• 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

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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.

Ms. Bonnie Roberts

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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)

Ms. 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

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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.

 

 Gretchen Shaw

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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.  

Ms. Alexandra Weber Coons

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Suffolk University BS, Public Relations

Ms. 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.  

 Ashley Matos

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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. 

 Mark Christen

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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.

Mrs. Beth Cope

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. 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.

Mr. Andrew Wildes

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Andrew Wildes

Mr. Wildes has a BS in Mathematics from Amherst and an MS in mathematics from UND 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.