Mrs. Alyssa Adams
Girls' Volleyball Coach
Alyssa Adams earned her bachelors degree in 2001, at Franklin Pierce University where she played collegiate golf, and studied social work and counseling. She obtained her Masters in Social Work at Boston University during her first years of marriage and completed the program in 2005, the year their daughter was born. Justin and Alyssa have 2 children. She has coached cross country running, girls’ basketball and track. She is excited to use fitness and coaching as an avenue to glorify God through the gifts and talents in the world of sports at SMCA.
Mrs. Kirsten Bouchoc
2nd Grade Teacher
Kirsten Bouchoc graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Clarks Summit University in 2017. She attended several classes and played sports at SMCA throughout her high school years. After college graduation, she accepted the second grade position here, at SMCA.
Kirsten grew up in a Christian family and accepted Christ when she was a child. She has attended Merrimack Valley Baptist Church since she was five years old. Throughout her years, she has taught Sunday School, basketball, and tutored elementary students. Teaching has always been one of her passions. She really enjoys seeing students thrive academically and spiritually.
Along with teaching, Kirsten enjoys playing sports, particularly soccer and basketball. She also loves to play the piano. Both Kirsten and her husband love to work out together through weight lifting. Her favorite passage of scripture is Colossians 3, where it describes how to glorify God in daily life.
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.
Mr. Chris Burger
JH History and 7th Bible Teacher
Chris Burger graduated in 1992 from Bob Jones University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible, with a minor in History. He has worked in Christian education since 2004 teaching Bible and History, while also serving as a Junior High Administrator. Chris has a desire to help his students understand God’s love and plans for them as they begin to make the faith of their parents, their own, during the formative years of junior high and high school.
Chris and his wife Judi enjoy serving the Lord in their local Church. He served as a deacon and currently serves as an elder. Together they lead the youth ministry, and are active in multiple outreach programs at the church. They enjoy the outdoors, are avid nature enthusiasts, and live in Hollis, NH with their two rabbits and cat.
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. Janice Hubbard
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. 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. 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.
Mr. Aaron Louie
Secondary Music Teacher
Aaron graduated from Cedarville University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music Ministries. He has since served as a Worship Leader in a church in New Jersey and has also built up a studio teaching private lessons for piano and guitar. Throughout Aaron’s career, God has revealed the reality of the believer’s new identity which is found in Christ as well as a passion for teaching and seeing students grow.
In 2018, Aaron was blessed with the opportunity to return to New Hampshire where he grew up and join the team at MVBC as Music Pastor and SMCA as a Secondary Music Teacher.
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.
Mr. David Schutt
Senior High Math Teacher
David Schutt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from UMASS Amherst in 1977, followed by a MA degree in Teaching Mathematics from Bridgewater State University in 2001. Dave taught math for 27 years at Faith Academy in the Philippines, a school for missionary children, and most recently at Nashua Christian Academy from 2016-18. Dave is married to Tammy, and they have two married daughters.
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. 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.