Caleb Atwood

Support Staff

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Hi there! I’m a Keene native and got my Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at Landmark College in Putney, VT.  I spend much of my free time reading, cooking, hanging out with my cat, coordinating large get-togethers with my friends, and immersing myself in various forms of art including photography, painting, sketching, collage, and creating installation pieces. Throughout my life I have traveled to many places and been exposed to multiple different cultures, which has given me an appreciation for new experiences. I’m excited to bring my enthusiasm for helping others and my passion for creativity to MC2!

Derek Blunt

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Hello, I am very excited to be joining the MC2 team. I graduated from Keene State College in 2015 where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. I had previously completed the Foundations in Education program at the Concord Technology Regional Center. I have long had a passion for education anchored firmly in my beliefs that effective education is paramount to ensure a better global society. In my personal life I enjoy exploring and researching the broad world of mathematics as well as being outdoors whenever I can (hiking, camping, fishing etc..). I am also a big music nerd! Most of my free time is spent listening to music and searching for new artists to listen to and write about. I am always up for a good conversation about music, regardless of genre!

Elizabeth Cardine

Lead Teacher/Advisor/Internship Coordinator

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I began my teaching career at the original Monadnock Community Connections program from 2003-2010. It was a great fit for me coming out of college with a dual degree in Physics and Studio Art. I am a Keene native married to a Swanzey local and together we have three young boys who keep us very busy and our home full of Legos. My family is a teaching family, passionate about creativity and learning, and we are all life-long participants in the creative problem-solving program Destination ImagiNation (formerly Odyssey of the Mind). I’m always ready for a pick-up game of Ticket to Ride or Ultimate Frisbee.

Christian Drake

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I am a certified science teacher hailing from Western Massachusetts. I graduated Hampshire College in 2004 and have been teaching science, nature, creative writing, & civics to kids at various educational outlets nationwide ever since in New England, California, New Mexico, & Washington, DC. My hobbies include writing & performing poetry, gourmet cooking, birdwatching, & narrating audiobooks.

Rosie Minich

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I am so excited to be here at MC2! I began my teaching career in Minnesota at various environmental education centers and public schools. I got my degree from a small college in Saint Paul, MN in education and biology. As a naturalist, I love exploring the ecosystems of new places. I am excited to hike, botanize and generally adventure in my new home. I moved to New Hampshire in September of 2019 right after getting married! My husband and I live near some great trail systems in Gilsum. In my spare time I love knitting, running, hiking and chatting. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community.

Lynn Keneipp

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“Do what you love, love what you do.”  I made this promise to myself in my late 20s.  I have lived by this ever since.  I am very excited to be a part of Making Connections Charter School.  Teaching is a passion of mine, I hold a State of NH, Board of Education, Paraeducator II certificate and worked for 15 years at Keene Middle School.  I teach Yoga every Sunday morning and own my businesses, Lean and Serene and Pop Up Yoga.

When I am not working, you will often see me riding my bike or walking my dog around Keene.  I am a native Floridian, but I fell in love with New England in 1999 and decided to move here.  I enjoy spending time with my two daughters,  my cat, and my  dog. I am happy to be doing what I love and being a part of the MC2 community.

Sarah Stout

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Hey MC2 community. I guess the first place to start is that I grew up in Fitzwilliam on a cattle farm. I also participated in 4-H and various other youth groups. My animals are a huge part of my life.  I have two dogs, a horse, and two step-children, all of which keep my significant other and me very busy. When I’m not teaching or with my children, I am in the barn or walking with my pups.

I received my teaching credentials at New England College in Henniker, NH. My degree is in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Secondary Education. I began my teaching journey at a Montessori school and then moved to Marlborough Elementary before joining the MC2 team.

I have entered into my second year at MC2. It is so exciting to continue teaching in the MC2 community.

