• Meet the Staff

    Hampstead Academy's teachers are experienced professionals, most with advanced degrees, who believe that learning is a natural and enjoyable part of life. They consistently strive to nurture both the intelligence and character of students in an atmosphere of caring, concern, and creativity. Expectations and standards are of the highest order and the entire school family is dedicated to education. At Hampstead Academy, you will ensure the essential expertise and experience in education so vital for your child's future.

 April Booth

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Southern NH University: MEd in Elementary Education and Special Education Roberts Wesleyan College: BA Certification: NH Teacher Certification, K-6 NH Teacher Certification, Special Education, K-12

April Booth

Ms. Booth is eager to join the Hampstead Academy community because the central focus is encouraging students to succeed academically, while also focusing on their character as students and citizens.  She is a recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University’s Clinical Masters in Education Program.  Before beginning graduate school she held various education positions including a preschool teacher and special-education paraprofessional, in New Hampshire; and a general paraprofessional and school-age teacher in a private setting, in Western Massachusetts. When she is not teaching she enjoys crafting, reading, baking. Ms. Booth believes in offering opportunities for all students to learn in flexible environments that foster hands-on learning. As a member of the Hampstead Academy teaching community, she is excited to meet the families and to become actively involved in our school community. 

 Mark Christen

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University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.S. in Music Education Bob Jones University: B.S. in Music Education Certification: NH Experienced Educator Certificate in Music Education

Mark Christen

Mr. Christen has been a music teacher for many years teaching music to children in the classroom and in private music lessons. His area of expertise is teaching band instruments and guitar/bass. He has a passion for music, and wants his students to not only gain that passion, but also to use music as a way of expressing themselves, teaching others, and helping them cope with life. The students in his class will learn many songs from different cultures and styles. Singing is of great importance in his music class, along with movement and composing music. His classes include learning how to play xylophone, ukelele, drums, piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, and band instruments. The students also learn how to read music, which is important in learning. 

 Jean Corbin

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MEd., Instruction and Curriculum Development, University of Massachusetts BA, French Language and Culture, University of New England Certification: NH Experienced Educator Certification in Elementary Education (K-8)

Jean Corbin

Creating a challenging environment while fostering individuality is the goal Ms. Corbin has established for her classroom. She strives to create a comfortable learning environment where all students can feel free to try something new and take risks.

 

 Stacy Kutzelman

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MEd, Curriculum and Instruction K-12, Notre Dame BS, Elementary Ed, Keene State College Certification: NH Experienced Educator Certification in Elementary Education (K-8)

Stacy Kutzelman

Ms. Kutzelman teaches with the philosophy that there are many paths to solve problems and there may be many solutions to any given example. Because of this, she welcomes the creativity of the adolescent mind to explore and create new ways of solving problems through class discussion, hands-on examples, and an understanding that everyone's ideas are valued and respected.

 Zhihui Li

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MA Chinese Linguistics, Hebei University, China BA Chinese Language and Literature Education, Hebei Normal University,China

Zhihui Li

Ms. Li has more than 15 years’ experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese to native and non-native speakers. She has taught in 3 different countries: China, Mongolia, and the U.S. She often uses various methodologies to inspire the students’ desire to learn the Chinese language and its culture as well, especially hands-on activities. She has always loved teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It is her passion to be an educator and she looks forward to helping the students learn more about her native language and culture. 

Excellent teacher of the year, 2012, Shijiazhuang University of Economics

Noteworthy Performance Award, 2010, Columbus School for Girls

Excellent teacher of the year, 2007, Humanity University of Mongolia

 Ashley Matos

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Cambridge College: MEd in Early Childhood Education and Moderate Disabilities (PreK-2) Lasell College: BS Certification Massachusetts – Early Childhood PreK-2

Ashley Matos

Mrs. Matos has a passion for teaching students, encouraging them to try new things and take academic risks. She is looking forward to getting to know the youngest learners at HA and is excited to welcome them into the classroom.  Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son as well as close friends and family. 

 Liane Odom

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Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership University of California, San Diego, Certificate in University Counseling University of Central Florida, M.A. Early Childhood Education St. Joseph’s College, BS Elementary Education Syracuse University, B.A. International Relations and Anthropology Certification: NH Experienced Educator Certificate Elementary Education (K-8) Florida Educator Certificate: Elementary Education (K-6), Primary Education (Preschool-1st Grade), Exceptional Student Education (K-12), Middle School Integrated Curriculum

Liane Odom

Mrs. Odom comes to Hampstead Academy with a diverse background in education.  She has broad experience in the grades, from Pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade Algebra Honors both in the US and in South Korea.   Mrs. Odom has also spent time as a university placement advisor and admissions director. 

