Mrs. Nancy Gibbs
Nancy Gibbs received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of New Hampshire. Before children she worked at Claremont Christian Academy as an art teacher for a short time. She also worked at Milestone’s Children Center in the preschool and after school program. Upon moving to Milford, she worked at the Christian Day Care, Little Arrows. She started teaching in the preschool at SMCA in 2012. Nancy is so excited to be in the preschool and loves working with the children.
Mrs. Charlene Koontz
Preschool Supervisor, K4 Teacher
Charlene Koontz earned her early childhood degree from Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. Charlene has over 40 years of experience teaching and training children and adults. She has worked in Christian, private, and public school settings as a teacher’s aide, a preschool and elementary teacher, and an elementary principal.
Charlene has enjoyed serving the Lord in her local Church ministries as a Sunday school teacher, a nursery worker, a nursery director, and several other ministries throughout the church. She has mentored adults in working with children through school and church opportunities.
Charlene has served the Lord here at SMCA since 2004 as the K4 teacher and shortly thereafter was promoted to the preschool supervisor. Charlene enjoys teaching and watching her students grow, learn, and explore the world around them. She has a desire to share God’s love to her students and to help them begin to understand who He is and what He has done for them.
Mrs. Connie Braunius
Connie Braunius received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with certification grades K-12th from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) in 1989. She began teaching at SMCA in 2003. During her years at SMCA she has taught K3, private music lessons, Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment.
Prior to teaching at SMCA, Connie taught music at Hudson Memorial Jr. High in Hudson, NH. She also taught 2nd grade at Goffstown Christian School for five years, and continued teaching private music lessons for a fine arts program in Candia.
Upon leaving the Christian School, Connie taught personal computers to adults. She also worked in the health industry for several years teaching and evaluating adults on telephone etiquette and accuracy of knowledge on health plans. While doing so, she earned a Graduated Certificate in Health Administration. She also took time off to begin a family.
Connie has a burden for understanding and helping children develop the way God made them. She has also taken several seminars to further her education to help the children. It is her desire to keep encouraging the children and their parents to love God and see Him do great things in their little ones.
Mrs. Serena Kleppinger
1st Grade Teacher
Serena Kleppinger earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. She also holds a minor in Psychology and Music. Previously, Serena taught Kindergarten and before becoming a part of the SMCA family, she spent six years homeschooling her children. Prior to accepting the first grade position in 2016, she served the SMCA Community as a substitute teacher.
She enjoys singing, playing the piano and flute, reading, spending time with her family, and spending time studying the Word of God. She is thrilled to be the first grade teacher at SMCA and she looks forward to the years ahead. Her greatest desire is that her students would not only grow academically, but also come to know God in a deeper way.
Mrs. Joanne Branchi
2nd Grade Teacher
Joanne Branchi began teaching at SMCA in 1998. During her years at SMCA, she has taught kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and is currently teaching second grade. In addition to teaching elementary, Joanne has taught Senior High Speech, private voice and piano lessons.
Prior to her teaching at SMCA, Joanne taught for 8 years at Victory Baptist School in Londonderry, New Hampshire, as a kindergarten teacher and music director for Jr. and Sr. High. She has studied many musical instruments with various schools with an emphasis in piano and vocal performance.
She is thankful to the Lord and counts it a privilege to be a part of the SMCA community for so many years. She especially loves the enthusiasm of the students. Her goal as a teacher is to help each student develop a love for learning, find their strengths and use them to succeed in school.
Mrs. Marianne Tierney
Elementary Supervisor, 3rd Grade Teacher
Marianne Tierney graduated from Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, and from Bethany Theological Seminary, Dothan, Alabama, with a Bachelor's in Christian Education. This is her 10th year teaching 3rd grade at SMCA. She has also been the Elementary Supervisor for 7 of those years. Marianne previously taught for 5 1/2 years at Bethlehem Baptist Christian Academy in Fairfax, Virginia, 1 year at Anchorage Christian School, Anchorage, Alaska, 3 years at Tabernacle Christian School, Hudson, New Hampshire, and 10 years at Victory Baptist School, Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Marianne loves the excitement the students at SMCA have. She feels that the parents are helpful and supportive. It is awesome to see a student's eyes light up with understanding! Her goal is to instill the joy of learning in each of her students.
