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. Rebekah Bianchi
1st Grade Teacher
Rebekah Bianchi earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Troy University in Alabama. Prior to her employment at SMCA, she taught first grade in Huntsville, AL and Hudson, NH.
She and her husband moved to NH in 2016 following God’s call. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, calligraphy, and quality time with her dog, Quill.
She has always had the call to be an educator and to help students foster a love of learning. First grade has always held a special place to develop relationships with peers and to grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically.
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. Danielle Doan
3rd Grade Team Teacher
A bio will be published soon.
Mrs. Valerie Rogers
3rd Grade Team Teacher
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. Aimee Joki
Aimee Joki received her Associates Degree in Science from New Hampshire Community Technical College (now Nashua Community College) in 2008. She is an alumnus of SMCA and she previously substituted for art class as a senior of the school. Prior to teaching, she was a stay-at-home mother of two.
Mrs. Joki grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as savior at a young age. She has enjoyed serving the Lord through art and music in church, over the years. Some of her favorite things are playing the piano and violin; spending time with her family; and admiring artwork in museums and festivals.
Mrs. Joki has won multiple awards for her artwork. She has studied many mediums in both collegiate and private classes alongside renowned artists of the Manchester, NH area.
Pointing students to Christ using art and preparing students for their futures by highlighting art’s importance in daily life are her main objectives. For students with great interest in fine artwork, she aims identify options that will allow students to use their talents in the future. She believes the appreciation of talent and beauty, especially in God’s own creation, is a component of joy: “…whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8b.
Mrs. Danielle Jones
Senior High English Teacher
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.
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.
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
Secondary History & PE Teacher, Athletic Director, & Basketball Coach
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. Lori Peters
Mrs. Cherish Principe
Junior High Math and 6th Grade Science
Cherish Principe is originally from Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Ambassador Baptist College in North Carolina and has been teaching since 2005. Cherish has taught in Christian schools in Alabama, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
Cherish’s first foray into education began in high school when she tutored elementary students in mathematics. She has dedicated herself to becoming a life-long educator and learner, and strives to instill a similar desire in all of the students with whom she works. When not teaching, Cherish enjoys spending time with her husband and five children and watching Alabama football.
Mrs. Terri Richardson
Senior High Math Teacher
Terri Richardson moved to New Hampshire from Colorado. She has a BS degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida. She has been involved in Christian Education since 1999 and has taught middle and high school math in Florida, Colorado, and New Hampshire. She loves teaching math and getting to know her students.
Mrs. Richardson and her husband have been celebrating over 30 years of wedded bliss! They have four wonderful children and one grandchild! Her hobbies include hiking, reading, cross-stitch, cooking, and refinishing furniture.
Mrs. Sarah Rios
5th Grade Language & Secondary Spanish Teacher
Sarah Rios received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with minors in both Bible and Spanish from Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) in 2005. She then taught both 1st and 2nd grade in the Florida public school system for 10 years. In 2015, she and her husband felt the call of God to move to New England to minister at New Life Church in Leominster, MA where she currently is an active member.
Sarah was raised in the Dominican Republic where she learned Spanish with her missionary parents. She is a pastor’s wife and mom of five daughters. She also enjoys nature, exercise, and studying God’s Word.
Sarah is excited to teach her students how knowing a second language will expand not only their reach of the gospel, but also maximize their interpersonal skills with many culturally diverse people groups. She feels privileged to be a part of the SMCA family.
Mr. Matthew Saunders
Senior High Bible Teacher
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. Vanessa Whitehouse
Junior High French Teacher
Vanessa Whitehouse graduated from Gordon College in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Before Vanessa's youngest child was born, she worked 10 years as a Director of Sales and Marketing for a non-profit assisted living facility. Her passion was not only for helping the elderly find the right treatment plan, but it was also for teaching and training aspiring sales employees within the Senior Living network.
Vanessa’s native language is French. She did not learn to speak English until she was five years old. All of her extended family lives in France, and each summer she, her sisters and her parents had the privilege of bouncing between her grandmother, aunts and uncles homes. It was an annual visit that everyone always looked forward to!
Vanessa’s desire is to introduce students to the beauty of the French language as well as its rich and unique culture.