Staff Profiles

(Work in progress. being updated regularly!)

Kate Josef, Principal

About Me: This is my sixth year as Principal at Bakersville and my 20th year in Manchester as an educator. I absolutely LOVE our Bakersville School community! When I am not working I love to exercise, be outdoors, play games, listen to music, read, spend time with family/friends and travel. Most especially, I love to spend time with my three children, my fiancé, and our golden retriever.

My Favorite Book: The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Bryan Watson, Assistant Principal

About Me: I love to fish, swim, golf and spend time with my family! I love my job and all of our wonderful students.

My Favorite Book: Anything by Dr. Suess


Jill Archard, Administrative Assistant

About Me: I am a proud momma bear to three beautiful girls, Emma, Annie & Olivia. I love the beach, blueberry muffins and blue hydrangeas, pandas, ping pong and peonies and snoopy, sneakers and sunny days! My girls and I love to travel, visit museums and eat pizza together.

My Favorite Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Mary Ann Skersey, School Nurse

About Me: I love gardening, nature, biking, and spending time with friends and family.

My Favorite Book: I have many books I read to my grandchildren. One of my many favorites is No, David! by David Shannon

Jennifer Bailey. Classroom Teacher

About Me: I’ve been teaching at Bakersville for about 20 years. I enjoy creating a fun learning experience for students’ first years at school. When I’m not at school I love to relax with my family, my cat, and my friends. I enjoy planting, photography, relaxing on the beach, and going to concerts. I look forward to meeting everyone and seeing our returning friends!

My Favorite Book: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Nadia Beaupre, Classroom Teacher

About me: I like spending time with my friends and family, dogs, music, the color purple, relaxing by the lake, and watching football, hockey, and movies.

My Favorite Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Heather Bourgeois, Classroom Teacher

About Me: Hello! I'm Miss Heather and I have been a preschool teacher for over ten years. I enjoy activities that allow me to be creative and active, and I love incorporating these types of activities into the classroom. I am especially passionate about dancing. I enjoy taking classes and teaching others how to dance. When I'm not teaching I find joy in painting , reading, and working in my garden. Looking forward to another great year at Bakersville!

My Favorite Book: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Anne Farley, Classroom Teacher

About Me: Hello, my preschool friends call me "Ms. Anne". I love teaching preschool at the BOC with Ms. Jen because everyday we learn something new and have so much fun. We read books, draw pictures, explore materials and even do cool science experiments! Best of all, we make new friends as we work and play together. This is why I love being a preschool teacher!

My Favorite Book: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Sarah Gerome, Classroom Teacher

About Me: This will be my 7th year teaching preschool. I’m married and a mother of 2 young children. I love making memories with my family and friends. As a family we love going camping, to the beach, and experiencing new adventures together! I also love reading, exercising, and crafting.

My Favorite Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Lori Zibel, Classroom Teacher/ Special Education

About Me: Hi! My name is Lori and I am so excited to be joining the Bishop O'Neil Preschool team. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family, especially my nephews who are in elementary school. We enjoy hiking and going to the beach. My most favorite food is ice cream, I love trying new flavors, but always love the classics like cookie dough.

My Favorite Book: Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Kate Kelly, Preschool Social Worker

About me: I love my job as the Title 1 preschool social worker. It is exciting to be a partner with parents as their child starts their school experience. My job includes working collaboratively to build a strong school-home partnership and connecting families to available resources. Life in preschool is exciting!

In my time away from work I love being at the ocean, kayaking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

My Favorite Book: Frog & Toad stories by Arnold Lobel

Maureen Lyons, Title 1 Preschool Reading Supervisor

About Me: Hi Everybody! My name is Miss Molly and I love working in preschool. I also enjoy hiking, relaxing at the seashore and spending time with my family, especially reading to my grandsons and walking our family dogs, Stinson and Finn. I cannot wait to share this school year with you!

My Favorite Book: The Whales' Song by Dyan Sheldon

Jo-Ann Mulligan, Preschool Speech and Language Specialist

About Me: I first came to the Manchester School District in 1992 as a Speech & Language Specialist at preschool and I was hooked! I love working with preschool children and never get tired of the funny, serious and very thoughtful things that they say. I live in Concord with my husband Bob and our beagle, Buddy. I love walking Buddy, reading science fiction and sewing.

