Summer Institute for Educators 2014


 Professor Ann Gaffney earned an M.Ed. from Lesley University and is a faculty member at Londonderry High School. A veteran teacher, she has worked with in- and pre-service teachers in a variety of coaching and mentoring roles. She teaches primarily mathematics and science to diverse populations of students including mixed ability groups and groups of students separated from the general population due to significant special needs or gifted/talented identification. Ann has a broad range of interests including the dynamics of classroom instruction and teachers’ roles in those dynamics. She has been studying mathematics teachers’ beliefs about quality lessons as part of her doctoral study at Rivier University. 


Professor Fran Keefe earned an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is currently an instructional designer at Rivier University. Fran has over 25 years of experience in Learning and Technology. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches e-learning development courses both online and in the classroom. Fran has also spoken at a number of national conferences on electronic learning and design and is currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons College in Boston.

Dr. Terri Magnus is Professor of Mathematics and Director of Secondary Education at Rivier University. In addition to teaching courses in geometry, algebra, discrete mathematics, and general mathematics, she is a board member and newsletter editor for the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics, an affiliate of NCTM. Mathematical reasoning and problem solving are at the heart of her classes where students develop a deeper understanding of the content and greater skill at application by actively participating in mathematical discovery.

Professor Bill Maniotis, former Director of English Education at Rivier University, currently is a member of the English Language Arts faculty at Merrimack High School in Merrimack, NH, and a student in the Ed.D. program in Leadership and Learning at Rivier. As a former director of a college teacher preparation program and as a veteran secondary ELA teacher, Bill is uniquely poised to help students examine this topic.

Professor James Peirce is a double Rivier University alumnus, having graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education and, last year, with an M.A.T. He has participated in numerous national summer institutes for teachers, in locations all over the United States. He is a certified AP European History teacher. A long-time faculty member at Methuen High School, Peirce is a leader in innovative technology applications to support secondary education.

Dr. Ben Philip earned his Ph.D. at the Miami University. He currently is an Assistant Professor at Rivier University. Dr. Philip's research interests fit into the broad scope of physiological responses of organisms to environmental stress. Dr. Philip envisions every student to think like a scientist, whether that be as an informed citizen with a basic understanding of science or a future researcher who will devote his/her life to studying biology.

Dr. Stephanie Roper earned a Ph.D. in colonial American history, with an emphasis on the cartographic history of New England. She has researched and written about a variety of topics, including an artillery unit from Lyndeborough, NH, integration in baseball, ethnic cemeteries, and the Amoskeag Company's efforts to use corporate benevolence to stop unionizing. A senior lecturer in the Department of History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice, she has taught at Rivier University since 2005.

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