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Our Teaching Staff

Our Staff

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 Administration and a Master's in Learning and Language Disabilities. 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.

  • Ian Symons graduated from Southern New Hampshire University. He holds certification in Special Education K-12 as well as General Education K-8. After several decades of working in the lumber industry, Ian decided that his accomplishments were not enough. Teaching had always called to him and he took the leap! He is currently working on his Masters in Administration at Rivier University.
    Ian feels that an education can bring a person to achieve their dreams. The fact that he has come into teaching at a later age is a blessing. Not only because of the experience of life, but he also has found his true calling.
    Ian says this about his teaching career. “I wish to instill this feeling in others: Do not allow yourself to be complacent, reach to achieve your dream. It is possible to follow your dreams. Jump in!”

  • Mrs. Avery earned her BA in Elementary Education from Southern NH University and is certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She ihas 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.”

  • Ms. Nagy earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. She earned her national certification as a school nurse (NCSN) in 2013. She is currently enrolled at Rivier University working towards her masters degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her favorite quote is, "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." This is what I strive for every day with our students, families, and staff.

  • Ms. Dickinson has been a teacher and counselor longer than many of you have been alive, because she believes that working in education is the best thing a person can do. Her Guidance office door is open to all of you as well as our students, and she will most likely be asking you to help out with Drama. Please don't walk the other way when you see her coming!

  • 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.

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    Mrs. Cole earned her Teacher Certification (K-8) and her BA from Plymouth State University with minors in Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. 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.”

  • Mrs. Ekeberg graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Elementary Education and a concentration in math. She believes that every kid needs a champion, and to teach students, you need to let them know that they are a somebody and that they matter every day.

  • Miss Fleury earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Grand Canyon University, AZ. She is certified in Elementary K-6 and Special Education K-12. Miss Fleury began teaching at Strong Foundations in 2013 as a Special Educator. She has been one of our First Grade Teachers for the past 5 years.

    Miss Fleury's dream as a child was to "change the world". She has put her focus on making a positive difference in the lives of children, and therefore accomplishing her childhood goal to change the world, one child at a time.

  • 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.

  • Miss Harbour has a Bachelor’s in Childhood Studies with a Special Education option from Plymouth State University.

  • Mrs. Husband graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Reading and the Teacher of Writing in 2018. She has been trained in the constructivist approach of teaching and believes children should be given opportunities for exploration in their learning. She enjoys spending time outside and distance running.

  • 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.

  • Ms. Noonan graduated from Granite State College with a BA in Elementary Education (K-6) as well as a certification in General Special Education (K-12). She is very excited to be joining the SF team this year as the new Language Arts and Social Studies teacher for 5th grade. One of her favorite sayings, "It's a good day to have a good day!", captures her teaching philosophy nicely as she believes that learning occurs best in a positive and upbeat environment.

  • Mr. Paris earned his Master’s degrees in English (2008) and History (2000) from the University of New Hampshire. He has taught English at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He is passionate about literature, history, and philosophy. As a teacher, one of his favorite quotations is from Plutarch’s essay, “On Listening,” in which Plutarch writes that “the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.”

  • B.A. Union College, J.D. Boston College Law School. Favorite out-of-school pursuits include family time, literature, travel, continuing education, and winter sports.

  • Mrs. Nobert earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. This is her fourth year at Strong Foundations. If she can inspire kindness in each of her students, then she will have met her goal as a teacher. "In a world where you can be anything, be kind." Mrs. Nobert is excited to be an early childhood educator 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.

  • Mr. Van Dzura studied Music Education at Providence College. It is his philosophy that all students can be successful in music because it is a universal language. He has played the trumpet for 12 years and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for music with his students.