Mrs. Beth LeMieur
4th Grade Teacher
Beth LeMieur was reared in a Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at fifteen years of age. After her salvation, Beth helped in her mother’s Sunday school class where God instilled in her a love for teaching, a love for children, and a desire to see them come to know and serve Christ. He used this experience to lead her into Christian education and to Liberty University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
After teaching within a Christian school for eleven years, Beth married and took a sabbatical from teaching to focus her attentions on her home and family. While working within the home, she homeschooled her daughter for thirteen years and ministered within her church through the music and the children’s ministries.
With her daughter in college, God provided her with a teaching position where she taught for four years.
Through God’s providential guidance, He opened the door for Beth to be a part of His work at SMCA in 2016. She is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful staff and school as she continues to serve God through teaching and ministering to her fourth graders. It is her desire to see her students follow in the steps of Christ. Luke 2:52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Mrs. Jamie Webster
5th Grade Teacher
Jamie Webster is a 2003, Pensacola Christian College graduate. She started her teaching career at SMCA in 2005. After two years had passed, she left SMCA and began teaching 3rd and 5th grade students as a small group math and language tutor for local public schools. In 2013, God graciously led her back to SMCA, where she currently teaches fifth grade. Jamie's desire is to instill in each student a quiet confidence and a passion for learning.
Mrs. Ann Bannister
Preschool Teacher's Aide
Ann Bannister has been with our school since 2003 working with the preschool classes. She has taught kindergarten, music, voice lessons and flute lessons to assist in preparation for fine arts competitions. She also judges at fine arts.
She graduated from Burlington Bible Institute in Burlington, MA. She graduated from Framingham State College in Framingham, MA with a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in music.
Ann loves to see the progress the children make throughout the year. Her greatest joy is to teach the Bible lessons and music to the children.
Mrs. Valerie Rogers
Preschool Teacher's Aide
Valerie Rogers is a 2004 graduate of the University of West Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Valerie started teaching in 2004 at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia. During her teaching career, she has taught first grade, an elementary accelerated class, and has also been a K3, K4, and first grade paraprofessional.
In 2013, the Lord brought Valerie and her family to New Hampshire. That same year, she began helping here at SMCA. In 2014, she became part of our SMCA faculty. She is currently a teacher’s aide in Kindergarten.
Mrs. Liann Wilkins
Liann Wilkins graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College in 1999 with a degree in Home and Family Management. She was married in June of 2002. Liann has 6 children and homeschooled her children for 4 years.
Liann's hobbies include her husband, children and home. She loves to find a bargain. Enjoys creating new recipes for their family dinners. Loves to go for walks with her family and enjoys taking rides on the motorcycle with her husband.
Mrs. Tina White
Elementary Teacher's Aide, Extended Care Provider
Tina White earned her Associates degree in Early Education from Maria College in Albany, NY. She was a preschool teacher for eight years in New York before coming to New Hampshire. She joined SMCA as Kindergarten, Preschool, and Daycare Director in 1989.
She loves to teach children and watch them come to a point of understanding and "the lights come on." Her hobbies include quilting and spoiling her granddaughter.
Mrs. Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong joined our SMCA faculty in 2000. She teaches art to grades K5-12th. She is also responsible for assisting in the art division of the New England Fine Art’s Competition.
She attended Appalachian Bible College, in Bradley, West Virginia for one year, and also took a two-year course through the Penn Foster Career Institute out of Scranton, Pennsylvania where she received a diploma in art. She has won several awards with her artwork, including a national competition.
Prior to teaching at SMCA, the Lord allowed Karen the privilege of teaching art to several different homeschool families throughout the Merrimack/Amherst area.