My favorite Book: All of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling

Ashley Marchand, Classroom Teacher

About Me: My name is Ms. Marchand and I am very excited to be a part of the Kindergarten team here at Bakersville. This is my second year teaching at Bakersville School and I'm looking forward to seeing your bright shining faces in our class! I graduated from Saint Anselm College with my BA in Elementary Education in 2016 and I am currently working on finishing my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through SNHU. I enjoy reading, working out, and taking my dog, Marshall, for long walks! I can't wait to meet you and start our Kindergarten adventure.

My Favorite Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Abby Peabody, Classroom Teacher

About Me: Hi, my name is Mrs. Peabody and I am beginning my 7th year teaching Kindergarten at Bakersville. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our young daughter Brenna, as well as reading, baking, singing, golfing, and being outside. I look forward to meeting and getting to know my new students and their families, as well as helping them to learn and grow this year!

My Favorite Book: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Andrea Sapienza, Classroom teacher

About Me: I am in my 20th year as a teacher in the Manchester school district, with this being my 8th year in kindergarten at Bakersville. I love spending time with my family, walking our dog Daisy May, and reading a good book. My 3 amazing grandsons keep me young at heart!

My Favorite Book: Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

Samantha Brisson, Classroom Teacher

About Me: I live in Bedford, NH with my husband and three children Tommy, Cameron and Ellie. We also have two rescue dogs Nova and Bella. This summer we started downhill mountain biking as a family, which has been scary and fun! We also love the beach, lake and spending time at our family campground in Tamworth, NH during camping season. We are also a big sports family. My favorite color is Yellow and my favorite season is Spring. I can not wait to meet and learn all about you!

My Favorite Book: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Emily Fougere, Classroom Teacher

About Me: I have been a 1st grade teacher for 5 years. I have 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 nephews and 1 niece that I love spending time with! I love being outside. I enjoy camping, running, kayaking and exploring. I have a 3 year old dog, his name is Jackson. We adopted him almost 1 year ago! He loves going on long walks and runs with me.

My Favorite Book: Curious George Curious You: On Your Way! by H. A. Rey

Shayla Stickney, First Grade Long Term Sub

About Me: Hello all! My name is Miss Stickney and I love to read, go to the beach, spend time with my family and travel. My favorite place to travel to is Disney World! I recently graduated from Southern New Hampshire University and am so excited to continue my career as a first year teacher at Bakersville!

Favorite Book: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro

Jamie McHugh, Classroom Teacher

About Me: I have been a teacher in Manchester for 16 years. I have a wonderful husband and 2 fabulous daughters. I enjoy going on adventures and making memories with them! My favorite hobby is creatively crafting.

My Favorite Book: Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima


Jessica Bickford, Classroom Teacher

About Me: My name is Jessica Bickford. I have been working at Bakersville for 20 years. I love teaching and I'm so happy to be part of such an amazing school. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my husband, daughter and son. Some of our favorite family activities involve swimming, walking/hiking, trips to the beach/lake, watching movies together and eating ice cream :).

I love reading, music, scrapbooking and enjoying free time near the water (lakes, beaches or pools).

My Favorite Book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Kayla Dantos, Classroom Teacher

About Me: My name is Miss Dantos and I can't wait to work with and get to know all of you! I love watching the US women's soccer team, going to the beach, kayaking, swimming, and eating nachos (the spicier, the better!) I love teaching at Bakersville and I'm excited to share my love of learning with all of our new second graders!

My Favorite Book: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume and the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar

Lynn Gamache, Classroom Teacher

About Me: My husband and I have four children -- three sons (Tyler, Troy, and Noah) and one daughter (Molly). Things that I really enjoy doing are going to the beach, kayaking/paddle boarding, camping, exercising, and reading books.

My Favorite Book: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza.

Chelsea Thibeault, Classroom Teacher

About Me: I have been at Bakersville School for 5 years. I love teaching third grade. My favorite subjects are math and science. I also love to read stories to my students. When I'm not teaching, you can find me playing tennis, eating pizza or hanging with my dog Bexley. My dog Bexley loves to swim, so we spent a lot of time this summer at the doggy pool and at the lake. I am eager to start the new school year and learn all about my students!

My Favorite Book: Weslandia.by Paul Fleischman

Colleen Toomy, Classroom Teacher

About Me: Hi! My name is Ms. Toomy and I am one of the 3rd grade teachers at Bakersville! This will be my second year teaching 3rd grade, but my third year here at Bakersville. I student

taught here and have loved being a part of the Bakersville community since! When I am not at school, I am usually with my fiancé and two dogs, Asha and Arlo, working on my M.Ed, using my Cricut, or kickboxing! I cant wait to have a fantastic school year for 2021-2022!

