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Sandy Carlson earned a BS in Biology from Albright College. She worked at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia as a research technician studying NTERA-2 cells. This position took her to the University of Sheffield in England, where she continued researching NTERA-2 cells. Upon returning to The Wistar Institute, she worked on the effects micro-gravity had on cell development. She was involved with an experiment that was on the MIR Space Station. Eventually, Mrs. Carlson worked as a Research Scientist for Dupont Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Meyers Squibb in drug development.

Mrs. Carlson currently has two children that attend NECA and her eldest child has recently become an alumnus. She has volunteered in the office since 2015 and helped to facilitate the day at the range, historical fencing, swimming, skiing/snowboarding and tumbling.  She serves as Administrative Assistant as well as COVID Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Adam Castor has a BA in English from Keene State College and is working on a masters in Theology at St. Joseph's College.  Mr. Castor's loves working with youth, which he is able to do extensively in his full-time position as Director of Faith Life at St. Patrick's Parish in Pelham, NH, over the past 6 years.   He also has 16 years of retail and sales experience including 5 years of management within that context.  

Mr. Castor's favorite superhero is Batman, hands down.  He enjoys being outdoors - hikes, visits to Sunapee Beach, and adventures with his family.  He and his wife, Pam, have been married for 13 years and have 6 amazing children!  He is enthusiastic about joining our school community and helping the school to grow.  

Mike Cirre earned a BA in Mathematics from SUNY at Potsdam as well as two master's degrees; an MA in Mathematics Education from SUNY at Geneseo and an M Ed in Administration from Plymouth State University.   In his more than 20 years of teaching experience, Mr. Cirre has taught mathematics from grade 7 through college, with an emphasis on experiential learning. His classes are project-based, but with a strong focus on basic mathematics and its applications. He has also been principal of two schools – Unity Elementary School and Granite Hill, an alternative high school for at-risk students.

 Mr. Cirre has travelled extensively throughout the world, especially in Asia. He is a music lover, and has appeared in a number of plays through local theater groups.  He reads voraciously and is an award-winning cook.  He is an avid game player, and utilizes his creative abilities to create games which accentuate his mathematics classes.  If he has any faults, it’s probably that he’s a die-hard Yankees fan, but then again – no one’s perfect.

Heidi Fagan holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and a MFA in Theater Directing from Northern Illinois University. She is an experienced theater arts artist and instructor and teaches drama, art, art history, youth choir and literature at NECA.  She has worked extensively in theater education in both professional and regional theater, as well as serving as a resident artist in more than a dozen schools in New Hampshire and Vermont.  In her eleven years at NECA, she has produced and directed over twenty highly acclaimed productions. She is also the co-founder and an active board member and director of River Theater in Charlestown, NH. Mrs. Fagan's has two children, a 2019 graduate of NECA and an eighth grader.    

Favorite Quote:

 "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost 

Deborah Kell has a BS in Elementary Education from Nyack College and a MA in Religious Studies from Gettysburgh Lutheran Seminary.  Ms. Kell has had a wide variety of teaching experience, from kindergarten to high school, over the past 30 years.  In most recent years, she has been teaching fifth and sixth grades at Mid-Vermont Christian School. 

Ms. Kell comes highly recommended.  One reference said, "You can't beat her work ethic and ability to get along with others," while another said, "If you demand excellence, then she's the teacher for you!"  She is sure to challenge the students by meeting them where they are, leveraging on their strengths, and encouraging them with compassion to reach their full potential.  She has the heart of teacher and brings creativity, honesty, and a deep faith to her work.  

She lives nearby with her husband on a farm with horses and other animals.  She will be the K-2nd grade classroom teacher.  


Theresa Norman came to Classical EduScreenshot 138cation, or rather it came to her, in a rather mysterious way.  It was as if she unknowingly trained her entire life for a position teaching Classical Education.  She has worked her entire career in education and/or working with children.  She worked for many years as an Executive Assistant for the Fall Mountain Regional High School. During that time she also taught library skills and facilitated an outdoor education program.  Eventually she moved on to coordinating a Pathology residency program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Just prior to her first year at New England Classical Academy, she was responsible for the educational on-boarding at Cheshire Medical Center.   

In the meantime, she was raising her two boys and co-founded River Theater Company.  While raising her boys she surrounded them with classical literature specifically using the 'What Your Xth Grader Should Know' series and the arts along with traditional athletic programs.  She even had the pleasure of coaching their baseball teams and being their cub scout leader.  Around that time her daughter was born and was often on her hip while she directed or taught theater classes to local children.  
While content with her work career there was often a little voice calling her elsewhere.  She decided to stop and really listen to that voice.  In January, she gave her employer a six-month notice that she would be leaving.  Within two weeks of that date in January a friend, Heidi Fagan, approached her about the possibility of teaching at New England Classical Academy.  She wasn't sure if she was qualified but was assured that her love of children, books and drama would be a nice fit. Also, that once quiet voice urged her onward. She met with the Executive Director and was hired on the spot.  She remembers him saying that these children need the skills and guidance of a mother and when in doubt give them love and understanding.   She also learned that the 'What Your Xth Grader Should Know' series was the base of the lower school curriculum.  The very text that she lovingly read with her children so many years before.  
She took a leap of Faith and began teaching her first of many years.  Her love of Classical Education has grown over the years as has her teaching responsibilities.  She began teaching second grade and then moved with her wonderful group of students to third grade and then a combined third and fourth grade.  She currently teaches a combined third, fourth and fifth grade. One of her greatest joys is truly getting to know her students.  Over the years she has found that all learners, regardless of their age, need constant love and guidance to succeed.
Favorite Quotes both from Norton Juster's, Phantom Tollbooth:  
"Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way.  Why, when a housefly flaps his wings a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course.  Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in the pond; and whenever you're sad, no one anywhere can be really happy.  And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."
"You must never feel badly about making long as you take the trouble to learn from them.  For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons."

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Daniel Regan, a native of Crystal Lake IL, holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Magdalen College and an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma. Father of six children, Mr. Regan has over 15 years experience teaching English, Rhetoric and Humanities at the High School and College level. He teaches upper school composition, humanities, music and more. He also serves as Academic Dean and Facilities Manager.

Favorite Quote:

 "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible." - St. Thomas Aquinas

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Helen Schultz teaches the classical languages, Latin and Greek, in the upper school. Ms. Schultz has taught both Latin and English (among other subjects) for over 30 years, primarily at The Winsor School in Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1972 and a Master's in Religion and Secondary Education from Harvard Divinity School in 1986. Ms. Schultz is known by colleagues and friends to be a warm, gentle, encouraging woman and a model teacher who helps her students to persevere and master the language.

Favorite Quote:

"Daily a new beginning.  Be patient with everyone but above all with yourself." - St. Francis de Sales

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Elizabeth Wilber earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has a NH State license for 7-12 grade mathematics as well as experience in a large range of mathematics from fifth grade math to calculus. She teaches upper school mathematics and science classes. In over 8 years of teaching at NECA, she has also taught the whole range of science classes; Earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.  Miss Wilber is grateful for the learning and joy that has enriched her life while working for NECA.  She is the Executive Director and Administrative Dean.  

Favorite Quote:

“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” ― C.S. Lewis  


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