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Kids on Campus Biographies

Mel Adams (she/her) is a Professor in Keene State’s Human Performance and Movement Science program. Learn more about Dr. Adams.

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!

Hello Campers! My name is Jacob Carroll and I’m thrilled to be back at Kids on Campus this year. I teach 6th-8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts at Trinity Christian School here in Keene. I graduated from Keene State College in 2023 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English. When not in the classroom, I like to spend my time on the stage or in my writing chair. Theatre has been an integral part of my life since I was in the 3rd grade. I love escaping the real world and stepping into the world of make believe. As for my passion for writing, I am currently working on two novels that I hope to publish some day.

Melissa Crotto-Young has been a middle school teacher for over 20 years. She has also worked with kids of all ages as a Girl Scout leader and camp counselor. She loves working at the Kids on Campus program because of all the fun and varied activities and great kids that she gets to meet. She lives in the Keene area with her two teenage daughters, husband, dog, two cats, and guinea pig. When not teaching, she enjoys international travel, running, reading, and cooking.

Melanie Fedorowicz has worked in Art Education for almost 20 years, first at Keene High School and currently at Chesterfield School teaching grades K-8. She holds a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Art from UNH and a Master’s of Art Education from UMASS. Melanie enjoys so many things about teaching and creating art and enjoys seeing her students find their individuality, expression, and creativity through different materials and engaging projects. Melanie enjoys painting (especially watercolors and oils), drawing, baking treats with her two daughters, traveling, singing karaoke, dancing, and spending time with family and pets (2 dogs, a house bunny, and chickens).

Becky Fisk is a Keene State alumnus and has been teaching in the Monadnock School District for the past 25 years. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling, running, and playing softball.

Hello, campers! My name is Samantha Glance (she/they), and I am one of the 6th grade English teachers at Keene Middle School! Here at KMS, I am a DM (Dungeon Master) for our D&D club. In addition to D&D, I also love reading, creative writing, and - most of all - video games! I played through Hogwarts: Legacy a few times, I fell in love with brewing potions and taming magical creatures that way. However, my favorite game is definitely Stardew Valley!

Beth Hansel has been an English teacher at Keene High School for 30 years. She is a graduate of Kenyon College, with a double major in English and theatre, and she completed a Masters in Education through Keene State. She has taught students from 9th grade through AP English Literature and AP English Language.

Lisa Hix is a 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.

My name is Kristen Lindquist and I am a 2nd grade teacher in Wilton, NH. I have a Master’s Degree in elementary education and I have been teaching for 20+ years. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my family and 2 dogs. I love hiking, reading, and spending time at the beach. This is my second year as a Kids on Campus Instructor, and I am so excited!

My name is Molly Linn, but some of my students know me as “Math Molly.” I received my undergraduate degree and Masters in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Keene State College. Directly following graduation, I was hired in the Monadnock School District in 2003 and have been teaching there since, as a classroom teacher in grades: first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. I’ve also served as the elementary math specialist in both the building as the interventionist and the District as the Math Curriculum Team Leader. Math is my passion, which is where my proposal grows. “Everything Math” will explore stories, writing, games, art, and problem solving… all steeped in mathematics! From Mancala tournaments to Polygon City to Greg Tang stories and Sparkle galore! Come and explore mathematics in its many varying forms.

Hi everyone, I’m Anna McGuiness and this will be my second year at Kids on Campus. I’m in my first year teaching middle school Social Studies at Monadnock. As a student at Simmons in Boston, I volunteered at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a great opportunity to indulge my love for all forms of art. When not in the classroom, I coordinate a non-profit I founded called Keene Mutual Aid, which operates a Free Store that provides food and supplies to vulnerable populations.

Ryanne Nadeau graduates this year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Keene State College. Her minor is Literature. She has worked with children from birth to sixth grade over the years at an after school program, child-care center, and summer school program. This is her first time working at Kids on Campus, and she is excited to share her passion for teaching.

Hi, I’m Paige Pribilla, a recent KSC graduate specializing in Animation. I am very passionate about film, especially animation. I have experience working in both 2D and stop-motion animation on both physical film and digital film. My main specialty is in stop-motion, working on Dragonframe with 2D paper puppets, but I have a fair amount of experience animating in Adobe Animate and After Effects. I hope to not only teach you about animation but about its history and how we can use that knowledge to better our understanding and techniques while animating. I love seeing others’ innovative ideas projected with animation, as it’s a very unique medium that allows for a more creative output. I look forward to meeting everyone, as animation is a medium that is for everyone, no matter the skill level.

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 graduate, 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.

Katie Semro is a music maker, performer, audio creator, and educator. Her audio art has appeared in Keene, Boston, and Washington D.C. She has produced, edited, sound designed, and scored several audio documentaries, and her work has aired on over 40 radio stations across the US, as well as in Montreal and Glasgow, Scotland. She also runs the online group Women with Live to create positive experiences for women with music technology. Katie lives in Sharon, NH with her husband and two children.

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. She enjoys spending time hiking, biking, drinking coffee, reading books, and thrift-store shopping. Her Kids on Campus classes are always fun!

For many years, Mandi Slate has enjoyed sharing her and her (now grown up) daughter’s love of history and dolls at Kids on Campus. Mandi works as a Family Advocate at Keene Head Start. She lives in Winchester with her husband, Ed, and their 2 rescue dogs. Caleb Taber is a 6th grade reading teacher and coach at Keene Middle School. Enjoys reading, watching and playing sports, writing, and cooking. Passionate about encouraging kids to be their best selves. Holds a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in English and Secondary Education.

Tina Thayer, who is a KSC graduate and Certified K-8 teacher, recently earned her Master’s in Education. Tina has taught 1st through 4th grades, and currently teaches at Mt. Caesar School in Swanzey. She integrates the Picturing Writing Program, created by Beth Olshansky, in her work with her students.

Eric Weiss is a teacher, puppet builder, & sole proprietor of Homeslice Puppetry. He specializes in building custom puppets and teaching puppetry classes and workshops. Eric is also an award winner in professional puppet building from BJ Guyer and the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. He was a Teacher and Program Coordinator with an outdoor and experiential education program called Nature’s Classroom for 15 years as well. Although primarily self-taught in the field of puppetry, he has been building and teaching puppetry for around 19 years. Eric is on the board of PIET (Puppeteers in Education & Therapy), The South Hadley Cultural Council, and an active member of the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry & the National Capitol Puppetry Guild, President & founding member of the Western Massachusetts Puppetry Guild and is the Northeast Regional Director for the Puppeteers of America.

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