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INTRODUCING OUR INSTRUCTORS

 

 

 

 


Rosana BaranovRosana

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 tutoring Spanish for the past four years and found 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!

 

 

 

 


Bethany Barnoskydownload

is a master teacher and educational consultant who enjoys teaching, learning, and tabletop games. As a college student, she set aside her interest in the aerospace industry in order to pursue her passion for teaching young people. After earning her mathematics degree from Keene State College, she took the “mommy track” and homeschooled her daughter, Annika.

Bethany is passionate about mathematics, problem solving, and well-reasoned arguments. She encourages students to make plenty of mistakes and encourages a joyful learning environment. Special interests include logic, gamification, community, escape rooms, and working with “neuro-atypical” students.

As a double-certified math teacher, Bethany Barnosky provides tutoring, curriculum, portfolio, and transcript services to homeschoolers in and around New Hampshire. In 2014 she expanded into teaching live, online classes designed for specifically for homeschoolers. During her years as a teacher, Mrs. Barnosky has been honored to work with some of the best online instructors in the country, and teach amazing students from all over the world!

For more information about Bethany’s teaching, including a podcast and testimonials, please visit https://myfunscience.com/teachers/bethany-barnosky/. For more information about portfolio evaluation or tutoring, you can find her at http://www.candlestarservices.com/

 

 

 

 


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has been acting, singing, and dancing since she could walk and talk! She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Dartmouth College and has been active in both professional and community theaters for years. Jocelyn has run several successful theatre improvisation workshops through the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and has directed several theatre camps for elementary through high school students. Recently, she took over as Artistic Director for the Massachusetts-based group The Fairy Tale Players, which brings educational theatrical adaptations of classic tales to young audiences. She has also taught countless science enrichment programs to students throughout New England with Mad Science. For more about Jocelyn’s work in theatre, please visit her website www.jocelynduford.com

 

 

 

 


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is originally from Russia. Chess is one of the most popular and favorite games in the country where she grew up. Diana has been studying the game of chess since she was 5 years old. Now, it’s a favorite family game at her household. She has 3 children (6, 8 and 10 years old). Her enthusiasm for the game extends beyond its rules and strategies, to how those skills can be applied to life. Diana is a second degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and uses the mental combat techniques of chess in self-defense and sparring.

Diana graduated with honors from the Department of Social Technologies at the Far Eastern State Technical University (Vladovostok, Russia). After receiving her diploma, Diana won a scholarship to study Political Science at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Upon her return to Russia, Diana taught sociology, psychology and political science at FESTU and then earned her PhD of Social Sciences at Ural State University (Ekaterinburg). Since moving to NH, Diana has focused on her family. She is currently a chess instructor at Russian School of Language, Literature and Arts.

 

 

 

 


Amy ManningSelf photo

has been teaching for almost twenty years to learners of all ages. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of New Hampshire with a specialty in Asian American and American literatures in 2011. She began her teaching career at UNH while getting her M.A. in English in 1998, and has taught English and Composition at St John’s High School in
Massachusetts and at Endicott College, where she also tutored students in the Writing Center.  Amy started teaching homeschooled students with WriteGuide.com in 2011 and absolutely fell in love with the homeschool community and teaching students of all ages. She has taught literature, writing, and SAT prep to homeschooled students, and recently started her own online tutoring business when WriteGuide.com closed.  In addition, she teaches homeschooled students in her home in Newmarket, NH, and also teaches English courses online for Southern New Hampshire University where she is also a faculty mentor (Team Lead). Amy has four wonderful children who keep her on her toes, along with four cute little cats who frequently walk across her keyboard to say hello to her students! Amy has published articles on various Asian American authors in the Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature. She has also presented papers on Asian American literatures and American literatures throughout the US, England, and Ireland. In her free time, she enjoys reading just about anything, writing, baking, and playing with her children. For more information about Amy, please visit her website at www.dramymanning.com.

 

 

 

 


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is an environmental/science writer and educator. She has taught chemistry in many different forums and believes the “messier the better”! She has an environmental/civil engineering background with a masters in journalism. She has published with Scholastic, The Christian Science Monitor, and Odyssey Magazine for children. She has tagged swans, otters, and black bear to aid in conservation efforts. She loves hands-on learning and believes that children retain information best when “playing” with their subject. Laurie loves camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, and anything to do with the outdoors. She lives in Brookline, NH with her three children, three hamsters, cat, dog, lizard, chicken, and husband.

 

 

 

 


Emily Peterson

has 15 years’ experience as a teacher and performer. She has taught choir and band at both elementary and high school levels, and is an instructor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC where she teaches voice, piano, guitar, flute, and clarinet in both private and group settings.

 

 

 

 


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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.

 

 


Kitty Michelotti

has been educating children in non-traditional settings for over 20 years. Using farms, summer camps, and even her own kitchen as backdrops for instructing children and adults of all ages. As a true “Jane of all Trades,” Kitty prides herself on knowing a little about everything. Kitty has been a farmer, educator, firefighter, writer, and student. Her true passions lie in discovering what ignites the “spark” in each of her students.
Kitty has bachelor degrees in Animal Science and English, and a masters degree in Extension Education. Switzerland, New York, New Hampshire, and Colorado, are a few of the places Kitty has had the privilege of teaching and living. Kitty has taught in several homeschool coops in NH, coached Lego league, and can often be found unschooling her 3 boys.

 

 

 

 


Chris Rodriguez

was born in Virginia, raised in Massachusetts, and has been a New Hampshire resident for 5 years now. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems and has worked in the information technology industry for over 15 years.
He has over 5 years of volunteer experience tutoring middle school children, experience teaching web site coding to middle school students, and was certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach earth science.
He has always loved all areas of science and considers himself a lifetime learner.  In 2015 he founded Renaissance Kids of Derry New Hampshire and has been creating exciting hands on STEM workshops for students across southern New Hampshire ever since. In his free time, he loves to ski, create, and spend time with his family in the outdoors.

 

 

 

 


Abigail Guilmore

graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in Math and Physics. Her favorite Play-Well project is the Mini-Walker, since not only makes the concept of circular versus linear motion easy to understand, but there are million ways to build a Mini-Walker: one can be designed to look like a car while another can be a walker skyscraper!
Abigail loves knitting, crocheting and small scale homesteading. She would talk about techniques, patters and yarn all day long!

 

 

 

 


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.
 

 

 


Mosaic Staff

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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. Last summer Cristina attended the Model UN Advisor Institute organized by Best Delegate and got certified as Model UN Advisor. She’s created Mosaic Model UN two years ago and has been preparing 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, whom she homeschools.

 

 

 

 


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 BurkeIMG_4390

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!