EDies Board Members

Angel Burke, Co-chair – Angel is a recovering English teacher; after 18 years in the classroom at Kearsarge Regional High School and Bow High School, she transitioned to a role as the Academic Coordinator for Teaching and Learning in Laconia. Working with teachers in grades 6-12, she facilitated professional development, a transition to personalized-competency based learning, and curriculum development. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Mascoma Valley Regional School District in Enfield. She attended PSU where she completed her CAGS in 2015. 
Collette Flanders, Co-chair – Collette is an educator in the Merrimack School District. She works alongside countless talented and passionate educators at Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack, recognized as the 2016 New Hampshire Elementary School of Excellence. Collette began the first 6 years of her career teaching kindergarten and is now entering her sixth year teaching first grade.  Collette values her time collaborating with and learning from fellow members of the EDies board, specifically the time she is able to spend visiting elementary schools across the state as a member of the Elementary School of Excellence selection committee.  Collette is certified in both elementary and early childhood education; she graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham with her BS Family Studies and her M.Ed in Elementary Education. 
Paul Yergeau, Vice Chair – Paul has recently retired as the principal of the Deerfield Community School.  Previous to being an administrator there, he was an elementary school teacher and middle school science teacher.  Currently, he is supervising interns from the University of NH.  Retirement is also allowing him to do more volunteer work, throughout New England as well as internationally, for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He holds a BA in Biology Education from UNH, an MBA in Information Technology from SNHU and a CAGS degree in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University.
Gina Aubin, Secretary – Gina has been a Humanities teacher at Bow High School for 17 years; before coming to teach at Bow, Gina taught at Londonderry High School. Her interest in teaching came while working as a journalist for local newspapers, including the Boston Globe New Hampshire Weekly. Gina earned her Master’s of Education with an emphasis on School Culture and Climate from New England College. When not teaching at Bow, she also teaches online classes for New England College. She lives in Concord with her husband and has two teenage sons, a sophomore in high school and a sophomore in college. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running with her dog, Darcy, and reading. 
David Sutherland, Treasurer – David has been living in NH since 2007 after moving to New England from Illinois in 1996.  He completed his BS in Computer Information Systems and Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  He used to work in the computer field as a Quality Assurance Manager.  After discovering his true passion, he returned to earn is M.Ed in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA as he entered the teaching field.  He has taught various grades in both charter and public schools with the majority of his time as a 6th grade teacher in Bedford, NH.  After earning his Principal Certification from Rivier University he transitioned into administration and is now an Assistant Principal at the Londonderry Middle School.  He is continuing his life-long learning as he is now working towards a CAGS in Competency Based Education from SNHU.
Bryan Belanger – Bryan is a New Hampshire native, who graduated from Granite State College with a BS in Information Systems and Administration.  He also holds an MSEd in Educational Leadership, CAGS in Inclusion Education and a CAGS in Literacy K-12 from the University of New England. He started his career supporting educational technology for SAU 21 in Hampton prior to starting as the assistant principal of curriculum and integration for Seabrook Middle School (Middle School of the Year in 2013).  He has also served as principal at both Lamprey River Elementary School and Parker-Varney.  He is now the Director of State Certification and Licensure at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Education. 
Fred Bramante – Fred is the Father of the EDies. Fred, a former middle school science teacher, came up with the idea as a new member of the NH State Board of Education (early 90s) when he was asked to participate with the NH Teachers of the Year organization to help select the next Teacher of the Year. In the process, he asked about the ceremony and learned that it was to be held at a restaurant in Manchester or Concord with 50-60 attendees. Using his own company’s (Daddy’s Junky Music) annual awards event as a model, Fred asked the group to envision a huge gala event with many hundreds of attendees and awards for all aspects of education. The group liked the idea, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Fred heads the non-profit National Center for Competency-Based Learning.
Jacqueline Coe – Jackie is a New Hampshire native, who went to Colby-Sawyer for her B.A. in American Studies and Dartmouth for her M.A.L.S, with a concentration in writing.  She taught high school Social Studies and English before becoming Academic Dean at Bow High School.  As a member of the first doctoral cohort at New England College, Jackie completed her dissertation on the impact of blended learning on student engagement.  She has facilitated professional development on blended learning, performance assessments, rigor and depth of knowledge, creativity and mentoring.  Jackie is especially interested in opportunities to rethink the structures of school.  Currently, Jackie serves as Superintendent at SAU 24 (serving Henniker, John Stark, Stoddard & Weare).
Heidi Crumrine – (Guest Director) Heidi is an English teacher and Literacy Coach at Concord High School, where she has been since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire, her M.A.T. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her M.Ed. from Grand Canyon University. She is currently a doctoral student at Walden University. She is working on her dissertation, which focuses on student perspectives on being offered choice in reading in their high school English classes. The 2018 NH Teacher of the year, she is also a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, the National Council of Teachers of English, and serves on the board of Reaching Higher NH, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization for education equity in NH. Heidi has written columns about various topics in education and been published in The Concord Monitor, EducationPost, and for Heinemann. Currently, Heidi’s students’ writing is being featured weekly on NHPR’s Sunday Edition in collaboration with the We Are America Project. 
