Welcome to theTeacher Feature
We feel strongly about the quality of the staff who work at DCS and
we want to be able to share the unique traits that every educator brings
to our learning community. Each week we hope to showcase one professional
staff member. We hope that by getting to know these outstanding educators,
you will learn more about us as individuals and have a larger perspective
of the school.
is in her first year of teaching first grade after receiving her
Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from UNH this spring.
Annie received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont
in Environmental Studies in 2008 and taught at a developmental preschool
prior to entering graduate school.
Annie was drawn to teaching by her love of child
development and the dynamic nature of the classroom. As Annie says,
"Every day is different. You never know what to expect." Annie loves
bringing her creativity to the classroom and making her students'
time in first grade memorable. Annie fell in love with DCS during
her first visit to the school. "From the front office in, everyone
was so welcoming and nice. I loved walking down the halls and seeing
all of the student work displayed. It was clear that creativity
was valued here."
Annie currently lives in Concord, the town she grew
up in. Outside of school, she works at her father's ice cream store,
Arnie's, scooping her favorite food. Annie enjoys going to the ocean,
riding her bike, and spending time with her family, especially her
young niece and nephew. Welcome, Annie! We're glad to have you!
||Leslie Auger is this weeks
Teacher Feature. She has been a Speech Pathologist for 19 years. She
joined the DCS staff in this position 13 years ago. She has a varied
educational and career history that eventually led her to pursue undergraduate
coursework and a Masters in Communication Disorders. She has also
earned an Associates Degree in Arabic as a member of the Armed Services,
and an Associates Degree in Applied Plant Science, and a Bachelors
in Business Administration from UNH. Leslie lives with her husband,
Strika and Sassy (her two horses), and her two dogs, Micky and Ellie.
She also has two grandchildren who live in Maryland. Mary Julia is
nine and Alex is almost three. When not at school or working on schoolwork,
Leslie enjoys spending time with her horses and dogs, horseback riding,
play you attend, every movie you see was made with the help of many
behind the scenes people. Face it, we cant all be Angelina Jolie,
or be married to Brad Pitt. These behind the scenes people are usually
the life-blood of an event or of a business.
DCS has many such behind the scenes people, one
of whom is Debbie Boisvert, our present technology coordinator.
For the past 14 years she has transformed DCS into a 21st century
educational environment. Much of the technology we have now came
through her tireless grant writing efforts. In her 14 year tenure
as tech coordinator DCS has become networked, has acquired multiple
labs, laptop carts, interactive whiteboards and so much more.
Deb started at The George B White School 24 years
ago, having moved to NH with her husband, Dick, from Ohio after
receiving her BA in History in Wisconsin and her MA in Education
from Ohio State. She taught 4th grade and multiage 4/5 and 5/6 grade
classrooms for 10 years and has also served as part time assistant
principal and grant manager. During an interview for a job in Deerfield,
she felt a perfect match with the schooles philosophy and her own.
She knew it was the perfect place for her own two children. Both
of her sons graduated from DCS.
Deb feels that, "working with kids on challenging
projects energizes me and I love to plan with teachers." Since
technology is always changing and she loves to learn new things,
Deb has found her perfect nitch. She loves "to make things
possible that we never dreamed could happen at DCS".
Deb has been recognized with the NHSTE Technology
Impact Award in 2006 validating her hard work here at DCS.
What does she do in her \spare time.? Deb taught
preservice teachers at UNHes Live, Learn, and Teach program for
five summers. She is an active community member in Deerfield through
the Deerfield Heritage Commission, the Deerfield SwapShop and is
on the board and Founding member of Forumhome.org. She loves spending
time on projects with her archaeologist husband, traveling, knitting,
gardening and playing with new tech gizmos!
Technology skills at DCS will continue to grow for
both teachers and students as long as Deb Boisvert remains behind
the scenes for us! Thanks, Deb!
first came to DCS as an 8th grade student in 1992, when her family
moved to Deerfield. She went on to attain her B.A. in Psychology
and a Master's Degree in Special Edcuation at UNH. Jerrica came
back to DCS in 2001 as a paraeducator, and in 2003, took a postition
as a Special Educator and Case Manager.
Jerrica believes that all students can learn alongside
their peers and can contribute back to their community. Her students
describe her as "a teacher who helps kids solve social problems
in a fun and creative way" and a "master of organization".
In her spare time, you can find Jerrica at her parents'
farm in Deerfield, either cleaning stalls or riding her dressage
horse, Kazimeras. When not at the farm, she enjoys spending time
at her home (also in Deerfield) with her adorable Corgi, Peanut,
and cats, Odie, Pumpkin and Graison.
is in her tenth year of teaching. She was an intern here at DCS. She
has taught grades three, five, six, and seven. She currently teaches
math in grades 6 and 7. Heidi received a Bachelor of Science degree
in Math Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree with
a specialization in special education. She is certified K-8 and is
Highly Qualified in the area of math. Heidi is a dedicated member
of the DCS staff and contributes on many committees. Heidi was drawn
to DCS by the sense of community that is found here. "Everyone cares
about each other here; both students and staff," she says. "From day
one of my internship experience and on throughout all my years here
I have felt I had a voice in decision making. My ideas are heard and
valued. I love that each and every person has an opinion that can
be heard and respected." Heidi works hard to establish this in her
classroom as well. She helps students to reach their potential and
allows all students to be heard. Heidi lives in Pittsfield with her
husband and two young boys. She enjoys reading, knitting, and outside
time. She has ambitions of being a gardener and sculpting the landscape
surrounding her house into something beautiful.