“I am in awe that the Lord has allowed me the privilege of serving Him here at SMCA. It is such a joy to teach art but more importantly to show these students the beauty of what the Great Artist, God Himself, has created. So much points to the beauty (art) of His hands. I love the fact that these students will come to a teacher when they have a need and ask for prayer. It thrills my heart to be able to pray for them.”
Karen offers art lessons in graphite/charcoal drawing, oil painting, acrylic painting, and watercolor painting.
Miss Allison Clark
Junior High Math Teacher & Junior High Science Teacher
Allison Clark graduated from The Crown College of the Bible in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Upon graduation, she began teaching junior high math at SMCA. Sixth grade Science, being added to her repertoire in 2016, has brought out the creative and curious sides of her students. She enjoys watching her students grow more confident in their problem-solving skills throughout the year. She believes education comes alongside building relationships with her students.
Mr. Landon Clouse
Junior High Bible Teacher, Varsity Boys' Soccer Coach
Landon Clouse graduated from Appalachian Bible College with a BA in Theology and he received his Masters of Ministry from Baptist Bible Seminary. He serves as pastor to teens and families at Merrimack Valley Baptist Church. He also teaches 6th grade Bible and coaches boys' varsity soccer at SMCA. His hobbies are vast depending on the season, but his main hobbies include cycling, reading, and maple syrup production.
Mr. Andrew Doan
Secondary Supervisor, Secondary Speech & Bible Teacher
Andrew Doan received a Masters of Divinity in 2005. He has taught Junior High and High School Bible since 2002. Having studied Speech as a minor in college, he has considerable experience in the field of public speaking and drama including teaching Speech since 2005 and directing numerous high school play productions. He has taught at SMCA since 2008 and has served as the Secondary Supervisor since 2010.
Senior High Math Teacher
Mrs. Harvell was graduated from Troy University in 1984 with a BS in secondary mathematics and physics education. She began a 30+ year career in education as a public high school teacher in Fairborn, Ohio. In 1994, Mrs. Harvell embarked on a fourteen year journey homeschooling her two children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 2008, she founded Joshua Tree Educational Services in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she provides college-prep high school classes for home schooled students. Mrs. Harvell is currently completing a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction at Southern New Hampshire University. She joins the staff at SMCA for the 2016-2017 school year as the geometry, Algebra 2, and pre-calculus teacher.
Mrs. Harvell and her family came to New England in 2000 because they went where the Air Force sent them. Four years later, they chose to retire here to continue to explore the natural beauty and abundant history New England offers. Mrs. Harvell loves to visit Boston and have dinner in the North End and dessert at Mike’s Pastries!
Mrs. Janice Hubbard
Kindergarten & Elementary Music Teacher
Janice Hubbard has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education K-12 and a Master of Education Degree in Teaching English. She has maintained a private piano studio in NH, Musical Moments, since 1997. She also has extensive experience teaching classroom music and keyboard in various settings, including summer music camps, daycare facilities, and churches. Janice has ten years experience teaching Kindermusik®, a music-and-movement program for children from birth to age seven. Her goal for each student is to learn, create, and enjoy music in an environment where students can thrive!
Janice is a member of Music Teachers National Association and New Hampshire Music Teachers Association.
Janice is married and has four children. Two of them have graduated from SMCA and two currently attend.
Mrs. Susan Laird
Junior High English Teacher
Susan Laird is a 1991 graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-8th) and a minor in English. When she picked English as her minor, she did not know God was going to use that subject and give her a passion to teach junior high students, but He prepared her to do exactly that.
When Susan was in third grade, she became interested in teaching children, and decided then to be a third grade teacher. At the age of ten, she began pursuing ways to learn to be a teacher. First, she began helping in her church nursery and young children’s programs under the supervision of various adults. In ninth grade, she became a preschool Sunday school teacher and a Christian school teacher’s aide. After graduating from college, she got married and began teaching as a third grade teacher, fulfilling her childhood dream. She did this for several years until she had her four children. In 2006, when her youngest child entered first grade, she began teaching junior high English at SMCA, and has grown to absolutely love this “in between” age, where students are growing out of being elementary students and developing into high schoolers. Two of her children have graduated from SMCA and two are still attending in high school.
