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Our Staff

Rob Aquilina

English

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.

E-mail: raquilina@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Andy Bengtson

Mathematics

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.

E-mail: abengtson@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Michelle Colgate

Paraprofessional

Michelle is a 28 year resident of Derry. She has been community caregiver volunteer for the past 8 years. She has worked in the Derry schools for 13 years in various jobs such as daycare and food service. Now realizing her passion to help children, she is very excited to embark on a new endeavor as a paraprofessional at Next Charter School! She enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, football, softball, soccer and spending time with family and friends.

E-mail: mcolgate@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Joe Crawford

Director

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.

E-mail: jcrawford@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Kim Crowley

Capstone Coordinator

Kim Crowley holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. In 1989, Kim began a career in educational publishing as a development editor and project manager, and for the past twenty-three years, she has run her own business, partnering with educational publishers to develop and write curriculum, textbooks, and products for the high school and college markets. From 2005 through 2007, Kim was the Registrar of the Nutfield Cooperative School, and Secretary of the school’s Board of Directors. In 2012, Kim got involved in the creation of Next Charter School, serving as Vice Chair and then Chair of its Board of Trustees, serving on multiple committees, and volunteering two days a week mentoring students.  Kim and her husband Cy have lived in Derry for more than 20 years, and raised a family of two boys and one dog. Kim believes that at any age, every person has the opportunity to be both a learner and a teacher, especially when we engage in meaningful relationships with one another. Such relationships can foster our curiosity, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and ultimately, self-knowledge.  As Capstone Coordinator, Kim brings her unique blend of experiences in both the professional and educational worlds to guide and support students as they explore, build, and learn from relationships with adults in professional environments.

E-mail: kcrowley@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Angela Gleckman

Art

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.

E-mail: agleckman@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Kerry-Lynn LaFlamme

Special Education

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.

E-mail: klaflamme@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Kelly Nolan

Humanities

Kelly earned a B.A. in both Sociology and Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire and an M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies from Southern New Hampshire University. She believes that no student should have to sit through 6 straight hours of instruction. Therefore, she is a proponent of incorporating movement into her classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys physical activity, watching sloth videos, and playing with her dogs. Fittingly enough, with her background, Kelly’s favorite TV show is House of Cards. She is eager to start her teaching career at Next, where she hopes to build strong relationships with students. It is her goal to enable all students to be well rounded, educated citizens.

E-mail: knolan@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Ashton Pace

Americorps

Ashton earned his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Ashton enjoys spending time with his family, conversing on all things speculative literature (such as The Lord of the Rings), and thinking deeply about various topics in philosophy, but especially political philosophy. He is excited to work with the students at Next.

E-mail: apace@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Molly Qualters

Paraprofessional

Molly grew up in a small town in Western New York.  She earned her B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from the Ohio State University.  After working in Boston in various sales and marketing jobs, she earned a Culinary Arts degree.  She worked for a few years in Boston hotels and restaurants as a line cook and pastry chef.  Molly and her husband TJ moved to Chester, New Hampshire in 1994.  After staying home to raise her three children, Molly returned to the work force as a substitute teacher at Chester Academy and the Derry school district in 2011.  Molly realized that working in education was her passion.  She became a full-time paraprofessional in 2016, working for Next Charter School and the Derry Early Education Program.  In 2017, she became a full-time paraprofessional for Next Charter School.  Molly believes that by building positive relationships with students and supporting students in developing confidence in themselves, every student can achieve success.

E-mail: mqualters@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Scott Saucier

Mathematics & Americorps Member

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.

E-mail: ssaucier@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Liz Verity

School Counselor

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.

E-mail: everity@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398


Emily Whalen

Natural Sciences

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.

E-mail: ewhalen@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398

Karen Woodes

Administrative Assistant

E-mail: kwoodes@nextcharterschool.org
Phone: 603-437-6398