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Beth Asaff

is a freelance writer, artist, and art teacher. She attended the visual arts school at UMass Dartmouth majoring in ceramics and art education. Beth works primarily in oil, chalk, and clay, and has a huge passion for metallurgy, stone, and found object art. She’s been teaching art within the homeschool community for more than 5 years, and loves seeing students’ faces when they suddenly master a new skill. Her motto is that whatever you need to do in order to create, is what you need to do, so her classes are usually fun, lively, and sometimes a little messy as kids are encouraged to explore the creative process – no matter what it looks like for them. Beth feels passionately that all people be exposed to art, both to gain a better appreciation of the creative process, and to unlock your own personal creativity.

Chris Balch

taught environmental science, ecology, biology, chemistry, marine biology and physics in public and private high schools around the northeast. He founded the Wild Quest Education Project, an experiential learning/travel program that allowed students to earn High School credit through onsite learning in remote wilderness areas including the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and the Talkeetna Range of Alaska. Chris has his BS in biological science from Pacific Western University with additional courses at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Vermont, and the Center for Polar Studies. Chris is also a published author of both non-fiction and fiction, having written six books to date. Also a boat-builder, Chris teaches boat-building courses to young people aged 10 – 18 years

Rosana Baranov

was born and raised in Uruguay, South America and have been speaking Spanish during her whole life. She has a Bachelor in Journalism and a Master Degree in Communications Management. She has been teaching Spanish for Mosaic since its inception and finds great pleasure in sharing her culture and language with others. In her free time she likes to hike, go on road trips and try new food, especially ice-cream!

Sam Drouin

Sam Drouin is a music instructor and band director at Let’s Play Music, and has over 5 years of classroom management experience. He plays lead and rhythm guitar in an originals band that performs throughout the region.

David Gonthier

has taught college-level English, Film and Theatre for over twenty years in a number of New Hampshire colleges and universities. He also has experience working with middle school and high school students. He ran a high school drama program in Winnisquam, NH. He has his BA in Theatre Performance (Acting & Directing) from the University of New Hampshire, his M.S. in Film from Boston University and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (focusing on fiction writing and dramatic writing) from Goddard College in Vermont. He is a published author of fiction and two books on film history and criticism (American Prison Movies and The Films of Alan Parker, which he co-authored with a former student). Currently he teaches Screenwriting and Film Studies at Keene State College, Mindful Communication and English at NHTI in Concord and he a writing coach at the Online Writing Center at SNHU. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, he is an active interdisciplinary creative artist and he brings different disciplines in the courses he teaches. He is a filmmaker, novelist, theatre director/playwright and guitar-player songwriter. He has been married since 1998 and has an eleven year-old son, Isaac, whom he and his wife Caron homeschool. Isaac has taken a chess course here at Mosaic Explore.

Mellissa Hughes

Hailed by The New York Times as “a versatile, charismatic soprano endowed with brilliant technique and superlative stage instincts...indispensable to New York’s new-music ecosystem,” MELLISSA HUGHES enjoys a busy international career in both contemporary and early music. Recent and upcoming highlights include Chicago Symphony’s “Beyond the Score” performances celebrating Pierre Boulez; Ted Hearne’s Wikileaks oratorio “The Source” at BAM, LA Opera, and San Francisco Opera; international performances with John Zorn, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, a solo recital for American Songbook at Lincoln Center; an acclaimed recording release of Jacob Cooper’s SilverThreads, from Nonesuch Records. Hughes’s additional discography includes multiple albums from New Amsterdam records, and “Shelter”, a video opera by Bang on a Can composers Michael Gordon, and Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Julia Wolfe, released by Cantalope records. She has recorded tracks for the WNYC program Radiolab, is featured on the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film Moonlight.

Anna Latulippe

is a ukulele, piano, voice, string and band instructor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC. Anna has won several performance awards and has performed in many venues including Hard Rock Café, Ribfest, Derryfest and more. Anna has homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and completed her college degree in 2017.

Wil Latulippe

is a drum, bass and piano instructor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC and the 2014 New England Drum Champion. Wil regularly facilitates drum and percussion workshops throughout Southern NH. for youth organizations, schools and libraries. He performs with funk, rock and jazz bands and is accomplished in all musical genres. Wil homeschooled from kindergarten through high school.

