Staff Directory

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Kimberly Corey

Rochester Learning Academy Program Director

t: 603-948-1169

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Kimberly has worked in the field of Education for over twenty years and the last seven have been at RLA where she laughs out loud every day, thanks to students and staff.  She appreciates the skills each of her colleagues brings to the group. Kimberly has experience as an English teacher as well as an administrator. She enjoys working with students and part of her role is to help students plan and coordinate steps for transition. When she is not at work, Kimberly enjoys being with her daughter, Emma.  They love to be outside playing, climbing, and rollerblading.

Melissa Colby

Melissa Colby

Rochester Learning Academy Counselor

t: 603-948-1169

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Melissa is a New Hampshire native, who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Franklin Pierce College, and then a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Northeastern University. For a couple of years, she worked as a K-8 counselor on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of her life, and helped encourage her to grow as a school counselor and focus on student wellness. When Melissa returned to NH, she worked for another couple years with at risk youth in Plaistow and Rochester before coming to RLA.  Melissa is the mother of two young children. She love painting, crafts, animals, the occasional horror movie and really good pizza. She strives to be someone whom our students feel comfortable talking to, and who can be a good resource to help them be successful. 

Derek Colquhoun

Derek Colquhoun

Rochester Learning Academy Teacher

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My name is Derek M. Colquhoun and I am the science teacher at RLA. I bring great enthusiasm and believe all students can learn, it is just a matter of finding the best method. I received my bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University; master’s degree in the Science of Instruction from Drexel University and a graduate certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources at Oregon State University. I am a lover of nature and enjoy hikes, reading and spending time with family.

Terrill Covey

Terrill Covey

Extended Learning Opportunity Facilitator

t: (603) 692-5472 / (603) 988-1322

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Alan Hebert

Rochester Learning Academy Teacher

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Megan Murtha

Megan Murtha

Rochester Learning Academy Teacher

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Megan grew up in the hills of northwestern Connecticut and first came to New Hampshire to attend St. Anselm College in Manchester where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English.  She fell in love with the state and completed a Master of Arts Degree in Literature from the University of New Hampshire.  Her passion for teaching began when she started volunteering at a middle school in Dorchester, MA.  She completed several post graduate classes in Education through Franklin Pierce and was the Youth Specialist for the NH-JAG program at Winnacunnet High School before coming to RLA.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, walking her dog Gus, visiting local beaches, and working on home improvement projects on her 250 year old house.  

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Ben Zink

Rochester Learning Academy Teacher

t: 603-948-1169

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Ben has been at RLA since it opened in 2011. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Teaching, both from UNH. Ben grew up in New Hampshire and knew he wanted to be a teacher since high school. Ben likes working with students on individual projects, letting them make choices as often as he can within the bounds of competencies that need to be met. Outside of school, he spends a lot of time with his family. Ben and his wife and have three sons. He practices yoga, spends time outside and enjoys reading books by Brandon Sanderson.