Jennifer Murdock-Smith is the Director of Polaris Charter School, Jen will be entering her tenth year at the school. Ms. Murdock-Smith obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychology at Niagara University and Connecticut College respectively. Following this, she spent ten years working in the hospital setting developing systems to evaluate program performance and implement improvement. After taking a hiatus to spend time at home with her three children, she returned to the classroom and earned her certification as a school counselor as well as her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling at Rivier University. Her role at Polaris combines her ten years of experience in healthcare with her eight years working in education. Ms. Murdock-Smith is committed to working toward meeting children’s social, emotional and educational needs.

Nicollette Mannion

Administrative Coordinator - Student Support
Ms. Nicollette Mannion will be entering her first year at Polaris as the Operations and Student Support Coordinator. Nicollette has a Bachelor’s of Science in Childhood and Family Studies and has experience in early education/early intervention and social work. Nicollette believes children and their families thrive best in an environment that prioritizes connection and empathy and looks forward to being a resource and support for the community of Polaris. In her free time Nicollette enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, reading, yoga, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Darlene Timlin
Administrative Coordinator - Building Operations

Darlene Timlin is our new Administrative Coordinator for Operations. She comes to us from a paraprofessional background for the last several years. Prior to that she was an administrative assistant for a real estate company. She loves interacting with the children and helping them with any of their needs. She believes all children are special and should be celebrated as such. In her free time she likes to go to the beach, crafting, and going on family bike rides.

Business Manager
Stacy is going into her third year at Polaris as our Business Manager. Stacy was born in New Jersey and lived in Georgia, New Hampshire, and Texas before her family finally settled in Londonderry. Stacy has been a resident of Manchester for the last 34 years. She left restaurant management after 14 years to work for a local professional photography lab as an office manager. When the lab closed seven years later in 2005, Stacy became a mom for the third time (and then a fourth) and made the choice to stay at home with her kiddos. During this hiatus, she continued to do work for various non-profits, including Boy Scouts, parent-teacher groups, work-groups at the school district and, even sports leagues, which is how she fell in love with the non-profit sector. Currently, Stacy serves on the board for Manchester East Soccer League as Treasurer.Stacy loves spending time with her family, taking photos, and doing her volunteer work. She also loves sports photography and photojournalism and is a freelance photographer shooting for Manchester Ink Link, a local online news media site in Manchester, NH.

Primary Teacher
Lea Fesh is entering her tenth year at Polaris as one of our five Primary level teachers. This year she's taking on a new challenge and moving down to one of our K/1 Primary classrooms. Mrs. Fesh holds a Bachelors's degree in English from UNH and a Masters's degree in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University and has done some post-graduate work as well. She loves anything to do with school, whether it's being a teacher or being a student!Learning is a lifelong adventure, and everyone is accepted and valued in her classroom. She has worked as a Reading Interventionist, Health Teacher and, assistant before finding her home at Polaris. Mrs. Fesh resides in Londonderry with her husband Randy and 5 children, Rodney, Hayley, Alexander, Elizabeth and, James. In her spare time (which is a bit limited!) Mrs. Fesh is an avid reader and writer and enjoys spending family time with her littles and drinking coffee. And of course, she is still very excited to be a teacher at Polaris!

Primary Teacher
The 2021-2022 school year marks Alyssa Young’s eighth year teaching at Polaris as one of our primary teachers. Mrs. Young is a certified and highly qualified teacher in the state of New Hampshire for grades K-6. She received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.Ed in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire. She teaches in one of our two 2/3 Primary classrooms.Mrs. Young believes in teaching the whole child. Her classroom addresses the social, emotional, physical and, intellectual needs of the children she works with. Mrs. Young likes to build relationships with her students to develop projects that align with their interests.Her students know her likes include owls, the beach, reading and, wandering around Target for cute finds. In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking with her husband and snuggling with her orange tabby kitten, Pumpkin.

Primary Teacher
The 2021-2022 school year marks the second year Alexis Mugica will be teaching at Polaris - as one of our K/1 Primary teachers. Prior to this, Miss Mugica has taught Preschool for three years. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a Certification in Special Education from Southern New Hampshire University. Miss Mugica believes that social and emotional needs are crucial to allowing students to succeed. She strives to create a positive and safe classroom environment for all students, as well as building strong relationships,When she’s not working, Miss Mugica loves spending time outdoors going to the beach or on a hike, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys snuggling up with her two cats and reading a book.

