• 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.

 Lyn Kutzelman :Owner/Director

Phone: 603-329-4406

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Degrees and Certifications:

MEd, Lesley University BS Education, Lesley University CAGS - UNH

Lyn Kutzelman :Owner/Director


Affiliations:
NPSAC - NH Department of Education Non-Public School Advisory Board
NEASC 


I have had the pleasure of working with children for the past 53 years. I have taught at every grade level from preschool through college in the public and private sector. In 1978, I decided to start my own Kindergarten in Atkinson and in 1986 started to build what is now Hampstead Academy. It is now forty years later and I am fortunate to still be doing what I love - working with outstanding teachers and watching our students grow into caring and productive adults. I have cherished every minute and thank everyone for all their support through the years.  I have especially enjoyed witnessing my two grandchildren grow up and find their love of  science, math, art and music. There is nothing more rewarding than to see your children and grandchildren participate in what life has to offer and to give back to their family, friends and community.

 Holly Cimmino :Business Administrator

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BS, Business Management, Salem State University MS. Accounting, Southern NH University

Holly Cimmino :Business Administrator

 

I started my education at NECC where I got an Associate's Degree in Business Management with a computer applications option. I continued on to Salem State University where I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business. I then started my career working for a financial insitution. It was at this point that I realized I wanted to further my studies. I started working at Hampstead Academy in the summer of 2014 and then I enrolled at Southern NH University where I earned a Master's Degree in Accounting. Working for the school has helped me realize just how much I enjoy working for a small, close knit company. I am now studying to become an Enrolled Agent for the IRS. Although I like the challenge of financial statements and other accounting functions, I love the complexity of taxes. 

My family and I recently relocated to Florida to enjoy the many perks of a warmer climate. We love going to the beach,riding our motorcycle and just being outdoors. My husband is an avid golfer and my children and I plan to take lessons so we can also play. I look forward to continuing my job with the school from Florida! 

 Jean Corbin Teacher: Grade 5

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, French Language and Culture, University of New England MEd., Instruction and Curriculum Development, University of Massachusetts

Jean Corbin Teacher: Grade 5

 

Coordinator Team

Lower School Coordinator

 

Creating a challenging environment while fostering individuality is the goal I have established for my classroom. I strive to create a comfortable learning environment where my students can feel free to try something new and take risks.

 Over the years at Hampstead Academy, I have taught students in kindergarten through fifth grade which I have enjoyed thoroughly. I am very pleased to be teaching fifth grade this year. Some of the topics we will explore are the Whaling Industry of the 18th century, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.  Through reading and reporting about current events, the students in my class learn about people and places around the world and how these events may impact the future.

 I am also the Lower School Coordinator. I work with a very dedicated team of teachers which continually strives to maintain a diverse and challenging curriculum while addressing the social and developmental needs of the students they teach

 Suzanne Cronin Teacher: Technology Coordinator

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Sociology, UNH MEd, Education UNH

Suzanne Cronin Teacher: Technology Coordinator

 

Teaching is my passion. I make sure each of my students feel safe and loved so they are able to take risks in a supportive environment. My goal is to help my students foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime. I enjoy integrating technology into all subject areas. In my spare time, I love spending it with my husband and two boys.

 Señora Mariela Di Tullio Teacher: Spanish

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor degree in Education ( Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Señora Mariela Di Tullio Teacher: Spanish

 

 

Affiliations:

The northeast Conference on the teaching of a foreign language

New Hampshire association of world language teachers

The American association of teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

 

First grade teacher Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Academic Director of More than Spanish

Spanish teacher STA

Professional development course (Seresc, online, different schools around NH)

 

I was born and raised in Argentina. Being a native Spanish speaker allows me to use my personals experiences to enhance my lessons by bringing an authentic cultural perspective to my classroom. I enjoy going to class and interacting with students, sharing with them my knowledge of the Spanish language and its rich history and culture. I moved to United States in 1999. I live with my family, my husband, 2 sons, Mark and Kyle in Derry.

 

 Kim Esakof Teacher: Preschool/ School Nurse

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Degrees and Certifications:

BSN, Bachelor of Science, Nursing Diploma in Nursing, New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing

Kim Esakof Teacher: Preschool/ School Nurse

Affiliations:

NASN- National Association of School Nurses

NHSNA- New Hampshire School Nurses Association

 

I am very excited to begin my 17th year at Hampstead Academy as both School Nurse and Preschool Teacher. I believe that children learn best when they are healthy. In my role as preschool teacher I will be able to support our school’s youngest children in their developmental, physical and academic health. Children love to get down and play, and they learn best by just having fun. I cannot wait to play and laugh with my preschoolers!

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. I believe that the nurse’s office should not only treat ill children but serve as a resource for wellness. I have been blessed and humbled over the years by the children and families in this community and look forward to continuing on as their friend and school nurse.

 Suzi Falcone Teacher: Upper School Science and S.S. Grade 4

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS Biology, UNH High School Teaching Certification, Franklin Pierce University Biotechnology Certification, Great Bay College Laboratory Safety Certification, Flinn Scientific OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Certification, Flinn Scientific First Aide and CPR Certified HQT Certification, State of NH

Suzi Falcone Teacher: Upper School Science and S.S. Grade 4

 

Head Science Department

 

Affiliations:

Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

National Science Teachers Association

New Hampshire Science Teachers Association

Civil Air Patrol

Sea Perch

 

I have been teaching at Hampstead Academy for 25 years and have seen many students pass through these doors. I am proud to say that many have gone on to pursue science careers and have remained in contact with us. I believe children learn by doing and my program always includes labs and activities that stimulate their curiosity yet challenges them to make connections that go beyond the classroom. STEM has always been an integral part of our school program and will continue to be as we welcome the ever changing technologies in the fields of math and science.  

 Rose Iannazzi Teacher: Makerspace/Technology

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MS Plastics Engineering University of Massachusetts- Lowell BS Plastics Engineering University of Massachusetts- Lowell In process of completing Alternative 5 Certification for Math

Rose Iannazzi Teacher: Makerspace/Technology

 

I love working with children! It is exciting for me to see the lights in their eyes when they learn a new concept or have a new idea. Math is a special area of interest to me and work to instill the same love of math that I have in each of the students. I believe children learn best by doing and exploring that why I'm excited to be a Facilitator for our Makerspace for Lower and Primary school students.

 Susan Jett Teacher: Librarian

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BA in Anthropology at University of Arizona MSIS (Master’s of Science in Information Science) at SUNY at Albany

Susan Jett Teacher: Librarian

 

Information literacy--knowing how to access and evaluate data online, in databases, and in books / periodicals--is as important in modern education as reading literacy. My hope for the library program at HA is that students learn to be diligent in their reading-for-research and delighted by their reading-for-pleasure.

I worked as a Young Adult Librarian in Queens, NY and moved to New Hampshire when my son was born. This is our fifth year as Hampstead Academy parents and I'm excited to have the chance to work with children again!

 Joy Kemball-Cook Teacher: Grade 2

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Journalism - University of Massachusetts at Amherst M.Ed Early Childhood Ed - Lesley University

Joy Kemball-Cook Teacher: Grade 2

 

Experience:

Taught Gr 2 in Concord,MA  for 7 years

Taught preschool/preK at HA for 2 years

Associate teacher at HA in Gr. 1 for 1 year

 

I love working with the whole child and helping them cultivate a life long love of learning through various hands on experiences. I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with my family, and watching my kids do the things they love.

 George Kutzelman :Concierge

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Political Science, University of New Hampshire US Navy

George Kutzelman :Concierge

 

I am a retired Master Scheduling Supervisor, Lightwave Products, Lucent Technologies now assisting in many functions at our school, be it grounds keeping, minor repairs, errands for staff and solving safety issues. I also assist in teaching courses on African American Music History, Gardening, World War II History and plastic model building.

Being owner of our school with my wife Lyn for 38 years has provided me with a unique opportunity to assist her in  her vision but more importantly for me is the opportunity to interface with these wonderful children . Someone once asked me what my official job was at the school and all I could come up with as a best fit was "Concierge".

For recreation, I visit Aircraft Museums, go to Blues concerts, travel, go fishing and have fun with my family.

