Rob earned a B.A. and M.Ed. in English from Plymouth State University. He started teaching English at Mount Prospect Academy in Plymouth, NH in 2004, and was an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University and Lakes Region Community College until 2012. He also worked in college admissions and worked as an Academic Counselor at UNH before coming to Next.
Rob enjoys being outdoors, preferably barefoot, and especially likes hiking and competing in obstacle course races. His favorite activity, however, is helping his dog chase squirrels. Rob believes that learning is an active process, that knowledge is an achievement, and that once people begin learning new things, they will never want to stop.
Cassie earned a B.S. in Youth Development and Education with a minor in Psychology from Plymouth State University. She comes to Next with well-defined experiences working with youth and families throughout New Hampshire. Cassie is passionate about helping students reaching their educational, professional, and personal goals- every person deserves the opportunity to be happy and successful in life wherever they would like to be.
In her free time, Cassie enjoys exploring all parts of nature, playing and coaching volleyball, volunteering, and spending time with family. Cassie is excited to be part of the community at Next and hopes to empower students so they are prepared for their next step.
Andy earned a B.S. in Management, a B.A. in Economics and a M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Keene State College. He began his career teaching mathematics at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in 2001. In 2007, Andy moved to Walpole and worked in the Fall Mountain School District as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Two years later, he moved back to the area and back to Gilbert H. Hood, teaching 6th grade math. Andy ran cross-country and track & field at Keene State and enjoys running to this day.
Michelle is a mother of 4, who moved to Derry in 1992, working as the head of mailing operations for Hadco where she worked for 11 years. She took several years off to pursue her career as a full time mom after the birth of her twins. In 2004, wanting to stay close to the children she worked in the Derry school system in the food service area. Her passion for children led her to working before and after care at EDMES where she is still employed. Realizing her passion to help children she embarked on a new endeavor with Next Charter School in 2018 as a paraprofessional. She has been volunteering with The Community Caregivers since 2009. She enjoys the outdoors, all sports and spending time with family.
Joe earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in History from Boston University and holds a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of New Hampshire. After beginning his educational career in 2000 as a Social Studies teacher at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, Joe spent one year teaching in a 5th grade classroom at Lowell Community Charter School in Lowell, MA.
Upon returning to Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in 2003 as a Social Studies teacher, he taught 6th and 7th grade until becoming an Assistant Principal from 2005 to 2013. Joe currently lives in Derry, and is a product of the Derry schools, graduating from Pinkerton Academy in 1996.
Sarah grew up in a small town on the shoreline of Connecticut. She earned a BA in Anthropology and Global Studies with a minor in Sociology from Hofstra University in 2020. After working at an overnight summer camp, she discovered her passion for working with children. This is Sarah’s first year working at Next as an Americorps member. She is very excited to get the chance to work with students, help them reach their full potential, and gain confidence in themselves. Sarah’s interests include reading, hiking, singing, dancing, being outdoors, and cooking — you can find her doing any of these things when she’s not at Next. Sarah is thrilled to join the Next community this year.
Angie grew up in a small town in central Maine. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design and minors in Art History and Dance from Plymouth State University. Following graduation in 1999, she moved to Southwest Colorado where she worked in Durango as a graphic designer. She later moved to Washington state in 2001 where she worked as a before-and-after-school-care supervisor for the Sammamish, WA YMCA. In 2003, she moved back to New England and joined the North Andover School of Dance where she has been an instructor of tap, jazz and ballet for the past 11 years. Angie has also taught art classes to students of all ages out of her home in Atkinson, NH.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, dancing, singing, camping, hiking, kayaking and spending time outdoors. Angie loves working with students to help develop their confidence and creativity within the visual and performing arts. She is excited to be a part of Next.
Abbie previously worked at a preschool/childcare center. It was there she found her passion to work with children. She loves to see each child learn and grow from the experiences they are provided within education. Abbie is currently working towards her bachelors degree in human services from Granite State College. She enjoys being outdoors, going camping, fishing, and being with family. Abbie is excited to be a part of the Next community and to continue to grow alongside the students.