Mrs. Tina Landel
Senior High Science Teacher
Tina Landel loves God, biology and people so naturally she enjoys teaching here at SMCA. Her undergraduate degrees are in Health Science Education (West Chester University) and Biology Education (Delaware Valley College) and her master’s degree is in Biology (East Stroudsburg University). She has taught biology and health for many years in both public and private schools and in home school environments both here in the United States and in Uganda.
In addition to her classroom experience, Tina has done coral reef monitoring, lead genetic engineering projects through the Waksman Student Scholars Institute of Rutgers University, trained teachers in molecular biology with the Lead Teacher Program, worked as a Science Education Advisor to Princeton University, and founded a teachers’ academy designed to train educators in hands-on, student-centered learning and effective use of technology in the classroom.
She loves her husband and children and her hobbies include studying Hebrew, herpetology, SCUBA diving and snorkeling, music and tennis.
Mrs. Melissa Maguire
Elementary & Secondary PE, Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach
Melissa Maguire has been teaching elementary and secondary physical education at SMCA since 2012. Her passion is to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Mrs. Maguire has also been the girls’ varsity basketball coach since 2007. She has a real love for the game of basketball, and for building long lasting relationships with the girls.
Mrs. Kathy Mangum
Digital Photography Teacher
Kathy Mangum has 10 years of experience as a self-taught, self-employed, professional photographer in the wedding and portrait industry. She also does all her own digital editing using the latest software. She enjoys sharing her passion for photography and real-world experience with her students. She has been involved with the Fine Arts Program as a coordinator since 2010. She has been teaching digital photography at SMCA since 2015.
Mrs. Dimple Master
Secondary Science & Math Teacher
Dimple Master joined the SMCA family in 2013. Prior to teaching at SMCA, Dimple worked as a high school science teacher at Nashua Christian Academy for three years, and also worked in the Nashua School District for one year. Before moving to the US, she taught at a high school in India for six years.
Dimple earned her undergraduate degrees in both Chemistry and Zoology and her master's degree in Botany from India. After moving to the United States, she took care of her family and her passion for teaching led her to pursue a master's degree in Education from Rivier University. Dimple's enthusiasm for teaching has led her to assist her husband in running a high school robotics program as well as private tutoring. Dimple frequently attends workshops to learn new strategies of teaching that will help her teach her students more effectively. She believes that every student is wired differently and that each of them has various learning styles. Her main focus is to personalize her lessons to enhance her students' learning capabilities.
Mr. Marty Matthews
Athletic Director, Secondary PE & Junior High History Teacher
Marty Matthews received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Plymouth State College in 1982. After graduation, he embarked on a career in law enforcement. For 22 years, he served as a police officer in our local community.
After his retirement in 2006, the Lord led him to SMCA to start an athletics program and teach in our secondary program. He teaches World History, Geography, and Physical Education. He also serves as Athletic Director and coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team. It is a real pleasure for him to see the students grow as a Christian and become our future leaders. SMCA has been a blessing to him and his family.
Mrs. Erika Neveu
Senior High English Teacher
Erika Neveu attended Eastern Illinois University where she earned her B.A. in 2005 and M.A. in 2007, both in English. She has been teaching college English since 2005, first as a graduate assistant, then as an adjunct professor. During her time at NHTI in Concord, NH, she also served as the college partner for the local high schools in the dual-credit Running Start program. It was her job to work closely with the high school English teachers to ensure that the students who were enrolled in the dual-credit classes were meeting college-level standards. She is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to SMCA seniors so they can prepare for college-level academic writing and earn college credit while doing so.