My Favorite Book: Be You! by Peter H Reynolds

Lisa L'Heureux, Classroom Teacher

About Me: I like to read, I especially like to listen to books while I take a walk. I mostly enjoy talking with my children.

My Favorite Book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Steve Molloy, Classroom Teacher

About Me: I love to spend time with my wife and daughter. We like to go for walks, explore the outdoors, and play silly games together. My family is very important to me and I love them with all my heart. On the weekends I love to play tennis, kayak, and mountain bike. In the winter I like to go snowboarding with my friends. I also spend my free time reading as many books as I can. I have many favorite authors and genres that I'd love to talk to you about. Being a teacher really means a lot to me. I love to learn new things from my students. I'm very excited to get to know them this year. I know we will have a great year together!

My Favorite Book: Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman

Karen Reinhold, Classroom teacher

About Me: Hi, friends! I have 2 sons named Lukas and Mikah and 2 dogs named Hazel and Olive. My husband, Mr. Reinhold, is a college science teacher. I like baseball (go Yankees!), reading, cooking, working in my gardens and hiking. Math is my favorite subject to teach and I try very hard to make it fun for my students. I have been in education for many years and this is my sixth year at Bakersville.

My Favorite Book: Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Megan Burgher, SNHU Education Intern

About Me: Hi! I'm Ms. Burgher. I enjoy being outside. I like to hike, swim, ski, and run. I also like to read books, and do math. One of my favorite things is to play games with my friends at Bakersville.

My Favorite Book: Pete the Cat by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Alex Kivikoski, SNHU Education Intern

About Me: My name is Alex Kivikoski but I am known as Mr. K in the building. I am an intern at the school through SNHU as part of the Project Aspire Program. I have a brother, two sisters and a dog named Jasmine. While I am not in school, some of my favorite activities include swimming, watching movies, listening to music, working on an art project, playing video games and hanging out with friends and family. I have always known I wanted to teach and I am so excited to be at Bakersville to help out and work with students.

My Favorite Book: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Amanda Shea, SNHU Education Intern

About Me: Hi, I am Miss Shea and I am one of the Interns at Bakersville this year! I live in Londonderry with my family and my dog. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, teaching dance, and reading. I am so excited for this school year!

My Favorite Book: I'm a Frog! by Mo Willems

Matt Smith, SNHU Education Intern

About Me: Coach wrestling

My Favorite Book: Pete the Cat by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Karen Sprague, SNHU Education Intern/Paraprofessional

About Me: Hi! My name is Mrs. Sprague and I live in Londonderry with my husband, son and daughter. We enjoy spending time outside swimming, camping and playing sports. I enjoy coaching softball in the summer and coaching basketball in the winter. I love laughing and find humor in most everything. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

My Favorite Book: Mostly any nonfiction story. Love the I SURVIVED series by Lauren Tarshis

Pam Alberici, EL Teacher

About Me: I love to do things outdoors with my family. We enjoy hiking in the White Mountains, going for bike rides and kayaking together. My husband is a music teacher, my daughter Zoe is a twenty year old college student, and my son Zan is sixteen and in high school.

My Favorite Book: As a child my favorite book was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


Peggy Cole, EL Teacher

About Me: I grew up in France and love learning about world cultures. I am a mother of three wonderful girls who keep me active and busy! I love learning, reading, hiking, skiing, and running. I love teaching and consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to work with such amazing students at Bakersville school!

My Favorite Book: All of the the books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Cheryl Macduff, EL Teacher

About Me: I live in Milford with my husband, three children, and my dog, Shadow. My oldest daughter is Nora. She is 5 years old. My son is Logan. He is 3 years old. My youngest daughter is Ainsley and she is 1. I have been teaching for 14 years. My family and I love being outside. I love to hike, swim, and read on the beach.

My Favorite Book: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Gabriella Zaki, EL Teacher

About Me: Hello! I am Gabby Zaki and I am an EL teacher at Bakersville! I was a long term sub last year and am so happy to be back! When I am not at school I enjoy spending time on the lake, reading, snowboarding, and playing tennis. I also like hanging at home with my cat named Yeti.

My Favorite Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Amy Bailey, Paraprofessional

About Me: My name is Ms. Bailey, I work as a 1-on-1 paraprofessional. This is my second year at Bakersville and I am excited for the new year. I have 3 kids and a grandson, Dominick who have all gone to Bakersville. Some of the older kids will remember me from making popcorn at school on Thursdays for a couple years before I started working here.

My Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Mayela Celone, Paraprofessional

About Me: I enjoy spending time with my family. We work together in our family restaurant and like to travel back home to visit family in Mexico and Italy every summer when we can. I came to Manchester with very little English and attended public schools here so I know first hand how difficult it is for a student to adjust to a new school and language. I also have seen first hand the difficulties and concerns parents face when coming to a new country and learning a new language. I look forward to and enjoy helping families whose English is not their first language.

My Favorite Book: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Carolyn Dwyer, Paraprofessional

About Me: I am often seen walking to school, or in the Calef Rd neighborhood walking with my dog. I live in a house that my great grandparents built. My dad now owns it. I love to read out in the yard, reading during the summer. I grew up near by to where I live now. I come from a very small family. I only have one sister who lives in a small town near here. My mom lives close by too, I often walk to her apartment to check in with her.

On Tuesdays I can be found walking the homeless dogs, at the Manchester Animal Shelter. I adopted my dog Savannah from there. The shelter does have some programs to help pet owners with spay/neutering. If you have any questions about the programs, please ask me, and I will help if I can.

My Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Terry Seavey, Paraprofessional

About Me: I'm married to my husband Bruce for 44 years. I have 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and a dog Rosey, I enjoy going to the beach, hiking in the woods, camping, gardening, and being with my grandchildren.

My Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Erikka Silveira, Paraprofessional

About Me: My name is Erikka, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a daughter who is six years old. We like to go to the park, go for walks, swimming, and pretty much anything outside. On days we aren't able to go outside, we enjoy playing cards and board games along with watching movies. I also have two cats named Bella and Layla.

My Favorite Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Lauren Duquette, Special Education-Primary/Intermediate

About Me: Hi! My name is Lauren Duquette and I am so excited to be working here at Bakersville. So, a little about me...I grew up in Massachusetts but have lived in New Hampshire for over 15 years now. When I'm not at school, I spend time with my husband and our German Shepherd, Ranger. I love to read and and travel to Texas to see my family.

My Favorite Book: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Mason Gilmartin, Special Education-Primary

About Me: Hi everyone! My name is Mason Gilmartin and I am beyond excited to be part of the Bakersville community. I am a first-year teacher and a recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. Outside of teaching, I am a baseball coach at Manchester Little League. I love to watch and play any and all sports. When I am not at the baseball field, I am found with my family! My nieces and nephews are my favorite people. I am looking forward to meeting the wonderful students at Bakersville!

My Favorite Book: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

Jill Fillip, Occupational Therapist

About Me: I enjoy spending time at the beach with my husband and two kids. I love to swim, ski, and bike. I have worked in the Manchester Schools for 20 years.

My Favorite Book: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Kelly Hughes Keravich, Speech Language Pathologist

About Me: I grew up in Connecticut but now I live in Exeter NH with my husband. I love the outdoors and I like to stay active. I like to golf in the warm weather and ski in the winter months. I love my job and I feel fortunate to have a career that makes me happy.

My Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Nancy Juneau, School Counselor

About Me: I have enjoyed being a member of the Bakersville family for many years and am looking forward to another great year. Spending time with my friends and family is one of my favorite things to do. During the school year I am on a teacher's weekly candlepin bowling league and in the spring on a ten pin bowling league. I am a Boston sports fan and also love to cheer on the boys and girls basketball team. Go Bulldogs! I love to go for long walks, bike rides, hike and kayak. During my leisure time love to read, try new recipes, play card and board games

I have two adult boys, Ryan, who is a resident doctor in NC and Brendan, who has a degree in forensic science.

My Favorite Book: Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I love to read mystery books and try to solve the mystery before I finish reading the book.

Laurie Logue, Special Education - Intermediate

About Me: I love spending time at the beach and going for hikes with my family. I also enjoy watching my boys play baseball. And I have the most lovable cat!

My Favorite Book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

NIcholas Sullivan, EBD Itinerant

About Me: Hi! My name is Nick, or "Mr. Sullivan" and this is my first year as a certified Special Education Teacher! When I am not at work, I can be found at two other places. I can be found at either Manchester Little League coaching, or out on the golf course. I am super excited to begin teaching right here at Bakersville!

My Favorite Book: Wonder By R.J. Palacio

Jamie Carty, Title I Reading & Math Intervention

About Me: I just moved back to New Hampshire from Nashville, Tennessee. I love country music, spending time with my friends and family and spending time at the beach.

