Faculty and Staff
Karla Biel5th Grade Teacher
Karla is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and a Masters of Science in Education for Hearing Impaired. She has been teaching in various grades from preschool through high school for over 20 years. One of her favorite parts of being at MZCS is seeing God work in and through the students, staff and commUNITY-”God is on the move!” In her free time you will find Karla running, relaxing by the water, or playing games with the family. Karla has been happily married to Kenneth since 1999 and they are proud parents of 2 sets of twins; Kaden & Kirsten (graduated high school in 2021) and Abigail & Allison (class of 2024).
Rhonda BuckArt Teacher
Katie CarminitoMiddle School Math Teacher, Middle School Team Leader
Katie Carminito has a Masters of Education degree. She taught as a 6th grade math teacher at Georgetown Middle/High School in Georgetown, MA from 2004 to 2009. She took some time off from teaching to be home with her three boys who currently attend MZCS. She has been teaching middle school at MZCS since 2017. Her favorite thing about MZCS is the close community and the love for God that she sees in her co-workers and administration. When she is not working she loves to be at her family cottage in Alton Bay, NH.
Laura CasoniGuidance Counselor
Laura Casoni received her B.S. in Counseling at Clarks Summit University. She worked in many school systems through the Scranton Counseling Center in Pennsylvania. She is here to support our teachers to create a workable classroom environment, advocate for our students and parents, and implement tools to help our students succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Although she was born in Pennsylvania, Laura grew up in Connecticut near the ocean. Her husband brought their family of 5 back to his childhood neighborhood in Manchester and currently resides there. When Laura isn’t at school, she goes on adventures with her three children and husband. She enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, and baking. It is a pure delight for her to walk the halls at Mount Zion and see all the smiling faces.
Cheryl CasoniKindergarten Teacher
Jessica Clater loves children’s books and seeing imaginations sparked by powerful stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently writing her first upper elementary fiction book. She has two children at MZCS, class of 2033 and 2031. When she’s not reading books in the MZCS “Lion-brary,” she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Matt DanielsHigh School Bible and Economics Teacher, High School Chaplain
Matt is currently the pastor of Outreach and Discipleship at Londonderry Christian Church and was a full time youth pastor for over 15 years. His favorite thing about MZCS is helping high school students form a lifelong love of God and his word, and helping students begin to make their faith their own. Outside of work, you’ll find Matt spending time with his wife Shannon, daughter Izzy, (MZCS class of 2034) or golfing with friends.
Lisa Duffy2nd Grade Teacher, Primary and Elementary Team Leader
Mrs. Duffy holds a BA in Psychology, a JD, and an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education. She has taught preschool through high school, and loves being part of the collaborative and supportive MZCS community. Spending time with her husband, family, and Jesus brings her joy outside of school.
Helen GlasierMiddle School Technology Teacher
Helen Glasier has been with Mount Zion since 2015. She received a BA in Ed. from Colorado Christian University and a Masters from Lesley University. Mrs. Glasier is the MS technology teacher. After working for years in the public school sector, she loves the opportunity to integrate her faith in her teaching. She has an amazing husband and together they have 2 grown daughters. She is delighted to now have two sons-in-law and is enjoying being Nana to four grandchildren! When she is not snuggling grandchildren she enjoys a new hobby of pastel painting.
Andrea HamlinHead of School
Andrea has been with MZCS since 2017, educating since 2008, and is thrilled to now be supporting students, parents, and staff through her new role as Head of School. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education. A transplant to NH from PA, she loves being by the water and spending time with her husband and children (MZCS graduating Classes 2028 and 2030). Andrea finds joy in the close-knit community at MZCS and is thankful to have found a school where her children can be so lovingly challenged and nurtured.
Adalia JohnsonMiddle School Bible Teacher, Elementary and Middle School Chaplain
Jessica LaughtonTitle 1 Coordinator/Tutor
Jessica Laughton is the 2nd grade teacher at Mount Zion and she has been here for 5 years. She is also the elementary team leader and Title 1 Coordinator/Tutor. She is an alumni of Endicott College where she obtained a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Communications. Her favorite thing about MZCS is the supportive community. Outside of school, you will find Jess spending time with her husband Rich and her close friends. She enjoys camping, hiking, and being outdoors.
Alexus LefortDirector of Admissions, Events Coordinator, Registrar, Administrative Assistant
Alexus is an alumni of Mount Zion and graduated from University of New Hampshire at Manchester with a B.S. in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. She helped run MZCS’ open houses for many years before stepping in to the position of Director of Admissions. Her favorite thing about MZCS is the supportive community. Outside of school, you will find Alexus spending time with her family, including her brother Jonathan (MZCS Class of 2021), or close friends.
Jodi LefortOffice Manager
Jodi is a graduate of UNH Manchester with a Bachelor’s in Sign Language Interpretation. Her two children are graduates of Mount Zion, Class of 2016 and 2021, and her husband served on and chaired the board for several years. Jodi loves many aspects of Mount Zion–the amazing faculty and staff who pour their hearts out each and every day; the open-door policy of administration; that it is a place where students names and stories are known and where kids get to be kids; but mostly that Mount Zion seeks God’s direction and has a history of being dependent on Him. Outside of Mount Zion, Jodi works as an ASL/English Interpreter and loves spending time with family and friends.
