Faculty

Faculty

The Founders Academy is blessed with an exceptional group of teachers who have come to us out of a commitment to the charter school model and to the mission of our school. 

We are thankful for their devotion to our students, evidenced in creative teaching, long hours of work, and a willingness to continually learn and to try new things.

For many teachers there is a financial sacrifice as well.  And for this we are profoundly grateful for helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow.

Each month the Founders highlights our Teacher/Faculty Member of the MonthWe always welcome your nominations!


School Year 2020 - 2021

We need your nominations! Ask your teacher on guidance counselor on how you can nominate a faculty member. 


Previous Years

Here we'll highlight teachers who have earned this recognition in the past and how they influenced our Founders Academy Community. 


December 2019 - Michael Dupont

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for December is Mr. Dupont. Mr. Dupont teaches Civics and Leadership, US History I and History 2. He is in his first year as a History teacher at Founders. Mr. Dupont also served ten years in the New Hampshire Army National Guard. 

Mr. Dupont gave a great speech at this year's Veterans' Day Assembly. (You can read his speech here.)  He was very eager to teach at Founders because of its mission. We are fortunate to have him at Founders. 

Congratulations, Mr. Dupont, and THANK YOU for all you do at Founders!



November 2019 - Audra Huffman

Mrs. Huffman

The Teacher of the Month for November is Mrs. Huffman.  Mrs. Huffman teaches US History I and II as well as World History. She is in her second year as a History teacher at Founders. Mrs. Huffman always comes to school prepared, organized, and energetic. 

Mrs. Huffman has been helping at our Admissions Open Houses by running a sample history lesson for prospective parents and students to see.We are fortunate to have her at Founders. 

Congratulations, Mrs. Huffman, and THANK YOU for all you do at Founders!


October 2019 - Jonathan Gracza

Jonathan Gracza

The Teacher of the Month for October is Mr. Gracza. Mr. Gracza is in his second year at Founders. He teaches Ethics, Rhetoric, Utopia/Dystopia, Speech Debate and World Religions. Over the summer, he offered a summer camp on debating. He makes his classes very lively, even dressing as an English Judge. 

Mr. Gracza is already thinking about the summer of 2020 as he and Mr. Ste Croix are planning the logistics for summer camps starting with parent and teacher surveys. 

Congratulations, Mr. Gracza, and THANK YOU for all you do at Founders!


September 2019 - Lori Ragas

TOTM

This month we highlight Ms. Ragas who is our Assistant Director of Operations. 

The Employee of the Month for September is Ms. Ragas. Ms. Ragas came to Founders in the middle of last year. It is not always easy coming to the school in the middle of the year, but Ms. Ragas "hit the ground running." She manages many things at the front desk including busing, phones, food pantry, student issues, donations, and the health office. Busing can be a very big job at the beginning of the year and she did it with determination; even staying until midnight the night before the first day of school!

Congratulations, Ms. Ragas, and THANK YOU for all you do at Founders!


May 2019 - Joseph Tissot

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for May is Mr. Tissot. Mr. Tissot has taught French and Spanish at Founders since 2016. He is trilingual and chooses to share his vast knowledge of world languages with Founders' students. 

Currently, Mr. Tissot teaches middle and high school French and Spanish classes. He spends each summer taking comprehensive language classes himself to increase his understanding of linguistics. Congratulations, Mr. Tissot, and THANK YOU for all you do at Founders!


March 2019 - Joanna Marcotte 

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for March is Ms. Marcotte. Ms. Marcotte has taught Computer Science at Founders since 2015. She has done a remarkable job with developing the Computer Science curriculum, chairing the Business and Technology Department, finding professional development opportunities for herself and colleagues, providing countless learning opportunities that benefit students, managing the school’s social media presence and marketing the school for admissions. Ms. Marcotte is a tremendous asset to Founders, a regular presenter at NH Best Practices each March, and was recently recognized for her work by receiving the NCWIT NH Affiliate Educator Award. She also helps with extracurricular activities including the ever-important middle and high school yearbooks.

Congratulations, Ms. Marcotte, and THANK YOU for being a great cheerleader for Founders!


January 2019 - Robert Theriaque

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for January is Mr. Theriaque. Mr. Theriaque has been with Founders for 2.5 years teaching various science classes. Mr. Theriaque came to Founders with years of experience teaching science at a Catholic school. He started teaching at Founders mid-year which isn't easy to do. 