Mr. Michael Shaughnessy
Secondary Music Teacher & Digital Imaging Teacher
Michael Shaughnessy has been writing and performing music since elementary school. Having been born and raised in Manchester, NH, this area has been the community of growth and the seed of opportunity for Michael since an early age. He graduated from the ORU School of Music in where he studied classical and Jazz vocal and piano. He also performed extended studies at the UCLA extension program for film scoring. His scores have been heard on numerous networks, and has composed for Uplift Productions, Save Africa's Children, Into Africa, Cottonwood Christian Center and many others.
He has worked extensively in both music and film: producing and engineering many projects in numerous genres. Michael has also voice coached and worked with many notable professionals. He has gleaned from these experiences which he shares liberally with those he interacts with. Most recently, Michael completed his masters degree in music education at Boston University. He uses this knowledge to continually improve with teaching in the classroom, private instruction, conducting corporate worship in song, or developing Satellite School of the Arts, a non-profit he founded.
He loves to play soccer, spend time with family, mentor young people, and getting his honey-do list done well. He is inspired and motivated first and foremost by faith in Christ and is grateful to have an amazing wife and family with 8 children.
Mrs. April Stephenson
Foreign Language Teacher
April Stephenson earned her Bachelor's degrees in French and in International Relations from Boston University in 1993. She continued her education at the University of Kentucky, receiving her Master's in Library Science in 1995 and her Masters in French language and literature in 1997. Mrs. Stephenson loves to learn so she pursued a PhD in French literature and finished coursework towards the degree at Boston University in 2005. Her teaching career began at the University of Kentucky where she taught for 3 years before moving back to the Boston area where she taught at Boston University and Gordon College.
In 2006 she began teaching at the high school level in Massachusetts and found it very fulfilling. “I enjoyed the energy that young adults bring to the classroom. I also found it possible to mentor students in their life journey since I taught them from year to year and not just for one semester like at the college level.”
In her younger days, April loved to travel. She lived in Paris for 6 weeks at the Université de Paris, with a host family in Grenoble for 6 months and also in Caen, Normandy for 6 months. While in Caen, she earned the Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF), Advanced Diploma of French Language, awarded by the French government.
While living in France she also traveled to many other European countries including England, Italy, Germany, Spain and Czechoslovakia (before it split into 2 countries). Visiting, speaking with and learning about other peoples is one of her passions.
Miss Jennifer Stover
Foreign Language Teacher
Jenn Stover has been teaching Spanish at SMCA since 2014. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Spanish education from Messiah College and her Master's degree in Applied Linguistics in the teaching of foreign language from the Universidad de Jaén in Spain. She enjoys teaching students the joys of learning a new language and developing in them an appreciation for other cultures. Some of her hobbies are traveling, cooking, dancing salsa or zumba, reading, spending quality time with family and friends and spending time enjoying God's creation.
Mr. Patrick Tierney
Secondary History Teacher
Pat Tierney graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1980 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He has taught U.S. History, Government, and Economics at SMCA since 2002.
It is exciting for him to see the students connect current events with historical facts of the past. He is thankful that God has given him the privilege to be part of the SMCA Community.
Mrs. Sue Tucker
Senior High English Teacher
Sue Tucker is a graduate of Northeastern Baptist Bible College majoring in Christian Education with a focus in English/Language Arts. Within her many years of teaching in a private school setting, she has had the opportunity to teach English/Language Arts to multiple grade levels. Of great interest to her has been the area of special education. Throughout decades of teaching, Sue has partnered with special education departments in surrounding communities to assist students in reaching their goals; thereby, helping each student access the general curriculum. She has also served for three years as elementary principal at Calvary Christian School.
It has been a blessing for Sue to work with young people and watch them grow spiritually and academically.
Sue is married with two grown daughters. One of whom is a special education teacher.
Mr. Dave Weir
Senior High Science Teacher
Dave Weir is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master's degree in Science Education. He has taught science in Minnesota for 20 years and in New Hampshire since 2012. In 2016, he joined our SMCA faculty to share his expertise in Chemistry, Physics, and Robotics.
He has also served as deacon, prayer counselor, and group leader at Grove Christian and Mount Hope Christian Centers in Minnesota and Massachusetts.