Samantha Donnelly

Samantha Donnelly

Teacher, English

BA English, Coastal Carolina University
MA Writing, Coastal Carolina University
PhD English, (concentration on Composition and Rhetoric), University of New Hampshire


Dr. Donnelly grew up in Massachusetts but moved to South Carolina in 2012 to earn her BA and MA from Coastal Carolina University. She eventually found her way back up to New England and attended the University of New Hampshire where she completed her PhD in English with a concentration on Composition and Rhetoric.

While at UNH, she taught several writing courses such as Professional and Technical Writing, First-Year Writing, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, and Persuasive Writing. In addition to teaching, she has worked at 3 university writing centers: The Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center, The Connors Writing Center, and The Watkins Center for Student-Athlete Excellence. She has 8 years of experience working with student writers in writing centers, and over 7 years of experience teaching writing. In addition to teaching, she also served in administrative roles such as the Assistant Director of First-Year Writing and the Associate Director of the University Writing Program, both at the University of New Hampshire. She genuinely loves teaching and continues to teach college writing courses at colleges in the area such as UNH-Manchester and Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Donnelly is particularly excited and honored to be going into her second academic year of teaching at The Founders Academy. She can’t wait to share her knowledge of writing, enjoyment of reading, and passion for teaching with the community. As a compositionist and rhetorician, she believes that reading and writing is an integral part of exploring one’s identity and subscribes to the philosophy “Nulla dies sine linea” which means “Not a day without a line.” When she’s not in the classroom, Dr. Donnelly enjoys kayaking in the lake near her home, learning even more about New England’s historical writers, and exploring New Hampshire with her husband and German Shepherd named Bear.
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