Ken Darsney – Ken is the Principal at Franklin Middle School, a grades 4-8 school of 360 students in Franklin, NH.  In his second year there, the school is in the process of transforming  into  2 Academies, each split into grades 4-6 Middle and grades 7-8 High School  Prep “Schools,” much the same way as universities have undergraduate, graduate, medicine, and law schools. The focus of these co-taught academies will be on individualization, with students taking ownership of the learning process, multi-age competency based instruction using learning progressions, and looping, where students remain in the same Academy with the same teachers for their entire Middle School career. Ken is in his 22nd year in education with the past 12 years serving as school administrator throughout NH.  In addition to his work in Franklin, Ken has served for 16 years on the Board of NH Excellence in Education (The EDies) as past Treasurer and Chair and currently directs the K-8 School of Excellence Selection Committee.  He has recently joined the Holmes Center as a Chair of the PPPDS Advisory.  Ken holds a BA from Boston College with M.Ed. and GAGS degrees from PSU.
Dorene Decibus – Dorene is an educator in the Monadnock Region in the ConVal School District. She teaches science at South Meadow School in Peterborough and has been an educator in New Hampshire for the past 36 years. South Meadow School has been chosen as Middle School of the Year twice  in 2005 and in 2012. Dorene enjoys her time on the EDies board, especially visiting schools in our state as a member of the Middle School Selection committee and learning about the great things NH educators are doing in  the classroom. She has served on the board for the past 9 years, serving as secretary and Middle School Selection committee chair. Dorene graduated from Lyndon State College in Vermont with a BS in Elementary Education and earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Keene State College. Dorene resides in Keene with her husband Bob.
Lori Kincaid – Lori has a strong commitment to education in New Hampshire. She has worked for the NH Department of Education for 28 years, most recently as the communications officer and is now retired. Lori coordinated the teacher of the year program for the state and enjoys visiting schools throughout New Hampshire. She has volunteered on the Excellence in Education Awards Board for the past 20 years and served on the Elementary School of Excellence selection committee in 2019. Lori has two daughters that she enjoys spending time with and her youngest is currently a junior at UNH Manchester.
Ivy Leavitt-Carlson – (Guest Director) Ivy has been a Life Science instructor at Laconia High School and a BioMedical Technology instructor at the Huot Technical Center since 2007. She has taught a wide range of classes, including Biology, AP and general Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and a hybrid English/Science class called “Surviving the Apocalypse.” Prior to joining the Laconia High School Faculty, Ivy volunteered in South Africa with the US Peace Corps and started her teaching career at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro. Ivy lives in Tuftonboro with her husband and small children. 
John MacArthur – John has spent all but three of his twenty-one years as an educator here in New Hampshire. He began his career as  a general music teacher and band director at North Andover Middle School in North Andover, MA.  He jumped the border and came back home to New Hampshire where he was the Director of Instrumental Music/General Music Teacher at Milford Middle School for seven years prior to becoming an administrator.  John started his administrative career as the Assistant Principal of Weare Middle School followed by two years as principal of Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich,NH. Currently John is in his fifth year of serving as the principal of Alton Central School.  He feels extremely fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful “Community of Critical Thinkers Who Persevere” at ACS!  Alton Central School was recognized as the 2018 New Hampshire K-8 School of Excellence.
John holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Rivier College.  He is currently pursuing his Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University. John enjoys spending time with his wife Gina and also chasing and/or carting around their 12 year old son Jonah to whatever travel baseball, flag football, golf or other sport that he plays.  
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Daniel Mitchell – Dan has been an educator in New Hampshire for the past 17 years. He has held teaching positions in both private and public schools. He is currently in his first year as Principal of Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield.Fornerally, he was  the Assistant Principal at Peter Woodbury School in Bedford,  for the last 7 years. Prior to that, he was Assistant Principal at Adeline C. Marston School in Hampton, NH , where they received the 2012 Elementary School of Excellence Award. Dan holds a B.S.  in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s College in Maine and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from UNH. 
Dee Rainville – (Guest Director) Dee is a RI native and moved to NH in 2001. She received her BS in Business Administration from Plymouth State University and has been an Operations Manager and Database Administrator for most of her career. She brings a love of education, as well as her business experience to NH Excellence in Education. Her interests include music, reading, and writing and she has participated for several years in the PSU Educational Theatre Collaborative productions, which runs annually in January.
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Dr. Mike Whaland – (Guest Director) Dr. Whaland is the Superintendent of Schools for SAU 13, serving the communities of Freedom, Madison, and Tamworth.  Mike is also a Teaching Lecturer for Plymouth State University’s Education Department.  Prior to serving as a Superintendent, Mike was a District Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Assistant Principal and School Counselor.  He is a lifelong New Hampshire native, graduated from Bow High School in 2001 and  completed his undergraduate, masters, and CAGS  at Plymouth State University in 2006, 2008, and 2013 respectively.  Mike also received his Doctorate from Plymouth State in Learning Leadership and Community in 2020.  He has presented at the local and national level on his dissertation, Why Rural Teachers Stay: Examining Teacher Retention and Attrition in New Hampshire’s Rural Schools.  Mike serves on a number of boards to include NHASCD, Plymouth State University Alumni Association, Rural Education Leadership Network, and the Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation Advisory Council.  He was awarded the 2017 Role Model Award by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals and part of the Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, Class of 2021.  Above all else, Mike is most proud of being part of Lancaster Elementary School’s 2016 K-8 School of Excellence recognition.
http://www.edies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Jessica Wilson – Jess is a New Hampshire native who graduated from Plymouth State University with a BS in Childhood Studies.  She also holds an MEd in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University.  She started her career at Northwood School (K-8 School of the Year in 2009) where she was an elementary classroom teacher.  She served as Principal of Henry Wilson Memorial School in Farmington for 3 ½ years before moving to her current position of Principal of Chichester Central School.  Jess has been a member of the EDies for the past 10 years, serving as a member at large, Secretary to the Board for 7 years, and has just wrapped up her third, and final year, as Chair of the Board.  She is looking forward to continuing to support the board as an at-large member.