My Favorite Book: Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison

Danielle Longo, Social Worker

About Me: I live in Manchester with my family and cat. I enjoy spending time outside especially exploring different walking and bike trails. I love to read and each season brings with it many activities that I look forward to doing with my favorite people. Watching my daughter dance also brings me so much joy. I feel very proud to be a part of the warm and welcoming Bakersville School community.

My Favorite Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Nicole Salerno, Reading Supervisor

About Me: I live in Manchester with my husband. When I'm not at school, I love spending time at my parents' lake house, going fishing with my husband, spending time with my family and friends, and reading on the dock during the summer. I also love to swim!

I'm excited to begin my 3rd year as the Title I Reading Supervisor at Bakersville Elementary School. Before making the move to Bakersville, I was a 2nd grade teacher for 6 years in a private school in Nashua, NH and a Title I Reading Teacher for 4 years in a public school in Salem, NH.

I look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the hallways in the fall!

My Favorite Book: A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Melissa Sutherland, Math Coach

About Me: This is my second year as a Math Coach at Bakersville and my 22nd year as an educator. My favorite subject to teach has always been Math, so I was very excited to become a Math Coach here. Outside of school, one of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a great book and read for as long as I can. I also enjoy crafting, relaxing by the ocean, spending time with family and friends, and camping. I especially love spending time with my husband, our two teenage kids and our rescue dog, Dunkin. I'm looking forward to another great year at Bakersville and sharing my love of math with you.

My Favorite Book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Sean Walker, Title I Reading & Math Intervention

About Me: I have 3 young children, 2 of whom are adopted, and 2 children in their 20's. I spent most of my life working in restaurants from cooking and serving to management and in the early 90's spent 3 years as a professional wrestler with World Championship Wrestling as a shadow card wrestler. I live in Derry with my wife and 3 younger children. We enjoy family game nights, campfires in the backyard, family walks, and finding fun activities for us to do as a family. To me, there is nothing more important than family and the time we get to spend with them. I am a huge history and adventure buff. Every year I go out treasure hunting and metal detecting at least two times. It is a fun way to touch real pieces of the past. I love cooking, I am always creating new dishes. There are many reasons I became an educator, one of the biggest reasons would be that I truly believe that every child has the ability to achieve greatness in all that they do. They just need people to believe in them and encourage them to give them the strength to try. I know that I am one of the people they will encounter that will help them move towards becoming the best version of themselves.


My Favorite Book: any Stephen King book

Allie Arnieri, Physical Education

About Me: This will be my 4th year as part of the Bakersville Family. I have taught both Health and Physical Education here. As a student, gym was always my favorite class. I love that I get to teach it everyday. Outside of school I enjoy playing with my dog, cooking, reading, and staying active.

My Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Angela Berg, Library Media Specialist

About Me: Welcome to Bakersville! I am the Library Media Specialist and one of my favorite things to do is to read stories to our students. I also love working with technology so my job is a perfect blend of both of these. I will ALWAYS be Bakersville Proud--ask me why!

When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 adult children, 3 adult step-children, and 5 grandchildren. I also enjoy fishing, camping, gardening, painting, and DIY projects around the house.

My Favorite Book: I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

Rebecca Berger, Music

About Me: My name is Ms. Berger, I teach music at Bakersville Elementary and Manchester High School West. I have been teaching music for 10 years, since graduating from the University of New Hampshire. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also love animals, and enjoy going for walks and playing with my dog Keyla, and my sister’s dog Rhett. When I have some free time, I like to read, cook and do trivia with my friends and family.

My Favorite Book: The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery.

Andrea Lemire, Health

About Me: I have 3 children. When we aren't at a hockey rink I like to cook and bake. We spent a lot of our summer camping and going to the beach.

My Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Cassandra Pepler , Music

About Me: I am excited to meet you and to begin exploring and creating music together. I am a pianist and vocalist who loves many different styles of music, but especially love Classical, Jazz, & Blues. In addition to music I enjoy road cycling, hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, xc skiing, gardening, cooking, reading, playing games, and spending time with my family. I have 2 teenage children, Quinn and Addie, as well as 2 black labs and 2 rescued kitties.

My Favorite Book: Wild Symphony by Dan Brown

Sarah Raiche, Art

About Me: Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Aside from being your teacher, I love being in nature. I play outside with my beautiful daughter and my crazy dog every day. I also love to garden and have many indoor plants as well. Another fun hobby that I enjoy is collecting crystals!

My Favorite Book: Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt