Kids on Campus Faculty

Keene State College graduate E. J. Albin teaches preschool-age children at the Child Study and Development Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Albin worked at KSC in the Child Development Center for four years and spent two summers as a camp counselor. This is E.J.’s third year at Kids on Campus. 

Greg Amend, Vilas Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Soccer Coach and Drama Director, has instructed at the community college, high school and middle school levels. He enjoys challenging mental and physical activities and finds a healthy balance between the two with land conservation projects. 

Kristen Amend teaches 9th-12th grade history at Bellows Falls Union High School.  Her academic passion is for ancient Scandinavian history with a particular focus on The Viking Age. In her free time, Kristen works towards establishing a homestead through an application of folk arts and horticulture. 

Now living in southern New Hampshire, Bob Andrian has over three decades of experience as a veteran secondary school history teacher and soccer and baseball coach. During presidential election years, he teaches a class that uses the election process to examine whether or not democracy is really working in the United States. He enjoys working with students of all ages, and he also enjoys working with young teachers and coaches as a consultant. 

Barbara Depew has been a Paraprofessional in a Kindergarten class at the Winchester School for the past 2 years.  She has taught 1st and 2nd grades as well has home-schooled her daughter. She has also facilitated reading groups in the Kindergarten and 4th grade levels.  Mrs. Depew has also helped in the ACCESS after-school program. Mrs. Depew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. 

Ellen Donahue is a 2011 graduate of Keene State College, where she graduated with honors as a dual major in Secondary Education and English. She is in her first year of teaching seventh grade Language Arts and Social Studies at the South Meadow School in Peterborough, NH. 

Patrick Dorcus became a river ranger for the Bureau of Land Management after graduating from college. He spent six years as a ranger/firefighter in Canyon City, Colorado. Dorcus served as assistant director of Audubon of Rhode Island, directed several wildlife sanctuaries, and taught environmental education. Currently, he is the middle school science teacher at Winchester School.

Morgan Ernst and Kelly Wilson are dietetic interns at Keene State. Both are recent college graduates, Morgan of Penn State University and Kelly of the University of Minnesota. They each have a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and are pursuing a Registered Dietitian license. They both love to run, garden, and of course, cook!

Purly Gates is well known for her work in the Monadnock region. She has presented many school residencies, workshops, and concerts through the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts. Disney flew her in for an Earth Day concert. Gates received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to teach students in Micronesia, in the western Pacific. I Can Read is her latest CD.

Yi Gong’s specialty is educational technology. He is an assistant professor in KSC’s Education Department. He worked as a technology coordinator at the University School of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Gong, involved with technology integration in grades K-12 for nearly 10 years, conducts technology-training workshops for teachers and students at the college and local schools. 

Christopher Gray has spent the last 25 years working and teaching in the fields of manufacturing and engineering. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation Department at KSC. He also teaches full-time at the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, VT. Gray is an alumnus of KSC (1984 and 1986) and holds a master’s degree in education from Norwich University.

Rob and Lorrie Gray have more than 25 years’ experience performing and working with children.  They have directed, taught and acted with thousands of children while touring in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Grays are the co-founders and Executive Directors of Children’s Stage Adventures, a touring children’s theatre that conducts theatre residency programs for schools and arts organizations across the northeast US and Canada. Rob is an alumnus of KSC (1988 and 1999) and Lorrie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University (1984).

Nancy Greene has been working as an art specialist for the past twenty five years.  She recently received her masters in education with a language arts concentration.  She feels passionate about opportunities to explore possibilities connecting art and literacy. Watching students make this connection has been both thrilling and rewarding.

John Steven Gurney has illustrated more than 120 books for children since graduating from Pratt Institute in 1984. He illustrated Random House’s A to Z Mysteries and Calendar Mysteries series and Scholastic’s the Bailey School Kids and Big Apple Barn series. He is the author and illustrator of Dinosaur Train, a picture book.

Katie Harmon is a kindergarten teacher at the Alstead Primary School. She graduated from New England College in 2007 with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. She is happy to be back for her second year at Kids on Campus!

Veteran science teacher Dan Heath teaches seventh grade science at Keene Middle School. Dan likes to incorporate technology and do hands-on assignments in his classes.  Past experiences include being an education outreach coordinator for the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, taking classes and working at the Boston Museum of Science and the Science Museum of Minnesota, teaching opportunities in England and Turkey, and being on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Science Teachers’ Association. 

Dawn Kempf, a former teacher of Emerson School in Fitzwilliam, is a second grade teacher at Deerfield Elementary School in Deerfield, MA.  Dawn has been with Kids On Campus since our very first year!  She loves teaching math, and is on the district math task force committee to help teachers become familiar with the new curriculum standards.

A graduate of the Keene State College Geology Program, Carol Leger has been teaching introductory Earth Science Lecture and Laboratory Courses at KSC for 16 years.  During this time she has developed many hands on activities and labs for her classes.  She has also designed, developed, and led or assisted in activities for students in local elementary schools, after school programs, and scout troops.  Carol’s background also includes 16 years as a Girl Scout leader, trainer of Girl Scout leaders, and 2 summers as a YMCA camp counselor/Arts & Crafts Director. 

Jackie Lozeau is a certified K-8 educator and graduated from KSC in 2010 with a dual major in elementary education and social science. She works as a Title I reading and math teacher at Mason Elementary School. She began working for Kids on Campus three years ago as an assistant, and has returned the last two summers as a teacher.

Shelley Pangonis has been educating children for 22 years.  She practices yoga in her everyday life and brings it into her classroom of first graders to strengthen their confidence.  

Certified K-8 teacher Tina Thayer is a KSC graduate. She teaches multi-age third and fourth grade at Emerson School in Fitzwilliam and has also taught first grade. Thayer integrates the Picturing Writing Program, created by Beth Olshansky, in her work with her students and her Girl Scout troop.

Kathy Raynes Newhouse is a counselor and educator with more than 25 years of experience working with children, including nine seasons directing children’s summer camp activities in the Monadnock region and two years as a guidance counselor on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Newhouse enjoys sharing her curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

Kristen Reilly teaches in the Health Science Department at KSC. Her background includes child and family therapy, environmental education, and teaching nutrition. Reilly has worked with students from preschool through college. She is passionate about caring for the Earth, healthy food, and traveling.

Mandi Slate is a Prevention Educator with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention. She holds an Experienced Educator certificate through the State of New Hampshire. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Trinity College and her Masters in Education-Counseling/Consultation from Keene State College. Prior to working in the non-profit world, Mandi was a guidance counselor at several local elementary schools as well as Keene High School.

Jenna Spear holds a Master’s degree in Forest Entomology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Currently an adjunct instructor of entomology at both Keene State College and Antioch New England Graduate School, Jenna has taught entomology to a wide variety of ages and backgrounds for over ten years.

Lori Stevens is a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Emerson School in Fitzwilliam. She has also taught first through fourth grade there.  Lori loves to incorporate writing across the curriculum using many different methods and activities.

Susan Wiles is a sixth-grade teacher at Chesterfield School.  Wiles enjoys integrating the arts into the curriculum and is enthusiastic about teaching mathematics. She is also a fan of detective fiction and film. She expects that exploring the tools of the forensics trade and the art of reasoning will make for fun problem solving.

Deb Young is a certified special education teacher at Cutler School in Swanzey. She has a master’s degree in special education curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in art and graphic design. She also teaches graduate studies courses at KSC.

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