The Founders 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 particular mission of our school. We are thankful for their devotion to the 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.
The following section of the Founders web site has a place for each teacher to introduce himself or herself to the school community. In addition, each month we will highlight the work of one teacher—our Teacher of the Month.
Teacher of the Month - October 2016
Congratulations our Teacher of the Month for October, Michael Gaumont!
“I am standing before you all today to announce the October Teacher of the Month. As you may know, each month we recognize a teacher that has shown outstanding leadership qualities in the classroom as well as through school activities. This teacher is inspiring and makes learning fun which encourages my classmates and I to try harder at our assignments. This teacher also brought five students to Concord, NH for a leadership summit. Additionally, this teacher is also very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his subject. And, did I mention, he likes the Boston Bruins? I am proud to announce the Teacher of the Month: Mr. Gaumont!”
~ Fiona H.
Teacher of the Month - September 2016
We are very pleased to announce our teacher of the month for September, Mme.Barlow!
“Madame Barlow is a French teacher at Founders. This is her third year here, and she is very much appreciated by her pupils. Madame is a very friendly, positive and engaging teacher, and she always greets her students in the hall with a friendly “Salut!” She helps us study for tests and quizzes by playing unique, fun games in class, and she always has a great story to tell.
Madame Barlow has been teaching French for many years under multiple jobs. She spent a summer working in a restaurant in Belgium, where she had first-hand experience with European culture. Madame graduated BYU in Utah with a bachelor's degree in French.
Madame Barlow has six children, two of which attend Founders, and in their free time, Madame and her husband run a business called Milltown Cakes, where they create amazing specialty and custom cakes. Perhaps Madame will do another assembly about it this year. (hint, hint)
Madame has also planned a trip to Europe in April 2017. On the trip, they will be visiting some important cities in Europe. These include Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London.”
Recently, Madame planned and organized the 6th grade Orientation at Founders, which ran smoothly and was an immense help to our newest students.
Madame Barlow is a great teacher, and we appreciate and admire her hard work and enthusiasm.”
Teacher of the Month - June and September 2016
Mrs. Maria Bechis has been teaching science at Founders for the past two years. She is very passionate about her subject and about Founders. She loves being able to create her own curriculum and carry out her own labs and projects. She has great faith that all our students can learn science. The main key is to become a good observer. She also loves teaching science because her students help her to be a life-long learner by asking penetrating questions and coming up with new ideas. For instance, Adam Verville wanted to know why scientists had not come up with an antibody filter so that people could obtain blood safely from any blood type.
Mrs. Bechis is a very experienced science teacher, having taught for 15 years. Her favorite subject is chemistry because it crosses the line between biology and physics. Her husband, Dennis, is a physicist. He has taught her a great deal about that subject and they have worked together on environmental issues such as water quality, insisting that industries follow safety regulations when installing pipes at stream crossings.
Founders is honored to have such an enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable teacher in the science program.
Teacher of the Month - May 2016
We are very proud to have Ana Lopez as a member of our staff at Founders. She has accomplished a great deal in her young life. She is a great math teacher, who says she loves working with numbers. She is highly qualified to teach math with two masters degrees; one in elementary education, grades K-8 and a second in middle school math.
Mrs. Lopez grew up in Russia and came to New Hampshire as a nanny to improve her English speaking skills. She met her husband at church. He grew up in Columbia. So Ana also speaks fluent Spanish since she lived with his family for five years. They have three little children, one a baby who was born this year. Mrs. Lopez speaks Russian to her children, and they understand it, but usually respond to her in English.
In order to fit both her teaching and her family into every day, Mrs. Lopez rises at 4:30 every morning. She makes lunch for her children before leaving for Founders. She is usually at school between 5:30-6:00 a.m. every morning to correct papers and prepare for her classes. Then she leaves school quickly in the afternoon to spend the afternoon and evening with her children.
Mrs. Lopez says she loves the Founders mission of a classical education and she also like the opportunity to create her own curriculum.
Teacher of the Month - April 2016
By: David B.
This month’s teacher of the month is Ms. Mote because she dedicates almost all of her free time not only preparing the best assignments for her students, but also running three school clubs.
Ms. Mote is the teacher of a level 2 class, a level 3 class, and two level 3-A classes, where she teaches Medieval and American Literature. She also teaches vocabulary, and sentence diagramming so that we may understand the English language.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Mote runs the Journalism Club, the Yearbook Club, and the Drama Club. Journalism club releases a school newspaper covering all of the events of our school every few months, and meets once a week on Friday during K-Block. Yearbook Club makes the entire yearbook for our school and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays during K-Block. Lastly Drama Club puts on the school play every year, it meets twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Ms. Mote puts in a lot of dedication to teaching the students here, even coming into school when she isn’t feeling the best, because she wants to be here to teach us all of these things. However, as shown this month, she manages to come out as the best teacher.
Teacher of the Month - March 2016
By: Madeleine G.
Miss Griffin is this month's teacher of the month. She expresses great knowledge and passion while teaching her classes. Miss. Griffin is dedicated to helping her students enjoy science and make a fun learning experience while teaching.
Miss Griffin first discovered her love for science when she was in kindergarten. She always thought she would grow up to study dinosaurs. When she got into highschool she quickly realized that was not for her. She started to have an interest in biology and quickly fell in love with it.
Before she became a teacher here at TFA she worked on experiments as a lab technician. She worked on a project in which she closely analyzed the color of fruit fly’s eyes and related it to their gender.
She got into teaching because she loves it. She worked with special ed kids at her previous school she worked in and decided she wanted to become a teacher. She enjoys the challenge she faces in the classroom every day. She loves working with her students.
Teacher of the Month - November
Jackie Efraimson is the new Spanish teacher at Founders and we are so glad to have her aboard.
In addition to teaching fun and interesting Spanish classes, Miss E. does many other things to make the school a great place. Her students celebrated La Dia de Los Muertos with elaborate face painting and a fiesta.
One student said, "I like Miss E. because she give us plenty of time to understand something before she goes on to the next thing." Another student said, "Miss E. is my favorite teacher because she lets us work slowly."
Miss E. also volunteered to be the advisor for the Ocean Club, with an aquarium in her room and planned visits to the shore. And she has even taken on the challenge of teaching the Entrepreneurship class. Right now that class is finding ways of improving the school store with a market survey. Then they will try suggested innovations to make the store interesting and profitable. Eventually they will design their own businesses.
Thank you, Miss E., for contributing so much to our school!
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER
By Madeleine G.
Before Ms. Marcotte came to TFA she originally went to college to get her degree in becoming a history teacher and had a master’s degree in computer science. She originally wanted to become one of the history teachers for TFA but when Miss Mooney asked her about computer science questions she decided to become the computer teacher. She said that the best part of her job is helping students understand technology so they can problem solve with it and better educate themselves. Ms. Marcotte has done so much to improve our computers such as running virus scans, checking all the projectors and much more. She said, “There is never a dull moment in the Tech room,” and she loves working here.