 Stacy Kutzelman Teacher: Upper School S.S. and Math

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Degrees and Certifications:

MEd, Curriculum and Instruction K-12, Notre Dame BS, Elementary Ed, Keene State College

Stacy Kutzelman Teacher: Upper School S.S. and Math

 

Coordinator Team

Upper School Coordinator

 

Affliliations:

NH-ATMNE

NCTM

 

Over the past 27 years, I have had various responsibilities at Hampstead Academy including being a classroom teacher in grades 3 through 5, editor of school-wide publications, and upper school mathematics and social studies teacher. As Upper School Coordinator, I look forward to providing the 6th-8th grade students and parents with a successful middle school experience as they prepare for entry into high school. As an upper school math and social studies teacher, I teach with the philosophy that there are many paths to solve problems and there may be many solutions to any given example. Because of this, I welcome 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.

 Jodie Leen Teacher: Upper School Language Arts

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Degrees and Certifications:

MEd, Advanced Reading, Notre Dame College BS, Elementary Education, UMO Highly Qualified Teacher Certification

Jodie Leen Teacher: Upper School Language Arts

 

NEASC Coordinator

 

Affiliations:

International Reading Association

National Council for the Social Studies

 

As an educator, I strive to instill in my students both motivation and enthusiasm for meeting challenges they encounter in the classroom and in life. The journey of self-discovery students experience is central to learning. A learning environment that encourages children to grow, to take risks, and to trust those around them serves as a solid foundation where each child will be able to realize his or her full potential.

When not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, traveling, and gardening. I also love to spend time with my daughter, who is pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry at Tufts.

 Zhihui Li Teacher: Chinese

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Degrees and Certifications:

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

Zhihui Li Teacher: Chinese

 

 

Affiliations: Mandarin Chinese instructor in Southern New Hampshire University

Grades Taught: K-12, College

I have been teaching Chinese at HA for 1 year. I teach grades 6 th through 8 th.

 

I have more than 15 years’ experience of teaching mandarin Chinese to the native speakers

and non-native speakers in different levels (K-16). I have taught in 3 different countries,

China, Mongolia and the U.S. I often use various methodologies to inspire the students’ desire to learn the Chinese

language and its culture as well, I especially use hands-on activities.

I have always loved teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It is my passion to be an

educator and I look forward to helping my students learn more about my native language and

culture. I moved to United States in 2013. I live in Windham, NH with my husband and daughter.

 Ami Mirabito Teacher: Preschool

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA Sociology/Anthropology UMass, Amherst

Ami Mirabito Teacher: Preschool

 

Working with children is amazing. They are the bright light in our future. I am thrilled to be part of the community at Hampstead Academy.

 Jasmine Mirras :Aftercare

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Elementary Education and Global Studies, Lesley University

Jasmine Mirras :Aftercare

 

I am excited to become part of the Hampstead Academy family again! I am a Hampstead Academy alumni, graduating in 2007. Since graduating from Lesley University, I have been working as a 7th grade paraeducator in the Windham School District, where I have worked with students of all abilities. I am currently earning my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a track in Special Education from Southern New Hampshire University. I am delighted to get to know the children in the Aftercare Program and provide a safe and fun environment. When I am not at school, I enjoy sewing, baking, and spending time outdoors with my dog.  

 Andy Moerlein Teacher: Fine Arts

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Degrees and Certifications:

MFA Cornell University, Ithaca NY BA Dartmouth College, Hanover NH Education and Painting Classes, Elmira College NY

Andy Moerlein Teacher: Fine Arts

 

Represented by Boston Sculptors Gallery

 

Affiliations:

Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire Association of Arts Educators, American Alliance of Museums, Museum of Fine Art Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fruitlands Museum, Chesterwood Museum, Anchorage Museum

 

My classes are designed for all levels of creative inclination. In the art studio students learn a spectrum of techniques in all media from pencil drawing from observation to imaginative painting and sculpture. I teach art history, fun aspects of design and materials, as well as life skills with tools and ideas. Teaching the whole child means assuring proficiency in manual dexterity and implement use as well as problem solving and creativity. I am passionate about my teaching and feel it compliments my personal ambitions as a professional artist. I keep an active studio practice and invite the entire Hampstead community to visit my galleries and events often to share in the life long exploration that is a professional art career on Facebook.

