Founder and State President - Valerie Koch, M.Ed. has over 20 years of teaching experience. She earned a bachelor's degree from Keene State College in Elementary Education and Special Education and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from New England College. Valerie is currently the Education & Behavioral Science Instructor at Concord Regional Technical Center where she also mentors new teachers and is a professional development leader. She was awarded the distinction of 2017 Distinguished Educator for the Concord School District and 2021 NH CTE Teacher of the Year.
Secretary- Dawn Russell, M.Ed., BA English Teaching, has over 20 years of teaching experience working in the field of education. Seventeen years have been teaching elementary school, and eight of those years were also as adjunct faculty for UNH's Education Department. Over the years she has served as mentor and professional development presenter, participated in curriculum development with colleagues, and continued to expand her own professional development interests in the areas of reading and math instruction, differentiated instruction for diverse learners, the importance of play in early childhood education, and best practices at all levels of education. Currently Dawn is the Careers in Education teacher at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH, adjunct faculty at Great Bay Community College, and teacher leader for Educators Rising-NH where she enjoys sharing her experience and passion with rising young educators.
State Director- Carla Frank, M.Ed. has been a CTE teacher at Portsmouth High School for over 10 years as the Education & Teacher Training Instructor. Prior to becoming the classroom teacher Carla was the preschool lab teacher for the program for 9 years. She has been working with children of various ages for the past 20 years and truly enjoys watching the growth and development of each child.
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