• 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.

Dr. Jack Billings

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Dr. Jack Billings

Dr. Jack Billings is the Principal Teacher of the academy offering 38 years of professional experience. “Dr. B’s” experiences are primarily within early childhood and elementary education. He has been a classroom teacher, building principal, dean of students, and even as a superintendent. Dr. Billings also sits on the faculty of two universities working with doctoral students pursuing degrees in instructional leadership, school administration, and classroom teaching. He is a published author, has been a keynote speaker and presenter at many conferences including the Global Summer Institute for Instructional Leadership at Disneyworld, FL, and the National Conference of American School Psychologists. Dr. Billings’ doctorate is in Instructional Leadership: Early Literacy Acquisition and he holds a Masters in School Administration.

 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

Bonnie Roberts is the Assistant Principal at the academy. For 38 years Bonnie has been a teacher and administrator at HA. She has taught grades K-8 and a wide range of disciplines. Her passion is in the sciences. Her hands-on classroom promotes; collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving to help students make real-world connections. Bonnie believes a classroom environment should support and challenge all learners while encouraging independence and confidence. As the Student Council advisor, she enjoys helping students plan and prepare school events. The planning and preparation of these events are another opportunity for students to develop many life skills and confidence.

 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

Jean Corbin has been teaching at Hampstead Academy for 28 years.  She has taught students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Her goal in teaching is to create a challenging environment while fostering individuality in her classroom.  She strives to create a comfortable learning environment where her students can feel free to try something new and take risks.  Knowing that each student brings different strengths to a classroom, Jean instructs using a wide range of methods in order to reach each individual.  Topics explored in her classroom are poetry, current events, New Hampshire History, and American History.   Jean enjoys baking and weaving.  She loves to involve her students in these activities.  Outside of the classroom, Jean enjoys sailing and skiing with her family.

 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.  

 Alexandra Weber Coons

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Suffolk University BS, Public Relations

Alexandra Weber Coons

Ms. Weber loves teaching her first language, Spanish to the students at Hampstead Academy.  She is originally from Miami, Florida and brings her knowledge of Spanish and Spanish culture to share with her students. Ms. Weber believes that children learn best through repetition. Students begin learning Spanish at the Pre- Kindergarten level here at Hampstead Academy and this allows them to develop and grow in their knowledge of Spanish. One can hear Ms. Weber greeting her students throughout the day in Spanish and conversing with them in Spanish. She enjoys seeing how well her students can speak and understand the language. Children are such a joy to teach. Ms. Weber loves to encourage her students to try their best and to be confident individuals. Outside of the classroom Ms. Weber enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, stepdaughter and son, as well as visiting her parents in Miami.

 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 feels that making connections with her students is very important in order for them to reach their full learning potential. Once her students feel that they can share their feelings and emotions, they can flourish both inside the classroom and out. Mrs. Matos believes that project-based learning is essential in today’s learning environment. By incorporating projects, there are many avenues that can be explored and touched upon whether it be in math, reading, writing, or all three. Mrs. Matos has a BS in Criminal Justice from Lasell College in Newton, MA, and a Master’s Degree from Cambridge College in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Matos is a licensed teacher in grades PreK-2. She loves swimming in the Saco River, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and son. 

 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. 

 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.

 Beth Cope

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MA Recreation Administration, University of Maryland BS Recreation and Leisure Services, Green Mountain College AA Business Management

Beth Cope

Mrs. Cope joins the Hampstead Academy family with over 30 years' experience working with children of all ages. She is excited to share thematic, play and project-based learning experiences where students will learn by doing. Mrs. Cope is known for her creation of a warm and inviting classroom atmosphere encouraging children to get excited, explore and participate. Mrs. Cope will share her passion for reading, crafts, music and movement and baking within the classroom allowing all children regardless of learning styles to thrive. Helping students grow, derive joy from investigative and active learning and to individually thrive is a constant daily priority.

 Andrew Wildes

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BS in Mathematics: University of Massecuhsetts,Amherst MS in Mathematics:University of New Hampshire, Durham Certifications: MA (k-12)

Andrew Wildes

Mr. Wildes has a BS in Mathematics from UMass Amherst and an MS in mathematics from UNH Durham. He spent his career in Math education career challenging students to think about math as a problem-solving process and not as finite values. Mr. Wildes embraces the best of all research-based curricula: especially Singapore Math©, The Art of Problem Solving©, and National Competition Problems®.  Whenever possible he applies mathematical principles to everyday life. He uses a variety of classroom techniques including small groups, whole class, and open class discussions.

 Heather Hankus

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Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Keene State College

Heather Hankus

Mrs. Hankus has been teaching in early childhood for over 20 years.  She is excited to join the Hampstead Academy family to share her love and passion for teaching young children.  She loves watching the children explore, learn, create, and make connections.  Mrs. Hankus values play-based learning and nurturing the development of healthy social and emotional skills. She brings her positive energy and sense of humor into the classroom making learning fun and exciting. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Hankus enjoys trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Lake Winnipesaukee, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.