Daigle is a first grade teacher at Deerfield Community School. She
began her teaching at D.C.S. in 1997 as a Reading Recovery teacher.
Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for struggling
readers and writers. She continued with this job until a first grade
position became available in 2001. She has been there ever since.
Judy enjoys first graders because of their honesty
and their excitement about learning new things. Children learn so
many things in their first grade year. Before coming to D.C.S.,
Judy worked at Mt. Delight Preschool with three and four year olds.
She lives in Deerfield with her husband, Al, and has a grown daughter
and son who attended D.C.S. years ago. One of her favorite pastimes
is camping during the summer in the White Mountains.
She has accumulated many funny stories over the
years of teaching and says that a sense of humor is an absolute
Davis, DCS's very own kindergarten through third grade literacy
specialist, calls New Hampshire her home. She says that there is
just something about New Hampshire that always calls her back. Maybe
it's because she loves being in the woods, experiencing the colorful
fall days, driving a winding road, or being able to drive to such
places as the ocean, Boston, or the mountains in about an hour.
She's a born and raised Rhode Island girl and has made her home
in such places as Missouri, Texas, California, and even Grenada!
Kristen holds a Bachelor's Degree in early childhood
education from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master's Degree
in Education with a Reading and Writing Specialist Certification
from Cal State, Fullerton. Her broad range of experience as an educator
for 21 years includes stints as a classroom teacher in preschool,
first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades before coming to Deerfield
to continue her career as a literacy specialist.
Kristen has worked with kids since she was 13 and
began babysitting. She says that it's that experience that drew
her to teaching and continues to motivate her. "As a teacher, every
day can be different, every year is different. I never get bored.
There is always something new to learn about or a challenge in meeting
the needs of a struggling learner," says Kristen. "Meet the needs
before you teach the child." It's something she always has in the
back of her mind when she's trying to find the best ways to make
sure a child is ready to learn.
When she's not working or carting her daughter to
and from gymnastics practice, Kristen enjoys reading a good book,
the sunshine on her face, and the sounds of waves hitting the shore
(spoken as a true Rhode Island native!). Traveling, camping, kayaking,
and hiking also rank among the top ten in family fun!
Kristen shares her Candia, New Hampshire home with
her husband Mike, her ten year-old daughter Erin, and her Chihuahua
Jack. She's lived there for five years now
the longest she's lived
in one place since leaving her home when she ventured off to college.
So when you're looking for a good book, a great
learning idea to use in your classroom or with your children, or
you want some good traveling tips, see Kristen!
Dickey just loves it when kids discover that they can do something
they thought they couldnt. Jess is in her fifth year of teaching
art at DCS. Watching students grow and figure out who they are as
artists is just one of the many reasons she looks forward to coming
to work each day. Jess interned at DCS during the spring of 1999
and fell in love with the sense of community found at our school.
She has taught all grade levels and is constantly amazed with how
young most students are when they discover who they are as artists.
Jess lives in Portsmouth with her two sons. Spending
time with her family and practicing yoga are two of her favorite
things to do. Jess has been practicing yoga for ten years; she currently
teaches Ashtanga (a style of yoga) in Portsmouth. This summer Jess
will attend a five day yoga teachers training and a four day yoga/
music festival in Vermont. Her goal is to bring more yoga into the
The easel in front her classroom invites all amazing
artists to come in and get right to work children read the note
of welcome and enter with a smile these students truly are amazing
so is their art teacher!
you have had the chance to observe Shannon Doherty interacting with
young children, you would know she is a natural teacher. Shannon
recognizes the strengths in children and demonstrates respect for
who they are as learners. Shannon especially loves kindergarten,
"I love watching children's growth, and during kindergarten there
are so many milestones and first times when children first realize
they can do it". Last year Shannon worked as a dual certification
intern here at DCS. She worked in kindergarten to complete her Masters
in Education, as well as a special education intern to complete
her Special Education Certification from UNH.
Shannon has a strong sense of family and she brings
that value into her work. Shannon strives to connect with her students
and their families often helping children and families have a positive
beginning to school. Shannon now lives in Newmarket with her cat
Henry, and her dog Lucy who are often the main characters in stories
that she shares with children. She loves to read, and always has
a good mystery novel going.
Shannon will readily admit that she is not a hearty
New Englander and always thought she would go south. After her intern
year in Deerfield, Shannon admits she loves the children and families
in Deerfield, and found the genuine support from her team and other
staff members made Deerfield her school of choice.
Whether Shannon is working alongside children, attending
level meetings, consulting with teachers, or being a liaison between
families and school, Shannon is at her best working with children,
and Deerfield is lucky to have Shannon as their newest Special Education
a ten year career in banking, Rod had an opportunity to pursue the
more rewarding endeavor as a teacher. Rod has two degrees from UNH,
a BA in Economics and BS in Mathematics: Middle School Education.
Rod began teaching at DCS in August 2001.
