Directors

   Catherine Shannon  , RN, MS, Executive Director, is intrigued by that which inspires an individual. With a B.S. in Nursing from St. Anselm College and a Masters in exercise physiology from Northeastern University. She has enjoyed many aspects of patient care but particularly focused on the continuum of health and optimization of one's health and well-being through patient education and self care. She has also enjoyed coaching cross country and track at the middle and high school levels. Catherine is married to Tim and they are the parents to five spirited children. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, knitting, hiking and time with her family.

Catherine Shannon, RN, MS, Executive Director, is intrigued by that which inspires an individual. With a B.S. in Nursing from St. Anselm College and a Masters in exercise physiology from Northeastern University. She has enjoyed many aspects of patient care but particularly focused on the continuum of health and optimization of one's health and well-being through patient education and self care. She has also enjoyed coaching cross country and track at the middle and high school levels. Catherine is married to Tim and they are the parents to five spirited children. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, knitting, hiking and time with her family.

   Elisabeth Kennedy  , Director of Operations, is an educational administration professional who aspires to sustainable, compassionate business practice. Her career in international education has given her many fulfilling years teaching English and writing to teens and adults in the U.S. and abroad. Having struggled with school as a teen, she knows she would have benefited enormously from a place like Beacon. Elisabeth holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, is mom to a teen, wife of a math teacher, and enjoys adventurous cooking, crossing cultures, and writing stuff whenever this deliciously madcap life permits.

Elisabeth Kennedy, Director of Operations, is an educational administration professional who aspires to sustainable, compassionate business practice. Her career in international education has given her many fulfilling years teaching English and writing to teens and adults in the U.S. and abroad. Having struggled with school as a teen, she knows she would have benefited enormously from a place like Beacon. Elisabeth holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, is mom to a teen, wife of a math teacher, and enjoys adventurous cooking, crossing cultures, and writing stuff whenever this deliciously madcap life permits.


   Catherine Fisher  , Director of Educational Programming, has always been interested in how children grow, think and learn. She enjoys creatively guiding children in learning through their interests and sharing her own interests in photography, the natural world, gardening and animals. She founded a nursery school, taught elementary school at U of Chicago Lab school and home schooled her own children at various times, most recently while living and traveling in India. She has a Master’s degree from Teachers College in Curriculum Development and Teaching, is a photographer and mother of three.

Catherine Fisher, Director of Educational Programming, has always been interested in how children grow, think and learn. She enjoys creatively guiding children in learning through their interests and sharing her own interests in photography, the natural world, gardening and animals. She founded a nursery school, taught elementary school at U of Chicago Lab school and home schooled her own children at various times, most recently while living and traveling in India. She has a Master’s degree from Teachers College in Curriculum Development and Teaching, is a photographer and mother of three.

PROGRAM ASSOCIATES

  Kyle Holton  lived in Mozambique for nine years with his wife and three children. He comes to Beacon with a breadth and depth of educational experience and values "non-hierarchical, democratic education that taps into the local knowledge of all participants".

Kyle Holton lived in Mozambique for nine years with his wife and three children. He comes to Beacon with a breadth and depth of educational experience and values "non-hierarchical, democratic education that taps into the local knowledge of all participants".

  Larisa Oldmixon-Berson  is a teacher of all things STEM for over 20 years. Larisa is truly a maker/breaker/fixer. She has two Master's degrees from Columbia Teachers College in Educational Technology and Computers in Education. Larisa also works part-time at The Maritime Aquarium as an educator all while homeschooling her 2 children.

Larisa Oldmixon-Berson is a teacher of all things STEM for over 20 years. Larisa is truly a maker/breaker/fixer. She has two
Master's degrees from Columbia Teachers College in Educational Technology and Computers in
Education. Larisa also works part-time at The Maritime Aquarium as an educator all while homeschooling her 2 children.

  Nuch Graves  works behind the scenes to help keep Beacon's books and prepare our taxes. Nuch is a CPA and busy mom.

Nuch Graves works behind the scenes to help keep Beacon's books and prepare our taxes. Nuch is a CPA and busy mom.

  Leo Cisija  teaches math, science, and piano at Beacon. He spends his free time studying and making music, and is currently majoring in mathematics at Gateway Community College. He believes that everyone naturally loves to learn in their own way and strives to foster that love in students.

Leo Cisija teaches math, science, and piano at Beacon. He spends his free time studying and making music, and is currently majoring in mathematics at Gateway Community College. He believes that everyone naturally loves to learn in their own way and strives to foster that love in students.

Our wonderful volunteers

  Maddie Shankle  is an Environmental Engineering major at Yale and teaches math at Beacon.

Maddie Shankle is an Environmental Engineering major at Yale and teaches math at Beacon.

  David Caianiello  is a graduate of Brown University and presently pursuing his doctorate in Chemistry at Yale. His research focuses on using chemistry to better understand biology.

David Caianiello is a graduate of Brown University and presently pursuing his doctorate in Chemistry at Yale. His research focuses on using chemistry to better understand biology.

  Judy Caldwell  holds a Master’s Degree in Music and Music Literature from the Eastman School of Music and has decades of experience teaching voice, choral performance and musicianship.

Judy Caldwell holds a Master’s Degree in Music and Music Literature from the Eastman School of Music and has decades of experience teaching voice, choral performance and musicianship.

  Harper Keehn  is an undergraduate at Yale in the Eli Whitney Program. He has a knife sharpening business, and teaches welding in the architecture shop at Yale. His beautiful dog Lola always accompanies him to Beacon where she puts great energy into keeping an eye on the animals.

Harper Keehn is an undergraduate at Yale in the Eli Whitney Program. He has a knife sharpening business, and teaches welding in the architecture shop at Yale. His beautiful dog Lola always accompanies him to Beacon where she puts great energy into keeping an eye on the animals.

  Amy Valente-Kennedy  is a dancer and yoga teacher. She has multiple yoga certifications. At Beacon, Amy teaches Yoga on Tuesdays.

Amy Valente-Kennedy is a dancer and yoga teacher. She has multiple yoga certifications. At Beacon, Amy teaches Yoga on Tuesdays.

  Peggy Sawyer  has   worked as a art teacher, editor, photojournalist,   designer, and reporter. She is using her retirement to curate and sell her collection of fine art photography and get her children's books published. Peggy has a MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.

Peggy Sawyer has worked as a art teacher, editor, photojournalist, designer, and reporter. She is using her retirement to curate and sell her collection of fine art photography and get her children's books published. Peggy has a MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.

  T. Charlie Erickson  teaches  Sociology of the Twilight Zone , a Beacon favorite. When he is not at Beacon, he is a professional theater photographer.

T. Charlie Erickson teaches Sociology of the Twilight Zone, a Beacon favorite. When he is not at Beacon, he is a professional theater photographer.