Mill Falls Charter School Administration

executive director: MERYL LEVIN

Meryl Levin is a founder of Mill Falls and served as the School’s Founding Board Chair beginning in March of 2011 when the school received its approval from the NH Board of Education. Since that time, she has twice been appointed by the School’s governing Board of Trustees as the Interim School Administrator. In December 2015, Meryl was selected by the school’s Trustees to serve as the Executive Director. Meryl has spoken widely on behalf of Mill Falls to legislators in Concord, on education and community panels, and as a 2013 TEDx speaker, among other venues. She is an alumnus of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2013 and served as Co-Chair of the Don’t Wait. Educate campaign, a 2016 initiative of Save the Children’s Action Network to bring public pre-k to Manchester. For over 20 years, Meryl has worked as a social documentary photographer with a focus on health, social welfare and political engagement. She is the author of two monographs, editor of several publications, and curator of several group exhibitions. She has guest lectured at colleges and universities around the country, and has received several grants and fellowships in support of her work. She attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and completed her undergraduate degree, at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She taught at The School of Visual Arts in NYC for seven years, until moving to NH where she is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and has been deeply involved in the Service Learning Initiative there. She lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, Will Kanteres and their son.

Educational Program Director: Laura Wrubleski

Laura Wrubleski brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Mill Falls as she enters her thirteenth year in education and her sixth year at Mill Falls. State certified in NH and MA in both Elementary Education and Special Education, Laura obtained her Masters of Education in Literacy Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Keene State College. Laura taught in a variety of special education settings before completing her Montessori certification in Lower Elementary I at the Seacoast Center for Education. She taught for four years at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School aligning core curriculum standards to the Montessori environment. She also facilitated many mentor activities throughout the school. Laura was the first employee hired at Mill Falls and has helped envision, shape and lead our educational program from the start. Laura and her husband live with their two children in Manchester, NH.

Assistant Educational Program Director: Shannon Helie

Shannon Helie serves both as the Assistant Educational Program Director, and as the Lead Teacher in the Glacier Room. Shannon has been at Mill Falls since its founding in 2012; in 2018 she served as Interim Educational Program Director during Laura Wrubleski’s maternity leave. This is her second year as our Assistant Educational Program Director. Please see Shannon’s complete bio below, in the Teaching Faculty section.

Project Manager: Grace Eaton

Grace Eaton is a graduate of the Westover School and The University of Vermont. Before joining Mill Falls, she spent five years at two independent boarding schools. Both schools taught her how to fill multiple roles at the same time: admission officer, faculty member, adviser, dorm parent, and committee member. These previous rolls have helped prepare her to take on the important tasks of Project Manager at Mill Falls. She was born and raised in the world of education and each year she continues to strengthen her love and respect for all educational models. Grace currently lives in Bedford, NH with her husband and their two dogs.

Office Manager: Jen Avery

Jen Avery received her Bachelors of Arts from Southern New Hampshire University. Soon after graduating, she enrolled at the University of New Hampshire to study Biological Sciences for Pharmaceuticals. She then focused on raising her young daughter. The experience of being at home with her daughter, led her to open up a small in-home daycare center, which Jen ran for about four years. She first joined Mill Falls as a paraprofessional in 2017. In the winter of 2019, she joined the Admin Team as our Office Manager. There, Jen merges her love for children with experience from her her previous work at Catholic Medical Center’s physician’s practices where she was the office assistant, as well as her work in the hospitality industry.  Jen lives in Manchester, NH with her daughter and their cat, Maui.

Allison DeCesere, Bookkeeper

Allison Decesere brings her efficiency and business expertise to her work with the Mill Falls administration in her bookkeeping role. She has extensive experience working with for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and is the owner/operator of By the Book, LLC, a bookkeeping business established in 2008. Allison received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University in 1999 where she was a member of the National Business Honor Society. Before developing her own small business, Allison worked at State Street Bank pricing mutual funds. There she discovered she preferred helping small businesses thrive rather than working in the corporate world, and was soon hired as the business manager for a general contractor in Wellesley, MA. Over the next several years, she built up her bookkeeping business working with many in the construction industry at first, then broadening her client base. These days, her clientele is expansive, ranging from realtors to contractors, hair stylists to a manufacturer, as well as private individuals and families. Allison is originally from Londonderry, NH. She now lives in Manchester with her husband and their two young children.

