We have found that SFCS fits our family and our son like a glove. From the first moment we set foot in the building we have experienced a warm, friendly and calm learning atmosphere.
- Jeffrey Shaw
The amazing staff at Strong Foundations is one of the reasons that we are so successful. They are a group of talented and dedicated individuals who believe in the mission and future of Strong Foundations and are vital to its success and growth. Our community creates an environment that supports learning and achievement across the curriculum.
Mrs. McClure has a Master’s in Learning and Language Disabilities with honors from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH. She found her passion of teaching reading twenty years ago. She loves to see students start to love reading and become good at it. In order to start Strong Foundations, she earned her NH certifications as a Principal and Special Education Administrator from Rivier College, where she is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program. She also holds certifications in Elementary Education, Reading and Writing Specialist, Learning Disabilities, and Special Education. She is a Fellow with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and she trains teachers in the Orton-Gillingham approach.
Mrs. McClure says, “The best part of my school day is seeing the students and talking with them! I spend a part of every day teaching because it is my favorite part of working in our school. I love to teach reading, writing, and math.” She lives with her husband of 28 years, three children, and two dogs.
Megan Elphick studied Elementary Education at Southern New Hampshire University. She received her Masters in Administration from Rivier University.
Mrs. Avery has been teaching at Strong Foundations for three years, ever since she took the Orton-Gillingham training here during the summer. She stood out as a talented and creative teacher. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Southern NH University and is certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is active as a Girl Scout leader, has been a foster parent, and an educational surrogate parent. Mrs. Avery says about her teaching, “The driving force behind my work as an educator is my belief that all children have the ability to learn and be successful. I bring a holistic, innovative approach to teaching, relying on my organizational skills and creativity to present a structured learning environment to address the needs of children of various ability levels and cultural backgrounds.”
Mr. Bergang has a BA in Geography from Clark University, Worcester, MA and a Masters in Secondary Education from Southern NH University. Mr. Bergang says, “I became a teacher because I always enjoyed working with young people. I get a thrill out of seeing my students challenge themselves, take risks, and discover new things about them and the world we live in. I like to provide my students with opportunities to challenge their conventions and ‘think outside of the box.’ Most importantly I like to instill a sense of humor into my daily teaching practice. My classroom is a place where students can feel comfortable and safe sharing their opinions, asking questions and overstepping their own boundaries. Most importantly I enjoy creating a classroom where we can laugh, learn and enjoy each other's company. Here at SFNH I oversee the National Geography Bee club. This is a great way for me to share my love of Geography and to have them appreciate the diverse world we live in.
I live with my wife Denise and my two sons Matthew and Zachary. I grew up in Great Neck, New York, but have spent time living in Worcester, MA, London, UK, Ann Arbor, MI, and St. John, USVI.”
Mrs. Cole earned her Teacher Certification (K-8) and her BA from Plymouth State University with minors in Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. Mrs. Cole writes, “This will be my eighth year teaching and my fourth year here at Strong Foundations Charter School. I recently gained a new addition to my family, a healthy baby boy my husband and I named Brady James Cole. He joined us on February 8, 2012 at 12:12 am. I am the technology go-to teacher for others, meaning I LOVE technology and enjoy problem-solving when things aren't going as planned. My other favorite subjects are Math and Science. I love teaching, especially here at SFCS because I can see the impact we make on the students almost immediately. The programs we use definitely are efficient and the ones that aren't are quickly switched out for the newest proven techniques out there. The staff, students and families here are wonderful, and I enjoy every moment I have with them.”
Tara Davenport earned her degree from Gordon College. She is highly qualified in Language Arts.
Mr. Eaton graduated from NHTI in Concord, NH with a major in Information Technology. I have a passion for technology and strive to do my best here at Strong Foundations to keep everything up and running. He joined Strong Foundations last year as an Intern from NHTI. Mr. Eaton says, “A lot of challenges were thrown at me right off the bat. It took some time, but they were completed. I don’t like leaving jobs unfinished, so I always work on a project until it is done. Now that the position has been changed from intern to full time, I also am involved in a variety of other tasks such as a study hall teacher and dismissal. For a more personal look, I like to read, play video games, watch TV, and hang out with my friends. I also do courses in the summer at the Boston Museum of Science on Technology and video game design. Lastly, I am working on a project with a group to create my own computer game to hopefully be released next year!”
NHTI IT graduate
NHTI Deans List every semester
Mrs. Forcillo attended Plymouth State University and graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education/Health Education and she holds her teacher certification for grades K-12. This is her 2nd year at Strong Foundations Charter School. In addition, she coaches Freshmen Volleyball at Gilford High School. She enjoys coaching volleyball and spending time with family and friends.
Miss Harbour has a Bachelor’s in Childhood Studies with a Special Education option from Plymouth State University. Miss Harbour writes, “This is my second year working at Strong Foundations and I love it! I have been working with children for about six years now, and I love every minute of it! After school and during the summer I also work at a local Boys and Girls Club.”
Mrs. Jacobsen earned her BA in Elementary and General Special Education from Lesley College. She is certified in Elementary and Special Education. She has also worked as a teacher in the Concord School District, Merrimack Valley School District, and at Burnham Brook School in Canterbury. She has been active as a volunteer in the Shaker Regional School District as a school board member, PTO president, strategic planning facilitator, and as a member of the Best Schools Committee.
Mr. Kenyon earned his Masters of Music from the Crane School of Music.
Miss Miner earned her Bachelor’s at Notre Dame College in Manchester, and holds a dual certification in Elementary (K-8) and Special Education. Miss Miner writes, “Where does one begin with a biography? In summary, I've been curious about just about everything since I was an infant. What do you do as an adult so you can keep feeding that curiosity? You become a teacher.
I got my degree at Notre Dame College in Manchester. I was part of the last class to have finished at the college as a senior before it closed. I have been working here at Strong Foundations since the first year. After completing the second year as a classroom teacher, and having dual certification in Elementary and Special Education, I became part of the Special Education team. I have enjoyed working with small groups and being able to work with many different teachers at all grade levels during the last three years.
This year I am extremely pleased to be teaching a Language Arts class in addition to that work with small group and individual students. Working at Strong Foundations has allowed me to work with some fantastic individuals, see parents participating in their children's education, and indulge some hobbies, like cooking food for a Roman feast or Medieval banquet.”
Mr. Rybak has a BA in Art Education from Plymouth State University. He joined Strong Foundations in September 2011. He enjoys sharing his love of being an artist with the young artists at Strong Foundations.
Miss Silvia was born by the sea in Newport, RI. She has taught children in a variety of settings since she was a teenager.
She graduated from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH with a BA in Elementary Education. Miss Silvia was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach by Emi Flynn, an Orton-Gillingham Fellow. She is also trained in LIPS, the Responsive Classroom Approach, Project Read and Core Knowledge.
Miss Silvia was a middle school teacher for many years at Burnham Brook School in Canterbury, NH and also taught at the Museum of Science for 15 years in the Camp In program, Courses program, and the Outreach program.
Other teaching experiences include Naturalist-Education for the Arlington, MA public school; Naturalist educator at the Tom Denny Nature camp in Bolton MA; Founder and coordinator of the Henniker Library Story Hour; and coordinator of the vacation bible camp for the Congregational Church of Henniker.
Miss Silvia has been a Girl Scout leader and assistant soccer and softball coach in Henniker NH. She enjoys reading (of course), traveling, gardening and spending time with her friends and family in the out doors.