Sarah Mandel

Administrative Assistant

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In the summer of 2015, just before the MC2 Monadnock Campus opened its doors, I joined a dedicated team of professionals dedicated to making a real shift in education. Running the front office and making connections with students, staff, parents and the local community has been a rewarding experience.

In the seven years leading up to the MC2 launch, I worked as a substitute teacher for Surry Charter School, SAU #29 and Montessori Schoolhouse.  I also worked part time as the Administrative Assistant for Montessori Schoolhouse.  I am married with a 16-year old son that attends MC2. I have lived in Keene for 19 years.

I enjoy doing anything creative such as cooking, crafting, drawing, painting, party planning, poetry writing and more.  I also love to organize – anything from spreadsheets to closets.

Chris O’Reilly

School Leader

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I have lived in the Monadnock region for the better part of my life and have worked in education for the past fifteen years. I have had the privilege of working for Making Community Connections as school leader since the Keene campus opened in August of 2015 and was actively involved in the planning process in the two years prior to its opening.

I completed my undergraduate work at Keene State College and attended both Antioch University and Plymouth State University where I earned my graduate and post-graduate degrees.

In my former professional life, I was a small business owner, worked in the residential and commercial construction trades, and was a technician in the recreational motorsports industry. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, kayaking, and cycling whenever I get the chance.

I look forward to continuing to serve the students and families in our community with an opportunity to engage in a student-centered learning environment that fits their individual needs.

Wendy Rezzonico

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I have enjoyed being part of MC2 Monadnock since January of 2016. Born, raised, and living in Keene, I spent 20 years away to “round out my character” in diverse locations from coast to coast and in Canada. I’ve had a lifetime of community involvement through churches, non-profits, schools, co-ops, musical groups, volunteer work, working with disabled individuals and living in intentional community. Before coming to MC2 I worked three years in special education in elementary schools. I then spent 14 years enthusiastically teaching and learning from teens in KHS’s Learning Disabilities Collaborative. I ran a successful business for over 30 years and raised two children. I love the outdoors and relished 20 summers as a co-leader of Roots and Wings Nature Camp for Children. My lifelong passion for singing, especially for sacred music from various world cultures, has brought 45 years of involvement in performing and recording with a wide variety of groups. I love working with young people and am honored to be part of the MC2 community.

Danielle Sanderson

Case Manager/ Reading Specialist

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After I received my undergraduate degree and teaching credentials from Keene State College, I fell in love with the quaint little town of Keene, NH and decided to stay!! I later received my Masters of Education with a focus in Special Education from Plymouth State University. After working in public schools as a Special Educator and Case Manager for 10 years (where I received multiple certifications in specialized reading programs such as the Wilson Reading System, Lindamood Bell and Orton-Gillingham programs) I decided to start my own business as a Reading  Consultant, which I have been doing for the last 12 years.  My love for learning differences and teaching students to learn reading in new ways has lead me to MC2! I have been with MC2 since 2015 and I’m so happy to be here! I look forward to working closely with students to help them in their journey to become the best learners they can be, along with the staff and parents who support them!

Eric Snare

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I have been involved with theatre since early childhood, and with improvisational theatre since joining ActingOut in 2000. With a BA in Improvisational Arts from Keene State College, I have taught both beginning and advanced improv skills for MoCo Arts’ Creative Arts at Keene Summer Camp and as a Staff Member. I have also served as an Americorps Volunteer. I have seen theatre transform both the students I teach and the communities I live in, time and again. It is this capacity for spurring positive change and growth that ultimately brings me to both the classroom and the stage, and that fuels my passion for teaching.

Eesha Williams

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I’m the editor of a local news website, ValleyPost.org, and the author of Grassroots Journalism, which was praised by Columbia Journalism Review. I won the Vermont Press Association’s Mavis Doyle Award for best investigative journalism published in any of the state’s newspapers. I help on my wife’s farm, the New Leaf CSA in Dummerston, Vermont. I worked at Mount Snow for six years, including two years as a full-time ski patroller. I have a B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

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