Jennifer Zedler, Technology Coordinator

Jennifer Zedler attended the University of New Hampshire with a focus in writing and journalism. After spending many years working in graphic and website design, she took time off to spend with her children. She’s looking forward to supporting teachers, students and the school administration with their technology needs, while helping to keep Mill Falls students safe online. Jen lives in Manchester with her children.

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MFCS Teaching Faculty

Each Mill Falls classroom has a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher; the pairings are noted below.

Yosemite Room
Kindergarten Lead Teacher: Kristin Lang
Kindergarten Assistant teacher: Kayla Messana

Kristin Lang obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and New York teaching license with a music concentration from Plattsburgh State University. She also has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kristin started her career in education in Hoosick Falls, NY as a first grade teacher for six years. Before coming to Mill Falls, she worked in a Lower Elementary classroom as special education paraprofessional and then moved into a permanent Lower Elementary co-teaching position at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School in Haverhill, MA. Kristin has also worked as a Math Specialist at the Discovery Club, an academic, grant-funded after school program in the Haverhill School District. Kristin has her Montessori Primary training. Kristin’s has been the Lead Kindergarten Teacher at Mill Falls since we opened our doors in 2012. She recently moved from Massachusetts to Manchester, NH.

Kayla Messana attended Hesser College with a focus in Early Childhood Education. In 2010, she began working in the field as a Kindergarten Site Director at a local YMCA. She continued her journey in education when in 2013 she became an Intensive Needs Paraprofessional in Bedford, NH. Kayla has an extensive background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and has worked for years with children with special needs. She looks forward to her third year at Mill Falls. Kayla, is a mom of three, lives with her family in Londonderry, NH.

Glacier Room
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher:  Shannon Helie
Lower elementary Assistant Teacher: Mel Decowski

Shannon Helie has ten years of experience in both traditional and Montessori public schools. She has her NH teaching certification as well as her Montessori 6-9 Certification, and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Montessori from Plymouth State University. Shannon obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Psychology from Keene State College. Prior to joining the team at Mill Falls, Shannon co-taught in a Lower Elementary classroom at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School in Haverhill, MA, where she also ran the before-care program. Shannon has worked as a counselor and director at the YMCA after school and summer camp programs for several years. Shannon has been the Lead Lower Elementary Teacher in the Glacier Room since we opened our doors in 2012. Shannon lives in Manchester, NH.

Mel Decowski graduated from Castle College with a degree in Business Administration. She has over 20 years of business experience in the financial industry. While raising a family, she discovered a love of education and being with children in the school setting. Mel began by volunteering at Derry Montessori in 2007.  She then transitioned to Southern NH Montessori Academy where she was part of the Design Team which developed and established the new school. She then joined the staff for three years, as the Office Administrator; she also filled in as a classroom assistant when needed. Her experience at Southern, gave her great insight into school operations. When her oldest daughter enrolled at Mill Falls in its founding year (2012), Mel volunteered both in classrooms and the front office. For two years, Mel supported our students as a Paraprofessional; this will be her third year as an Assistant Teacher first in the Acadia Room and now in Glacier. Mel strongly believes in the Montessori philosophy and enjoys supporting Mill Falls students as they work to achieve their own individual successes. Mel lives with her family in Derry, NH.

Acadia Room
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher: Tana Gills
Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher: Caitlin Gagnon

Tana Gills moved to Guam upon graduation from Tennessee Temple University with a bachelors in American Sign Language Interpreting and a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies. In Guam, she worked for seven years as a second grade classroom teacher, a tutor, and later as the assistant to the school’s principals. Tana joined the Mill Falls team in in 2015 as as our English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator and as our Reading Coach, supporting our K-3rd grade reading groups. In her time with us, Tana has has strongly embraced the Montessori approach and obtained her Lower Elementary 1 Montessori certification from the Maitland Montessori School in Maitland, FL. She is looking forward to a great year with Ms. Caitlin and the students of the Acadia Room. Tana lives in Manchester, NH.