 

 Sue Pitman Teacher: Grade 4/3

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Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Education, Salem State University Bachelor of Arts, Lesley University Associate in Arts, Northern Essex Community College

Sue Pitman Teacher: Grade 4/3

 

Math 4/3

Student Support Service Coordinator

 

Providing all of my students with a caring, challenging, fun, and safe learning environment in which they can attain life long skills, knowledge, and strong character is of the utmost importance to me. I am whole-heartedly devoted to inspiring my students to reach their fullest potential both academically and socially. I am an avid Red Sox fan, enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew, and relaxing at the lake.

 Bonnie Roberts Teacher: Lower School Science

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Elementary Ed. Notre Dame BS, Special Ed. Notre Dame HQT, Elementary Ed. and Special Ed. American Heart Association BLS Instructor

Bonnie Roberts Teacher: Lower School Science

 

Assistant Director

 

Affiliations:

American Heart Association

National Geographic Geography Bee

 

I believe that in my K-4 science classes science 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.

I enjoy spending time with my family and playing golf.

 Jeff Samataro Teacher: Music/Band

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Degrees and Certifications:

BM, Music Performance, Berklee College of Music Minor: Psychology

Jeff Samataro Teacher: Music/Band

 

Affiliations:

Percussion Professor, Southern New Hampshire University

 

Grades Taught: K-12, College

 

I’ve been teaching at Hampstead Academy for four years now. I love that the school emphasizes educating the whole child. Music education is an essential part of a well rounded education, and helps students develop skills needed to excel in all aspects of life. Studying music doesn't just develop great musicians, it develops great people.

The goal of my class is to pass on a lifelong appreciation for music and the performing arts. I always stress the importance of having fun in class. I want students to walk out of band saying, “that was the coolest!”

 Before I performed and taught music professionally, I was just a kid who wanted to have fun playing music. I try to never forget that, and want my students to realize the joy that music can bring to our lives. Personally, I love to keep practicing and studying how to play different kinds of instruments, I perform in many different local groups, and love to cook and spend time with my wife and family.  

 Michael Shea

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Michael Shea

Maintenance and Groundskeeper

 Drew Steadman Teacher: Physical Education

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Degrees and Certifications:

MEd, Literacy, Lesley University BA, Physical Education, Keene State College

Drew Steadman Teacher: Physical Education

 

Intramural/Athletic Program Coordinator

 

Affiliations:

-New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

-Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)

 

This will be my 13th year teaching at Hampstead Academy!  My first eight years I worked as an Associate Teacher in grades 1-5 and Physical Education.  I am now going into my fifth year as the Lead Physical Education Teacher.  I have also coached Cross Country and Basketball each year at Hampstead Academy.  As an educator I strive to promote a positive learning experience for all of my students. A lifelong learner myself, I believe it is important to spark learner enthusiasm and provide a strong foundation for both lifelong learning and physical activity. I love integrating core subjects and STEAM into my curriculum.  Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family outside; hitting the beach or tide pools and playing at the playground. I also love to jog along the coast.  

 Fran Stewart Teacher: Kindergarten/Grade 1

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, History, Rhode Island College M.Ed, Elementary Education, Notre Dame College

Fran Stewart Teacher: Kindergarten/Grade 1

 

Coordinator Team

Primary School Coordinator

 

Affiliations:

ASCD

International Reading Association

 

For approximately 20 years, I have had the pleasure of starting our youngest primary students on the road to literacy and instilling in them a love of learning.  A visit to my first grade classroom might reveal children searching for the giant who mysteriously left his footprints on our floor, or better yet, trying to measure those footprints using various concrete materials to get an idea of his size. I am constantly exploring new avenues to excite and motivate my young students while providing them with a safe, nurturing environment.  When I am not at school, I can be found spending time with my family, reading, shopping, and taking long walks on the beach.

 Maddy Waters Teacher: Performing Arts

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MEd, Elementary Education and Special Education, SNHU BS, Communications and English, Saint Anselm College

Maddy Waters Teacher: Performing Arts

 

The mission of my class is to allow for each student to express themselves through music and dance and to be excited to perform for their parents and peers. My wish for them is to develop a love a movement and music.

Having taught dance for the past 8 years, I am thrilled to be working with such a creative group of students!