He is very knowledgeable about chemistry, physics, and space science. He is known for his vast collection of space shuttle memorabilia and always bringing his winter coat to second lunch for outdoor recess. Mr. Theriaque's Round Table has led the annual moment of silence each January in memory of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

We are proud to have him at Founders! Congratulations, Mr. Theriaque! 


November 2018 - Seth Wales

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for November is Mr. Wales. Mr. Wales is in his first year at Founders teaching Computer Science. Mr. Wales was so eager to be a part of the Founders community he accepted a Computer Science position even though he had applied to be a Math teacher. 

He always comes to school with a cheerful demeanor and consistent willingness to help others. Mr. Wales volunteers to take extra duties, cover classes, and "steps up" to assist students during his planning periods. 

Additionally, Mr. Wales has several activities he's involved in outside of school including skiing, hiking, biking, photography, farming, spending time with his family, bird watching, and other outdoor activities.  We are fortunate to have Mr. Wales at Founders. Congratulations, Mr. Wales! 


October 2018 - Kimberly Galambos

Kim Galambos

The Teacher of the Month for October is Mrs. Galambos. Mrs. Galambos (formerly Ms. Scantlebury) has taught at Founders for nearly three years. During that time she was the Chairman of the Math and Science Department, and then later the Science Department. 

As the theme of this school year is Entrepreneurship, Mrs. Galambos has already arranged for a speaker from the Center for Women & Enterprise to present to students and is working on a speaker from the Small Business Administration. She's also requested that students who have any ideas about this year's theme speak with her to coordinate. In her own words about this year's theme of the year, "I'm kinda taking it on as a personal project." Congratulations, Mrs. Galambos! 



September 2018 - Josiah Weekley

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for September is Mr. Weekley. Mr. Weekley arrived at Founders this year to teach History. He previously taught at school in Rhode Island, and is well versed in the classics. Mr. Weekley quickly immersed himself in the school’s mission and began preparing for the new school year in July. Earlier this month, Mr. Weekley demonstrated the theme of "stepping up" when he volunteered to assist with Student Senate. Congratulations, Mr. Weekley!


June 2018 - Megan Brown

TOTM Brown

Miss Brown is the Teacher of the Month for June. Miss Brown is teaching in her first year at Founders.  She has a passion for history, especially the Civil War era. She "stepped up" to co-advise the House of Representatives, help with the Olympic Field Day and the End of Year Convocation. Students are fortunate to have Miss Brown as an advisor and teacher. 


May 2018 - Natasha Hyde 


TOTM Hyde

Mrs. Hyde is the Teacher of the Month for May. Mrs. Hyde is teaching in her first year at Founders. She is dedicated to math and her students. When she arrived at Founders, she “hit the ground running” by preparing her classroom and lessons for the school year. Students are fortunate to have Mrs. Hyde here. 


March 2018 - Traci Strub

TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for March, 2018 is Mrs. Strub! Mrs. Strub has taught art at Founders for two years. She is a parent and a teacher here. Her art lessons have greatly brightened up her classroom, the front foyer and the back hallway. 

Mrs. Strub has a very active Round Table. She is very responsible as a teacher and quickly turns around assignments given to her. Mrs. Strub truly lives up to the theme of "stepping up." 

Recently, when an ask was made to make St. Valentine and St. Patrick Day cards for the seniors at Meals on Wheels, Mrs. Strub quickly volunteered. As a result, the elderly citizens at Meals on Wheels have been extremely touched by and thankful for the beautiful cards they received from Founders' students.  

Congratulations, Mrs. Strub!



January 2018 - Virginia Nichols


Nichols TOTM

The Teacher of the Month for January 2018 is Ms. Nichols! Ms. Nichols is in her second year teaching math at Founders. Currently she teaches Algebra, Geometry and Math Course 3. 

However, Ms. Nichols does much more than teach at Founders! She is the advisor for the Running Club, the Sewing Club, MATHCOUNTS, Chess Club, and has offered to "step up" as an adviser for additional clubs that may interest students too! She has great school spirit, always supports students and staff, and works hard for her students.

Congratulations, Ms. Nichols!


December 2017 - Stuart Ste. Croix

Mr. Ste. Croix

This month Founders recognizes the Teacher of the Month for December: Mr. Ste. Croix!  Mr. Ste. Croix  teaches English at Founders. He also has a sixth grade Round Table. He is very dedicated to the school, it’s mission and traditions. He is always available to help students and teachers while remaining positive and at all times. 