Caitlin Gagnon is a certified teacher in Elementary Education, with a Masters from Southern New Hampshire University. She also holds a Bachelors in Communication Arts from the University of New Hampshire. After graduating with her undergraduate degree in 2007, Caitlin decided she wanted to follow her dream of one day working with and educating children. She first became a paraprofessional in the Manchester School District, and eventually went back to school to become a classroom teacher. After receiving her teacher certification in 2011, Caitlin worked for 1 year as a second grade teacher and 6 years as a first grade teacher at Manchester’s Hallsville Elementary and Parker-Varney Elementary Schools. She is thrilled to enter the Montessori world! She believes in the approach, and is ready to take off in the Acadia Room! Caitlin lives with her husband and their son in Bow, NH.

Denali Room
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher: Anya Morales
Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher: Lisa Deyeso

Anya Morales originally fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and the effectiveness of its method while working at Cambridge Montessori School. Anya joined the Mill Falls faculty in 2014 as the Assistant Teacher in the Glacier Room, and in the summer of 2015, she enrolled at the Seacoast Center for Education where she obtained her Lower Elementary 1 Montessori Training. Previously, Anya received her bachelor’s degree in English from Keene State College. Anya began the 2017/18 school year as an Assistant in our Glacier Room, and then stepped into the Lead Teacher position in the spring when the classroom’s lead teacher was asked to serve as the Interim Educational Program Director. This will be her second hear as the Lead Teacher in the Denali Room. Throughout her life, Anya has worked in a wide variety of educational settings, and loves working with children. She looks forward to a great year with Ms. Lisa and the children. Anya and her husband live in Manchester, NH.

Lisa DeYeso graduated from Simmons College with a degree in Economics, but transitioned into education while raising a family. She worked as an assistant kindergarten teacher for 3 years in Londonderry. Her experiences also include homeschooling her son for 6 years, volunteering in classrooms in the Derry Montessori School (preK/K) through public lower elementary, and teaching religious education. Her strong belief in the Montessori Method of schooling, combined with her desire to help students achieve success in the classroom, makes for a perfect fit at Mill Falls. As a nature lover, she happily spent many summers as the Assistant Camp Director at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH. She is excited to be stepping into the Assistant Teacher position in this, her 5th year at Mill Falls. Lisa lives with her family in Londonderry, NH.

Olympic Room
Upper Elementary Lead Teacher: Laura Blouin
Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher: Meghan Sirois

Laura Blouin received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Theater from Keene State College and has six years of teaching experience. She is certified in K-8 Elementary Content Areas and received her Upper Elementary Montessori Certification (for ages 9-12) at the Seacoast Center for Education in the summer of 2013. Before coming to Mill Falls, she taught third, fourth and fifth grade at Broken Ground School in Concord, NH. Prior to teaching, Laura served as an Americorps member, helping high school students design and implement science based, service-learning projects to earn high school credits. In addition to this year of service, she worked as a science camp instructor at Prescott Farm. Laura joined Mill Falls as our first Upper Elementary Lead Teacher in 2013 when the Olympic Room was established, and has been a key player in our Upper Elementary Program’s development. Laura and her husband, also a teacher, live in Manchester, NH.

Meghan Sirois graduated from Rivier College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, Elementary Education, and Special Education. After graduation, Meghan worked as a second grade teacher in Hudson, NH. For the last several years, she has been a full-time, stay-at-home Mom to her children. Meghan loves seeing the individual growth and development in students, and is passionate about the Montessori approach. She is thrilled to join the Mill Falls team! Meghan  lives in Manchester, NH with her husband and their two children.

Everglades ROOM
UPPER ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER: Lauren Kolbe 
UPPER ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT TEACHER: Marissa Twomey

Lauren Kolbe holds her masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University and her bachelor’s degree from Siena College where she was a member of the women’s soccer team. She has her NH and MA teaching certification and has been Montessori trained for ages 9-12 at the Seacoast Center for Education. Prior to joining the team at Mill Falls, Lauren was a Lead teacher at the Clark School in Danvers, MA teaching 3rd graders as well as 7th and 8th graders during her four years there; the Clark School has its roots in Montessori. Lauren also taught at the Belmont Day School in Belmont, MA as an assistant teacher in grades 4 and 5, where she also helped direct the student plays. At both of those schools, Lauren also focused on athletics and youth leadership, as a coed cross-country coach and basketball coach. Before she began her teaching career, Lauren was the soccer coach at Siena College’s summer soccer camp. Lauren joined the Mill Falls faculty in 2015 as the Lead Teacher in the Everglades Room. Lauren lives with her husband and their son in Bedford, NH.

