Kids on Campus Biographies
Melanie Adams is an Associate Professor in Keene State’s Human Performance and Movement Science program. Learn more about Dr. Adams.
Hi all! My name is Meaghan Breen. I teach at KMS as a 6th grade Reading teacher. I have a BA in English with a concentration in Writing, and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education with English teacher certification. I am also working toward completing a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification so that I can eventually travel and teach internationally. Last year I served as a member of Americorps, and I am also STEM badge certified, with a heavy emphasis on Project Based Learning. Sounds super dry, but it all connects to my love of kids, love of the written word, and love of travel. When I’m not encouraging kids to write gist statements and quote sandwiches I am doing yoga, boring grownup errands, wishing I was in a warmer climate, and choosing which of my epic mugs I should drink my tea out of while I read with my cat, Osprey.
Hi! My name is Sharon Breidt. I am currently a Nursing Professor at Keene State and the Rescue Captain for Harrisville Fire Department. I have been teaching CPR since 1999 and look forward to teaching more people to learn how to save lives!! I love helping people and bird watching, interesting combination, right?
Hello Everyone! My name is Sophie Bushey and I am looking forward to summer! I am the 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher at the Sarah Porter School in Langdon, NH. I am also a proud Keene State Alumni, graduating in 2020! I look forward to meeting you and embarking on our summer learning experience! See you soon!
Jennifer Carroll is the director of education at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene. She has been working in museums for over 25 years as a curator and events manager. She enjoys helping kids connect to local history.
Becky Fisk is a Keene State alumnus and has been teaching in the Monadnock School District for the past 23 years. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling, running and playing softball.
My name is Stephanie Fullmer-Smith. I specialize in elementary education with a focus in mathematics. I am passionate about integrating learning experiences with the parts of life we encounter every day. Often, seemingly ordinary moments contain extraordinary possibilities for growth and teachable experiences. Nature and children are my greatest inspirations. The time I have spent with my own two children has given me countless opportunities for exploring and appreciating the wonders of the world through the lens of childhood. I am so excited to foster a love of learning with kids on campus this summer!
Lisa Hix is an Assistant Professor in Keene State College’s Sustainable Product Design and Innovation (SPDI) program. Dr. Hix joined Keene State in 2002 after a successful career in manufacturing.
Ian Kaplan is a Keene State College alumnus and a current 6th grade reading teacher at Keene Middle School. He enjoys reading, creative writing, watercolor painting, knitting, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Ian has a B.A. in English Literature and Education, extensive training in educational equity and inclusion, and certification in Safe Space (LGBTQ+ allyship and inclusion).
Loren Launen is a Biology professor at Keene State College. Over the years, she has won multiple awards including Distinguished Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Women of New Hampshire. Read more about Dr. Launen.
Sarah McGregor is a Keene State faculty member in the Physics department.
Susan Romano has been an instructor with GoSTEM since 2019. Her career as an educator spans 25 years in three local school districts. A Barnard grad, she currently teaches physics at Keene High School and has been a physics adjunct instructor at Keene State for the past 15 years. Her master’s thesis at Dartmouth focused on the role of autonomy in learning and education.
Amber Sanderson is a social worker for behavioral programs at a local elementary school. In this role, she focuses on the social emotional aspect of learning. She’s looking forward to fun, engaging, play-based camps that support all aspects of young learning.
My name is Melissa Scott and I am a teacher at Mount Caesar School. I enjoy warm sunny days, traveling to new places, laying in the pool and walking with my dog. I look forward to reading fairy tales, and using our imaginations to travel to the beach.
Susan Silk retired from a position as Career Counselor at the Cheshire Career Center in the Keene School District. A graduate of Keene State College, she is passionate about all things STEM!
Sam Sintros currently teaches English Language Learners in the Keene district but has worked with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders primarily during her teaching career. When she’s not busy building LEGO she spends time hiking, biking, drinking coffee, reading books. and thrift-store shopping. This will be her 4th summer working at Kids on Campus.
After many years as a school counselor and prevention educator, Mandi Slate has enjoyed sharing her (now grown up) daughter’s love of history and dolls at Kids on Campus. This year she is excited to add more lessons about American Girl historical characters to a full day of camp. Mandi, who works for MDS Birth to Three (an early intervention program), enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 dogs in their quiet country home in Winchester.
Brittiny Walker has been the lead teacher and director of the Kids on Campus Nature Adventurers’ Summer Camp since developing the program in 2014. During the school year, Brittiny is a preschool teacher as well as a stay at home mom of her twins. With a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and continuing education in Early Childhood Education, Brittiny has more than ten years of experience working with and teaching children. She has a special passion for nature and using natural materials to create, learn, and explore!
Eric Weiss is a teacher, puppet builder, & the owner of Homeslice Puppetry. He specializes in building custom puppets and teaching puppetry classes and workshops to both children and adults alike. Eric has a degree from SUNY Buffalo and has won an award in professional puppet building from BJ Guyer and the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. He was also a teacher and program coordinator with Nature’s Classroom for 15 years. He has been building and teaching puppetry for 17 years, is a founding member and President of the Western Massachusetts Puppetry Guild, & is also the Northeast Regional Director for the Puppeteers of America, as well as an active member. The thing that Eric loves the most about puppetry is how it is an art that draws from so many different art forms and inspires boundless amounts of creativity.