Magdalana Correia-Foster

School Leader

My passion is creating multiple pathways to success for our learners while setting high expectations for students, faculty, and staff. I was once in the shoes of many of our learners, which has humbled me as a leader. I am here to get the job done with integrity, loyalty, respect, and love for the entire school community. It is an absolute honor to serve as your leader, and I am looking forward to meeting each and every parent or guardian and building positive, meaningful relationships with the school community to make MC2 even greater!

For the last 20 years, I have dedicated my life to being an educational leader and mentor. Working hard as a leader comes naturally for me because I have a deep compassion and love for our learners. I consider myself a lifelong learner and will continue to learn to innovate and bring best practices to our school community. There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing young people blossom and grow with seamless educational options and genuine love and support from their families and communities.

Conor Sands

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.

Sherry Gagnon

Administrative Assistant

 After graduating from USF (Tampa) I returned to NH and obtained a Masters in Elem.Ed / Gen. SpEd. I worked in Lawrence, MA, and Salem, NH elementary schools, then as a behavioral therapist for those on the autism spectrum, ages 2-22 and as a para for the ESL summer program.  Outside of work I have been a youth leader and mentor and know I can influence the lives of young people simply by caring. I have a passion to invest time and patience to build relationships of trust and respect with MC2 learners to champion their progress and successes. I joined MC2 with the title Admin. Assistant, but with the heart of an educator. I am able to use years of administrative skills, but it is the MC2 vision to ‘uncover, recover, and discover the unique gifts and talents that each child possesses’ that keeps me passionate about my work.

 I grew up in rural NH and although I didn’t appreciate it when I was young I love this state and the proximity to the oceans, mountains, Boston, Canada etc.!  I love to serve those who may be at a disadvantage, whether it be socioeconomically, those with special needs, those experiencing homelessness etc. I have volunteered for many years in and around Manchester and am happy to be working in this city.

 I love to explore, go on new adventures and travel– thus far to China, Guatemala and Haiti and hope to make more friends in other countries! I love other nations and languages and diversity.  I also love the ocean, birds, flowers, finding beauty in nature, watching football, listening to music and reading. I refer to myself as an extroverted introvert!

Manuela Bittner-Shuey

Learning Specialist; Literacy Specialist

I believe that hard work, focus, and perseverance leads to success.  Having grown up in a first generation immigrant family, I was instilled with a passion for learning of all types and that any problem can be solved with a can do attitude.  If you don’t succeed at first, try again until you can work it out. I have worked in education or workforce development for over 20 years with individuals of all ages – kindergarten through adult. Being a life long learner, I have earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, am certified as a Workforce Development Leader, have a Masters of Education in Special Education, am a Reading and Writing Specialist, and am continuing my studies to become a certified Orton Gillingham Instructor. Additionally I have taken many other classes to improve my understanding of learners, the world around me and myself.

My greatest delight in being an educator is when I see the “Ah” moment in a learner’s eyes. I have lived most of my life in NH and enjoy the rural nature of the state.  Spending time with my husband, my 2 kids, and traveling are my top joys.  I have traveled to Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Canada, and have visited over 30 states in the US.  I love to explore the history of different places and to get to know people from around the world. Beyond taking classes, I enjoy doing handcrafts, DIY around the house, and gardening – when I have time.  My motto is: learning is the key to happiness.

Racheal Cahn

Internship Coordinator

I am so excited to be a part of the MC2 Manchester team! Working in a Charter School, where students and their families are first, has been a dream of mine since beginning my career in education. I have worked in public schools and recreation and love to help learners self-regulate, understand their emotions and progress into emotionally intelligent successful adults. I have an Associates Degree in Education and a Certificate in Special Education, my future goal is to achieve my Bachelors in Psychology.  I am very passionate about coaching, mentoring and advocating for youth. In so, it is so imperative to teach youth soft skills and the mastery of their emotions.

Bryce Dagenais

Learning Aide

Becca Gawron

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.

Learning Aide, 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 an educator at MC2 and look forward to what lies ahead as our community continues to grow and evolve.

James Paraskevas

Advisor, Social Studies/English Language Arts

James is a recent graduate of Salem State University’s (SSU) 4+1 Program, through which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (2018) and a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Secondary Education in English (2019). He holds Massachusetts teaching licenses in English and History, grades 5-12, that have Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. His teaching philosophy is centered upon dialogical learning practices and he believes that the key to authentic learning can only be found through open, honest conversations with students. James grew up in Boston and spent the last ten years in Salem, Massachusetts, where he met his wife, Laura, while pursuing a career in education. He is an avid writer and poet, having been published in several online magazines.

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 at MC2!

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