Staff Bios

School Counselor - Kristin Woodworth

Hello, my name is Kristin Woodworth and I’m the EKES school counselor! I enjoy having the opportunity to work and build relationships with each student in the school. I meet with students individually and in small groups, and provide class lessons for each classroom.

I’m passionate about teaching problem solving skills that enable students to respectfully communicate with each other. I strive to provide a supportive environment where students can learn more about themselves and others, and feel connected to the school community.

I also believe that responsibly using technology is a critical skill for both academic and social success. Throughout the year I facilitate activities where students think about ways to be safe and respectful while using digital technology. One of the most important parts of my job is being someone that students can talk to when they need someone to listen or help them!

Prior to starting at EKES, I was an elementary school counselor in Derry, NH for nine years. I completed my M.Ed. in counseling at the University of New Hampshire in 2008. While completing my degree, I worked at the UNH Child Study and Development Center in Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms.

I feel very fortunate to be part of the East Kingston school community!

Kindergarten Teacher - Ms. Dohrmann

My name is Marne Dohrmann. I love teaching kindergarten at EKES. I learn a great deal from the kindies. They remind me of what is important in life. Each day we sing a little, work a little, and play a little bit, too. We make mistakes and try again. We enjoy great snacks, great books and get outside. We try to help each other to bloom.

I have been teaching here for over ten years. Most of my teaching experience has been in kindergarten with a couple of years in first grade. I feel most at home in kindergarten! It is so exciting and rewarding to watch someone learn to read.

Prior to coming to EKES, I taught in Colorado Springs, CO. I earned my BA and MAT at Colorado College. I miss the mountains out West, but have become rather fond of the ocean!

1st and 2nd Grade Teacher - Mrs. Young

Hello- My name is Katie Young. I am a 1/2 Multiage teacher. I have been teaching at EKES since 2008! I interned here in 1st grade during my graduate year at UNH and have since taught 2nd grade and now Multiage 1/2. I love helping kids become confident, independent thinkers and learners. I am so lucky to teach in a wonderful community of colleagues, kids and families.

I was born and raised in NH, although I did cross the border for a few years into Massachusetts. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2007 with a degree in Family Studies/Early Childhood. In 2008, I earned my Masters in Education. I now have a 1 year old little guy and an 11 year old Golden Retriever. I enjoy traveling to old and new places and spending time with my family.

4th Grade Teacher - Mrs. Ward

​I love to do hands-on, real world projects that inspire students to find out who they are and what they are good at, pouring that knowledge into their learning. Inspiring and motivating young minds to be curious and courageous is what I love to do most.

This is now my 9th year of teaching fourth graders in southern NH. I earned my undergraduate degree in Childhood Studies and a K-8 Teaching Certificate from Plymouth State University. My education continued at PSU as I was teaching full time and earned my Masters in Special Education. I am a life long learner and am looking forward to declaring a new masters program in the area of reading later this year.

Outside of the classroom, I am a wife and mother of two adventurous children. We love exploring the great outdoors around our home in Nottingham, NH. Our focus lately has been on the health and happiness of our family. Between family workouts at the YMCA in Exeter, eating healthy foods from local sources, and listening to podcasts on healthy living, we have created a buzz about health and happiness that we love to share.

In our classroom we will stay active, set goals, and talk about having a "growth mindset." I believe whole -heartedly that growing young minds is a responsibility that we all share and that it does in fact "take a village."

​From the very first time that I heard about your community, I have been impressed at the positive responses and genuine first impressions that I have received. It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I join your school family.