Marissa Twomey has over ten years of teaching experience. She began her career at Alvirne High School in Hudson, NH and taught English for seven years. Five years ago, Marissa established her own tutoring business that specializes in working with students with dyslexia. When her son started preschool at Southern New Hampshire Montessori Academy, she spent three years there as a volunteer librarian working with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Marissa holds her Master of Arts degree in Teaching Secondary English Education from Rivier University and her bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University. This is her first year at Mill Falls. Marissa lives with her husband and their son in Londonderry, NH.

Zion ROOM
UPPER ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER: Colleen Costa
UPPER ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT TEACHER: Christine Bisson

Colleen Costa attended Southern New Hampshire University where she received her BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in History. She is certified in K-8 Elementary Content Areas in the state of NH, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2013. She received her Montessori training in both Lower and Upper Elementary education at the Montessori Educator Teacher Training Collaborative in Lexington, MA. Before joining the Mill Falls team, Colleen taught at Manchester’s Gossler Park School, where she served as a Title 1 Certified Instructor, providing supplemental instruction to her students’ general education programming in all content areas, grades K-5. During her time at Gossler Park School she was a part of the school’s leadership team and also served as co-director/coordinator of the school’s annual talent show. Colleen’s joined Mill Falls in 2015. She lives in Hooksett, NH.

Christine Bisson is a certified teacher in Elementary Education, with a Masters from Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of South Dakota. This degree led her to acting and directing in children’s theater throughout her home state of South Dakota, well as acting in New York City. She also spent a year in rural Japan with the JET Program teaching English as well as a year in Washington, DC in AmeriCorps NCCC. Closer to home, Christine worked as a Title 1 Intervention Teacher at Gossler Park Elementary in Manchester along with Ms. Colleen, before joining the Mill Falls team in 2015 as an Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher. Christine took a year off from our team to welcome her second child, and returned to Mill Falls in 2017 to work with Lower Elementary students in the Denali Room. She is so pleased to be rejoining the Upper Elementary Team as Assistant Teacher in the Zion Room. Christine lives with her family in Manchester, NH.

MFCS Student Support Faculty

STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR & Special Educator: Maryclare Heffernan

Maryclare Heffernan is an experienced educator with a passion for supporting successful student learning outcomes for all students, but particularly for students with an educational disability. Her more than 40 years of professional experience as a Special Education Teacher, Administrator and Consultant have guided her personal belief that students and adults are all life learners with an endless potential for discovery and growth. Maryclare has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Special Education from Salve Regina University and an M Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire. She holds an Experienced Educator Certificate from the State of NH and is certified in Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and General Special Education. Maryclare joined the Mill Falls Team in 2017. When she isn’t working with teams of teachers, staff and administrators, she’s painting in oils and watercolors following her artistic passion. Maryclare lives in Candia, NH with her husband, a sweet but neurotic dog, and a pretty but cranky cat. They have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

Special Educator: Kathleen Cline

Kathleen Cline has been teaching for twenty-eight years in a variety of educational settings and has a diverse background in both regular and special education. Kathleen graduated from the University of Vermont in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Teaching Minor in French. After teaching kindergarten and preschool, Kathleen obtained her Master’s Degree in both Specific Learning Disabilities and General Special Education from Rivier University. Since then, Kathleen has worked as a middle school learning disabilities specialist in an inclusive regular education setting and as a special education consultant, presenting workshops to regular educators and participating in compliance reviews of district special education programs. Most recently, she has worked as an independent academic tutor to students of all abilities and ages and as a Title 1 reading instructor. She joined Mill Falls in 2018. Kathleen’s greatest teaching challenge and labor of love has been the home education of all three of her children from kindergarten through grade eight. She resides in Bedford, NH with her husband, Peter, and their youngest daughter, Olivia, who is now in high school. Their older children, Harrison and Izzy, are happily enjoying their college careers..