Amy Alexandrou

Primary Teacher
Mrs. Amy Alexandrou will be teaching in one of our 2/3 classrooms. She is originally from Massachusetts, and recently moved to NH with her husband. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Salem State University and her M. Ed in Early Childhood Education, as well as a graduate certificate in TESOL from Lesley University. Amy most recently taught in Manchester Public Schools as a remote first grade teacher, and then transitioned to Title 1. She fully believes students learn best by integrating the arts into the classroom with all subjects to make the experience more memorable. When not teaching, Mrs. Alexandrou enjoys spending time at home, going out to restaurants, and playing with her puppy, Hank.

Brianna Wilson

Primary Teacher
Mrs. Brianna Wilson will be entering her first year at Polaris Charter School teaching in our Grade 1/2 classroom. She is a new resident of New Hampshire, having recently moved here from Washington state. She received her B.A. in English from Southern New Hampshire University and most recently assisted a multi-age group of seven students who were fully remote due to Covid-19. Mrs. Wilson believes that teaching is more than just delivering information to students. Rather, it is about supporting students in their individual journeys by giving them a safe and exciting environment where they can grow academically as well as socially, emotionally, and academically. She believes in community and connection within the classroom and strives to create this amongst her students. In her free time, you will likely find Mrs. Wilson reading, hiking, enjoying a good movie or game night, and spending time with her husband, family, and new puppy.

Intermediate Teacher

Heidi Langlais

Intermediate Teacher
Mrs. Heidi Langlais, one of our three Grade 4/5 Intermediate teachers brings over 15 years of experience in education. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Reading Instruction with an Emphasis in Elementary Education. Building a fun, positive classroom culture conducive to learning is of utmost importance to Mrs. Langlais. She takes extra care to build relationships with each of her students in order to meet their individual social and emotional needs within the classroom setting. When Mrs. Langlais isn’t teaching or learning, she loves to spend time with her family, read, bake, travel, and ride ATVs. She delves into various creative arts such as sewing, crafting and painting. She absolutely loves hanging out with her five goats (Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson, Thadeous Binks, and Cleatus) and with her dog Ella.

Katherine Savoy

Intermediate Teacher
Mrs. Katherine Savoy, is our second Grade 4/5 Intermediate teacher. She has worked as a paraprofessional for 16 years while simultaneously raising her four children and obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is dually certified in elementary education and special education and her hope has been to find a position where students come first and she feels that she has found that at Polaris. She believes that students thrive with diversity, love, compassion, and empathy as well as high expectations that coincide with their abilities. When she is not working or continuing her education, she loves reading, crafting and, spending time with her family including her three cats.

Heather Cunningham

Physical Education Teacher
Heather Cunningham has joined Polaris as our new PE teacher. Fitness, health coaching, and healthy living define her. She lives to teach all people about a healthy lifestyle and well-being. During her tenure teaching, she was honored with Health Teacher of the Year (2015). In addition to teaching at Polaris, she owns her business PembrokeFitWorks, LLC where she teaches clients how to take their fitness level to the next level. In her free time, she enjoys camping, skiing, competing in triathlons, running, and spending time with her 2 rescue dogs.

Art Teacher
Thomas A. Ford is a 30-year resident of the greater Manchester area. His greatest joy in life is his 3 adult sons. He graduated as valedictorian from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2005, having served as Student Council president & later as Alumni Association president. He also served two terms as a Manchester City Arts Commissioner, where he curated the popular Art on the Wall @ City Hall gallery exhibition series, and was instrumental in designing the renovations to the City Hall gallery space. He previously spent the last 9 years teaching art at St. Joseph Jr. High & one year at St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School in Manchester. He loves painting, drawing, Frisbee, the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins. He also works full time as an artist at Canobie Lake Park.

Mike Stockbridge

Music Teacher

Computer Teacher

Jocelyn Boisvert

Education Assistant

Lindsey English

Education Assistant

Holly DePaulo

Education Assistant

Victoria Hampton

Education Assistant

Elizabeth O'Neill

Education Assistant

Eileen English

Special Education Services - Manchester

Jacqueline Hernandez

Technology Consultant

Gary Davis