Mr. Ste. Croix creates a positive and rigorous classroom environment for all of his students. He is passionate about reading, writing and the success of each student he works with. Founder is so fortunate to have his dedication and talents here!

March 2017 - Kate Mote

Kate Mote

"This month’s teacher of the month is one of the most deserving of the title. Ms. Mote has been a great teacher to students all month, maintaining her patient mindset to help students in their academic excellence, and teaching us new terms every week. She is dedicated to her work and makes the learning experience fun. 

As many of you probably already know, she is also the theater director and is definitely deserving of the position, as she had been in numerous plays both onstage and backstage throughout her school years. Ms. Mote devotes hours of her time after school, before school, and even one weekend to our theater program. 

She constructs entire castles for fun and creates homes as a pastime. For every single play The Founders Academy pulls off, she is right there in the middle of it. Just recently, her devotion to the high school plays Little Women had caused the play to go to states at a drama festival. 

From all that she does, Ms. Mote really is an excellent teacher, and director. Her amazing abilities, from teaching, directing, and being able to drink coffee slowly put Ms. Mote up as an overly deserving candidate for teacher of the month."

February 2017 - Kevin Tellier

Kevin Tellier

"Mr. Tellier teaches the level 1 band here at the Founders Academy. He is also the instructor of the jazz band. Mr. Tellier began studying music in 4th grade when he was nine years old. He started off learning percussion, and now can play a variety of instruments, 2 of his favorites are the French horn and euphonium. 

Mr. Tellier says that music can make a huge difference in developing successful, motivated, lifelong learners. It can teach different skills, knowledge, and provides experiences that you can’t get in any other subject. His favorite part of teaching music is knowing that he plays a part in developing these skills and experiences. His teaching style is very fun, and all of his students really enjoy it. When he isn't playing or teaching music, Mr. Tellier enjoys scuba diving and competitive table tennis."

January 2017 - Jane Cormier

Mrs. Cormier


"I am very honored to announce that the Teacher of the Month for January is Mrs. Cormier. Mrs. Cormier is our new choral teacher this year at The Founders Academy. 

Mrs. Cormier has been performing since she was 5, and started teaching at 21, which helped her pursue her dreams of becoming an opera singer. She has studied at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, with some of the best singers in the operatic world including Joan Dornemann and Nico Caste. 

She has also traveled around the world, to perform gigs and leading roles with countless opera companies. She has lived in Austria and Germany, and has traveled to Italy and St. Petersburg Russia. She has done many shows, but her most well known role is Carlotta, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Vienna Austria production of 'The Phantom of the Opera.'

Today she teaches many different students of different ages and experience and has staged directed over 30 different operas and musicals. She especially loves working with Opera NH as they have brought the world of opera to young students in NH for many years. Her biggest accomplishments, however, are her children: Catherine, 24, and Christopher, 16.

Mrs. Cormier considers working at The Founders Academy a privilege, as she values the unique and special qualities of our country, as she has lived in other countries. She feels lucky at Founders to share both her loves of music and her country. Well, Mrs. Cormier, we are incredibly lucky to have you!"

December 2016 - Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore


"The teacher of the month is Mrs. Moore. Mrs. Moore helps all of her students understand the curriculum, and also offers extra help at any time that she is free. She will always accept late work, no matter how late they are, to ensure that the student understands the material fully. 

She is very kind, and encourages all of her students to be kind, as well. Mrs. Moore is very competitive, but when she loses, she congratulates the winner or winners. She makes class fun and interesting by telling jokes during class. She forgives her students for most things, and she does not yell, unless you aren’t paying attention in class.

Mrs. Moore wanted to be a teacher because when she was in eleventh grade, she had to teach sociology to her class, and found out she loved it! Mrs. Moore went to University of Brunswick to become a teacher. 

Mrs. Moore's favorite hobby is playing board games, and her favorite color is purple. Her favorite series is the Harry Potter series, and her favorite puzzle is “Famous Scientists”, which is finished, and in her room right now. Mrs. Moore's favorite subject when she was in school was science, of course. Her favorite movies are the “Star Wars” movies, and her favorite T.V. show is “The Magicians”. Her favorite food is chicken, and her most beloved dessert is chocolate. 

Mrs. Moore's strengths are being focused, and being organized. Her weaknesses are being stubborn, and another, is her son. Let's have another round of applause, for Mrs. Moore!"


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