Library Media Specialist - Melissa Foy

After graduating from University of New Hampshire with a Political Science and Business degree, I worked in Banking as a Commercial Loan Officer in the Workout Division for many years. Subsequently, I took some time off raising my children and began substitute teaching at their preschool. I realized how rewarding this sector was and continued on the path by taking on a paraprofessional position at EKES. While working on my Master in Education, an opening in the Library came up and I became the EKES Librarian. Realizing this was my true passion, I soon received my Master Degree from University of Rhode Island in Library and Information Services and became a School Library Media Specialist. I continue learning about Library Media issues and participate in professional development as well as attend conferences and collaborate with the SAU 16 Media Specialists and our town public library. I also serve on the NH Ladybug PIcture Book Award statewide Committee. In my spare time, I read (of course!), travel, and spend time with my husband, my two EKES alum daughters, and my two Corgis.

Principal - Steve Tullar

There is a saying, if you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you are lucky enough. In 2016, we moved to Rye,NH and we live by the sea and I began work in East Kingston. My wife, Sharyn, and our five year old black lab, Lyla love living next to the ocean. We have three young adult children - Dianna, Noel, and Bryant. It is a joy to watch them navigate adult life with all that it has to offer! I definitely feel lucky!

I feel fortunate to be principal of East Kingston Elementary School. I enjoy coming to work everyday and find joy in being an elementary school principal. Previously, I was principal of Westminster Community Schools in Westminster, VT., serving eleven years in that role. It was a great learning experience.

I came to the world of education as a second career. I worked as a dairy farmer and a carpenter before returning to complete my college degree. In 1988, I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Sociology, followed by a Masters of Education in Elementary Ed. Later, I went back and got a second masters, this one in Administration and Supervision. I first taught at Stratham Memorial School, then the Oyster River Cooperative School District - at both Oyster River Elementary School and Moharimet Elementary School. I taught grades three to five during those years including several years as a teacher of multiage classrooms.. I also was the assistant principal in Auburn, NH for one year. In 2002, I joined the faculty at Keene State College, working with students who were interested in becoming elementary school teachers . It was at KSC that I became aware of the principalship in Westminster. It was an easy decision for me to make the move back to elementary school. And I am glad I did!

Literacy Tutor - Mrs. Sharon Norman

My name is Sharon Norman and I have been at EKES since my internship year in 2012-2013. This is a second career for me, as I originally had an accounting degree and worked for one of the Big Four accounting firms and then for Aetna Health Plans, both of which were in Connecticut. I stayed home with my three boys for 11 years before attending UNH to get my Masters in Elementary Education. I had the pleasure of interning in Marne Dohrmann’s kindergarten classroom for one year and then took the position of Literacy Intervention Tutor in the fall of 2013. I love working with students of all ages and love working at this little “gem” of a school!

1st Grade Teacher - Mrs. Sarah Oppenheimer

My name is Sarah Oppenheimer. I teach first grade at the East Kingston Elementary School. It’s a good friendly place to teach. First grade keeps you busy and smiling. You can't get bored here. There is always something to do. It’s exciting to watch first graders become stronger readers and mathematicians, writers and kinder more thoughtful friends with a little teaching and some just right practice. Its fun to see student’s understanding of their world, and science concepts grow. My special skills are fixing stuck zippers, reading books with lots of expression, mending hurt feelings and finding the just right thing that helps kids move forward. Everyday you find your students can do something they couldn’t do the day before. I find myself smiling and laughing a lot. Learning is an adventure here. When I'm not at school, I'm sometimes at home thinking about what I'm going to do when I get to school. Sometimes I paint or go for walks or dance. I have two wonderful children who grew up and moved to New York City, an adventurous husband who still listens to my school stories and laughs and two Maine coon cats. I hold an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a Masters from Northern Illinois University as well as additional course work from the University of New Hampshire. I love what I do.

3rd Grade Teacher - Ms. Debra Simmons

My name is Deb Simmons. I received a BA degree from Mt. St. Mary College, majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. My first teaching assignments were at Westside Catholic Regional School in Manchester and St. Patrick School in Portsmouth. I have also operated a licensed family day care in Plymouth, Massachusetts. While raising my family, I taught English for the Plymouth-Carver Adult Education Program to those seeking high school diplomas. After relocating to East Kingston, I again taught adult education for the Exeter Adult Education Program. There I provided instruction in English and Social Studies to those earning high school equivalency. I then worked at East Kingston Elementary School as a teaching assistant in grades one and two. I assumed two long term substitute positions in grades one and two at D.J. Bakie School in Kingston, NH. I was then hired by the Sanborn School District for a full time third grade position. I am presently happy to be back at East Kingston Elementary as a third grade teacher. The school is a wonderful place to be everyday! I enjoy living in East Kingston with my husband, Bob and three daughters Lindsay, Kate and Sarah, who are all graduates of East Kingston Elementary.

