I am an educator with 25 years experience in the field. My journey has taken me to for-profit, non-profit, public and private schools in Los Angeles, New York City, Jersey City, Central Massachusetts and now here in Manchester, NH. My passion for education has been focused for the past decade on finding ways to put young people in control of their own education. I am convinced that learning happens best when the learner makes decisions about what, how, and why to learn. I am extremely excited to now be a part of the work MC2 does to help young people figure out how to make those decisions and then act on them. I enjoy reading, watching documentaries and comedies, going to the beach, and spending time with my wife and three children.
Hello, my name is Michelle. I am part of the support staff here at MC2. I am a mother of four boys. Two of my boys go to school here at MC2. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 15 years. Prior to staying home with my boys I was a para providing services for children with all types of learning delays. I have a son who is 11 with autism and being with him everyday made me really miss helping children in a school setting. I also have over 20 years working in childcare settings with children from infants to school age. I love working with all age groups and love helping to be a part in our learners grow.
Director of Success
I’ve been a learner for a little over 35 years and an autodidact for 15 of those years. I joined Making Community Connections (MC2) Charter School Manchester in 2012 as a paraprofessional. In the years since joining this community of learners, I’ve taken on nearly every role possible including advising and developing learners’ passions while teaching and coaching step-based processes for planning, goal setting and project management; designing inquiry-based learning opportunities such as exploring chemistry through the lens of cooking to connect science to learners’ lives; implementing and leading Restorative Practices to resolve disputes and conflicts in the community; and working closely with learning teams to determine appropriate supports and expectations for each learner. These experiences and my knowledge of MC2’s personalized learning model brought me to the position of Director of Success, where I continue to support learners and learning coaches in opportunity design, individualized learning pathways, and using their unique voices effectively and with integrity.
Applications (Middle School) Program Advisor, Social Studies
Applications (Middle School) Program 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.
Born and raised in Laconia, NH and a recent resident of Pembroke, NH where I live with my family and two dogs (a terrier mix and pitbull mix) who keep me busy! I joined MC2 in June of 2018 but have been in education since finishing graduate school in 2016. I attended Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts where I received both my B.S. in Management and my M.S. in Project Management specializing in Education. As a life-longer learner myself, the learner-centered environment at MC2 is special to me. In my free time, I enjoy being on the lake with family and friends, being with my dogs, pretending to be a professional movie critic, and I am very passionate about traveling.
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!
Creations (High School) Program Advisor, Mathematics
Hello MC2 Team! I spent most of my childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah until moving to New Hampshire shortly after finishing high school in 2003. I attended Keene State College and graduated in 2008 with a B.S. Architecture degree and ran my own microbusiness for a few years as a freelance drafter while employed as a carpenter. I began my career in education when I moved to Massachusetts in 2013 where I worked as a substitute teacher and then as a Title I math tutor/ paraprofessional. I took that experience even further by returning to school at Granite State College for certification in grades 5 – 8 math education. I finished all coursework and student teaching in 2017.
One of my favorite things to do when I am not teaching is travel, having been to Kenya, the UAE, Jamaica, France, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, and most U.S. States including Alaska.
I am happy as a teacher at MC2 and look forward to what lies ahead as our community continues to grow and evolve.
Special Education Coordinator
Hello there! My name is Garrett Poltack and I am the Special Education Coordinator at the MC2 Manchester Campus. This will be my second year in this role and I am excited to see where my journey with our learners is headed! I graduated from Keene State College with a concentration in Education and 20th Century History in 2008. Most recently, I have earned my certification in Special Education from NHTI in Concord, NH. I also hold a degree in Liberal Arts.
I am passionate about sports, music, art, science and history. I enjoy playing basketball, snowboarding, playing the drums, song writing, hiking, biking, swimming, working out, playing challenging board games, going to concerts, gardening and home brewing. I’m also very good at fantasy football and cheer on the Patriots and Celtics!
It’s great to be a part of the MC2 community!
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!
ICT, Information Communication Technology Specialist
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