Kerry-Lynn earned a B.A. in Special Education from New England College. She was a Special Education teacher at Gilbert H. Hood from 2005-2008. She worked with students in 7th and 8th grade. Kerry-Lynn also enjoyed coaching field hockey at Gilbert H. Hood. After the birth of her twins, she decided to stay home and be a full-time mom.
In 2016-2018, Kerry-Lynn returned to Gilbert H. Hood as a teaching assistant in the 8th grade. In her free time, Kerry-Lynn enjoys skiing, biking, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to be a part of the Next community and support students along their journey to becoming confident and successful young adults.
Cheryl lives in Derry with her two daughters Taylor and Emily and her dog Jax. Cheryl has over 18 years experience working with children and young adults. She started her career in early childhood education, providing those in her care an enriching environment full of learning activities to help them blossom.
Cheryl cherishes the bonds she made and still makes time to visit with the children and young adults she once cared for as infants. Cheryl transitioned to becoming a direct support professional in 2014, working as a special needs aide for young adults transitioning into the community after graduation as well as providing supports for their families.
This is Cheryl’s first experience working in the school system and she is excited to be working in the community she grew up in. In her spare time Cheryl enjoys routing on the Red Sox, catching the latest Marvel movie or just spending time with her family.
Mike earned his teaching degree at Plymouth State University. He has a strong background in reading, writing, and history. He has been teaching for over 25 years; in fact, he started his career at Grinnell School in Derry, New Hampshire. He is a proponent for students to be actively engaged in their learning and believes ALL students have the potential to be successful both as a learner and a productive citizen of the United States.
Mike stands by the “Four F’s:” Family, faith, football, and food! In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four boys, attending sporting events, walking in the woods, visiting New England beaches, studying, and working in the yard. He is eager to continue his teaching career at Next Charter School, where he hopes to build a strong rapport with students. It is his goal to enable all students to be well rounded, educated citizens.
Zachary joined Next as an AmeriCorps member during the second half of the 2019-2020 school year. He decided to remain at Next for another year and is looking forward to continuing working with the staff and students. Zach moved to New Hampshire from New Haven Connecticut where he attended Southern Connecticut State University pursuing a B.S. in Economics. While in school he worked as a bicycle messenger which left him with an infectious love of cycling. He is glad to have the opportunity to work in an educational environment and hopes to build good relationships with the students and staff.
Scott earned his B.S. in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration from Springfield College in 2014. Along with working at Next, he also is a coach for the FC Boston Bolts soccer club in Massachusetts. Scott’s passions include playing sports, specifically soccer, being outdoors, hiking and reading. He has a passion for working with kids and helping them see and reach their potential. He is very happy to be working at Next with the incredible staff and students.
Melissa worked as a program manager for 8 years, serving individuals and their families with various abilities and behavioral needs. After having her adorable son Levi, she has decided to switch gears from the busy, full time work to a schedule that enables her to spend more time with her bright little boy.
She has been working in the school system as a paraprofessional for three years now. She is continuing her education, pursuing her B.A. in counseling with Clarks Summit University. She enjoys spending time with her son, going on road trips, being outdoors, camping and cooking.
Liz comes to Next with 8 years of experience working with youth in the community. She was employed as a Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer for the State of New Hampshire in the greater Derry area since 2005.
Liz obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Rehabilitation Services from Assumption College. After gaining much experience working with youth and families, Liz discovered a more concentrated area of need to assist students. Following her interests, Liz returned to school and completed her Master of Education Degree in Counseling in the spring of 2013 and became a certified school counselor.
Liz enjoys being outdoors and active. She has played organized sports for most of her life, including collegiate field hockey. Liz is often finding new hiking trails with her dog.
Emily grew up on a small farm in upstate New York. After earning a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, she spent several years working on tall ships, where she taught everything from oceanography to maritime lore.
She eventually moved to New Hampshire to pursue a Masters’ degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England and a science teaching certificate. She then spent three years teaching middle school science at Pelham Memorial School, where she also coached cross country and was the advisor to the hiking club, science club and winter running club.
Emily believes that kids who are active and engaged in their environment will grow up into adults who feel compelled to take care of it.