Kevin Bose – Support Staff

I feel very lucky to have ended up here at MC2!  I came over from the late LEAF Charter High School, where I was a Humanities teacher.  My early adulthood was spent moving around to different places, working as a bartender, writing, and experiencing life as a beatnik.  I have a BA in Writing and later got an MA in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community at an activist school in California.  After a year-long program in Wilderness Awareness and Ecological Design, I came to believe that all of Humanity’s problems were rooted in disconnection to nature and I worked for various Wilderness schools mentoring kids, teens, and adults for over 10 years.  This included a Wilderness Rites of Passage program for boys for many years.  I then felt called to bring this new way of thinking into an everyday situation.  My favorite things (besides my two sons, 16 and 12), are playing music, seeing live music, and disappearing into the mountains and forests. 

Icey Olmstead – Support Staff

Hello, I’m Icey! I’m excited to be joining the community here at MC2. I love learning and getting others excited to learn! I’m a huge history and film nerd and talk for hours about either. My biggest goal one day is to write and make historical fiction films and documentaries (and also horror movies) I love going on adventures and exploring new and different places especially ones with cool and unique history behind them. I look forward to learning more from others and also teaching them some cool and interesting things I know and get students to be excited to learn.

Derek Blunt – Teacher/Advisor

Hello, I am very excited to be joining the MC2 team. I graduated from Keene State College in 2015 where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. I had previously completed the Foundations in Education program at the Concord Technology Regional Center. I have long had a passion for education anchored firmly in my beliefs that effective education is paramount to ensure a better global society. In my personal life I enjoy exploring and researching the broad world of mathematics as well as being outdoors whenever I can (hiking, camping, fishing etc..). I am also a big music nerd! Most of my free time is spent listening to music and searching for new artists to listen to and write about. I am always up for a good conversation about music, regardless of genre!

Elizabeth Cardine – Lead Teacher/Advisor/Internship Coordinator

I began my teaching career at the original Monadnock Community Connections program from 2003-2010. It was a great fit for me coming out of college with a dual degree in Physics and Studio Art. I am a Keene native married to a Swanzey local and together we have three young boys who keep us very busy and our home full of Legos. My family is a teaching family, passionate about creativity and learning, and we are all life-long participants in the creative problem-solving program Destination ImagiNation (formerly Odyssey of the Mind). I’m always ready for a pick-up game of Ticket to Ride or Ultimate Frisbee.

Rosie Minich – Special Education

I am so excited to be here at MC2! I began my teaching career in Minnesota at various environmental education centers and public schools. I got my degree from a small college in Saint Paul, MN in education and biology. As a naturalist, I love exploring the ecosystems of new places. I am excited to hike, botanize and generally adventure in my new home. I moved to New Hampshire in September of 2019 right after getting married! My husband and I live near some great trail systems in Gilsum. In my spare time I love knitting, running, hiking and chatting. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community.

Sarah Stout – Teacher/Advisor

Hey MC2 community. I grew up in Fitzwilliam on a cattle farm. I also participated in 4-H and various other youth groups. My animals are a huge part of my life.  I have two dogs, a horse, and two step-children, all of which keep my significant other and me very busy. When I’m not teaching or with my children, I am in the barn or walking with my pups.

I received my teaching credentials at New England College in Henniker, NH. My degree is in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Secondary Education. I began my teaching journey at a Montessori school and then moved to Marlborough Elementary before joining the MC2 team.

I have entered into my sixth year at MC2 . Over the years I have seen MC2 undergo many changes. This has been a wonderful experience and great journey. I am so excited to see what the next years bring for us as an organization. 

Chris O’Reilly – Executive Director/School Leader

I completed my undergraduate work at Keene State College and attended both Antioch University and Plymouth State University where I earned my graduate and post-graduate degrees.

In my former professional life, I was a small business owner, worked in the residential and commercial construction trades, and was a technician in the recreational motorsports industry. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, kayaking, and cycling whenever I get the chance.

I look forward to continuing to serve the students and families in our community with an opportunity to engage in a student-centered learning environment that fits their individual needs.