Rod has been teaching 8th grade math for 9 years
and this year he's also teaching 7th grade math. Rod says, " It
is fascinating to see the similarities and differences between the
two grades. There are so many things that make DCS a great place
to work, like the way we look at the whole child, celebrate each
other's strengths and talents, and challenge ourselves to be the
best we can be."
Rod absolutely loves the DCS magnet program. He's
been advising the Social Activism magnet for ten years. "It's a
joy, seeing students caring about making a difference in the world,
is really what it's all about."
Rod also enjoys coaching and playing soccer. He's
been coaching soccer for 13 years and holds a coaching D-license
from the NHSA. "I want all players to see and feel why soccer is
called the beautiful game. Coaching gives me an opportunity to get
to know students outside the classroom."
Rod lives in Nottingham with his wife, Angela and
has two sons, Robby and Cam.
has been teaching in Deerfield for 24 years. He began his career
at the George B. White Building as an intern in Mr. Yergeau's 6th
grade class. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and Master
of Arts in Teaching, both from UNH. He holds a K-8 teaching certification
as well as a 5-9 certification in science. Matt has worn many different
hats in his time here such as founding and coaching the cross-country
program and track program. He has taught grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. For
the past seven years he has been teaching 2nd grade.
One of Matt's favorite things about teaching is
watching children grow both socially and academically. He loves
to witness those moments when he can see that his students get
it. He also enjoys making learning engaging through hands-on activities
such as rock tumbling. Matt always makes time in his classroom to
teach and model the importance of caring for one another. A safe,
caring community is the foundation upon which good quality lessons
are built. Matt lives in Barrington, NH with his wife and two young
children. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, picnicking, playing
with his children and trips to the beach.
Margaret Flinton graduated from UNH with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Occupational Therapy. Before joining the staff at DCS, Margaret
worked as an OT in North Carolina, New York, the United Kingdom,
and then she settled in Exeter NH , where she worked for seven years.
After the birth of her second child, Margaret took
time to be a stay at home mom for her two busy boys. During that
time, Margaret was trained as a Pilates instructor.
At an Occupation Therapy conference in the spring
of 2010, Margaret met Pat Rose. Mrs. Rose suggested that Margaret
apply for the vacant OT position here at DCS. Margaret was impressed
with the professionalism and dedication of the staff to the students
of DCS, and eagerly joined the team. Margaret feels that the teachers
at DCS provide the students with an engaging learning environment.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys spending time
with her boys, Cooper age eight, and Shea, age six. The family stays
active by hiking, skiing, and playing lots of hockey. Margaret and
her family currently live in Nottingham, NH.
James began her teaching career in 1977 as a second grade teacher
for 8 years in Litchfield, NH. Although she thoroughly enjoyed her
time there, she decided to become a stay-at-home Mom for the next
few years to raise her children. Mrs. James eventually ventured
into the business world for 6 years before returning to the gratifying
experience of teaching children. In 2003, Mrs. James joined the
staff at DCS as a special education teacher for 1st and 2nd graders.
During her time at DCS, Mrs. James acquired her Master's degree
in special education as well as special certification in the area
of learning disabilities. She is currently a special education teacher
and case manager for grades two and three.
Mrs. James has traveled to Europe twice, where she
had the opportunity to discover all the unique diversities and charm
of seven countries. She has also traveled across the US, Canada
and into Mexico.
Mrs. James lives in Fremont, NH with her husband,
Bill, her daughter, Kathryn and two spoiled cats, Frank and Jesse.
Her son, Peter, lives in San Francisco. Mrs. James enjoys her summer
months in Maine relaxing, reading and rejuvenating on beautiful
has taken an interesting path to become one of the Deerfield Community
Schools Speech and Language Pathologists. Growing up in upstate
New York, she attended Potsdam State College as an undergraduate,
earning a BA in Psychology. After moving to
New Hampshire, Susan continued her education in Business earning
an MBA at New Hampshire College (known as SNHU today). She worked
a variety of roles in the software technology field for about 15
years. When the tech industry became more unstable, Susan decided
to take advantage of the opportunity to pursue a new career. A long
time interest in sign language and child development led to an MS
in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire.
As a speech pathologist, Susan came to DCS to help out with the
extended year program during July of 2007.
Although she was already part of another school
system, she accepted an opportunity to transfer to DCS because she
felt the staff, environment, and school philosophy were better aligned
with her own interests. DCS is such a team orientated school -
everyone is always so welcoming, supportive and caring, not only
with the staff and students but actively throughout the community.
Of course Susan considers her most important job to be Mom of two
very active teenage boys. She claims to be a professional bench
warmer and cheerleader attending their multi-season sporting events
throughout the year. When she is not driving kids to the next game,
practice or social event, Susan enjoys staying active outside. Biking,
hiking, tennis, and walking at the ocean are a few of her favorites.
She also believes cooking with family and friends, getting lost
in a book, and occasional napping are equally important hobbies
Korth joined the Staff at DCS in the Fall of 2002 as a Speech-Language
Pathologist, and works with students in Grades 4-8. She earned a
B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Deciding
on a change of career, she worked in the office of Bic Pen, who
provided a tuition reimbursement package, allowing her to earn her
M.S. degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut
State University. While there, she received a VA traineeship, and
interned at the Veterans Hospital in West Haven, CT.
