Meet the Staff

Oyster River High School Special Education Staff

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Misty Lowe
HS Asst Dir of Special Services

Misty Lowe is the Assistant Director of Student Services at Oyster River High School. Mrs. Lowe’s personal experience growing up in Arkansas created the desire in her to become an educator. Having wonderful teachers in her life growing up made a positive impact on her.  Mrs. Lowe began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1997 after completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Later, she furthered her education in special education due to her desire to reach all students.  Mrs. Lowe completed her Master of Education in Special Education Degree in 2013 at the University of New Hampshire. Finally, she completed her Education Specialist Degree (formally known as C.A.G.S.) in Educational Administration and Supervision in 2010 at the University of New Hampshire. Mrs. Lowe has been a school administrator for eight years, serving as an Assistant Principal at Barnstead Elementary School and then Director of Special Education. Mrs. Lowe believes all students can learn and deserve every opportunity to excel. She believes our schools are an extension of the greater community. She believes it is our responsibility to make our schools a safe and judgment free environment to learn and take risks regardless of learning differences a student may have. Outside of school, Mrs. Lowe enjoys spending time with her family, a mother of four and Meme of two. Mrs. Lowe also enjoys her two yellow labs and serving on her local school board.

 

Alissa Clark

Alissa Clark is a special education teacher at Oyster River High School. Alissa graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in English teaching in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching in 2010. She received both degrees from the University of New Hampshire. Alissa has taught in the seacoast area since 2010, starting out as a middle school language arts teacher. She quickly realized her passion for working with students with special needs and went to pursue her alternative four certification in special education. This is her sixth year as a special education teacher. Throughout her years of teaching, Alissa’s passion is having students find out what works for them to be successful and to self-advocate for their individual learning needs. In her free time, Alissa enjoys snowboarding, working on her new house in Dover, going to concerts, and binge watching TV shows like PBS Masterpiece, Poldark.

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Sandra Devins
Transition Coordinator
“Fostering opportunities for student success.”  Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Salem State University with a Teacher Certification in Special Education. She received her Master’s Degree in Education and holds a certification for school counseling from University of New Hampshire.
Sandy has over 20 years of experience supporting youth to adults who demonstrate a variety of ability levels in academics, employability, social and independent living skills.  As a life-long believer of inclusion, Sandy started one of the first Inclusionary Summer Camps on the North Shore and received recognition from United Way in Massachusetts for her program development.  Sandy has developed an expertise in building relationships throughout the NH Seacoast community with employers, municipalities, and organizations that support and provide hands-on training opportunities for students without any prior work experience.  As an active member of the Seacoast Workforce Coalition and Transition Community of Practice, Sandy looks to strengthen her network and keep her teaching methods current. Sandy’s mission is to provide student centered planning and instruction in; career exploration, college and career readiness, self-advocacy, and occupational skill development.  In her free time, Sandy enjoys outdoor sports and spending time with her family and friends. Sandy also serves as a volunteer member on her local Conservation Commission.

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Anne Golding

Anne Golding is a Special Education teacher at Oyster River High School. Mrs. Golding has worked as a special education teacher since 2013. Prior to that she worked as a paraeducator at ORHS. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development from Southern New Hampshire University. She received her special education teaching certification from Granite State College. She has a master’s degree in Education from Keene State College which is focused on curriculum and instruction. Mrs. Golding also a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of New Hampshire, this degree is in educational philosophy. Mrs. Golding’s other role at ORHS is the Varsity Field Hockey Coach.


 

Anna Goscinski

Anna Goscinski is a Special Education teacher at Oyster River High School.  Anna recently graduated with a Master’s in Special Education from the University of New Hampshire where she completed her internship at Oyster River High School.  Anna received in Bachelor’s in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire in 2017.  She has built a career around advocating for individuals with disabilities.  She is passionate in transition and tries to create an exciting and kind learning environment for her students.  Her goal is to support her students unique learning styles and needs.  In her free time, Anna enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places.  She lives in Dover, NH and spends her weekends with her family, friends, and pets.  She loves getting out and trying new restaurants or walks, binge-watching Netflix, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with loved ones.

