Katie Anderson, Secretary
Katie earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Lowell and holds two specialty sports medicine certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has been a physical therapist for over twenty-five years and currently works in Massachusetts. Originally from Massachusetts, Katie moved to Derry eighteen years ago and has raised her family here. She has two daughters; one graduated from Pinkerton Academy and currently attends Hofstra University and one currently attends Next. In addition, Katie has previously served as a volunteer at Barka Elementary School for five years.
Stephanie Burke has been an educator for ten years and has taught eighth grade science at West Running Brook Middle School for the past seven. Passion for her subject and students has lead to implementing an innovative 21st century approach to teaching; including a personalized blending learning environment that uses the flipped classroom model. Each student works at their own pace, they do not have to wait for direct instruction. Instead they watch videos made by Stephanie for homework and then apply their knowledge during class through inquiry, hands on activities, and projects. This approach allows students to receive daily feedback and coaching. Stephanie has also won the PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching) award in 2013 where she was able to tour the White House and meet President. She has also been a presenter at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, a guest on NH public radio, and has been asked to present to other school districts regarding the flipped classroom. She also was a co-winner of a $20,000 game changer grant from the 21st Century committee of Derry part of which included a set of chrome books for her classroom. She is a member of the NH Science Teachers Association (NHSTA) and the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA). Outside of work, Stephanie owns a small horse farm in Deerfield, New Hampshire with her husband. Stephanie has a B.S. in pre-veterinary medicine from the University of New Hampshire and M.Ed. from New England College. She is certified in elementary education and special education.
Shannon Hudson, Treasurer
Shannon holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting as well as a Masters in Taxation, both from Bentley University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts and is in the process of acquiring a reciprocal license for the state of New Hampshire. Shannon has nearly a decade of accounting expertise and recently took a job at Howe, Riley and Howe, a local accounting firm, as a tax manager. Prior to that, she spent eight years working in the Personal Financial Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. Originally from Maine, Shannon moved to New Hampshire eleven years ago and has been a resident of Derry for the past six years with her husband Jon and Chiweenie Bella. In addition to serving in the treasurer role for the Next School-board, Shannon serves as the treasurer for the homeowners association in which she and her husband reside.
Howie King, Chair
Howie has been employed for the past four years as a Loan Officer at Eastern Bank. Having been in the banking industry for 24 years, he has held positions as AVP of Residential Lending, Security Officer, and Branch Manager. His work in banking includes being a key contributor in strategic planning, budgeting and new product development. He has advocated for his son’s schooling having served as a parent member on school council at his son’s elementary school. Howie has volunteered as coach of many sports baseball, soccer, and most recently basketball at Derry Recreation. He currently lives in Derry, NH with his wife and his son. His son will be attending Next Charter School in the fall of 2013.
Jen is the business manager of Korbey, Lague & Murphy, PLLP, a CPA & wealth management practice owned with her husband, Ron. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, Derryfest committee and PTA President at Derry Village School. Her past positions include the Derry Cooperative School Board, including work on the transportation, food service, bully prevention, negotiations and fiscal advisory committees. Together, Jen and her husband Ron, have 5 children, ranging in age from 9 to 37, and two grandchildren. Jen has volunteered as coach of basketball, soccer and t-ball over the years. She’s been active with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and has been a volunteer in the Derry schools for 15 years. Her latest endeavor is a Facebook group called “Bringing Derry Together” in hopes to create community involvement and encourage volunteerism in the town. Jen is a proud supporter of the Next Charter School and looks forward to serving with the board.
Nichole holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in nonprofit management from Boston University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Ma. Nichole has two decades of experience as a nonprofit manager and has worked with organizations both large and small including The Fayerweather School in Cambridge, MA, The YMCA of Dallas, TX, and Granite United Way. Nichole currently works as an independent consultant serving both corporate and nonprofit clients. She has been very involved in the Derry community as a volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Derry Village School and the Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for West Running Brook Middle School. Nichole currently has a son attending Next and lives in Derry with her husband and 3 children.
Brenda has been a tireless advocate for the children and youth of New Hampshire since moving to Derry in 1982, working with a variety of organizations including New Hampshire PTA, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry and the Community Leadership Program at UNH. Brenda has been a member of the Derry School Board since 2001, serving the board as chairman, vice chairman and secretary during her tenure. Her commitment to community service and education is rooted in a family of educators and public servants. She has been the recipient of the Derry School District’s World Changer Award, the NH PTA Member of the Year Award, the May Company Community Service Award, the Derry Education Association Friend of Education Award, and is a member of the UNH Community Leadership Program’s Warmth from the Millyard Project that was recognized with the 2010 Spirit of New Hampshire Award. Brenda has 2 children who attended Derry Public Schools, St. Joseph’s Regional Junior High and Pinkerton Academy.
Laura holds a J.D. and an Advanced Studies degree in Education Law from University of New Hampshire School of Law. She also holds an M.ED. in Administration and Supervision from UNH and BS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Pikeville. Laura is the Superintendent of Schools for the Derry School District. She works on several nonprofit boards and professional committees and volunteers her time extensively to serve the New Hampshire educational community. Laura is originally from Kentucky and lives in Concord. Laura considers her most important role as mother to her son and is committed to serving the children of New Hampshire through her work as an educator and child advocate. She is pleased to serve as an advisor to Next Charter School.