Mrs. Korth worked for 11 years at the Special Needs
Center, in Bridgeport, CT, six of them as the Supervisor of Speech
and Language, providing Augmentative and Alternative Communication
services to children Birth to Three, the Middle and High School
Populations and the adult Supported Employment program., leaving
there to focus more on her two young children. After leaving the
Special Needs Center, she spent a brief time providing acute care
at the Rehabilitation Center in Bridgeport, CT and filled a long
term sub position in the Stratford Public Schools. She then worked
independently providing speech and language services to home health
services, two high schools, area group homes and nursing homes.
When her husband got a job in New Hampshire in 1997, the family
relocated. She worked in the Barrington schools prior to coming
Mrs. Korth loves to travel. In fact, she has climbed
a glacier in Iceland, hot air ballooned in Switzerland, swum in
the Caspian Sea and toured Persepolis in Iran, snorkeled in the
Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Mexico and Hawaii and climbed a pyramid
and went parasailing in Cancun. When at home, she enjoys doing crosswords
and reading on her boat at sunset. She lives in Barrington with
her husband Jim. Her daughter, Lisa, is graduating from Johnson
State College this May with degrees in English and Secondary Education.
Her son, Jeremy, is a sophomore at Franklin Pierce University where
he is majoring in European History and Theater, with hopes of teaching
at the college level. She has two cats, Violet and Casey and two
turtles, Isabelle and Shelly. Mrs. Korth is also the associate lay
leader at her church.
Christine Lariviere, an unassuming expert at Deerfield Community
School! Christine teaches literacy as part of our early intervention
team. Her career includes 8 years as a first grade teacher and 12
years teaching Reading Recovery, a specialized reading intervention
program. For the past three years, she has been teaching Leveled
Literacy Intervention (LLI) to first and second graders. With this
deep knowledge in how children develop in literacy, Chris is a wonderful
resource for DCS students.
Currently working with kindergarten and first grade
students who may need a little extra support to reach the wonderful
world of literacy, Christine focuses her teaching on making it easier
for the beginning reader who might become discouraged by a daily
struggle to learn. It is a pure joy to watch as they master each
skill, begin to think of themselves as a reader and look forward
to the new book of the day.
Christine became an educator, partly due to the
example of her father who left high school after the Depression
to begin working. Many years later, he returned to night school
to complete his diploma. This instilled the importance of education
in Christine and led her to teaching.
Chris has 3 grown children who chose 3 very different
paths in life. One is a free spirited rock climber with a degree
in technical design. One is a teacher and part time marathon runner!
The third is a marine engineer who spends a good portion of his
time out at sea!
Christine lives with her husband in Windham, NH.
Her spare time always includes a good book, of course! Weather permitting,
Chris finds a long walk and gardening enjoyable as well. Lately,
she has been doing a quite of bit of planning
She and her husband
are quite excited for their sons wedding next year! She is also
planning her second trip to California to visit her daughter. Maybe
shell try her hand at rock climbing!
Laskowsky has been quite a versatile staff member at the Deerfield
Community School for six years. Sue worked at DCS as a paraprofessional
in Kindergarten for three years. Realizing she wanted her own classroom,
Sue then went back to school to obtain her Master's degree, all
the while interning in the first grade at Deerfield Community School.
All that hard work paid off, and Sue became a Kindergarten teacher
at DCS two years ago.
Sue is passionate about her career and her students.
It's very evident that she genuinely loves what she does. When asked
of her students, Sue says they love to learn and have wonderful
imaginations. "I just want kids to be able to be who they are,"
says Sue. Recognizing the importance of technology in the classroom,
Sue applied and was selected for a Science & Technology grant to
implement more computers, laptops and a smart board into her classroom.
"The students love technology," says Sue. "They catch on so quickly
and it makes things exciting."
On top of being a valued teacher, Sue also coaches
Cross Country, and is a DCS parent. The Kindergarteners that Sue
taught in her first year are now finishing sixth grade. "It's been
amazing watching them grow!" she said. Thanks for all you do, Sue!
Elizabeth LePage found her first full time teaching position at
Deerfield Community School in 2008 as Preschool Teacher and Special
Educator, she came with a wealth of experience. She has a Bachelor
of Arts in Social Science, Bachelor of Science in both Elementary
and Special Education from Keene State College. This makes her a
valuable resource and she has worked as a special educator with
preschoolers in Pembroke and Allenstown, and also worked in the
Concord Developmental Preschool.
"When the position opened in Deerfield, I was excited
about the opportunity to teach full-time in a preschool classroom.
I couldn't be happier- I feel that DCS is an excellent school community
to be a part of. Our staff has so many knowledgeable and supportive
professionals, and the environment is positive!"
Why preschool? As she says, "I love working with
preschool-aged children and watching them grow every day. We experience
so many 'firsts'- the first time a child knows their name, can write
their letters, makes a friend, or can reach another developmental
milestone. I love that I can be a classroom teacher and special
educator, all in one job! "
Elizabeth grew up and attended school in Pembroke,
where her parents live and where her mom is a teacher. Elizabeth
loves spending time with her family and fiancé. As she says, "they
keep me grounded!" Her biggest outside-of-school project is planning
my wedding, which will take place at the end of this summer. She
enjoys spending time outside skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and
camping, and visiting different places in New England and seeing
all kinds of things!
ten years teaching Kindergarten at DCS, Karen Mason is in her first
year of teaching first grade. I love it. Its really exciting seeing
the students build on knowledge they gained in Kindergarten. They
are making incredible connections in both literacy and mathematics.