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Emily Johnson
Speech Pathologist

Emily Johnson is an Oyster River alumna, and has returned to ORHS to serve as the Speech-Language Pathologist. Emily attended University of Colorado at Boulder after leaving Durham, where she graduated with her undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.  Before earning her Master’s degree, she worked as a one on one paraprofessional, and a Speech-Language Assistant. Emily then returned to Durham to earn her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated in 2015.  Since graduating, Emily has worked in a variety of school settings, from pre-K through high school, including public schools and smaller specialized behavioral programs. Emily holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in New Hampshire.  In her free time she enjoys spending time outside with her husband and dog, skiing, traveling, cooking, and boating. 

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Dagmar Lamberts

Ms. Lamberts has spent her career advocating for children and supporting students and families. Her focus has been on working to help adolescents attain the skills needed to be successful both in school and in the community. Before joining the special education department at ORHS in 2005, she worked at an adolescent group home, and as a clinical supervisor providing therapeutic supports to families and children in the foster care system in the state of Maine. Ms. Lamberts continued to expand her professional skills providing therapeutic interventions to abused and neglected children involved in the court system in the state of NH before joining the educational realm. Ms. Lamberts has a Bachelor degree in Behavioral Science and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She holds a license as an independent clinical social worker in the state of Maine and NH. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and taking long walks on the beach.

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Dr. Ryan Long
School Psychologist

Dr. Long is the School Psychologist at Oyster River High School. He previously served as School Psychologist at Moharimet School, and he worked as a School Psychologist at Belmont Middle and High School prior to that. In addition to being a School Psychologist, Dr. Long is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Long has been involved in clinical work with youth and families at several community mental health centers since 2005, and he currently works part-time at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Long earned an undergraduate and a master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, and a second masters and Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Long likes to spend free time with his dog, Pepper, and doing athletics such as golf, hockey, swimming, and jogging. The thing he likes most about high school is watching students perform their special talents like music, writing, acting, and athletics.

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Jenn McGuinness

Mrs. McGuinness has been teaching at ORHS since 2001. Prior to relocating to NH, she taught for 9 years at a high school in her home state of Vermont.  Throughout her teaching career she has been provided numerous opportunities to grow as a professional including working in challenging conditions with impoverished children from rural communities to providing instruction to children who are supported in wonderful ways by a well-educated, supportive community.  While she cherishes meaningful work with a variety of learners, Mrs. McG has a special interest in working with dyslexic readers and helping her students to recognize their extraordinary intellect, the power they have to engage in their education and to significantly improve their reading skills. Mrs. McG works to meet her students where they are at and at the same time challenge them to reach beyond what they think is possible. She understands how fortunate she is to teach alongside so many talented teachers and teaching assistants in the ORCSD.

Mrs. McG’s grandmother was an award-winning middle school English teacher who set a high bar and with her steadfast support, Mrs. McG was the first child in her family to earn a college degree; a BA in Sociology from Castleton State College, and a M. Ed in Special Education in 1998 from the University of Vermont.

Mrs. McG lives along a pond in the woods with her husband, Mike and daughter, Saere.  Reading (of course!), gardening, hiking/snowshoeing in the woods with Ruby the dog, kayaking, and wogging 5Ks with her daughter are her fave ways to recharge.  She is boisterous spectator at all her daughter’s sports events from soccer to basketball, softball to Irish dance. Mrs. McG loves to cook and host casual, festive dinner parties for her family and friends.

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Estie Ott

Estie Ott has been working in the field of special education since 1995 and has served as member of the special education department at ORHS since 2001.  Estie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and holds a Specific Learning Disabilities credential.  Estie is fortunate to work with a team of professionals that share her vision for supporting students in developing a more mindful, resilient, and self-directed approach to their learning and personal growth.  She is invested in helping students build the skills needed to demonstrate competency in the general curriculum, communicate effectively with others, and identify their strengths and interests for life beyond high school.  In addition to her role as a special educator, Estie is passionate about wellness and started the ORHS garden in 2011 with the aim of producing food for the cafeteria.  Estie lives in Kittery, Maine and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, staying physically active, and working on her art.

