the year. Contact me at kasey.barth@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Courses Offered



Angela Chambers

My name is Angela Chambers, and I have been teaching mainly 10th and 12th grades at Sequoyah since 2003. I have a BA in English Literature from the University of Tennessee (go Vols!) and a BS in Secondary English Literature from Kennesaw State University. From the moment I read my first “real” book (Steven King’s The Stand) in 6th grade, I knew books were the way to take me to other worlds and ensure I was never bored. When my kids started school, I knew I wanted to share what I loved with young people. I believe strongly that being a good writer can help my students in any endeavor in the future, so much of my focus is figuring out a way to foster writing in different areas. I love what I do and love the students I get to work with every year. If you have any questions, please contact me at angela.chambers@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Elaine Dasher

I am the Senior Capstone Career Project Coordinator for Sequoyah. I teach AP English Literature and Composition and British Literature and Composition, both of which are 12th-grade courses. I enjoy teaching 12th grade because the students are so excited about finishing high school and beginning the next chapter of their lives. I love to hear about their future plans and to know that I am helping them prepare to meet those opportunities. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English education, both from the University of Georgia. You can contact me at elaine.dasher@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Michael Dayton

My name is Michael Dayton, and I teach Ninth Honors Lit/Comp, Ninth Reading and Writing, and Journalism (Yearbook). I completed my undergraduate work in English and Education at Ohio University in 1996, and I hold Master’s degree in Secondary English from Piedmont College. This is my sixth year at Sequoyah and 20th year teaching. I’m the proud parent of two boys, Ethan and Gavin, and the proud owner of two sweet doggies, Daisy and Bella. Contact me at michael.dayton@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Folio, Briello

My name is Brielle Folio, and this is my second year teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Sequoyah High School. I studied English and Education at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) and Kennesaw State University. I have always loved reading and writing, and I try to give my students an appreciation for the power of words, as well. Even though not everyone loves reading as much as their teachers might, I hope each student leaves my class looking at written and spoken language from a new perspective. Contact me at brielle.folio@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Heather Garrett

Heather Garrett

My name is Heather Garrett. This is my 4th year teaching 10th and 11th grade literature/composition at Sequoyah High School. I earned a BA in English Education at the University of South Florida and an MA in Professional Writing at Kennesaw State University. I’ve been a passionate teacher since I went to kindergarten – I’d come home and teach my little sister everything I’d learned at school that day. I began my official career teaching middle school language arts for five years in Hillsborough County, Florida, before moving to Georgia. I taught freshman English in Macon, then worked for a non-profit organization, Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia, for eleven years, first supporting a $6.2M grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and then managing a $2.48M federal Race to the Top Grant from the Georgia Department of Education’s Office of School Turnaround. In that position, I worked directly with teachers, principals and district office personnel replicate and implement non-traditional high school programs called Performance Learning Centers throughout Georgia, while also providing technical assistance and training to CIS staff at the national office and six other states. I strive to help students build upon their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in preparation for their senior projects, post-secondary education, and careers. I currently live in Canton with my husband, Thomas; son, Bryan; and dachshund, Bruno. Contact me at heather.garrett@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

  • 2015: 98% of 98% of students passed the American Lit/Comp End-of-Course Milestone Test

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My name is Marla Hooper, and this year I am teaching 10th grade AP English Language and Composition, Honors 10th grade Literature and Composition, and 10th grade Reading and Writing. I also teach Journalism I, II, II, and IV and advise the newspaper staff. I currently hold a BA in English Education from Kennesaw State University and am a 2010 Fellow of the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute. This is my 15th year teaching at Sequoyah. The students at SHS are the best part of those years, and I so appreciate the opportunity to work with such wonderful young people. I especially enjoy teaching them to use language to learn about themselves and others and as a way to effect change in their world. You can contact me at marla.hooper@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Zach Jones and I teach 9th-grade Literature and Composition and American Literature and Composition. I currently hold a M.A.T. in English Education from Georgia State University and a B.A. in English Literature from Kennesaw State University. This is my 5th year as an educator and my first at Sequoyah! Additionally, I am honored to be able to serve as a wrestling coach for the Chiefs as we look to become a dominant program once again. My love of reading and writing comes from my parents, which evolved into a desire for me to promote and develop critical literacy skills in young people. Contact me at zack.jones@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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Hello! I’m Asher Kelsey, teacher of 9th Honors literature, 9th literature, 11th American literature, and Film/Video and Television. I have two undergraduate degrees in literature studies and film from Kennesaw State University, and I have a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree also from KSU. My wife Ashley is also an English teacher, so it is safe to say that our future children will not have it easy. Being a jazz musician and interdisciplinary teacher, I have a strong love for the arts—something I hope to encourage in my students. I also strongly believe in cultivating the tools required for expression, written and oral. It is my goal to help all students express themselves with greater depth, accuracy, and passion. Additionally, I’m the JV boys soccer coach. Go Chiefs! Contact me at asher.kelsey@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Kristy Lingerfelt