Its easy to see from Karens cheerful classroom, proudly decorated
with student work, that she loves teaching. I think that if you
really love working with children, you find joy with whatever age
group you spend time with. Every grade has its own unique and wonderful
Before joining the Deerfield Community School staff,
Karen taught for seven years at the Mount Delight preschool. That
was a wonderful environment. I had autonomy to teach to the specific
interests of each class. In Kindergarten and now in first grade,
I certainly have more curriculum expectations, but I still have
flexibility in how I teach. This creativity is seen in her classroom,
from the bright displays of how plants grow, to the comfortable
corners for students to cuddle with a book and read.
Karen grew up in Meredith and comes from a family
of four children, all of whom are educators. She and her husband
have two children of her own; a married son who lives in Manchester
and a daughter who recently graduated from college. I stayed at
home with my children until my youngest was in preschool. Karen
has changed from full time mom to full time teacher. The friendly
red tail fox that keeps watch over her classroom would say, Her
students are very fortunate to have Mrs. Mason as their teacher.
Liz completed her internship in the 2004-2005 school year here at
DCS, she was hired as the 7th grade literacy teacher. Liz continued
on in this role, until this school year, where she was ready for
a new challenge working as a 7th and 8th grade literacy teacher.
At UNH, she earned both her Bachelor's degree in English Teaching
and her Master's degree in Education. Liz is a certified English
Teacher for grades 5-12, with a status of Highly Qualified. In the
last seven years,
Liz has become an integral part of the DCS staff.
She is a mentor, a coach for a professional Critical Friends Group,
and advises the student government. Liz says, My favorite thing
about my job is facilitating reading groups. I get to know the students
better because we work in small groups, where they sometimes feel
more comfortable sharing thoughts and opinions. Liz enjoys organizing
and running the school Spelling Bee, as well as ordering student
planners for grades 5-8.
Several of Liz's family members have attended and
graduated from DCS, including her husband and oldest son. She loves
the staff and students of DCS, and some of her closest friends are
her colleagues. Liz lives in Raymond with her husband and four children.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, and camping
with her family. She is currently training for a triathlon.
Marino is about to complete his third year at DCS. Tom teaches 6th
and 7th grade social studies and some literacy as well. What he
likes best about working at DCS is the sense of community. He feels
like he always gets a high level of support from parents and community
members. Tom's favorite subject to teach is Geography because it
shapes our lives and the lives of people in the past. In his own
trav els, Tom's favorite place he has visited is Turkey because
it is a crossroads of many cultures. One day he hopes to visit San
Tom also coaches track and basketball at DCS. Outside
of school, Tom enjoys hanging out with his dog, Duke, hiking and
being outdoors, as well as watching sporting events. Tom also plays
Deerfield Recreation softball. He is currently very busy planning
his upcoming wedding with his fiancee in October, 2011. Tom is a
great teacher, coach, colleague, and all around nice guy...we at
DCS are lucky to have him!
Mommsen first came to DCS as a sixth grade teacher in 2002, however
she has been teaching since 1998. Linda earned her undergraduate
degree in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of
Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire where
she majored in Busi ness Administration. Linda worked in the banking
industry for over ten years where she served in various branch management
positions such as Marketing/Training Officer, Branch Manager/Business
Development Manager, and a United Way Loaned Executive. Although
she enjoyed the challenge of the business world, after having children,
Linda realized that the banking industry was not her calling. It
was after she had her children she decided to look at career alternatives
that would better suit her enthusiastic, yet compassionate side.
Linda thought she might like to pursue nursing, teaching, or maybe
would enjoy being a lawyer. After weighing the pros and cons of
her choices, Linda chose to begin her career move toward education
and worked to earn her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from
Linda has two daughters, one is a sophomore at Coe
Brown, and the other is a senior at UNH, majoring in Business Administration.
She enjoys spending time with her girls, and her two cats, Mr. Moody
and Honey. With their busy lives and hectic schedules, Linda enjoys
any time that she can get with her girls and values every moment
spent together. Linda loves the outdoors. In the summer it would
be hard to find her at home. You would be more likely to find Linda
in her kayak paddling around Pleasant Lake or out at her favorite
ocean spot, Odione State Park. Linda enjoys hiking, playing the
guitar, anything related to math and/or numbers, and is always up
for a new adventure. Linda brings this enthusiasm for life and adventure
into her classroom each and every day. Her students would surely
tell you that they have fun with their learning.
When asked what keeps Linda enthusiastic and energized,
she said, It is the best feeling in the world to know that you
have made a difference.
Nelson is in her 22 year at teaching at DCS! She always knew she
wanted to work with children. She was in her senior year at UNH,
working for her undergraduate degree in communication disorders
( to become Speech Language Pathologist) when she took an education
course. She new immediately that being a teacher was her calling.
So she went back to school right away and received her masters in
education from UNH. DCS was her first job after graduating and she
has worked here ever since. In her own words, " I can't imagine
working anywhere else."
It might be 22 years since she started teaching
but she does it with the passion and energy of a eager new teacher.
