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Maximize Your Child’s Remote Learning Experience
A ParentingNH webinar

With many of the state’s school districts reopening with a fully remote or hybrid schedule this fall, we’ve put together a panel of education and technology experts to provide tactics, tips and best practices for you and your remote learner. Find out how to get the most out of the experience, and stay as calm, happy and productive as possible in the process!

Original air date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at noon.


This free event is presented by the NH Community Behavioral Health Association.

Expert Panelists

Powers2018 ThumbDr. Timothy J. Powers
Headmaster, Pinkerton Academy

Dr. Powers began his career at Pinkerton in July 2010 as the Athletic Director. He was then named Dean of Students and Support Services in April 2016. Just two years later, in February of 2018, Dr. Powers stepped into the role of Acting and then Interim Headmaster. Later that year, he was named Pinkerton’s next Headmaster. The 2019-2020 school year was Dr. Powers’ first full year as the official Headmaster of the school. It was also the year the world learned about COVID-19…and in March 2020…it hit home…and when it did, Dr. Powers took the passion for education that he has always had and encouraged his colleagues to step outside of the box with him as he introduced remote learning to our student body and their families. What looked like an obstacle at first to many, quickly became an opportunity for Pinkerton to reach their students in ways they would not have done so before.

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Director of Partnerships and Adult Education, VLACS

Julie Reece has been a Virtual Learning Academy Charter School parent, instructor, and program manager.  She currently teaches Mandarin Chinese and serves as the Director of Partnerships and Adult Education. In this role, Julie builds and maintains partnerships with public and private schools around the state and aids in the day-to-day management of the school.  Prior to her work at VLACS, Julie was the co-founder of the One World Language School and an attorney in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

Melissacolby 150x150Melissa Colby, LICSW
Children’s Program Director, Riverbend Community Mental Health

Melissa Colby has been a licensed social worker since 2009, at the same time that she started her career at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center.  She has held a variety of positions within Riverbend, and provided mental health services to children and families including; community-based crisis services; and individual, family and group therapy. In 2015, she developed and managed an Autism Program to provide ABA and behavioral services to children on the autism spectrum and their families.  In 2019, she became the Assistant Director of the Children’s Program and coordinated all school-based mental health services with school districts within Merrimack County.  Her most recent change came in June, when she became the Director of the Children’s Program.  Being the director has truly been an honor and she is looking forward to continued collaboration with school districts and other community partners as we work to improve the lives of children and their families.

SteveapplbyStephen Appleby
Director Division of Educator Support and Higher Education, NH Department of Education

Stephen was confirmed by the Executive Council as Director of the Division of Educator Support and Higher Education in November 2019. Prior to that, he had served as the Administrator of the Bureau of Credentialing.

For almost 20 years, Appleby owned and operated New Horizons Computer Learning Centers in Nashua, a New Hampshire licensed career school providing IT and project management training to companies, governments, and individuals. He was co-founder of the New Hampshire Council of Professional Education, a 501(c)3 organization representing licensed career schools throughout the Granite State.


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Categories: COVID-19, Education