Special Educator: Sue Lambright

Sue Lambright obtained her Learning Disability Certification from Rivier University. She also holds her Master’s degree in Education from Simmons College and a BFA with a concentration in Studio Arts from Emmanuel College. Sue is licensed in MA and NH in Special Education K-12 and Learning Disabilities. After teaching for nine years as a Special Educator in Massachusetts, she turned her focus to raising her children and caring for her family. During that time, she participated in a variety of school-based activities as a volunteer, including running the Destination Imagination program for two years and organizing school field day events. Sue has been a Special Educator at Mill Falls since 2016. Sue lives in Nashua, NH with her family.

Reading Interventionist: Sherry Humphrey

Sherry Humphrey began her teaching career as a public elementary school teacher working with first and second graders. She took some time off from teaching to raise her children and returned some years later as a substitute teacher and later as an art teacher at Bedford Montessori School, which her children attended. She later worked in the Merrimack School District, first as a substitute teacher for upper elementary school students, then as a first grade teacher at Reed Ferry School. She studied at Plymouth State College where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Child Development, and holds a Masters of Education degree with a concentration in Literacy Studies. Sherry started at Mill Falls as the Assistant Kindergarten Teacher in our opening year (2012). The following year she became our Reading Interventionist, a position she has held ever since. Sherry lives with her family in Merrimack, NH.

MATH INTERVENTIONIST: COLLEEN LACROIX

Colleen Lacroix began her teaching career in physical education in Florida. She took some time off from teaching to raise her children and returned some years later as a Math Interventionist, teaching in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and her Masters in Exercise Physiology, both from the University of Central Florida. When Colleen’s husband retired from the Marine Corp, the family moved north, back to their NH roots. Colleen joined the Mill Falls team in 2015. Colleen lives in Auburn, NH with her husband and their three children.

ELL Coordinator & Reading Coach: Mindy Kacavas

Mindy Kacavas first began her work in education as a Physical Education Teacher at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. She later worked with younger students at UNH’s Child Study and Development Center and with adult learners as she supervised UNH Manchester education students in their field placement. Mindy majored in Psychology at St. Lawrence University and traveled to Kenya as part of her undergraduate studies. She studied at NYU’s Graduate School of Education and at UNH’s School of Continuing Education. Mindy is the proud mother of three sons, and during their time at Manchester’s Webster School she was a committed parent volunteer engaged in tutoring, library duties, the PTO, and organizing large school events. They have now all graduated from Manchester’s Central High School and have set off to college. Mindy was on staff at Webster as an aide for several years before joining the Mill Falls team. She began here as an Assistant Teacher in the Acadia Room from the fall of 2012 until the spring of 2015. Each year since, Mindy has lent her expertise to the Mill Falls team, in a variety of ways. Most recently, she was the long-term Assistant Teacher substitute in the Glacier Room. She is thrilled to be serving as both our ELL Coordinator and our Reading Coach, jobs she has also performed in the fall of 2017. Mindy is an avid tennis player and gardener. Originally from Connecticut, she lives with her husband, their three children and their beagles, Clete & Vinny, in Manchester, NH.

Integrated Arts Instructors

Catie Brumm, Technology Instructor
Catie Brumm 
received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006 and her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist with children for 8 years, 5 of those years in elementary and middle school settings. Catie’s face is familiar to the Mill Falls community, as she has been supporting several of our special education students over the last several years. Catie recognizes the role of evolving technology in our children’s lives, and the need to introduce technology at a pace appropriate to a student’s developmental level. She enjoys teaching our students about how to successfully use technology to enhance their academic work in a safe and professional way. This is her fifth year in this position. Catie lives with her husband, their daughter and the family dog, in Derry, NH.

Melissa Fortin, Art Instructor
Melissa Fortin is a graduate of Endicott College and Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in Fine Arts and Architectural Studies. She works as a freelance designer, specializing in residential architectural design. While raising her two children, she volunteered extensively in their public schools, working on various fundraising events and special art projects. Melissa has been part of the Mill Falls Team since the school’s founding, first as a volunteer, sub, paraprofessional and front office assistant. This year she will serve both as our Art Instructor and as the Paraprofessional (for the second year) in the Acadia Room. Melissa lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, and enjoys visiting her two adult children who now live in California and South Carolina.

