I’m Kirsten Surprenant from Orford, NH. Orford is a beautiful small town of about 1200 people situated on the Connecticut River about 20 miles north of Dartmouth College. I’ve been a high school social studies teacher since 1995 at Orford High School and Rivendell Academy. Rivendell Academy is part of the only preK-12 interstate school district in the United States and is comprised of students in grades 7-12 from the three Vermont towns of Fairlee, West Fairlee, and Vershire and Orford, New Hampshire. I teach an integrated 9th grade American Studies class with my 9th grade Language Arts colleague and a variety of 11/12th grade courses including Global Studies, National Issues, and Holocaust and Human Behavior. In addition to my work with Teachers for Global Classrooms, I’ve been working on designing new courses that I team teach with my theater and art colleagues, developing interesting project based learning opportunities for students, and representing teachers on my district’s Committee on Learning. I hold a B.S. degree in Marketing from Plymouth State University, a B.S. in Secondary Education – History from the University of Maine at Farmington, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership also from PSU, and am a certified NH School Principal.
I am a happy hockey/snowboard/skateboard/motocross mom and wife. If there is a helmet needed, we do it. Triathlon is my sport and is a reward for driving my boys around and spending time in cold hockey rinks and the emergency room. We love exploring new roads together using any type of helmet and means of propulsion. Coffee is my favorite drink, I enjoy cooking, reading, and losing at Pictionary.