Eric Snare – Support Staff

I have been involved with theatre since early childhood, and with improvisational theatre since joining ActingOut in 2000. With a BA in Improvisational Arts from Keene State College, I have taught both beginning and advanced improv skills for MoCo Arts’ Creative Arts at Keene Summer Camp and as a Staff Member. I have also served as an Americorps Volunteer. I have seen theatre transform both the students I teach and the communities I live in, time and again. It is this capacity for spurring positive change and growth that ultimately brings me to both the classroom and the stage, and that fuels my passion for teaching.

Jerry Kuhn – Maker Space Steward

Hi, I’ve been involved with MC2 since its inception back in the ‘90’s when Alanis Morissette was still Ironic. I studied industrial arts, anthropology, and some music at RIC, and I got a Master’s degree at Dartmouth studying the alphabet. I spent 43 years at MRMHS as a Tech Ed teacher, and my wife, Bernadette, and I raised our five kids less than a mile from the current campus, one of whom works here now (can you guess?). When it came time to retire, I slid into a great gig where I get to work in a flexible environment while introducing the kids to some amazing new toys to get creative with. My interests would take up too much time to list here although most of them are related to making and communications. My favorite MC2 habit is Creativity and Wonder.

Jackie Rybicki – Support Staff

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be joining this wonderful school community! I live in Keene with my husband and our two children, who always keep life interesting. In my free time I enjoy reading, crafting, and spending as much time as possible with my friends and family. I am also an embarrassingly huge Disney fan!  I went to River Valley Community College before transferring to Granite State College for Early Childhood Education. I worked at a local childcare center for 11 years, until I decided to homeschool my son during the Covid pandemic. I have always had a passion for teaching and am so excited to bring my energy and enthusiasm into the classroom. 

Vickie Nason – Administrative Assistant

I am very happy to be part of this wonderful community.  I actually applied for this job on a whim, never expecting to ever work at a high school. I will have to say that this is the most interesting, fun and rewarding job I have ever had beside being a mom.  

I love how diverse this community is.  These kiddos are so interesting, unique and amazing!  I can’t wait to see where they will go and what they will do. They are destined for greatness.  I’m sure of it!  

I grew up and went to school in the area and have never left.  In my free time I like knitting, crocheting, cooking, reading, fishing, kayaking, learning how to garden, baking and hanging out with my husband, my 4 grown kids and my dog, Mookie.  I also enjoy a good pun or dad joke!

Charlotte Rogers – Instructional Aide

I grew up in Andover, MA, and went to high school at Worcester Academy. I have a Bachelor’s degree in math and a Master’s degree in special education. I received both degrees from Drew University. I have spent the last three years teaching in New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. I am a firm believer in trauma-informed care and meeting students where they are. My parents valued hard work and education and they passed those values on to me. I have always wanted to be a math teacher and I am excited to make that a reality at MC2 . I love art, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, and cats.

Jonathan Northrop – Teacher/Advisor

I started out at MC² as a parent and joined the staff as a teacher and advisor. I am a father of two daughters and have a background in both mental health counseling, with an MA in psychology, and Waldorf education, teaching at Waldorf high schools for fifteen years. 

I’m passionate about writing and reading, especially science fiction and fantasy. I have eclectic and diverse tastes, enjoying music, art, nature, sports, philosophy, and learning about the intricacies of human culture and history in general. My superpower is that I can find just about anything interesting. Oh, I’m also very enthusiastic about fountain pens and ink. 

I’m very happy to be a part of the MC² staff and enjoy the interesting and diverse student population and am honored to be part of their learning and development. 

Eva Shepard-Ingram – Therapist ANEWCounseling

My name is Eva and I am thrilled to be here at MC2 on behalf of Anew Behavioral Health in Keene. I have a Bachelor’s of Psychology and Master’s in Addiction Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in addition to a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New England College. 

I have been passionate about working with youth since the start of my educational career and have worked in various settings with young populations. 

When I am not working to support the wellness of others, I enjoy fantasy novels, crocheting, and spending time with my husband, two daughters, and two cats! I love being outside in warm weather, soaking up sunshine on long walks, reading on the beach on canoeing on local lakes.