Jody Wilhelm, Library Arts Instructor
Jody Wilhelm
began her service work as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston after graduating with a psychology degree from Susquehanna University. She remained at City Year for three years before moving on to work in development for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Once meeting and marrying her partner, a fellow AmeriCorps alum, the two hit the road, working on volunteer organization and social justice activism in the music industry. Jody filled her time off the road working at schools in Concord and Manchester and serving on the alumni board of City Year New Hampshire. She joined the Mill Falls team in 2018 as our first Librarian, helping to organize our lending library and create a library program of our students. Jody lives with her husband, Matt, and their two children in Manchester, NH.

Devon Venne, Fitness Instructor
Devon Venne is a graduate of Nashua Community College where she studied Criminal Justice. Devon joined the Mill Falls team in our founding year, and served as a paraprofessional first in the Glacier Room, and later in the Everglades Room and most recently as our AfterCare Coordinator. While working to complete her college work, she will continue to be part of our teaching team, both as our Fitness Instructor and as a floating substitute, and a 1-day per week paraprofessional. Devon loves working with students in these different ways, and is also passionate about music and event planning. When not at Mill Falls, she works as a Promo Team Member for a local radio station, and as a manager at Funcity Trampoline Park. Devon lives in Manchester, NH.

Cassandra Pepler, Music Instructor
Cassandra Pepler
graduated Magna cum Laude from Plymouth State College with a degree in Music Education. Cassandra has many years of experience in NH public schools teaching general music and directing choral ensembles. Prior to teaching in the public schools, Cassie taught classical piano as adjunct faculty at Plymouth State College. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano through the Music Teachers National Association with twenty-nine years of experience teaching private and group piano lessons. In addition to maintaining her NH State Teaching Certification (grades K-12), she has received music and movement training through the Music Together Foundation. Cassie teaches private piano in her home studio in Auburn where she also offers preschool music and movement classes. She also maintains an active performance schedule and serves as a clinician, adjudicator, accompanist, and guest choral conductor for music festivals and camps. She joined Mill Falls in the winter of 2018. Cassie lives in Auburn, NH with her family.

Paraprofessionals

Willow Farland recently graduated from Merrimack High School where she played soccer. She enjoyed working with children and has long been a camp counselor at Naticook Day Camp in Merrimack, where her grandfather worked for decades. Willow looks forward to supporting the students in their academic pursuits and outside the classroom especially enjoys playing sports with the students. Willow joined the Mill Falls team in 2018 as part of the AfterCare staff and also as a sub when needed. She looks forward to being a more regular part of the students’ days by being inside the classroom.

Melissa Fortin serves as both a Paraprofessional in the Acadia Room, and as our Art Instructor. Please see her bio in the Integrated Arts section above.  

Jordan Gambale graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her BA in English Language and Literature. Currently, Jordan is pursuing her MS in Curriculum and Instruction at Western Governors University. She has previously worked as a Writing Peer Educator, Lead Preschool Teacher, Educational Assistant, After-School Teacher, and Drama Specialist at the YMCA. Jordan is excited to begin her first year at Mill Falls working as a Paraprofessional and the After Care Coordinator! Jordan lives in Manchester, NH with her boyfriend and aquatic pets.

Angelica Kashulines attended Manchester Community College with a concentration in Child Growth and Development. She held her State of NH Water Treatment License and NH Esthetician’s License before becoming a stay-at-home mom. While raising her children, she has enjoyed working with various aged children in child care settings. Angelica spends much of her spare time as a volunteer-advocate, spreading the word about Visual Processing Disorders, which are often missed during most basic vision exams. She’s an administrator of the Vision Therapy Parents Unite FaceBook Group, which includes over 14,000 members. Angelica loves the Montessori method and the supportive teachers at Mill Falls, something she’s come to know as a parent of two children who have attended the school. She joined Mill Falls in 2018 and brings with her a passion for helping the struggling learners. Angelica lives in Auburn, NH with her husband and their two sons.

Anna Prescott graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a concentration in Child Development and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has worked in a variety of child care settings, classrooms, and school-age programs, including nature-based and Reggio-inspired programs. Anna grew up in Durham, NH and is excited for her first year at Mill Falls.

ChildCare Program

The Mill Falls ChildCare Program will be supervised by Shannon Helie. The AfterCare Program Coordinator is Jordan Gambale (see her bio in the Paraprofessional section). Other Mill Falls faculty members provide the additional staffing of the Child Care Program including: Jen Avery, Christine Bisson, among others.