Her experience working internationally has helped to shape her vision about the power of education to transform lives.  She has visited schools throughout Asia and realizes that STEAM education helps prepare students for an increasingly interconnected market.  She is passionate about education and is a life-long learner.  

 Bonnie Roberts

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BS, Elementary Ed. Notre Dame BS, Special Ed. Notre Dame HQT, Elementary Ed. and Special Ed. American Heart Association BLS Instructor Certification: NH Experienced Educator Elementary Education (K-8) Special Education (K-8)

Bonnie Roberts

Ms. Roberts believes that in science classes, concepts are best learned through hands-on activities that encourage inquiry and curiosity. These activities help students develop science skills that can be used through out their school years.

 Gretchen Shaw

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Salem State College: MA in Education UMass Amherst: BFA in Art Education and Art History Certifications: MA Professional License Prek-8 and 5-12

Gretchen Shaw

Mrs. Shaw has been an art educator for over fifteen years.  Her roles in education have expanded to curriculum leadership in K-12 art education, instructing professional development in art and technology, and presenting at state conferences.  Mrs. Shaw is passionate about engaging the school community in the art program. She believes that the art teacher plays a large role in creating a positive, inspirational, and exciting program to engage all learners and the school community.  

Mrs. Shaw’s enthusiasm for teaching art comes from her own interests in art media.  Her personal artwork choices are constantly changing and evolving. She loves to explore and experience different methodologies and techniques to create, and investigate with her students.   Mrs. Shaw’s pedagogy is heavily influenced by Lois Hetland’s Eight Studio Habits of Mind and the National Visual Art Standards.  Outside of school Mrs. Shaw spends time with her husband and two children.  She loves to go on adventures with her family where they spend lots of time outdoors in every season.  

 Amy Simberg

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BS Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology University of New Hampshire Certification: NH Experienced Educator, PE and Health MA - Educator Certificate, PE

Amy Simberg

Mrs. Simberg is a health and wellness enthusiast at heart who has a passion for educating our youth on the importance of living a physically active and healthy lifestyle.  She loves spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and three children.
 
 Beth Sommers

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Tufts University: Engineering Education Program (Focus: Elementary Engineering K-5) Franklin Pierce University: Elementary Education Southern CT State University: MS Public Health Drexel University: BS Food Science/Clinical Nutrition Certification NH Experienced Educator Engineering is Elementary Certified as a Teacher Trainer, Boston Museum of Science Project Lead the Way Certified as a Teacher Trainer

Beth Sommers

 
Ms. Sommers is passionate about STEM learning that can be transformative when students integrate disciplines to solve problems that extend beyond the walls of the classroom into issues meaningful to the greater community.  Her instructional approach emphasizes problem-based learning and the design thinking framework.  With a focus on engineering content and processes, students are able to see how Math and Science are applied to solve real-world problems.  In 2016, Ms. Sommers was recognized as NH’s STEM Teacher of the Year
 
 
Ms. Sommers is a native of Philadelphia and now resides in Hampton with her husband Joe, son Joey, golden retriever Jessie, and cats Timmy and Caramel.  She is excited to be a part of Hampstead Academy and looks forward to collaborating with families and staff to engage, challenge, and inspire students!
 
 Alexandra Weber Coons

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Suffolk University BS, Public Relations

Alexandra Weber Coons

Ms. Weber loves teaching Spanish at Hamstead Academy. She enjoys being able to share her love of Spanish with the students, both during Spanish class, and also during after-care.  

 Kim Esakof

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BSN, Bachelor of Science, Nursing Diploma in Nursing, New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing Certification: RN Licensure in New Hampshire and Massachusetts BLS (for Healthcare providers): American Heart Association

Kim Esakof

Ms. Esakof is excited to support Hampstead Academy as a School Nurse consultant.  She believes that children learn best when they are healthy.  The health office is a very important part of Hampstead Academy’s daily life. Whether it be seeing children with complaints of minor illness, stomachaches, headaches or the common cold, the health office is also a safe place for children to visit to just talk about what is going on in their life. We believe that the nurse’s office should not only treat ill children but serve as a resource for wellness.