She has taught both third and forth grades here at DCS, spending
most her time teaching in third. Sherri possess an incredible skill
to engage and inspire her students to learn. In third grade, she
often teaches the same topics year to year but does so in a way
that seems like she is discovering new ideas alongside her students.
She comes to school each day with her whole being vested in making
each and every one of her students an active member of her class
and their school. When asked what makes DCS a place a teacher is
willing to work for 22 years, she replies " the parents and staff
work together to make this the best learning environment for the
When not busy at school , Sherri is busy at home
with her three boys. Two attend high school at Coe Brown and one
is a seventh grader here at DCS. The family unit is further blessed
by their many pets. She has 3 dogs, a lizard, 2 birds and a five
foot snake! The family enjoys being outside, especially at the lake.
In the summer Sherri takes her energy to gardening. If she decides
to sit down, you will find her sitting in her chair at the waters
edge, reading a book.
completed her special education internship at DCS in 2000 and was
then hired as a middle school science teacher. She currently teaches
7th and 8th grade science and is an 8th grade Magnet Advisor, working
on environmental projects. Ellen also is an adjunct faculty member
at UNH, teaching a science methods course to prospective teachers.
Ellen says, she works hard to try and make my students
independent learners. The most gratifying thing is to see students
asking good questions and showing a deeper understanding of the
Having three areas of teaching certifications and
four degrees (BS, BA, MS, Med), Ellen has proven to be a wonderful
resource for the staff and students! Ellen applied for and won a
$90,000 grant for the school to build a green building at DCS. It
will include a classroom for teaching students all about sustainable
issues, and an area to compost kitchen waste. It will also have
an attached greenhouse so our students can learn about plant life
and growing food. This plan is currently in the process of waiting
for school board approval and hopefully the project will start late
Ellen lives in Deerfield with her family and all
four of her sons attended DCS. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and
It is appropriate to highlight Kira Peasley during
the week of Science Fair. She began teaching science at DCS during
the 2000-2001 school year. She taught 8th grade her first 10 years
here, but for the last two years, has taught in the 6th -7th grades.
She earned a B.S. degree in Zoology and Marine Biology from UNH,
with a minor in Education. She has always had a passion for science,
particularly Marine Biology. Between college and grad school, she
did some traveling, playing, and worked a retail job. Mrs. Peasley
accepted a position as an environmental education teacher for Natures
Classroom, which offers students an experience similar to that which
our 6th graders experience when they attend Ecology School. She
then traveled around the United States, camping and exploring our
Upon her return, Mrs. Peasley decided to teach in
the public schools, having always worked with children, from babysitting,
to being a camp counselor, to working for Natures Classroom, although
she credits her job in retail as helping her overcome her shyness
and allowing her to open up to larger groups of students. Shes
always known she wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little
girl. Mrs. Peasley accepted a position as a para-educator in Epping
while she earned her M.S. in Secondary Science Education from UNH.
She interned in the Oyster River school district. Upon completion
of her internship, she received two offers, but knew that Deerfield
was where she wanted to work, because she felt welcome and comfortable
the minute she walked into the school. She felt, and still feels,
the sense of community that DCS offers.
Mrs. Peasley lives in Rochester with her husband
and 5 year-old daughter, Samantha. She loves living in New Hampshire
because of the four seasons (yes, even winter). She loves nature
and the outdoors and makes sure to spend time each season exploring
the beautiful mountains and lakes of NH. She enjoys reading, knitting,
painting, and figure skating, and has performed in a figure skating
show. After learning to knit from some colleagues here at DCS, Mrs.
Peasley began knitting scarves and baby caps for homeless shelters.
This year, she also sent knitted baby caps to hospitals in Afghanistan
through CURE International.
first came to DCS as a 3rd grade intern with Nancy Shute in 1999
and has not left our school since. She officially had her own 1st
grade classroom in 2000 and in 2006 began teaching 3rd grade, where
she still remains. Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in English
from both Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the
University of New Hampshire where she majored in English. Sarah
continued her education at the University of New Hampshire and worked
to earn her Masters Degree in Elementary Education.
Sarah has one daughter, Emma, who is almost six
years old, and two sons, Sammy, who is two and one-half years old,
and Russell, who is eight years old. Emma is in kindergarten and
takes tap and jazz dance lessons. Russell is a third grader at Chester
Academy and is involved in Cub Scouts. Sammy, a toddler, is curious
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time
with her husband, John, and her immediate and extended family. Sarahs
many interests and hobbies include quilting, scrapbooking, walking,
hiking, swimming, reading and baking. The family also includes two
guinea pigs, and about twenty chickens.
Why teaching? Sarah loves to learn and considers
herself a lifelong learner. She wants to pass along that passion
to her students. When asked why she has only worked at Deerfield
Community School, Sarah said that she appreciates the strong sense
of community that exists here. She also appreciates being able to
teach experientially because she feels as though that really helps
kids to enjoy their own learning.
Rose has been working at DCS for 15 years as the school Occupational
Therapist and has been a part of SAU 53 since 1984. She was originally
from Watertown, New York and graduated from the University of New
Hampshire with her B.S. in Occupational Therapy. Pat worked at a
medical center in Syracuse, NY upon graduating, then at a children's
hospital in Newington Connecticut. She married a New Hampshire native
she met while at UNH which brought her back to the state for good.