Beth PapiaMiddle School Humanities Teacher
Beth graduated from Gordon College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and has been a part of Christian Education for over 30 years. She loves the enthusiasm for learning and the Lord here at MZCS. Worshiping the Lord in song and on the piano is a favorite pastime as well as cheering for the Patriots. Married to Larrie for 40 years, they enjoy, most of all, spending time with their 2 children and their spouses and 8 grandchildren.
Mary PeaceP.E. Teacher
Robynne PigeonPreschool Teacher
Mrs. Pigeon studied Early Childhood Education at Castle College and Liberty University. She has taught preschool and kindergarten since 1996 in both private learning centers and Christian schools and has spent many years volunteering for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire with her husband, Jamie, and daughter, Katie (2020 MZCS alumni). She particularly appreciates the supportive and loving Christian community at Mount Zion. Mrs. Pigeon works diligently at designing a classroom environment that is a fun, creative and hands-on place to learn. Changing her themes and centers every month keeps her classroom an inviting and engaging place to learn. In her free time, Mrs. Pigeon enjoys gardening, cooking, crafting, painting, drawing, and spending time with her family.
Chris RodriguesHigh School Humanities Teacher
Dorothy RodriguezMiddle and High School Spanish Teacher, High School Team Leader
Sra. Rodríguez has been part of the MZCS family since 2012, and has been teaching for over 30 years. She has a B.A. in Education from the University of Puerto Rico, where she grew up, as well as an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts. Having grown up bilingual, she particularly enjoys sharing her love of the Spanish language and hispanic/latino culture with people of all ages. She is a long-time member of Trinity Baptist Church in Nashua, NH. In her free time, Sra. Rodríguez enjoys reading, hiking, learning new languages, exploring new places, and spending time with her husband and their 4 adult children and their families.
Julia SandersHigh School Math Teacher
Lisa has been a part of the Mount Zion community since her oldest daughter (class of 2011) entered as a freshman. She also has two more children who attended Mount Zion, and her youngest will graduate in 2025. The thing Lisa loves most about MZCS is that the teachers really invest in their students and give their utmost to see them prosper educationally, relationally, and spiritually. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys being outside in nature, gardening, arranging flowers, and making decorative chalkboards. Lisa serves on the Spiritual Committee and the Mount Zion School Board. She and her husband and children live in Goffstown and enjoy the beauty of NH by trying to take lots of walks with family and friends.
Tim ShineAthletic Director
Tim is a 20 year military veteran who was an F-15 and F-22 Crew Chief and aircraft maintenance instructor. He has a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His favorite thing about MZCS is that they encourage students to show Effort & Risk and allow them to climb trees at school and be kids. He loves playing basketball with his sons Mason, Bradey (MZCS class of 2022), and Mac (MZCS class of 2028), hiking with his wife, and hunting.
Briana Simoneau3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Simoneau has a bachelor’s degree in child development with a focus in education from the University of New Hampshire. Her favorite thing about MZCS is watching her students worship, pray, and grow closer to Christ. She loves spending time with her family at the beach and taking trips to Disney.
Kristen StuartPrincipal, High School Science Teacher
Kristen has a BA in Hebrew and English and an M.ed in Secondary Education. She has been working in education for almost 30 years–first in the classroom and then in administration. Her heart is for students, growth, and Jesus, and Mount Zion is a special place where those three things come together. She loves to read and spend time with family and friends, especially near the ocean.
Jess TherrienOffice Staff
Jess is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University. She graduated with a degree in Bi-vocational Missions and a TESOL Certification. She works alongside her husband, Marc, and in-laws for workcampNE. Jess started working in the MZCS office in 2019. There are many things she loves about MZCS, but one that really stands out is the teaching staff. Her three children, Judah, Ava, and Lydia, attend MZCS, and she is constantly amazed by how well the teachers love and care for them. She also loves how they challenge them academically while helping them grow in their love for God and people. Outside of school, you’ll find Jess being an all sports mom, and hanging with family and friends. She also enjoys playing volleyball, going to shows, and watching funny TV shows with her husband.
Marc TherrienHigh School Worship Arts and Digital Media Teacher
Marc works full time in ministry with the missions organization workcampNE. He’s also the Creative Arts Pastor at Londonderry Christian Church. Marc has been a worship leader for over 10 years and directs all of the media of wcNE; and he uses the skills and knowledge from making many mistakes in both to help guide the MZCS students in Worship Arts and Digital Media. Marc loves to play sports, music, be out in nature, go to concert date-nights with his wife, and coach his kids. His favorite thing about Mount Zion is the amazing groups of students he gets to interact with each year. Marc is on the board at Mount Zion, his wife works in the office, and he also has three children in the school, Judah (class of 2029), Ava (class of 2032), and Lydia (class of 2034).
Bobbi TownsendMovement and Motion Teacher, Volunteer Coordinator
Bobbi has been involved with Mount Zion since 2014, first as a parent and then as a teacher. She graduated from the University of Arts with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. She has taught dance for many years and competed for over 10 years before having her three kids, Lilla (Class of 2028), Emmi (Class of 2030), and Adi (Class of 2032). Bobbi’s favorite part about Mount Zion is the caretaking nature of the community.
Ron TownsendMusic Teacher
Bio coming soon!
Makeliah Vrooman1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Vrooman has an Associates degree in General Studies with an emphasis on Biblical Studies. She is finishing her Bachelors in Elementary Education. Her favorite thing about MZCS is that the community feels like a family. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and reading good books.