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INTRODUCING OUR INSTRUCTORS

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!

Lucas Callahan

comes from Ipswich, Massachusetts. He has sung tenor/bass, played violin, viola and tuba, and acted since the age of 4. He has acted for Moonlight Theatre Productions and has appeared on Colonial Radio Theatre. Callahan attended Gordon College, where he studied voice. He is the Assistant Music Director at The First Church in Ipswich where he has attended church since he was young. Callahan also sings in two choirs, one for Gordon College, and one for First Church, which he conducts. In 2016 he founded the First Church Youth Orchestra, where he arranged many pieces for the varying skills of the players. He also does some freelancing, playing violin or singing for weddings, funerals, and small events.

Ellie Clough

is a practicing and teaching artist. She has been employed as a master printer for two Franklin Mint series, Illustrator and Art Director for the Kenmore Stamp Co., Illustrator, layout for the Broadcaster Newspaper, SoftSide Computer magazine and New Hampshire Magazine. For the past 18 years she has been teaching art at local New Hampshire schools; 10 years at Villa Augustina: grades 2-8, Goffstown, NH, 5 years at ST Thomas School in Derry, NH, 11 years at The Currier Art Center and 8 years at New Hampshire Institute of Art & Sharon Arts Center where she taught teens-adults, Portfolio Preparation, Fundamentals of Drawing, Figure Drawing. From the beginner to the student who is preparing for presentation of their work, she handles her students with kindness and dignity, attempting to bring forth the best in each.

Sara Edquist

is a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire studying zoology and marine ecology and has a BA in Biology from Boston University. She is also a naturalist at the Seacoast Science Center. She has taught science in both formal and informal classrooms while working on her degree. She has a passion for science education and fostering our natural curiosity about the world around us. In her free time she plays Ultimate frisbee, hikes, and is trying to visit every national park in the country.

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.

Brandy Hardiman

is currently an educator with Blue Ocean Society for Marine Preservation and a UNH Marine Docent teaching the public about environmental and marine issues. She was formerly employed at New England Aquarium where she cared for and performed studies with marine animals as she dove in the Giant Ocean Tank. Brandy has a BA in Marine Biology from University of Maine Machias. She is involved in her local community and as a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient leads three troops to help develop the next generation of leaders, which includes her two daughters. She is also an enthusiastic world-traveler.

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.

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.

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.

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!