Mary McElroy
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

By Rachel Robertson, Class of 2012

As a small town girl living in Robertsdale, Mary McElroy has always dreamed of living in the big city, and now she finally has her chance. Accepted to Barnard College in New York City, Mary has certainly made McGill-Toolen proud. Her hard work and leadership are exemplified not only through a rigorous course load but through varsity soccer and multiple clubs as well. Lettering in a varsity sport her junior and senior year, Mary has learned what balancing a schedule really means. Her commute to school takes an hour, and her soccer practice and homework often grow overwhelming. She explains that taking on so many responsibilities has taught her how to discover what is important in life: school, soccer, family, and friends. Even with athletics and academics, she always makes time for a social life. She credits McT for her Catholic education that readies her to face any challenge that may arise in the future. Devoted not only to God but to school as well, Mary serves in the Ambassador Club, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Hi-Q Team, and The McGillian newspaper, using her impressive intellect to give back to McGill. She eagerly accepted the challenge of five AP classes her senior year, ultimately graduating with a 4.17 weighted GPA and 32 on the ACT. Becoming a National Merit Commended Student and voted Ideal Graduate of McT, Mary became the desired student of every college; she received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, was accepted to the Honors Program at Boston College, and was accepted to Fordham University where she was offered the Deanís Honor Scholarship. Despite all of her options, Mary was most attracted to Barnard College, where she will attend this upcoming fall majoring in environmental biology.

English Faculty

Peggy Pritchett
English Department Chair
Bio: 12 years at McGill-Toolen; 39 years in education
Education:B.A., Spring Hill College
Courses: Honors and College Prep Lit/Comp
Extra assignments: Senior Moderator

Mary Emilie AcklenMary Emilie Acklen
4 years at McGill Toolen; 29 years in education
Education: B.A., Rhodes College, M.A.T. University of Memphis, MA Univ of Memphis, AA Gifted Ed. University of South Alabama
Courses: AP English Lit and Comp., College Prep World Literature, College Prep British Literature.
Extra assignments: Scholars Bowl and Hi Q Competitions

Kim Baer
Bio: 7 years at McGill-Toolen; 20 years in education
B.S., University of Connecticut
Senior CP and Junior AP English
Extra Assignments:
NHS Advisor


Roy BurnsRoy Burns
45 years at McGill-Toolen; 45 years in education
Education:B.S., Spring Hill College
Courses: Honors and College Prep World Literature
Extra assignments:Bookstore Manager

Mary Carter
2nd year at McGill-Toolen; 19 years in Education
Education: B.S., University of Georgia
Courses: College Prep Lit/Comp, Sophomore Pre-AP English
Extra assignments: National Honor Society


Nancy Fontenot
Bio:10 years at McGill-Toolen, 10 Years in Education
Education: B.A., Louisiana State University; M.A., Yale University
Courses: Honors American Lit, College Prep British Lit
Extra Assignments:

Wendy Johnson
Bio: 1st year at McGill-Toolen; 4 years in Education
Creighton University - B.S.B.A International Business; Trevecca Nazarene University - M.A. Teaching
Courses: College Prep Lit/Comp and College Prep World Literature
Extra Assignments:

Camille Johnston
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen; 2 years in education
B.A. University of Alabama; M.Ed. University of South Alabama
Courses: Honors British Literature, Public Speaking, College Prep British Literature
Extra Assignments: JV Cheerleading Coach

Lance Lawley
4 years at McGill-Toolen; 11 years in education
B.A., Troy University; M.Ed, Mississippi College
College Prep Lit/Comp 9 /10th
Extra Assignments:
Asst. Football Coach

Judy MaddoxJudy Maddox
Bio: 27 years at McGill-Toolen; 37 years in education
Education:B.A.,English and Journalism Samford University, M.A., English University of South Alabama
Courses: Sophomore and Fresman English II
Extra assignments: After School Absence Make-Up, and Detention

Christen TeagueChristen Teague
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen, 2nd year in education
Education: B.A., Auburn University
Courses:College Prep American Literature
Extra Assignments:Varsity Cheerleading Coach

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