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Our Team

Martha Gagnon, Center Director
With a BS in Management Information Systems from NH College (now SNHU), Martha Gagnon set out on a 30 year career in the computer industry. Now Martha begins a new chapter with Mathnasium, bringing a background in Quality Assurance, as well as PC Training, Programming and Technical Support. Over the years, Martha has worked with children through school volunteer programs and coaching softball. In opening the first Mathnasium in New Hampshire, Martha hopes to help children in the area come to enjoy math as much as she does. Martha and her husband, Gary, live in Hooksett, where they raised two children, Philip and Andrea Gagnon.
Cassie Hayes, Instructor
Cassie Hayes is a High School Math Teacher, certified by the state of New Hampshire. She teaches full time at Nashua High School North. Prior to joining the staff at Nashua North, Cassie taught at Manchester Memorial High School and Hillside Middle School. Her experience teaching all levels of Algebra, Geometry and other math courses makes Cassie a valuable contributor to the Mathnasium team.

Cassie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Education and Mathematics. Currently, she is working on her Masters Degree in Education at SNHU. She grew up in Manchester and lives here with her husband, Corey, who is also a teacher. Cassie enjoys making a difference in the lives of students.
Alicia Cozza, Instructor
Alicia joins Mathnasium having several years of experience in tutoring students in Mathematics. She holds a BA from Oberlin College with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics. Alicia has worked in the Software Quality Assurance field, with an emphasis in the area of automated testing. Having used both of her majors from Oberlin in various positions, Alicia decided to pursue Math Education and completed work toward a Masterís degree at Tufts University in Teaching Mathematics.

In addition to her work at Mathnasium, Alicia is the Office Manager for a small moving business in Epsom, NH. She is an animal lover, with lots of pets. Alicia lives on a horse farm and loves horseback riding. She also practices yoga in her spare time.
Lisa Parsons, Instructor
Lisa studied math at Clarkson University in upstate New York, where she earned a B.S. in computer science, and worked as a computer programmer before switching gears for a masterís degree in social psychology at UNH. She studied under the director of the universityís Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and co-wrote a paper on teaching nontraditional students at campuses like UNH-Manchester. She went on to teach introductory classes, including statistics, to UNH students. While taking some time off for family, Lisa began working as a writer, book reviewer and contributing editor for the weekly newspaper The Hippo, where she now works as a copy editor.

Lisa lives with her husband, a software engineer, and her son in Manchester. In her spare time she likes to explore books, the outdoors, and exotic cacao varieties.
Sam Borchard, Instructor
Sam Borchard graduated from Princeton University where he earned a BS in Science and Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. During his years in college, Sam became the student coordinator of Peak Potential Princeton, a weekly community service program where Princeton students mentor children with disabilities at the Outdoor Action Climbing Wall.

Sam has been teaching and tutoring for the past 4 years, including at the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paulís School in Concord, NH where he taught Ecology to high school juniors. Sam loves working with students of all ages. He is passionate about the outdoors, and has worked as a facilitator at ropes courses and other experiential programs. Sam is a backpacker and rock climber, and has hiked 1500 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Janice Dunnington, Instructor
Janice was born and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her formative years included private education, eight years of piano lessons, and lots of swimming every summer. From early on (second grade) she wanted to be a teacher.

Janiceís love of math and science lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation (1982), Janice moved to New England, employed by Digital Equipment Corporation as Manufacturing Engineer. She worked on the manufacturing floor for five years before accepting a position in a newly formed Reliability Engineering Group. After several years as a Reliability Engineer, she moved to the corporate Project Engineering Group in DECís headquarters, Maynard, MA. By the time she left Digital as a result of downsizing, Janice had achieved the level of Principal Engineer.

After taking some time off for family, Janice returned to education, specifically Rivier College, Nashua, to earn the degree of M.A.T. (masterís in teaching), with an emphasis on teaching mathematics (2004). In addition to Mathnasium North Manchester, Janice teaches math at NHTI in Concord, one of NHís community colleges.
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