3rd Grade Teacher - Ms. Lynne Walker

I began my teaching career as a Title I reading teacher many years ago at East Kingston Elementary School, back when it was literally a four room building, and two additional classes were housed in what is now the East Kingston Town Hall because there was no room. How things have changed! I spent 5 years teaching third grade in Hampton, then substituted in SAU 16 for 8 years teaching in every grade level when my children were young. I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to return to East Kingston and teach third grade, my very favorite grade level.

I have been on the Math Curriculum Committee for the past three years and just started with the Social Studies Curriculum Committee. I am on the Exeter High School Field Hockey and Girls’ Lacrosse Booster Club Boards. I have also been involved with the EHS Junior Prom committees for the classes of 2002 and 2004, and EHS Project Prom/Project Graduation for the class of 2002. I have enjoyed working on theater projects, both at East Kingston elementary and CMS.

My second love is sports. I coach field hockey and lacrosse at the Cooperative Middle School in Exeter and organize the Exeter Middle and High School Indoor Field Hockey Program. I am a USFHA Futures coach and I coach a U14 team for Seacoast United Field Hockey. I am a member of the board for Seacoast United Field Hockey. At EKES I run an introductory field hockey program for grades 2-5 in the springtime, and coach field hockey and lacrosse at a summer camp at Belmont Hill.

I live in East Kingston with my husband, Chuck and our two terrific daughters, Sarah and Suzanne. I am a graduate of Exeter High School, and having spent most of my life here, find this area to be a very exciting place to be.

5th Grade Teacher - Ms. Carol Miller

5th Grade Teacher- Mrs Titone

Hello, my name is Cheryl Titone. I am a 5th grade teacher. I have been teaching at EKES since 2011. I interned here in a 5th grade classroom, luckily there was an opening for a fourth grade teacher the following year and I have been here ever since. I taught 4th grade for 6 years and then moved to fifth grade. While I enjoy teaching all subjects, I have a particular passion for teaching math and science and provide my students with as many hands on learning experiences as possible. I love working with students to help them develop their confidence to become independent and lifelong learners.

I spent my whole childhood in Salem NH. I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2006 with a degree in psychology. After that, I worked at a residential treatment center for children with emotional and behavioral problems. After a couple years of working there, I decided to go back to school and earned my MEd. in 2011 from the University of New Hampshire. I still live in New Hampshire with my family and love getting outside as much as possible to enjoy all that New Hampshire has to offer.

Physical Education - Mr. Chris Benson

Welcome to E.K.E.S Physical Education. I am Mr. Benson. I am a New Hampshire native being born and raised in Manchester. I graduated from Castleton State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. My first teaching job was in a school of 300 students at Chester-Andover Elementary school in Chester, VT. After teaching there for 9 years, my family (wife, two girls and yellow lab) decided to move closer to family and back home to New Hampshire. I am excited to be a member of the East Kingston Elementary family and look forward to working and playing with the students and faculty here.

Outside of school I enjoy running, reading, computers, golf, downhill skiing, volleyball and being with family.

Speech and Language Pathologist - Mrs. Jane Edmiston

I have been working at East Kingston Elementary School for 25 years. The students and staff are amazing to work with. I majored in Communication Disorders at The University of New Hampshire. I got my Bachelors Degree there. They have a clinic to train new SLPs. I worked with children with articulation difficulties. Then I got my Master's Degree at Northeastern University. While I was there I worked in a city hospital to help adult stroke patients and an Elementary school in Cambridge to help children with language delays. Since I graduated I have worked at Learning Skills Academy, Seacoast Learning Collaborative and Exeter Hospital. This work included helping children with Learning Disabilities, various syndromes, and voice and fluency disorders.

