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Kids on Campus Biographies

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!

Jeannie-Marie Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She believes in a hands-on approach to developing creativity, self-confidence, and positiveness. With expertise in directing, acting, movement, and collaborative creation, she weaves a fun-filled set of activities for students, emphasizing exploration of ideas in a welcoming environment.

Becky Fisk has been teaching in the Monadnock School District for the past 20 years. A Keene State graduate, she enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling, and playing softball.

Professional magician BJ Hickman is a Keene State College alumnus and previous instructor for KSC’s Kids on Campus. His specialty is entertaining family audiences (at schools, fairs, festivals, and special events) throughout New England and as far away as Hollywood’s Magic Castle in California. He is a long-time member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians, and The Academy of Magical Arts. BJ is also a lecturer and consultant for fellow magicians, and a speaker for educators and heath care professionals with programs he calls ‘The Inventive Teacher,” and “PediaTRICKS”.

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).

Kristen Leach is a proud alumna of Keene State College. She received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and concentrated in vocal performance. Upon graduating in 2005, Kristen taught dance theatre at the Dublin School for several years before becoming part of the faculty for the New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) and MoCo Arts. Kristen is now serving in her tenth year as Artistic Director of NHDI, a nonprofit performing arts education outreach organization that inspires excellence and introduces children to dance as part of their school day. There are currently over 3,000 children in the Monadnock Region participating in NHDI! She also serves as director of MoCo Arts’ middle school musical theatre program as well as choreographer for MoCo’s teen musical theatre program, Monadnock High School drama club, Keene High School drama club, the Keene Lions’ Club annual theatrical production, and Vermont Academy’s winter dance intensive.

Hello! My name is Kristal Lorette and I have worked with students of all ages over the past 20 year in public schools. Middle School students are the perfect mix of fun and and maturity, they are the best! I am currently a Middle School Science teacher at Monadnock Regional Middle School in Swanzey. I love nature and exploring the world around me come on out and join the fun!

Andy MacDonald has been teaching third grade at Cutler Elementary School for the past 5 years. He is a Keene State graduate, who enjoys spending time camping and hiking with his friends and family.

Phyllis Marinoff has been an instructor with GoSTEM since its inception in 2016. She retired after a 16-year career as a staff member of the Gilsum STEAM Academy where she held the positions of Paraeducator, librarian, and facilitator for Maker Space classes. Prior to that, Ms. Marinoff worked as an administrator in higher education, exhibited and sold her metal work, and completed over 300 hours of training needed to be certified as an Apprentice Machinist. She holds a BFA in Metal Craft and Jewelry Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MA in College and University Administration from Michigan State University.

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren McClure and I am a behavior interventionist at a local elementary school. I am so excited to spend the summer engaging students in exciting learning opportunities that are hands on! I am looking forward to our time that we will spend together learning, having fun, and making new memories!

Maria Orsatti is an alumna from Keene State and also continues her journey in the college community as an Early Childhood Teacher at the Child Development Center. Maria holds her bachelors in Health and Behavioral Science and her Masters in Elementary Education and is passionate about meeting new children and engaging them in opportunities for fun and learning in the summer time! She hopes this summer she can continue to cultivate children’s knowledge in discovering what art, nature, and positive relationships can do for our creative minds and overall health. Recently she has worked as a teacher for the Orchard School Summer program both creating outdoor curriculum and fulfilling the Orchard School’s mission of creating a place for gathering, growing, and learning.

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!

Hello! My name is Mary Swain and I am currently a Middle School Science Teacher at Monadnock Regional Middle School in Swanzey. I am originally from Salem, NH. In my free time I love to stay active by going to the gym, going on hikes or practicing yoga. I am very excited for this summer to teach some science topics in a fun and exciting way, I hope to see you there! 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.

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 at Marlborough Elementary and the lead teacher for Project Keep at Franklin Elementary School. With a bachelor’s degree in sociology and more than eight years of experience working with and teaching children, Brittiny has a passion for nature and using natural materials to create, learn, and explore.

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