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 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 of the Month. We always welcome your nominations!
"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!"
By: Jessica B.
Mrs. Cormier's Web Page
"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!"
By: Aurora B.
Mrs. Moore's Web Page
"The November teacher of the month is in her second year teaching here at Founders. Her favorite part about working at Founders is getting to do what she loves each day and watching her students become confident storytellers, critical thinkers, and bookworms. She also likes to warn students about the dangers of incorrect grammar; particularly savage apostrophes, elegant commas, and sharp sentence fragments. She believes that children need to be prepared to face a world where a misplaced comma or a hungry apostrophe could turn up at any moment.
This teacher also writes young adult novels, short stories, and comments on student essays. She enjoys reading books by Annie Dillard and Fyodor Dostoevsky.
She uses creative ways to turn every lesson and topic into a great time. Her students describe her as funny, creative, and kind. The November teacher of the month is Ms. Robin Small."
By: Emily B.
Ms. Small's Web Page
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month for October, Mr. 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!"
By: Fiona H.
Mr. Gaumont's Web Page
September 2016 - Madame Kathleen Barlow
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.
By: Catherine H.
Madame Barlow's Web Page
June & September 2016 - Mrs. Maria Bechis
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.
May 2016 - Mrs. Ana Lopez
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 time with her family.
Mrs. Lopez says she loves the Founders mission of a classical education and she also like the opportunity to create her own curriculum.
April 2016 - Ms. Kate Mote
"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 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
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."
By: David B.
Ms. Mote's Web Page
March 2016 - Ms. Kelly Griffin
"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 high school 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."
By: Madeleine G.
Ms. Griffin's Web Page
November 2015 - Miss Jackie Efraimson
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 adviser 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!
Ms. Efraimson's Web Page
October 2015 - Ms. Joanna Marcotte
"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.
By: Madeleine G.
Ms. Marcotte's Web Page