She worked at Easter Seals, then for a consortium of four towns
to develop a special needs preschool as part of the new special
education law 94-142. Through her years working in the public school
system, Pat has worked to help integrate students with challenges
together with their same age classmates from preschool to eighth
Pat knew she wanted to be an O.T. since she was
a junior in high school thanks to the Health Careers Club. She loved
the idea of using activities to help people be independent. She
likes being able to share different ideas and ways to teach children
with the staff at DCS and enjoys being a part of a variety of teams
that work together to help children be successful at learning and
being a friend. She feels that DCS is a good fit for an O.T., due
to its philosophy of looking at children as individuals and determining
what works best for them. Pat enjoys knitting, kayaking, fishing
and outdoor activities, especially when at her camp in Nash Stream
Forest. She has a son, a daughter and a grand dog.
Lynsey Rowe is in her 13th year as a DCS teacher. She has taught
5th grade for eleven years. She also spent two years teaching 6th
grade. Mrs. Rowe loves teaching 5th grade, especially since it is
a big transition year for students. They come to 5th grade so young
and by the time they leave they have grown up so much. They are
really ready for middle school, Mrs. Rowe says.
Mrs. Rowe attended the University of New Hampshire
where she earned a degree in psychology and a Masters in Education.
In addition to teaching 5th Grade, Mrs. Rowe served as co-chair
of DCSs school accreditation team and participates in a teacher
book discussion group.
Her favorite subject to teach is social studies.
She especially enjoys teaching American history, especially since
so much Revolutionary War history hap- pened nearby. When we go
to Boston in the spring, the students get to see the places where
a lot of important events happened. They get to see the graves of
some historical figures that weve talked and read about."
When she was a child, Mrs. Rowes favorite subject was math. It
was a struggle for me, but I enjoyed figuring it out. I loved logic
problems and puzzles. This helps her to relate to her students
who struggle with math.
Mrs. Rowe was born in England and moved to Florida
and then, Connecticut when she was young. Her family moved to Londonderry,
New Hampshire when she was in the 5th grade. She has lived here
ever since. She now lives in Roches- ter with her husband and her
dog and cat. In her free time, she likes to play with her dog and
take him for walks.
Sanborn is a second grade teacher at Deerfield Community School.
She has taught second grade for eleven years and enjoys teaching
young children because of their honesty, enthusiasm and love for
learning.Sue began as a paraprofessional. Her undergraduate degree
was in behavioral science. She went back to school to earn her masters
in teaching from Notre Dame College and worked as a special educator
before coming to second grade.
Sue goes to the gym every morning before school
and is participating in her twelfth 5K race. She has three grown
children and three grandchildren. She babysits her grandchildren
whenever she can.
Sue thinks teachers at DCS have the benefits of
a wonderful community. She says teachers take pride and ownership
in what they do at our school.
Schonwald is Deerfields school librarian. She has been at DCS since
2004 but has worked as a librarian for the last 14 years. Before
joining the staff here at DCS, she was the children and youth librarian
at the Barrington Public Library.
Mrs. Schonwald attended the University of Rhode
Island where she got a graduate degree in Library Science. She also
earned a graduate degree in Creative Writing from UNH. Before becoming
a librarian she worked as a writer/editor for the UNH publications
office and she did freelance writing for local NH magazines.
In addition to maintaining a wonderful library at
DCS and working with students at all grade levels, Mrs. Schonwald
organizes and runs several yearly events such as the book fairs,
author visits, and reading challenges. She also is a part of the
middle school team as a 7th grade advisor. She continually updates
our school library with the most current, useful resources, and
does a great job integrating technology into her library lessons.
The library is equipped with an interactive white board and digital
projector which both get a lot of use. Also, in recent years she
put the entire library catalog online.
One of her favorite things about being a school
librarian is trying to hook kids up with the right book and help
get them excited about reading. In fact, she LOVES this part of
her job. Of course she reads herself. Her favorite genre is fantasy.
Mrs. Schonwald loves working with the great community of staff and
students in Deerfield. Outside of DCS, Mrs. Schonwald enjoys outdoor
activities. She enjoys kayaking, hiking and biking, among others.
She lives in Barrington with her husband and she has two daugh-
ters; one a recent college graduate and one who is going to college
Stop by the library and say hi to Mrs. Schonwald!
St. Germain joined Deerfield Community School this year as a 6th
and 7th grade mathematics teacher. Nick has earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in Mathematics Education from Plymouth State College
and his Masters in Education in curriculum and assessment from the
University of Pheonix. Currently in his 9th year of teaching, Nick
has spent the first part of his career teaching middle school algebra
and pre-algebra with the Bedford School District. His decision to
become part of the DCS community was largely based on the importance
he places on a community based school system with a passion for
education, something he saw embodied here in Deerfield. He was also
drawn to the growing technology he saw being used here and the opportunity
to teach closer to home.
With a growing family, Nick has good reason to want
to shorten his commute! Originally from Hooksett, NH, Nick currently
lives in Pittsfield, the proud father of a vibrant 3 year old son
with another on the way. He and his wife thoroughly enjoy being
parents. Like teaching, parenting is one of the toughest jobs with
the most rewards. His family lives in a newly constructed home,
a project on which Nick worked as contractor, as a manager of his
familys home construction business. In the little free time he
has left, Nick enjoys coaching sports, playing basketball and ice
hockey, and almost any other outdoor activity, such as hunting,
fishing, hiking and snow shoeing. Welcome to DCS Nick!
