Instructor Polly Bath
Polly Bath is a widely recognized educational consultant in New England schools. She consults to and trains administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals on how to manage and change difficult school behavior. She has gained her reputation most especially by teaching educators how to change the difficult behaviors that have been the most resistant to change.
Her strategies are effective in the inclusive general education classroom as well as in special education settings. Her successful techniques come from her extensive experiences as a teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Polly’s classroom experience includes Pre-School through High School, including pre-vocational skills for students transitioning to the work place. She has taught in public, private and alternative settings that include residential treatment for some of our most challenged children.
“It’s what the adults do differently that will result in change for the child.”
Instructor Rachel Papen
Rachel Papen graduated from University of Vermont in 2004 with a BS in Environmental Studies. She earned her MS in Environmental Studies, with a science teaching certification from Antioch University in 2007. Rachel has taught middle school science at Londonderry Middle School for the last 7 years. She also teaches a Methods for Teaching Science course to students in NHTI’s Teacher Education Conversion Program who are completing their student teaching experience. Rachel strives to find innovative ways to include technology in her teaching to help prepare her students as 21st century learners.
Instructor Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP
Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP, completed her Master’s in Special Education at the University of New Hampshire, and has over 15 years of experience in Special Education and related therapies, Pre K-12th grade as well as post-secondary. Diana is a nationally certified ATP (Assistive Technology Professional/ Practitioner) via RESNA. She is the Founder and CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC, providing Assistive Technology consultation and training, including assessments, recommendations, individual and group training, professional development workshops, and live webinars. Diana travels nationally and internationally to present at conferences such as ATIA, Closing the Gap, CSUN, and Spectronics-Inclusive Learning Technologies. Diana also provides assistive technology support and services for adults and post-secondary students, to access education, the community, and employment. Diana is a contracted trainer for The Institute on Disability in NH, as well as NH Vocational Rehabilitation, and the NHAIM service provider via the NH Department of Education. She is the SPED liaison for NHSTE (New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education), the NH branch of ISTE. Diana also consults with clients & organizations regarding 508 compliance for websites and testing. Previously Diana held the position as the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire, Disability Services for Students.
Instructor Douglas Stith
Douglas Stith graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1987 with a BS in Elementary Education. He earned his MS in Education with a concentration in Science from UNH in 2001. Doug has taught middle school science for 25 years, the past 18 in Londonderry. In addition to teaching TECP 81, Methods in Teaching Science, to students in the Teacher Education Conversion Program at NHTI, Doug has taught a number of graduate courses in Physical Science to area teachers. His passion is creating captivating devices that engage students and bring out their natural curiosity.