Sebastian Lockwood

is a Storyteller who specializes in the epics: The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, CAESAR: the man from Venus, Beowulf, Sinbad the Seaman and… Monkey: A Journey to the West. These are the great tales of heroic struggle and self-discovery. Lockwood also narrates Audio Books for Audible.com. Lockwood studied Anthropology and classics at Boston University and Cambridge.UK. He taught Creative Arts and Learning courses to undergrad students of Lesley University for 20 years and for New Hampshire Institute of Art for 6 years. Working as a traveling bard, teacher and audio book narrator, he lives with his wife, singer and producer, Nanette Perrotte, under Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire.

Amy Mackay

is currently the Vice President of Nashua Theatre Guild (NTG), The Mackay family moved here from Florida 3 years ago, and are very glad they did! Her professional work includes technical director for the First Coast Opera, The Florida Ballet and Theatre St. Augustine for many years. Her favorite thing in the world to do is to teach theatre, she taught and directed at Matanzas High and she is currently teaching at Broadway Bound. Amy has recently directed Arsenic and Old Lace and Midsummer Night’s Dream and Three Musketeers with NTG. As a costumer, she works with Derryfield School and the DRT summer program and Bedford Middle and High Schools. Her family usually helps or is involved with most of her adventures: Wesley (age 6), Fiora (age 2), and most of all her fantastic husband Brendan!

Kerri MacPherson

Has worked with students from Manchester to Somersworth, NH. A wide range of experiences with the 4H program in NH as a teenager instilled a strong belief that learning can happen in many places and at any time. Her time as a student and later as a teacher in the Oyster River School District developed an equally strong practice of approaching education as both a process and something that is best geared toward the individual learner. The move to homeschooling her own children was a natural progression from these experiences

Kitty Michelotti

has been educating children in non-traditional settings for over 20 years all over the U.S and the world. Armed with Bachelors Degrees in English and Animal Science, Kitty worked at an educational farm in New York instructing children and adults. Returning to Colorado for a Masters in Education, Kitty designed a science-based summer camp as her thesis project. While her first writings were published in literary journals while in High School, she became the chief content writer and assistant editor for an agricultural publication for several years. Kitty was invited to teach for a semester at the Alpine Education Center in Lenk, Switzerland. Kitty then went on to study abroad in the Republic of San Marino and her writings about her experience were published in their international journal. Currently Kitty homeschools her 3 boys, teaches in coops, coaches Lego League, and serves on the Home Education Advisory Council. Kitty and Her husband live in Derry with their boys, chickens, bees, bunnies, and cat.

Marc Murrai

is Emmy & Peabody Award-winning television producer, turned Cyber Security major. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he moved to Bedford, New Hampshire in 2007 where he currently resides with his wife Sarah, and their two children Carter & Cassie. Marc will be graduating from Manchester Community College this spring with an AA in Cyber Security. Upon graduation, he will be transferring to a four-year university, where he will earn his Bachelor’s degree. Marc’s goal is to secure a federal level government position in the cyber security field. In 2018, as part of his capstone project at MCC, he will be launching TechKnowledgeU.org, a non-profit that will teach children ages 7+ computer coding and cyber security. His long-range plan for TechKnowledgeU.org is to create mobile digital classrooms that will travel to children who reside in underserved communities throughout the country, so that every child has the opportunity to receive a comprehensive education in computer science and cyber security.

Aaron Newman (Playwell TEKnologies)

is an internationally recognized Lego Builder. You can see some of his creations at www.aaronbrickdesigner.com. Aaron loves working with kids, who keep him accountable and help him grow as a teacher and person. His favorite Playwell project is either a dragon he created or Battletracks - he has a hard time deciding. If you asked Aaron what he geeks about, he would tell you: "LEGO, Starwars, Harry Potter - pretty much anything there IS to be geeky about".

Tami Sciola

has been drawing, painting, and creating works of art since childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Framingham State College, MA (now known as Framingham State University), majoring in Clothing and Textiles and minoring in Art. After a brief career in the fashion industry, Tami furthered her studies and interest in drawing by attending continuing education classes at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Museum of Fine Arts School, and The New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her specialty is creating detailed pencil portraits of people and animals! Now, after many years of drawing and exhibiting, Tami enjoys sharing her gift with others by teaching and passing along what she has learned. She currently teaches at several private studios in southern New Hampshire. In addition, Tami has been teaching ballet for over 20 years both in her native Massachusetts and in New Hampshire. Her hope in teaching others is to bring out talents that students may not realize they possess, ignite that spark of creativity inside, and most importantly, give students of ALL ages the confidence to let their inner artist shine.