Tatulis came to DCS as an intern in 1986 and never left. She says
she stayed in Deerfield because of the evident culture the minute
you walked into the building. Edith currently teaches fifth grade,
but has also taught 6th and 7th grade self contained classrooms
and 7th and 8th grade science. She is certified in elementary science
and secondary science and has a Masters in Education. She was the
UNH Teacher in Residence for the 2006/2007 school year, where she
supervised interns and taught courses at UNH. She continues to teach
a social studies methods course at UNH Manchester, one semester
Edith says she loves the way kids give
so much back. I feel like they energize me and teach me a lot in
return. In addition she says, I love that each child is a puzzle
to be figured out so you can best help him or her. She also loves
working with the DCS dedicated staff and many of the Deerfield residents
who have always been supportive of teachers efforts.
American History Teacher of the Year Award
from DCS on Vimeo.
Edith deservedly won the New Hampshire Social Studies
Teacher of the Year award last year, no doubt due to the rich environment
she creates in her classroom which supports yet challenges each
of her students.
She lives in Candia and is married with three children.
She loves the outdoors, reading, baking and spending time with her
Special Education Coordinator, Deb came to DCS in 2009. She transitioned
into this position, after working as a Special Education Case Manager
for 7th grade in 2009-10. Working as a case manager gave her insight
into the special education department here at DCS and knowledge
about the software and databases we use. Deb has earned a masters
degree in Supervision/Administration and has certifications in general
special education, special education administration, and administration.
Deb enjoys problem solving the variety of tasks
involved in administration work and her working with the entire
DCS staff. She hopes to offer guidance to families, inform educators
about curriculum, and to challenge herself to stay current with
the changing education laws.
After working as a principal for 13 years, Deb wanted
to move closer to the seacoast and to her children. Both Debs son
and daughter followed in her footsteps and are now educators in
N.H. She has lived in Epping for three years, with her husband Brad
and dog Molly. Deb enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time
with her grandchildren.
Whittaker earned a BA, Magna Cum Laude at UNH Manchester with a
major in Psychology and a minor in Education. She worked as a telephone
operator for 15 years. When her daughter was diagnosed with Attention
Deficit Disorder and a learning disability, she decided to continue
her education to be able to help her daughter and other children
like her. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Special Education
at UNH Durham. She holds certificates in General Special Education,
Learning Disabilities and Emotional Handicaps.
Kathy spent her first year of teaching at Timberlane
Regional Middle School, working with 24 Emotionally Handicapped
students. She came to DCS in 2001. She has been a Special Educator
in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5, and will work in grade 6 next year. She
held the position of Special Education Coordinator at DCS for three
Kathy lives with her husband, Collie and her cat,
Chester in Sandown. Her 37 year old son, Collie lives in Newton
and has two daughters, aged four and two. Her 29 year old daughter
lives in Hampstead and has a one year old daughter and a son on
Kathy enjoys swimming, reading, walking and playing
with her grand children. She and her family have been camping all
over the east coast and as far west as the Mississippi. They have
also traveled in Canada and Hawaii. Kathy would like to add Italy
and the Mediterranean coast to her list of travels.
Williams is a special education case manager at DCS. She has been
a DCS educator for seven years. Her favorite part of her job is
teaching social skills to students, as well as helping some students
develop their executive function skills. She particularly enjoys
hosting social skills groups.
Mrs. Williams holds several college degrees. She
has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine- Orono
in psychology, a masters degree from Boston University in Special
Education, and a CAGS degree from Leslie College in counseling psychology.
She also has held certifications in marriage and family therapy
and clinical mental health. Before joining the DCS staff, Mrs. Williams
was a clinical director of a mental health facility and a director
of an alternative high school.
Mrs. Williams has been a Deerfield resident for
twenty nine years. She has two daughters, Laura and Natalia, who
are both former DCS stu- dents and are currently residing in Boulder,
Colorado. In her free time, Judy enjoys figure skating and training
and eventing her two horses. She also spends her free moments designing
her and her husbands future home.
During the summer months, Mrs. Williams manages
an equine boarding facility, which currently houses fourteen horses.
A lot of her summer is spent riding and training horses. Mrs. Williams
also plans on traveling to France and is currently learning to speak
comes to DCS with 12 years of teaching experience as a Health and
Life Studies teacher at the high school level. He holds both a B.S
and MEd in Health Education with a focus on Personal Approaches
to Transformation for Health and Healing. He is currently teaching
6th, 7th, and 8th grade Health and Wellness at DCS.
Russell is a practicing Creativity and Meaning Coach
and has been honored during his career not only once but twice as
having been named in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." He enjoys
studying acting and anything related to selfexpression. He also
loves riding his motorcycle, safely of course! Russell currently
resides in Hooksett with his wife Becky.
"That which hinders your task is your task."
Sanford Meisner, is a quote Russell is particularly fond of. Deerfield's
commitments to its children, the opportunities for professional
and personal growth are what attracted him to DCS. He is honored
and thrilled to be here!!!!