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Brian Ryan

Brian Ryan has been a special educator at ORHS since 2008.  He is lucky to work with some incredible paraeducators who support students in a variety of ways.   He is also lucky to be working with students who have had incredible supports provided by a talented team of special educators and service providers throughout their time in ORCSD schools.  The students arrive to HS with a wide variety of skills, dispositions and attitudes, and Brian and his staff appreciate that every one of these children arrives ready to meet the challenges inherent with have a school-based learning disability.  Brian believes in a strength based educational environment; he and his staff first look at what is right with kids, not at what is missing.  Doing so allows students to recognize their strengths, such as creativity and kindness, as extraordinarily valuable to their educational progress, career readiness, and level of life satisfaction.  He feels strongly that all students can develop their non-cognitive abilities (self-regulation, compassion, focus, perseverance, etc.) and this will give them more access to success and happiness.  Brian believes school should be fun and challenging.  He believes that all students deserve to decide what their future holds, and together with the staff at ORHS, he works to support students and families on that path.

Brian, his wife Anne, and their two dogs, Penny and Stan, live in Kennebunk, Maine.  On any given day you will find them enjoying outdoor activities, reading, or playing fetch.  Brian is a muggle, but is happy to accommodate any wizard, witch, or related being.

 


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Alexander Satterfield

Alex Satterfield is a Case Manager at Oyster River High School.  Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  He then started as a paraprofessional shortly after that.  He quickly found his calling to special education and went on to obtain a teaching certificate.  He has worked as a Case Manager for 4 years.  This Summer he will begin his Master’s program at UNH.  Alex has also been a Unified Coach for the past 7-8 years, where he’s able to promote student interactions, teach skills specific to each sport (soccer, basketball, volleyball), and provide a unique team atmosphere.  Alex is passionate about teaching students executive functioning skills and social/emotional wellbeing.  Alex prides himself on his ability to breakdown bigger concepts and ideas and promotes having as much fun along the learning experience as possible.  In his free time Alex plays a variety of sports (including a heavy amount of disc golf), board games, beach/camping trips, and hanging out with friends/family.

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Carolyn Smith

Carolyn has been a special educator at Oyster River High School for five years with 11 years at Oyster River Middle School prior to that. She grew up in Milton, Massachusetts where she was an avid soccer and softball player. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Special Education at Clemson University in 1996 and her Masters of Education in Reading at the University of New Hampshire in 2007. In her free time she enjoys taking long walks, riding her bike and running after her children.

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Heather Stanley

Heather is currently a Special Education Teacher at ORHS and has been part of this community since 1999. She currently works with students grades 11 and 12 and focused on their transition beyond high school. She attended Noble High School and graduated in 1986. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bates College, graduating in 1990. She worked at Somersworth Middle School primarily in the behavioral program from 1991-1999. She obtained her teaching certificate for special education in 2011. She is currently in the process of taking courses to obtain a second teaching certificate in Mathematics. She enjoys spending time with friends. She also enjoys other activities such as archery, target shooting, cross country skiing, and kayaking. She is an active member of the North Berwick Rod and Gun club and is hoping to open a youth archery program.

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Amy Therrien

Amy Therrien is a Special Educator at Oyster River High School in the Life Skills program.  She previously served as the Assistant Director of Special Education Services at Oyster River High School.   Prior to obtaining her administration and special education certifications she worked as a Speech Pathologist in several different settings from schools to hospitals and was the head Speech Pathologist and Special Services Administrator for the Nashua School District. Amy received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Communication Disorders and her Masters of Science from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.  She holds certification as a Special Educator, Speech/Language Specialist and as a Special Education Administrator.  Amy enjoys spending her free time with her son outdoors golfing, hiking, skating, or at the beach or lake.