The Dewey School has an amazing team of educators who respect and value the contributions of each learner in the Dewey community; adult or child. Paying attention to moments, encounters, materials, and thinking, teachers provide thoughtful investigations for children based upon their understandings of childhood, educational practice, and their about fundamental beliefs.
Annie Bell has attended art and early childhood education classes at both Montserrat College of Art and NHTI. She gained invaluable experience in child development and literacy during her years of service with AmeriCorps and its New Hampshire Reads program..
Over the last decade Annie has been a teacher at a Montessori school, inspired children at a local extended day program, and provided childcare in her home all the while regularly attending continuing education courses in both art and early childhood education.
Annie teaches group and private art lessons to both children and adults. She is so excited to be part of The Dewey School team and to help nurture children’s unique interests through process based art, play, and exploration. In a Mary Poppins sort of way, she is unflappable!
Miss Annie, Teacher
Sam Hall knew when she was little that teaching was her passion. She started volunteering at a local child care center at a young age and took college classes for teaching while in high school. She went onto NHTI where she graduated with a double associate's degree. Sam spent many years teaching at an environmental education school where she discovered her love for connecting children with nature and co-creating hands-on learning experiences that will keep them connected with the outdoors for their entire lives.
Sam grew up in Northfield exploring all that New Hampshire has to offer; camping, hiking, boating, skiing, gardening, or running around with her five older siblings. You will often find her hiking and gardening, or cooking for her family.
Miss Sam, Teacher
Alexis Matthews-Cheney is excited for a school year filled with adventure and endless learning opportunities. Alexis brings many years of experience teaching children of all ages combined with an associate's degree from NHTI and continued professional development through Antioch University New England, Alexis is passionate about creating hands-on learning opportunities. Finding what interests a child and sparking their curiosity creates joy and excitement for her as a teacher.
She grew up in Boscawen, and was blessed to experience all of the beauty New Hampshire has to offer. At a young age skiing, hiking, gardening, and cooking were instilled in Alexis. Now as a mother and wife she enjoys coaching, volunteering, cooking, spending time with her family, and passing on the joy of discovering New Hampshire’s great outdoors to her daughter.
Miss Alexis, Teacher
Mindy Beltramo, MEd has been involved in education since 1987 when she first began her career with early learners.
In 2008, after reading Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, she embarked on a journey that would change her life. Realizing that children were becoming less and less connected to the outdoor world, she coordinated the complete redesign of the schoolyard at her public school, helping children grow inside...out. Awarded NH Environmental Educator Of the Year in 2009, she co-authored DIG, an integrated, experiential, and developmentally appropriate science curriculum inviting students to discover, investigate, and grow using the outdoors as a classroom.
When not at school, Mindy lives a “hands on” outdoor life in Canterbury; always learning with her husband as they ride their tandem bicycle, work with their Alaskan Huskies, and garden!