My name is Kristy Lingerfelt. I became part of the Sequoyah High School family as a student when it first opened its doors in 1990. I was a sophomore then; little did I know I would end up here years later as a teacher. I began my teaching career at Dean Rusk Middle School in 2002. I transferred over to Sequoyah in 2004, and I have been fortunate enough to teach here for over a decade. I’ve taught 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Reinhardt University in 2002, my Master’s Degree in English Education in 2011 from Piedmont College, and my Educational Specialist (Ed.S) in Curriculum and Instruction in 2016 from Piedmont College. I have 3 children and two step-children and I’m married to my loving husband, Scott Lingerfelt. Contact me at kristy.lingerfelt@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Katie Maher, and I currently teach 9th Literature and Composition as well as Oral and Written Communications. This is my 4th year in the classroom, and I have worked in the Cherokee County School System for the past seven years in various positions such as student worker at Sequoyah and after school program supervisor at Hickory Flat. I am a Kennesaw State University graduate and have my degree in English Education. During my time at KSU, I studied abroad in Salvador, Brazil and traveled on various leadership trips with the program called President’s Emerging Global Scholars. I currently co-coach the Sequoyah Speech and Debate team where our students compete locally and nationally at various schools such as Harvard University and Wake Forest University. My love of literature began in elementary school when I read Nancy Drew for the first time. The capability of literature to open minds to different perspectives is what sparks my love of English. Furthermore, in a world inundated with technology, I hope to teach my students the importance of communicating with one another to continue the pursuit of knowledge and collaboration. For any questions or concerns, contact me at katie.maher@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Dr. Cathy Murphy

My name is Cathy Murphy, and I’ve been teaching English at Sequoyah for six years. Before I joined the staff, I taught at Walton High School in Cobb County for nine years and Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County for three years. In addition to teaching, I’ve served as a magazine editor for CE News and Structural Engineer magazines and as an assistant director in charge of writing and test prep at the Huntington Learning Center in East Cobb. I’ve tutored on and off for both the SAT and ACT since I was in college. I hold a doctorate degree in education and a specialist’s degree in teacher leadership from Walden University, a master’s degree in professional writing with an emphasis on creative writing from KSU, and a bachelor’s of science degree in English education from UGA. I currently teach AP Language/American Literature, Honors American Literature, and Literary Magazine/Creative Writing. I also co-sponsor Sequoyah’s Beta Club and Writing Club and serve as the school’s Professional Learning Teacher Leader. I’m most happy to say that I’ve been married to my loving husband for 21 years and have two amazing sons, one in eighth grade at DRMS and one in fifth grade at HFES. We are all proud to be a part of the Hickory Flat community. Contact me at cathy.murphy@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Cindy Perry

My name is Cindy Perry, and I currently teach 11th grade American Literature.  I earned my BS from The University of South Carolina and my MS from Troy University in Post- Secondary Education.  I also hold my gifted endorsed certification. I started my teaching career at Dean Rusk Middle School but soon moved to Sequoyah High School, where I am in my 15th year of teaching.  I am co-sponsor of the Student Government Association where I enjoy working each year with students in this capacity. I grew up in Charleston, SC, where in high school, I had the pleasure of hearing Pat Conroy (my favorite author) speak. Listening to him inspired my love of reading, and I realized I wanted to share this passion with others.  In my spare time, I enjoy working out, watching the moon through my telescope, and attending Carolina football games (Go Gamecocks!).  I have been married to my husband Eric for 30 years; we have two children: Emily (25) and Thomas (22). Contact me at cindy.perry@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Jason Smith

My name is Jason Smith and I teach 10th and 12th grade English at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold a Masters in Secondary English from Kennesaw State University and a BFA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art & Design. This is my second year teaching at SHS. You can contact me at jason.smith@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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Hello! I am Amy Webb and I am so excited to be a part of the Sequoyah High School family! I am an ESOL teacher, but I am also certified to teach English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading. I have spent most of my career in middle school, but I know I made a great decision in moving to high school; especially Sequoyah. I have one amazing son named Jack, and a Doberman named Zoe. We LOVE to travel and have been as far away as New Zealand. We also spend a lot of time with our family and friends. Because I am from Pittsburgh, I am a HUGE fan of the Steelers and Penguins, but I love the Atlanta Braves as well. This is going to be a great year!! Contact me at amy.webb@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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Hi there! My name is Nikki Wheeler and I currently teach 9th grade literature and composition at Sequoyah High School. I earned a M.A.T. in Secondary English Education and a B.A. in Creative Writing from Georgia College. In addition, I am the JV Boys Soccer Coach and look forward to a winning year. Contact me at nikki.wheeler@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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Bio coming soon…. Contact me at celestia.yoakum@cherokee.k12.ga.us