Kate is a Manchester native and returned to her home in 2000 to begin work with Breakthrough Manchester. After graduating from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Kate was an AmeriCorps Learn & Serve member for one year, and she taught elementary and middle school science in Quito, Ecuador for three years. In addition to working with a great team in the Breakthrough office, she has responsibilities to The Derryfield School, teaching Spanish, advising upper school students, and serving on various administrative and Board of Trustees committees. Kate loves Latin dancing, especially salsa.
Bernadette has been a member of the Breakthrough Manchester team since 2000. She graduated in 1983 from Springfield College with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. In her career, her primary work has been with school aged youth and their families in a wide variety of settings. Previously, she was employed by The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester as part of their crisis intervention unit and then with their family and community support team. As the Breakthrough Student and Family Services Coordinator, Bernadette works with the program directors, schools, and families to provide support for students who have non-academic issues that interfere with their progress toward academic success. A longtime Manchester resident, Bernadette has two sons, both of whom are Breakthrough graduates.
Tina began working at Breakthrough Manchester in the summer of 2004. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the challenges facing students pursuing higher education in the Manchester city schools from her previous experience as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and as the Admissions Recruiter at Manchester Community College. Tina grew up in Annandale, Virginia and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Human Biology. She served one year as an Outdoor Education Instructor for a co-curricular program in Michigan before moving to New Hampshire. Tina is also a ski instructor during the winter months.