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Hampstead Academy Summer Newsletter 06/28/22



"Genius is in the idea. Impact, however, comes from action.” - Simon Sinek


Friendly Reminders

We hope your summer is filled with family, friends, fun, and fond memories! We cannot wait to see you all in the Fall! Sincerely, Hampstead Academy Administration

Welcome New Teachers! Welcome Ms. Rebecca Cummings Lead STEAM Teacher & Project Based Learning Specialist Pre-K - 8 Rebecca Cummings is a mother and teacher, passionate about STEAM, and loves exploring the world around her. Rebecca comes with a Masters in Elementary Education from Rivier College and a B.A. in English and Child Study from Tufts University. Rebecca comes to Hampstead Academy with enormous experience and expertise in STEAM programs and Experiential Based Learning. She was the Curriculum Coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Education organizing professional development courses to help teachers implement problem based learning into their teaching. Rebecca was also the Workshop Instructor at Emmanuel College developing experiential inquiry based science methods courses. Most recently she has been an Elementary Homeroom Teacher and moved onto becoming the Lead STEAM Teacher within the Pelham Elementary School District working with about 650 students. Hampstead Academy is excited to have Rebecca with us as we move toward Vision 2025. She will be an integral part of our team working with students and developing our teachers through effective experiential learning through projects for impact. Welcome Rebecca!


Welcome Ms. Julie Faro Visual Arts Teacher Julie Faro is an artist, teacher, and mother. She has lived in North Andover for five generations and continues to live in town with her husband, four children, and two dogs. Julie has a B.A. in Fine Art and Graphic Design from Merrimack College and completed her Teacher's Licensure Program through Fitchburg State College. She holds a Massachusetts teacher's license in Visual Arts. After graduating from Merrimack she worked as a graphic designer for two years before pursuing a career in education. She has worked as a special education tutor for Amesbury Middle School and a Child Care Counselor at Saint Ann's Home and School in Methuen. Julie is the owner and operator of Julie's Art School in North Andover, MA. Hampstead Academy is so fortunate to have Julie with us on our journey! Julie is passionate about project based learning and integrating visual art into student studies. We look forward to what will be created next year! Welcome Julie!


Welcome Ms. Leslie Chinburg Physical Education Teacher Leslie Chinburg is a mother, coach, counselor, and academic advisor. Leslie comes with a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire, Durham as well as a B.S. in Childhood Studies from Plymouth State University. Leslie loves connecting with students and staff. Leslie has coached soccer, softball, unified basketball and track. She meets students where they are. She assesses students needs, sets goals, and helps coach them to achieve. Hampstead Academy is thrilled to have Leslie with us in the fall. Her passion to utilize counseling and teaching principles to assist students in meeting their educational and personal goals will serve our community well. Welcome Leslie!


Returning Teachers Ms. Bonnie Roberts Assistant Head of School Homeroom Teacher Class Community 5 & 6 Ms. Johanna St. Pierre Homeroom Teacher Class Community 3 & 4 Ms. Ashley Matos Homeroom Teacher Class Community 1 & 2 Ms. Beth Cope Homeroom Teacher Class Community Pre-K & Kindergarten Extended Day Lead Teacher Ms. Marisa Farrell Music/Performing Arts Teacher Pre-K - 8 Ms. Patricia Kumar Spanish Immersion Teacher Pre-K - 8 Extended Day Teacher Ms. Dana Wang Mandarin Immersion Teacher 1st Grade - 8 Ms. Stacy Stone Paraprofessional w/ focus on Pre-Kindergarten Meet Our Teachers on our website www.hampsteadacademy.org

Daily 2022-2023 Schedule Our Mission is to CONNECT - INQUIRE - EMPOWER through project work that impacts the world around us.

  • We have structured the school day to allow homeroom teachers to focus on core curriculum (Science, Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies) through project work during the first half of the day and still allow time for special classes (Visual Art, Music/Performing Art, Physical Education, Spanish, and Mandarin) in the afternoon.

  • There is added time between specials in the afternoon for core curriculum and/or project work. Students will continue to benefit from a 45 minute lunch and recess.

  • A new addition to the schedule is our “Genius Hour” which reserves 90 minutes a week to encourage and develop individual student passions and interests to explore more. For example this could be time for students to focus on coding, robotics, creative writing, piano practice, or learning a new skill from a guest speaker.



Summer 2022 Campus Improvements We are excited to share what’s been happening through the summer at Hampstead Academy!

  • Pre Kindergarten & Kindergarten rooms will have new flooring installed the last week of July 2022. The flooring is Reggio Emilia inspired and will be wood vinyl planking allowing for durability through projects, play, and naps.

  • The Pre-K and Kindergarten outdoor play space will be transformed into play stations to engage students' curiosity and problem solving skills.

  • Grades 3 & 4 Homerooms have had two ductless air conditioning units installed. Ms. St. Pierre’s students will be grateful for comfortable classrooms as the end of the summer lingers through September.

  • The STEAM Building Ramp has been under repair and will be reconstructed.

We will keep you up to date with progress on improvements via Social Media and a monthly Newsletter throughout the summer!


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