About Us

 The SW Center began in 2002.  After being affiliated with the Keene School District for 7 years, it merged with Keene State College's Division of Professional and Graduate Studies.


Our Staff

Susan Hodgdon, Director, 603-358-2750) 

Heather Jasmin, Program Coordinator (hjasmin@keene.edu, 603-358-2942)

New Director Brings Years of Educational Experience and Leadership to the College's Division of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Keene State College is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Hodgdon as Director of the Southwestern New Hampshire Educational Support Center, which is part of the college's School of Professional and Graduate Studies. The Southwest Center, which began operation in 2002, is focused on providing professional development by bringing advanced training and programs to educators at all levels throughout the area.

Among her immediate initiatives will be to identify the most effective ways to support the P-16 educational community. Ms. Hodgdon says, “I am buoyed by the opportunities that abound to support learning, to take both an active and proactive role in designing high quality professional learning, and to collaborate and partner with other groups in promoting effective professional learning that brings about changes in educator behavior resulting in enhanced growth and achievement for all students.”

Our Trainers

Judy Brophy is academic technologist with the Center for Engagement, Learning and Teaching at Keene State College. She has thirty years of experience developing and offering training for industry and education.  Her specialties are Google tools and Web 2.0 tools for teaching applications like Jing and Voicethreads. She has taught Digital Storytelling and Communicating Using Your Computer for the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning. She is enthusiastic about using technology to engage learners and improve learning. 

Saundra Kent brings classroom teaching experience along with 10 years of consulting work addressing reading and writing in the content areas, differentiated instruction, project-based learning, and science content. Sandy has a BS in Chemistry and an MST in Biology. She has taught science at the middle and high school levels, has participated on statewide committees to promote science education, and has won many awards for her work; including: NH Secondary Science Teacher of the Year (1994) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (1993). As an educational leader and consultant with the CEIL Project, Sandy has led the effort to provide middle school teachers with professional development in science content through the "32 Science Workshops" series. Sandy is also an adjunct at Plymouth State University and Springfield College. She lives in the woods in Deering, NH. 

Michael Nieckoski has been working with technology in academic settings for 23 years in various capacities, including holding technology director positions at two colleges. His experience includes audio-visual, computing, multimedia and web design. Nieckoski earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-TV-Film from Temple University, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from George Washington University, majoring in Educational Technology Leadership. In the 1990’s Michael did software development and freelance web design, and taught web design classes at the Graduate Center of Marlboro College. He has been involved with all teaching- and learning-related technology activities including learning management systems, computer labs, educational websites, classroom technology, training for technology use and integration of technology into the curriculum. Michael has taught workshops, provided teacher-training for technology and taught graduate-level courses in the classroom and online. Most recently at the Southwest New Hampshire Educational Support Center, Michael has been focusing on teaching about iPads and Google Apps, and is in the process of becoming a Google Certified Trainer. 

Ann Spencer is an experienced trainer in writing, literacy, and curriculum development.  Dr. Spencer works with schools and teachers to improve instruction throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Northern Massachusetts. With expertise in literacy and conceptually based curriculum design, Dr. Spencer teaches master’s students at New England College and acts as a conduit to share best practice strategies between the teachers she trains and the students she teaches.  Dr. Spencer offers training, instructional coaching, and facilitation in: Writing Across the Curriculum, Conceptually-based Curricular Design (UbD), Alignment with the Common Core, Six plus One Traits of Writing (Culham, 2003), Writers’ Workshop Model, Readers’ Workshop Model, Effective Spelling Instruction, Literacy in the Content Areas.  

Michael Wakefield is the Director of Technology for the Narragansett Regional School District in Baldwinville, Massachusetts. Since taking on this position in 1999, he has worked with teachers and administration at all levels PK-12 on technology integration, media literacy and Internet safety, and is responsible for all aspects of administrative and educational technology for the district. As a KSC adjunct faculty member for more than 50 semesters, he has taught many courses in mass communication, film studies, and education. Prior to joining the staff at Narragansett, he was a full time professional staff member for more than 20 years at KSC in several capacities, the most recent being Director of Media and Interactive Television. He holds a B.S and M.Ed. from KSC, is licensed in Massachusetts as a technology teacher at all levels. Among his current interests are the planning for and integration of Bring-Your-Own-Technology (BYOT) in the learning environment, applications of the "Flipped Classroom" methodology, media literacy, and how educators and learners can use video and audio tools to improve differentiation, accessibility, and assessment of student work. 

Kristen Warner is a Technology Integration Specialist at Chesterfield School in Chesterfield, NH. She taught grades K-3 for 15 years and has been a Technology Integrator for the last 11 years. She received her Master’s degree from Lesley University in Technology in Education. Kristen has worked for Intel as a Master Teacher for the Teach to the Future program and a Senior Trainer for Intel’s Causal Mapping Program. She works with teachers at all grade levels to help them integrate technology into all curricular areas. In addition, she created and maintains the school website and supports students' in the development of the school yearbook, which is done digitally. 

Become a Trainer! Do you have a special skill you love to share with other educators? Do you enjoy working with the adult learner?  We are always looking for good local trainers!  Technology, RtI, Differentiated Instruction, Assistive Technology and core content classes are all areas in demand.