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. In December 2015, after two earlier stints as an interim school leader, 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 was an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University teaching visual storytelling for seven years, and was 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.

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 multifaceted 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 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 Office Manager. There, Jen merged 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 lives in Goffstown with her husband and their two 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 lives in 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 fifth year at Mill Falls. Kayla, is a mom of four, lives with her family in Londonderry, NH.

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

Shannon Helie has eleven 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 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, and as the Assistant Educational Program Director for two years. Shannon will continue her work this year serving as our Academic Project Coordinator. Shannon lives in Manchester, NH with her soon-to-be husband and their puppy.

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 their 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 fourth year as an Assistant Teacher first in the Acadia Room and now in Glacier and second as our Assistant Teacher Mentor. 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 another 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 believes firmly in the Montessori method, and looks forward to her third year 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

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. She also holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University and is certified to teach in NH public schools. This will be her fourth year 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 looks forward to her third year as the Assistant Teacher position in this, her 7th 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 several years, she has been a full-time, stay-at-home mom to her children. Meghan believes that building a strong relationship with students is necessary to teach Upper Elementary-aged students. Meghan loves seeing the individual growth and development in students, and is passionate about the Montessori approach. She looks forward to this year, her second as the Assistant Teacher in Olympic. Meghan lives in Manchester, NH with her husband and their two children, who are MFCS students.

Everglades ROOM
UPPER ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER: LAUREN KOBLE
Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher: Marissa Twomey

Lauren Kolbe has been a long-time member of our Mill Falls Faculty, serving as the Lead Teacher in the Everglades Room since 2015. She recently welcomed her second child, and returned last year on a part-time basis as our Upper Elementary Interventionist, following her maternity leave. Lauren 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 and at the Belmont Day School in Belmont, both in MA. 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 lives with her husband and their two children in Bedford, NH.

Marissa Twomey has over ten years of teaching experience. Marissa holds her Master of Arts degree in Teaching Secondary English Education from Rivier University and her bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University. 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. This is her third year in the Everglades Room; returning families will recall that Marissa stepped into the Lead Teacher position last spring. Marissa lives with her husband and their son in Londonderry, NH.

Zion ROOM
UPPER ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER: Colleen Costa
UPPER ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT TEACHER: TBA

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 Manchester, NH.

MFCS Student Support Faculty

Social Worker: Maura Barber

Maura Barber has over 25 years of experience in the fields of education and social services. Throughout her career, She has implemented many outreach programs to serve families/individuals in the community to address basic needs and social action causes. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1992 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and minored in Human Development and Family Studies. While living in Austin, Texas working as a lead teacher at a childcare facility, she decided to go back to school to earn her Master’s in Social Work at Southwest Texas State University. After graduation, she immediately went to work for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services with a focus on child abuse/foster care and adult abuse services. In North Carolina, she began teaching at the community college level, and in New Hampshire, she continued teaching as an adjunct at Southern New Hampshire University. In 2008, she became certified as a dance fitness instructor and continues to teach regular classes for all ages. In addition to her work at Mill Falls, Maura holds a part-time position as the Director of Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester. She is the proud mom of one current and one graduated Mill Falls student, and she has volunteered as one of the coaches for the Girls on The Run program. Last year, Maura served as a paraprofessional in the spring semester. Originally from Connecticut, Maura now lives in Manchester with her husband, four children, and one fur baby.

STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR & Special Educator: Diane Harrises

Diane Harrises is an experienced educator, consultant, and trainer with more than three decades of experience in education. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership and a Certificate in Graduate Studies in Behavioral Intervention with a focus in Autism. Her Bachelor’s degree from Salem State University is in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Diane is completing her doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Over the past three decades, Diane served as a teacher for primary grade classrooms as well as special education programs. She served in the roles of Visiting Professor, Lecturer, and Assistant Professor with SNHU in their School of Education and her passion and commitment for inclusion for all led to co-organizing SNHU’s #Transthriving conference and presenting at multiple conferences on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diane is the founder and owner of Educators Explore, a consulting business located in Manchester, NH, and she and her family divide their time between Manchester and Hampton, NH.

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 oldest child, Harrison, has graduated college, and Izzy, is happily enjoying her college career.

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. She enjoys hiking, traveling (pre-COVID), kayaking, sewing, painting and all crafts. Sue lives in Nashua, NH with her husband, their two high-school-aged children and their basset hound and new pup.

Special Educator: Christine Bisson

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 enjoyed working for one year with the Upper Elementary Team as Assistant Teacher in the Zion Room, and last year she shared the role of Upper Elementary Interventionist with Lauren Kolbe. This year, Christine she will be joining our Special Education Team as a part-time Special Educator, and serve as our Fitness Instructor (did we mention is he also a certified yoga instructor!). Christine lives with her family in Manchester, NH.

