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Your Teachers

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Mrs. Jean Jordan, Early Childhood

jordanj@StFrancisSchoolNH.org

Mrs. Jordan is a graduate of North Shore Community College and has been working at St. Francis School since 1990. She began her teaching career as an aide in kindergarten. When the preschool was established four years ago she moved to help develop the program. Mrs. Jordan has two children who are both graduates of Saint Francis School. Her daughter Valarie also became a teacher. Her son Brian followed in his father’s footsteps and became a police officer. Mrs. Jordan has been married to her husband Richard for 36 years and has four beautiful grandchildren.

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Sister Holly Gauthier, Early Childhood

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Sister Holly Gauthier has been a Sister of the Presentation of Mary for 16 years.  The mission of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, to make Jesus Christ known and loved, especially to the young, is deeply rooted in her heart. Sr. Holly graduated from Rivier University in Nashua, NH with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Studies. She has had over 15 years of experience working with young children in a preschool environment, both as a lead classroom teacher and administrator. Sr. Holly is an active member of St. Luke the Evangelist parish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, volunteering at the parish food pantry, and spending time outside. Read her vocation story

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Mrs. Lisa McLaughlin, Early Childhood Aide, Lunch Director

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Mrs. McLaughlin is a graduate of Manchester Community College with a medical assisting degree. She has been working at St Francis School 2014.  She and her husband Richard have been married for 36 years and have four children, three of them are graduates of St. Francis School.  She also has four grandchildren and two of them attend St Francis School.  In her free time, Mrs. McLaughlin loves spending time on Newfound Lake.

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Mrs. Nancy Chalifour, Kindergarten

chalifourn@StFrancisSchoolNH.org

Mrs. Chalifour is a lifelong resident of Manchester, NH. She received her B.A. Degree from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She began teaching 4th grade at St. Francis of Assisi School in 1985. When the school decided to add a kindergarten program in 1987, she developed the program and has been a kindergarten teacher ever since. She and her husband Don have been married 35 years and they have 3 grown children. She is an active parishioner of St. Pius X. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time at the beach.

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Mrs. Karen Guepy, Kindergarten Aide and St. Clare Atrium Director

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Karen Guepy lives in Manchester NH with her husband Greg of 23 years and their 4 children. She is a long time parishioner of St Matthews Church in Windham NH where she has also been the Faith Formation Coordinator for grades K-5 for the past 4 years. At St Matthews, she also enjoys running the Faith and Play program where she teaches young children about the Gospels with puppets and other hands on learning activities. In between fun summer days at Long Sands Beach in York ME, Karen and her family enjoy participating in the Vacation Bible School Program.

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Mrs. Trish Woodward, St. Clare Atrium

Trish Woodward originates from Keene, NH and began her career as a nurse. Eventually, she received a Theology degree from Notre Dame College. She began working at Ste Marie Church in Manchester for Fr. Bob Couto. When Fr. Bob became pastor at St. Jude Church in 1999, he offered her a part time job doing Youth Ministry. Mrs. Woodward is currently the Religious Education Director at St. Jude Parish.

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Mrs. Diane Hagerty, First Grade

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Mrs. Hagerty is a resident of Londonderry, NH. She lives with her husband of 32 years, and has two grown daughters and two granddaughters.  She received her degree in Elementary Education from Fitchburg State College. She is certified by the the state of New Hampshire for Grades K-8 with an Experienced Educator Certificate.  She has taught first grade for 21 years.  She also has experience teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten. For the past 13 years she worked at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Derry, NH.  She is a parishioner of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish. Mrs. Hagerty is extremely happy to now be part of the St. Francis School Community and is looking forward to many wonderful years ahead!

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Mrs. Carey Follansbee, Roving Aide

follansbeec@stfrancisschoolnh.org

Carey Follansbee lives in Londonderry NH with her husband Steve and her three children Haley, Abby and Brady. She is a parishioner of St Mark’s Church in Londonderry. Carey is a core member to the Edge Youth Group Program and has taught summer CCD for many years. Carey received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Franklin Pierce College.

She has enjoyed working as a substitute teacher and a tutor for the Londonderry School District for over 10 years. Carey and her family enjoy time spent with their three dogs in York Harbor, Maine. Carey is blessed to be a part of the St Francis Community.

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Mrs. Cynthia Lynch, Second Grade

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Mrs. Lynch has been teaching at St. Francis of Assisi School since 1986. She attended St. Francis School for first through eighth grade, and received a BA in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College. Her three children have attended St. Francis. Mrs. Lynch is a Eucharistic Minister for St. Francis of Assisi Parish and she and her husband were also advisors for the parish youth group for 6 years.

