SPOTLIGHT ON LEARNING & COMMUNITY
Celebrating the good things in our school district!
Sean Fischer passed the Eagle to Denise Schmidt: The eagle award was presented to Denise because of all of the hard work she has done to keep all staff and students safe during the pandemic. Also for doing a great job of the stressful task of the flu shots. Thank you Denise for all that you have done during these crazy times.
Sarah Battistelli passed the Eagle to Jen Johnson: Jen is always there to answer a question for me and if she doesn’t have the answer she is always able to point me in the right direction to find the answer. She has been one of the most helpful people since I started and I appreciate her support and guidance as I figured everything out!
Tash Ball passed the Eagle to Sarah Battistelli: Early in the school year there was an opportunity to secure food boxes for families. Being brand new and short staffed in the kitchen, I reached out for help coordinating with families and planning the distribution. Sarah stepped up and reached out to families. When the food arrived Sarah dropped everything to call families and distribute food all day. Without her help, it wouldn’t have been possible to provide this opportunity to our district. Thank you Sarah!
Tasha Ball joined the Allenstown School District as the Food Service Director in August. Taking on an entire program right before school opens is challenging, but Tasha was also faced with shifting regulations due to covid-19. No matter what, she is always positive and excited to make the breakfast and lunch programs new and different for the kids and staff. She is a welcome addition to our school community and everyone is enjoying what is coming out of the kitchen.
Mrs. Degrave passed the Golden Eagle to Mr. Fischer:
Mrs. Degrave heard that ARD was in desperate need of a soccer coach and she did not want all the students that wanted to play to not have a season. She stepped outside of her comfort zone, found some resources and supports and decided that she would take on the 2020 ARD soccer coach position. She made many students very happy and gave them an opportunity to be part of a team. Thank you Mrs. Degrave!
Welcome! My name is Jen Martel and I am super excited to join the AES team. I am thrilled to begin my 25th year teaching with you. I am a parent with almost 19 years experience. I am fortunate to have 3 great children and a wonderful husband, all who support my work in the classroom. We also have a family dog, Miley. I enjoy spending time on Cape Cod, playing scrabble and being with my family. I am passionate about learning and recently completed my second Masters of Education program. Initially, I graduated from Bridgewater State University with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Then, I obtained my first Masters degree from Rivier College in Educational Studies focusing on Parenting Education. Finally, this past October, I completed another degree program in Educational Leadership through Southern New Hampshire University. With great enthusiasm, I join the AES team and hope to meet as many members of the Allenstown community.
My name is Sarah Battistelli and I am the new Family Support and Engagement Counselor. I come to you with two bachelor degrees one in psychology the other in creative writing, a master’s degree in education, and I am currently working towards national certification as a board certified behavior analysis. This is my first job in a school and prior to this I was a case manager at an autism clinic. I provided behavioral therapy to children with autism while also working closely with families and supporting them in various aspects of their daily lives. I have provided parent training as well as in home and community supports for families. I am very much looking forward to being to help serve the families of our community and working with them to help them be as successful as they can.
Hello! My name is Audrey Douzanis and I am the School Counselor at the Allenstown Elementary School. I am a recent graduate from Rivier University and my experiences in my master program have given me a solid foundation to be a successful school counselor. My goal as a school counselor is to assure all students are able to access the tools needed to effectively become the best versions of themselves.
When I am not helping students become the best they can be, I enjoy being at the beach, hiking and exploring new places. My favorite pastime is quality time with family and friends. I am very excited to be a part of the Allenstown community.
Hello, my name is Catie Couture and I am the new Behavior Coach for the Allenstown District. Prior to joining the Allenstown community I was in Manchester at Easter Seals working as a paraprofessional for 3 years and then a Special Education Teacher for 3 years. My hopes this year is to provide a positive environment for students to express, process and learn about their behaviors, both the positive and negative. When I am not at work I tend to be reading a mystery novel, exercising, or spending time with my sassy 6 year old Yorkie! I am eager for the school year to get rolling and I am so happy we are back in the school building!!
Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Hanson, and I am the new art teacher for the Allenstown school district. I am so excited to be a part of the Allenstown school community! In my teaching, I love to encourage play, exploration, and personal growth through art. Art is a powerful way for students to communicate about their experiences, emotions, and self, and I believe it’s important for every student to experience that. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments!
I have been working for William J. White behavioral and consultation services since 2017. I love being able to make a difference in lives of the students I work with. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family.
My name is Tasha Ball and I am the new Director of Nutrition Services for Allenstown School District. I come to you with experience working in K-8 settings. I am committed to providing nutritious and balanced meals for every student.
Hello! My name is Allyson Lewko, and I am the new Special Education Teacher here at AES. I have my bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education. I started as a paraprofessional in Pembroke and then went on to being the reading Title One Teacher in Hooksett. For the past 3 years, I have been a Special Education Teacher in Raymond working with students in the K-4 setting. I love to help students reach their goals by using fun interactive activities and having a safe and welcoming environment to work in. When I am not in school, I love visiting the beach and reading a good book. I am excited to be a part of the AES community!
I am new to the district, but have been working for the SAU for thirteen years now. I live locally and am excited to be working here at ARD as the 7/8 Grade Sp. Ed. Case Manager. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, sports, listening to music, and watching movies. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.
Allenstown Elementary School
Phone: (603) 485-9574
Fax: (603) 485-1805
Armand R. Dupont School
Phone: (603) 485-4474
Fax: (603) 485-1806
Our students will:
- collaborate and cooperate to creatively solve problems.
- show respect for themselves, others, and our environment.
- communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- apply advocacy skills to be independent, self-directed learners.
- demonstrate civic resposibility and pride in school and the community.