Kindergarten (Seeds):


Monique Simard, Lead Teacher

Mrs. Simard has been with The Birches since 2013. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Rivier University. While attending, she gained experience teaching in many grade levels including preschool, second, and fourth grade. She has also had experience directing a special education resource room with kindergarten through fifth grade. During the school year Mrs. Simard has taught an afterschool science program to underprivileged children in elementary schools. Mrs. Simard was previously the kindergarten teacher in Bedford NH. She comes to us from Tyngsboro Massachusetts.


Stacy Stone, Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Stone has been volunteering at The Birches since the founding in 2012 and is now a Teaching Assistant. She has a degree in Travel and Tourism from Johnson and Wales University. Her previous experience includes serving as an aide at North Salem Elementary and as a flight attendant for US Airways. Stacy resides in Salem with her husband, 2 girls and a very spoiled golden retriever.[/one_half]

Grades 1/2 (Seedlings):


Alysa Mulligan, Lead Teacher
Email: Alysam@birchesacademy.orgMs. Mulligan has been with The Birches since it opened in 2012.  Previously she had been both a toddler, kindergarten and first grade teacher at parochial schools in Massachusetts. She has a BA in Education from Endicott College in Beverly, MA and a M.A. in Education from American International College which has a program strong inliteracy. She has her own little girl and lives right in Salem.


Rebecca Dineen, Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Dineen has been volunteering in the Birches community since the schools opening in 2012, and joined our staff in 2015. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University in Massachusetts, and has completed graduate level coursework focused on learning disabilities at Rivier College in Nashua. Her previous classroom experience at the Abundant Life Christian School in Wilmington, MA solidified her love and passion for teaching. She has lived in New Hampshire for the past 10 years with her husband and two boys. They enjoy spending time as a family, whether skiing, hiking, or rooting for the boys in youth sports.


Kathleen Cox, Lead Teacher

Ms. Cox has been at The Birches since it’s opening year in 2012 and comes to us from Derry, NH. She has had lots of experience in pre-school, Head Start, kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 and was a Title I reading tutor at Pollard Elementary in Plaistow. In addition to her M. Ed. in Early Childhood Development and experience with both literacy and math curriculums, she has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Mass College of Art and is insanely creative. She also teaches courses at Nashua Community College in Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Emergent Literacy.