Jay Sickorez (Playwell TEKnologies)

For Jay teaching been a constant over the last decade, whether training in a professional environment or teaching kids cool stuff. When he is not remodeling some portion of his 150 year old house, he loves complicated board games, crafting-based video games, and tabletop role-playing games. His eldest son is finally of age to share in these games, which is absolutely amazing. Jay is also teaching himself to contact juggle. Jay loves working for Play-Well where learning and play go hand-in-hand, and the focus is always on fanning the spark of creativity in kids. In each class, he really enjoys the collaborative storytelling that goes on, as well as the "ah-HA!" moments when someone masters a new engineering concept. Jay geeks out over painting miniatures, old video games, new video games, game lore, old books, new books, card games, board games, and building costumes, but what geeks him out the most is when he sees his kids becoming interested in the same things.

Mosaic Staff

Cristina Drondoe

is the Founder and Director of Mosaic Explore - youth enrichment program. Cristina has a Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Science from "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania, a Master of Business Administration from Rivier College, and completed a 9 month Montessori Lower Elementary Program with North American Montessori Center. The summer of 2015 Cristina attended the Model UN Advisor Institute organized by Best Delegate and got certified as Model UN Advisor. She created MOSMUN (Mosaic Model UN) and she really enjoys teaching and preparing Mosaic Model UN homeschool students for Model UN conferences.
In the past she has worked in research, programming and product development, teaching and tutoring. She lives in Bedford, NH with her husband and two children, Ilinca and Luca, who are homeschooled.

Elizabeth Kuhlmann

is our Program Coordinator who has been assisting Cristina with Mosaic Explore since its inception, and has loved every minute of it! Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Boston College, and an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University. Elizabeth has worked as a speech-language pathologist in both schools and outpatient rehabilitation centers with students and patients of all ages. Elizabeth has been passionate about ballet and all forms of dance since she was a young child, and currently teaches ballet, as well as does administrative work for a local dance studio. She has been homeschooling for the past 13 years, and lives in Manchester with her husband and 3 children.

Susan Burke

an amethyst dragon in human form is Mosaic's Social Event Coordinator. She is kind hearted, yet fierce, loves shiny glittery things, and will go to the ends of the multiverse and back again for those she is fond of! Here at Mosaic Explore Susan is Professor of Mischief and Magic and Creator of the Masquerade dance, Yule Ball, and Prom. You may see her on Wednesdays helping set up in the morning, or ducking as a flying tea sandwich sails across the great hall! (10 points from Hufflepuff! There shall be no food flinging in the great hall!) She likes to figure out ways to create fantastical settings out of cardboard and thrift shop finds! She has studied under Madam Pomfrey and might be able to help with basic first aid needs for help is always given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it. In her spare time, on weekends, she is a registered nurse with 28 years of experience. She is married to Remus Lupin, aka Charlie Smith. Together they enjoy sharing life with their daughter Lochlann, and two pink eyed wing-wings named Yoko and Ginger. Susan wears bilateral magical charms which enable her to hear you more clearly. She inherited a hearing curse, and has been slowly losing her hearing. If she appears not to have heard you, try again! Don’t worry, dragons don’t bite!

Michelle Morrison

Michelle's two daughters have been taking classes at Mosaic for four years, and we are thrilled to be part of the program as a family. Michelle earned her BFA in Technical Theatre from SUNY at Fredonia. She has done freelance work in theatrical technical direction, scenic design, and scenic artistry. She worked as the Technical Director and then Production Manager for The American Stage Festival in Nashua, NH before moving to the DC area to serve as Associate Production Manager for The Shakespeare Theatre Company for several years. Michelle has also lived in Manhattan, where she worked in early childhood education and taught art at a camp outside the city. She lives in Bedford with her husband, who is a theatrical lighting designer, and with her daughters, whom she has homeschooled for several years. Twice, in the past two years, the Morrison family has taken advantage of a flexible homeschool schedule to spend months traveling the country and "roadschooling" in their shiny Airstream trailer!