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, which includes a COVID pup, 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. This year she will serve as our Student Progress Data Analyst in addition to her Interventionist role. Colleen lives in Auburn, NH with her husband, their three children, and two dogs.

ELL Coordinator & Reading Coach: Mindy Kacavas

Mindy Kacavas has been a beloved member of the Mill Falls Staff since our first year. She has filled may roles here at school, beginning 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, including serving our Board of Trustees. For the last several years, she has been on staff as our Reading Coach and English Language Coordinator (ELL). Mindy 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. She enjoys playing outdoors, walking, biking, and gardening. She lives in Manchester with her husband, three sons (when they are home visiting) and their beagle, Vinny.

Reading Support: Jennifer Zedler

Jennifer Zedler has been a familiar face around Mill Falls for several years. She started as a volunteer when her children began kindergarten in 2015, and has expanded her role as the years have progressed. Jen attended the University of New Hampshire with a focus in writing and journalism. Here at Mill Falls, she has taught Lower Elementary handwriting for many years, and looks forward to sharing her love of reading in her position as Reading Coach. She will continue her work as our Technology Coordinator, and will be our Technology Instructor in our Integrates Art Program (see more below). She lives in Manchester and enjoys hiking with her two children and their puppy.

Student Resource Support Assistant: Angelica “Angie” Pomales,

Angie Pomales is currently completing her Masters in Art Education with a minor in teaching from City College in New York and working toward her NY teaching certification in K-12. She holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). As an educator, Angie focuses on guiding her students toward happiness and creativity as they journey together through the curriculum. Angie joined us last year, as the Remote Teacher for those Upper Elementary Students who were learning from home. She looks forward to continuing to support our students who are impacted by COVID. Angie was born and raised in New York City, and grew up just a few blocks away from Times Square, making her childhood rich in art and culture. Angie’s family is her backbone. In her spare time, Angie enjoys arts and crafts, a good road trip visiting museums and thrift shops, and a nice bike ride. She currently lives in the Bronx, NY.

Integrated Arts Instructors

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 will be her third year as our Art Instructor. Melissa lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, and enjoys visiting her two adult children who now live in California and South Carolina.

Christine Bisson, Fitness Instructor (see bio above)

Craig Thomas, Music Instructor
Craig Thomas
is a life long professional musician, having moved from his native Washington, DC area to Southern California as a woodwind specialist and vocalist recording and touring with Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton-John, Tom Jones, Jermaine Jackson, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, and countless others along with many recording sessions for movies and television. As a music teacher, Craig has been teaching privately for close to 30 years on saxophone, clarinet, and flute in California’s Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as the adjunct professor of saxophone at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and teaching instrumental music as the band director and recorder teacher at Linda Vista Adventist Elementary School grades 3-8 in Oxnard, CA for 11 years, sending many first chair instrumentalists to The Newbury Adventist Academy in Newbury Park, CA. This will be his second year as our Music Instructor. Craig moved to New Hampshire in the spring of 2018.

Jen Zedler: Technology Instructor & 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 enjoys supporting teachers, students and the school administration with their technology needs, while helping to keep Mill Falls students safe online. She also serves as a Reading Coach (see more above), a position she began in the spring of 2021.

Jody Wilhelm, Kinder Integrates 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, and provided Family Tech Support last year when we had students in hybrid and remote learning models due to COVID. This year, Jody will be leading our Kinders in their exploration of our Integrates Arts Programming. Jody lives with her husband, Matt, and their two children in Manchester, NH.

Paraprofessionals

Kerri Donahue obtained her teaching certificate from Manchester Community College and is currently working on her Associates Degree to become an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher. She has worked in several childcare facilities for over theh past 7 years, as an assistant teacher, paraprofessional, and then a lead teacher for preschool children ages 2-4. Kerri has worked with a program called Rhythm Works Dance at New Hampshire Academy of Dance, where she assisted in providing dance lessons for individuals with learning differences, ages 6-15. Kerri enjoys sharing her creativity with children of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, kayaking and relaxing at her parent’s lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee. Kerri lives in Milford, NH with her two dogs Ember and Riley.

Grace Todd is a junior at Southern New Hampshire University studying Human Services and Social Work. Since being raised on a summer camp, Grace has known she has wanted to work with children. In high school, she spent her summers working at various day camp programs teaching students ranging in age from four years old to middle school. Through these experiences, her passion for education and working with children of all ages grew stronger.  Her love of history and education led her to Rivier University where she was able to have student teaching hours in a fourth grade classroom. Over the course of the pandemic, Grace has found her passion in social Work and continues to work towards her goal of impacting children in the school system. She lives in Manchester and dreams of having a King Charles Spaniel, Dash, named for Queen Victoria’s puppy.


ChildCare Program

The Mill Falls ChildCare Program is supervised by Shannon Helie. Mill Falls faculty members provide the additional staffing of the Child Care Program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ChildCare Program is currently suspended.