Then in 1992 I started at East Kingston Elementary School and have enjoyed every year here. I began an after-school soccer program. I did this for 5 years. It was a blast but then I switched to help coach my 5 year old son's team. (He now is 24!). I like this career because every day is different. I get to see children improve their oral and written expression, social skills and early reading skills.

When I am not at school you may see me at Exeter High Football games, Exeter High School Basketball games, and EHS track meets. During summer break my husband and I like to travel or go to a local beach. We have traveled to the Galapagos Islands, Ireland, sailed the Caribbean Islands and have been to 35 states together.

Food Service Assistant/Receptionist - Ms. Mary George

Math Tutor - Kimberly Kemp

My name is Kimberly Kemp. I was born in Lawrence, Mass. and lived in Groveland, Mass. until the age of eleven. My family then moved to Kingston, NH where I began sixth grade. Even at a very young age I knew I would always spend my life working with children.

I graduated from High School in 1973, and began a job at Hancock’s Child Care Center in Atkinson, NH. Upon it’s closing in 1979, I opened my own Family Group Day Care. What an awesome job! I enjoyed staying at home with my own two children as I cared for many others through my twenty years of being in business. After closing in 1999, I enjoyed working at Mapletree Learning Center for two years in the three year old room.

As fall of 2001 began, I was so excited to begin a new job here at East Kingston Elementary School. What a wonderful school!

Special Ed. Teacher - Ms. Lukach

I am an enthusiastic, passionate teacher that loves learning with my students everyday. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Delaware in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in Disabilities Studies and a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from Antioch University: New England. In addition to my position as a special educator, I am also the co-teacher facilitator of the Stand Up, Speak Out, Be A Friend Anti-Bullying Group. Social emotional development is an area of great importance to me.

I have been a special educator at East Kingston Elementary since the Fall of 2013. I previously taught special education at Gonic Elementary School in the Rochester School District and at the special education preschool at Epping Elementary School, where I was the Acting Preschool Coordinator. My experiences have been with students in preschool through 5th grade.

As a teacher at East Kingston Elementary, my goal is to spark a love of learning in all of my students. My learning space is a place where students feel comfortable taking risks, celebrating success and growing as they learn from mistakes. Many of my lessons incorporate movement, song, and inquiry. I believe in a kinesthetic approach to engage multiple parts of the brain in learning. Everyday I learn something new from my students as I continue my personal journey as a lifelong learner.

You might be interested to learn that when I am not teaching, I enjoy kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, and photography. In the summer, you can find me relaxing at the beach with a good book or on an adventure in the mountains exploring a new trail. My husband and I are working on achieving our goal to hike all forty-eight 4000 footers in the NH White Mountains! In the fall and winter seasons, we cheer on the UNH Men’s Hockey team in our season ticket seats. Go Wildcats! I am also a native of seacoast New Hampshire, where I have been groomed to be an enthusiastic Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Special Education Coordinator - Mrs Phillips

I have been a special education teacher at East Kingston Elementary since 1999. I earned my Master’s Degree in Moderate Special Needs at Lesley College and began teaching in special ed as an 8th grade case manager in Newton, NH. My teaching certifications are in General Special Education and Learning Disabilities Specialist.

My undergraduate degree is in Health and Physical Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. I began my teaching career as a physical education teacher at Lawrence High School in 1979.

My role as a special ed teacher at EKES is working with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. I provide in class support, one to one instruction and small group instruction to my students. I work closely with the classroom teachers to support and help students meet the academic demands to be successful in the classroom. I am certified in the Wilson Language Program, and work with several students in this intensive reading program. Working with kids is my passion.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, skiing, cooking and spending time with my family. I also like spending time at the beach in the summer months with friends.