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Mrs. Christina Negron, Third Grade, Director of Special Education

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Mrs. Negron received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Rivier College in Nashua, NH where she also obtained her post-graduate degree in Specific Learning Disabilities.  She has taught both in the public school system and in a parochial school setting.  A mother of three, she resides in Derry with her husband Alfredo, her children, and her two dogs. She enjoys shopping, the beach and participating as a foster parent to a special group of children.  She is a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry.

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Mrs. Ann Louise Jones, Fourth Grade, Lead Teacher

jonesa@StFrancisSchoolNH.org

Mrs. Jones graduated from Temple University with a BS in Elementary Education. She is certified by the State of New Hampshire and as a Highly Qualified Teacher. Teaching for the last 28 years in most grade levels, her passion lies in the third through sixth grades. The excitement of watching the children grasp new concepts inspires her high energy and innovative teaching techniques. As the mother of four grown children, she is now enjoying the wonders of her grandchildren. Mrs. Jones has lived in 10 different states and countries. She enjoys kayaking with her husband.

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Miss Stephanie McGregor, Fifth Grade 

mcgregors@StFrancisSchoolNH.org

Miss McGregor graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Elementary Education. She holds New Hampshire state certification in elementary education (K-8) and general special education (K-12). After attending St. Francis School as a student, she returned to work at the after school program and as a camp counselor. She has been a part of the school community ever since, and is also a member of the parish community. Miss McGregor enjoys teaching alongside some of the teachers she had as a student and hopes to influence her students in the same way these teachers have influenced her.

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Mrs. Andrea Lester, Sixth Grade

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Mrs. Andrea Lester graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Business. She is a certified tutor with the College Reading and Learning Association. While at UNH, she worked with college students on composition, research, and economics. More recently, she has worked for the Nashua and Amherst School Districts in upper elementary and middle school. She holds a Statement of Eligibility in Elementary Education (K-6) and Middle School Mathematics.  She lives with her husband Brian of 35 years in Nashua and is a Eucharistic Minister at St. John Neumann Parish. Mrs. Lester has two adult children and two granddaughters, with whom she has spent a great deal of time in Japan. She enjoys sharing that culture with students. Mrs. Lester is excited to be part of the St. Francis School Community.

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Mrs. Liz Neville, Speech Pathologist

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Liz Neville is a New Hampshire State certified speech and language pathologist who has been practicing in the field for over 25 years. She has vast experience working both with the preschool and school-age populations.  Her areas of expertise include  speech sound disorders (including apraxia of speech), language-based learning disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders.

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Mrs. Sheryl Gallagan, Music & Director of After School

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Mrs. Gallagan has been a member of St Francis of Assisi School staff for 22 years. She is a member of the Church choir, a cantor, and a communicant of our parish. Mrs. Gallagan has lived with her husband Brian in Manchester since 1997.  She has two adult children Michael and Megan, both are teachers.

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Ms. Sharyn Tighe, Art Director

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Ms. Sharyn graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. She has worked at St. Francis School since 2017, starting as the aide in Kindergarten classroom and teaching art for Preschool through 1st grade. This will be her 3rd year teaching art for all of the grades at St. Francis. She is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and runs both the Baptismal Prep and the Evangelization ministries. She lives in Litchfield with her husband of 17 years, Ken, and their two children, Zachary and Noah. She enjoys painting, reading, and spending time on the Maine coast and at Spofford Lake in NH.

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Mrs. Sue Huettner, Latin Language

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Mrs. Huettner comes to Saint Francis with 25 years of teaching experience at Hampstead Academy. She has taught Theater to grades 1-8 and Language Arts and Latin to grades 6-8. Mrs. Huettner has a Master of Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Salem State University. She is excited to teach at SFS where two of her grandchildren are students. Recently retired, Mrs. Huettner enjoys reading, sketching, and swimming.

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Mrs. Kelly Merryfield, Natural Sciences Outdoor Classroom

merryfieldk@stfrancisschoolnh.org

Mrs. Merryfield is a graduate of Colby College in Maine.  She is an Advanced Master Gardener with lifetime status and a UMass Green School graduate.  She lives in Mont Vernon with her husband, Leif of 24 years and their two children and an ark of pets.  When not running her garden design business or working at one of our state parks, Mrs. Merryfield can be found somewhere outdoors in the woods, on the water, on a mountain or camping year round.  She will be teaching Natural Science which is now in its fifth year.  Every year we grow our students even more!

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Mr. Francis Vicinanzo, Gym

Mr. Vicinanzo is a graduate from Holy Family Academy in Manchester, NH. This is his first year working at St. Francis School. He will also be working as a substitute teacher at Holy Family Academy during this school year. Mr. Vicinanzo enjoys organizing and playing games with kids and has been a Head Counselor at Don Bosco Boys Summer Camp. Mr. Vicinanzo is the eighth in a family of eleven children; he enjoys reading and playing sports and music.