Greetings MC2 community! I am very excited to be a part of the MC2 Manchester team and for the opportunity to work with all of the great students at our school. I grew up in the town of Pelham, New Hampshire before moving to Boston where I attended Boston University and received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. My academic interests include ecology, conservation and environmental studies, and medicine. In my free time, I enjoy running; hiking; snowboarding; comedy; movies and video games. I am always willing to talk or help out so don’t be shy about asking. Thank you for reading all of my blurb and I hope you have a great day!
Gale Chance – Applications (Middle School) Program Advisor, Special Education
I look forward to serving all students who take charge of their own learning. I recently moved here from Texas but lived most of my life in Alabama & Georgia. I received four college degrees, the latest from Auburn University as an Educational Specialist. I believe all students can be learners when the appropriate doors are opened to them. 2017 will be among the best years in New Hampshire for learners on all levels
Joe DeLuca – Maintenance Director
Becca Gawron – Applications (Middle School) Program Teacher/Advisor, English Language Arts
Hello MC2 community, my name is Becca. I am an advisor and Language Arts teacher in the Applications program. I have spent the last 8 years continuing my education. I have been rewarded for my efforts with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Master’s of Arts in English Creative Writing, and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching English Language Arts. My interests outside of school are learning about American History, reading, and writing. As a lifelong learner, I look forward to continuing my learning as a member of the MC2 community.
Athena Henchey – Administrative Assistant
I like a challenging work environment, where hard work and dedication really pays off for not just for me, but also for the colleagues and students I am working with. I work by the phrase “shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” I have carried this work ethic with me through college and my career. I am a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, having earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.
Deeply rooted in New Hampshire communities, I have worked in Salem and Goffstown High Schools as a business educator, and at Alvirne High School in Hudson as their Marketing educator and DECA advisor. I am an active member and sit on the executive board for the New Hampshire Business Education Association. I spend most of my free time with my 3 children. When I’m not with them, I enjoy going to the beach, cooking, outdoor activities, and I love a good yard sale!
Gerard Murray – Creations (High School) Program Advisor, Social Studies
Greetings MC2 community, my name is Gerard. I am an advisor and the Social Studies teacher in the Creations program. Before I came to MC2 I attended Southern New Hampshire University and received a degree in History and Social Studies Education and my teaching certification. My interests outside of school are studying Asian History and Culture, video games and video game design, and working in the outdoors. I look forward to being a member of the MC2 community and continuing my learning journey with my fellow community members!
Audrey Orphanos – Teacher/Advisor, Creations (High School), English Language Arts
I became interested in brain and behavior, psychopharmacology, and mental health studies while at University. I had the opportunity to research all of the topics that I found of interest. I then pursued mental health studies on full scholarship and then transitioned into a Certificate in Advanced Graduate studies program of mental health counseling with an emphasis on understanding PTSD. I have always been interested in learning, studying, and sharing information. When I discovered MC2, I discovered an environment where I could thrive because of the students’ freedom to pursue their academic interests as a community. In this role, I look forward to participating within this community of learners in an ELA capacity, but to also help guide each student to achieve one’s academic best, and where I too can be challenged and attentive to our community needs.
Joni Reynolds – Special Education Coordinator
Joni Reynolds comes to MC2 with decades of experience in teaching, curriculum development, working with special education students and in various roles at the state level. She brings a passion for student success, along with a strong desire to “think outside the box” when it comes to helping students become confident in their abilities and passionate in their learning. Joni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Masters Degree in Teaching and a law degree. A lifelong learner, Joni is thrilled to be a part of the MC2 Teaching and Learning Community.
Andrea Sellers – Teacher/Advisor, Applications (High School), Science
Hello MC2 Community! I am interested in learning about the way the world works through scientific exploration. My primarily academic focus is life science, I have a B.A. in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. I am a curious person and enjoy dance, farming and gardening, martial arts and reading. I wish to inspire our students to become life-long learners and teach them how to become effective and successful masters of their own destinies.
Laurie Service – Math Specialist
I am a lifelong NH resident and grew up on the Seacoast. I worked in banking and insurance for over a decade. This included personal banking and work with investments. I went to school nights earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Finance from the University System of NH and at one point held my series 7 broker’s license. After having children I began working in the school system. I saw students struggling with math and knew I could make the subject more attainable for them. I went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education and became a State Certified Math Teacher. I have worked in education for over 16 years and currently teach college courses at NHTI and New England College. I am thankful to be a part of and enjoy working with the student’s one on one or in small groups. Watching students gain confidence in their abilities is very rewarding.
I am married and have four children, two boys and two girls. I am a diehard Patriots fan and have met Steve Grogan, who was the quarterback when I started watching football. I enjoy cooking and home improvement shows, jogging, and crafts. I look forward to great things in 2017 at MC2!
Cassie Shorey – Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach
I have lived in Franklin, NH my whole life. After graduating high school I went to NHTI for an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Near the end of my degree I became aware that I did not want to spend my life in business administration. I finished my degree and then took a couple of months off to try to figure out where to go from there. During this time, I realized that I had a deep desire to work with people and help them in some way. I decided to go back to school for a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services at Granite State College. While attending, my professor talked me into volunteering through AmeriCorps. I have always loved working with kids and teens, so when I saw the posting for MC2 I was immediately drawn to it. I so enjoy working with the students here, and look forward to continuing to build more and stronger relationships in the future!
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2007 and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics in 2012. Both of these degrees came from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. As you can probably tell, I enjoy mathematics. I also enjoy reading, specifically non-fiction. I’ve been teaching, substituting, and tutoring since 2007. I’ve lived in many places: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Oregon, Idaho, and Mississippi. I hoping that I’m done moving. MC2 feels like a home and I’d like to be here for a long time yet.
Kristin Steeger – Literacy Specialist
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts. I have been a teacher and literacy coach for over 15 years, most recently in the Boston Public Schools. When not at school, I keep busy tending to my herd of six children, all between the ages of 10 and 4.
After graduating with a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (where I learned to “break” electronics) I returned to New England and quickly learned how to fix them as well, beginning a career in IT Consulting. I came to know the MC2 community through a series of business relationships during the initial setup of MC2 Manchester. Upon seeing the schools model, environment, and most of all the students I decided a career change was needed, officially joining the MC2 team in January of 2014 as the “Tech Guy”. Through the past few years my involvement at MC2 has continued to grow, as indeed our community has grown. I now support both campuses (Manchester and Monadnock) as MC2’s Information Communication Technology Specialist. Besides maintaining the technology that supports MC2, I also have had the opportunity to share some of my experiences in the IT world with students who view this as a potential career path of their own, as well as build up “Tech Crew” membership of students helping myself and their classmates with day to day needs and troubleshooting. When not fixing electronics, I still enjoy breaking them and bending them to my artistic will, and spend my free time photographing and writing music. Baseball and hockey are also big passions, with time spent with my partner Liz and puppy Jada filling up the rest of my time.
Brittney Tradd – Learning Assistant
I am proud to be joining the MC2 Manchester team as a Learning Assistant. I grew up in Massachusetts but recently moved to Merrimack, New Hampshire with my family. In my free time, I enjoy watching football, listening to music, and spending time with my three dogs, Macaroni, Olive, and Lily. I really enjoy working with each and every student and I look forward to helping out as much as I can!