Instructors and Staff

Artisan Eagle, Christina Rubio-Sprague et al., Art Instructors

Artisan Eagle leads individuals on their own artistic journeys.  Located in Hooksett, NH, they offer in-person and virtual art lessons to learners of all ages.  From their website, "We are here to bring out the inner artist out in everyone. We teach you different techniques that will help you develop art that is as unique as you are. Come join us in a fun and interactive environment. No matter your age or experience, we have something for you."

Robert Daniel, Humanities, Science, and General Studies Instructor

Robert Daniel of Robert Daniel Learning Services is a professional guide to education who has worked as a private school, high school, and middle school social studies teacher, as a community college instructor and as a full time assistant to home schooled families.  He was born in Toronto and moved to the U.S.A. in 1994.  He has graduate degrees in education, history and political science from top North American universities.  These beliefs are axiomatic to him: 1) Young people are always actively seeking knowledge, they do not need to be forced to learn; 2) The purpose of education is to scaffold the development of a student into a responsible autonomous individual capable of living in a free society; and 3) an effective educator works by inspiring students and being a resource, not by demanding compliance.

Viviana Figueora

An Ecuadorian native, Viviana has lived most of her life in the US, so is fluent in both Spanish and English.   She minored in Spanish at Oregon State University while working and volunteering at the Latino community center, and later worked as a Spanish GED assistant and instructor.  Currently, she is a Spanish instructor and works with students of all ages (ranging from kids to adults). Viviana is cheerful and welcoming and a patient teacher who fosters an open, fun, and engaging approach to teaching Spanish.

Christina Knickerbocker, Assistant Director, Social Sciences Teacher

Christina Knickerbocker brings with her a varied background.  With a Bachelors in Anthropology, her myriad work experiences include higher education, real estate, and marketing.  She has been homeschooling her four children for a number of years, has lead Destination Imagination programs for four years, and has worked with numerous organizations in support of forwarding individualized education.

Let's Play Music, Music Lessons

For over 25 years, Let's Play Music, based out of Derry, NH, has been a local leader in teaching music to kids.  They offer a comprehensive music and visual art program with a satellite location in Manchester.  Their mission is to enrich lives through arts education, and to support students' creative growth through their dynamic studio community.  They prioritize a cohesive educational experience for people of all ages.  They offer lessons from early childhood on up.

Kathryn Michelotti, Science and History Instructor, Board Member

Kitty has been educating children in non-traditional settings for over 20 years, using farms, summer camps, and even her own kitchen as backdrops for instructing people of all ages. As a true “Jane of all Trades,” Kitty prides herself on knowing a little about everything. Kitty has been a farmer, educator, firefighter, writer, and student. Her true passions lie in discovering what ignites the “spark” in each of her students. Kitty has bachelor degrees in Animal Science and English, and a masters degree in Extension Education. Switzerland, New York, New Hampshire, and Colorado, are a few of the places Kitty has had the privilege of teaching and living. Kitty has taught in several homeschool coops in NH, coached Lego league, and can often be found unschooling her 3 boys.

Sharon Osborne, Director, Business, English, and Economics Teacher

With an economics background, and entrepreneurial and non-profit experiences, Sharon brings her business wisdom to lead Latitude.  She began her career in the non-profit world in fundraising at a Washington, DC based think tank.  Later, she jumped careers to manage marketing for a manufacturing business she helped to create.  In later years, she served as a board member to several NH non-profits.  Sharon is the mother of three homeschooled children, each with divergent learning styles and needs.  She began Latitude as a way to provide quality child-respectful classes taught by exceptional instructors, and to make a community home for homeschoolers in the central NH region.  More than that, her vision for Latitude is to continually expand educational alternatives to ensure that more children and individuals find the unique learning paradigm that works for their needs.  

Jon Pawelko, Programming, Economics, and Improv Instructor

Jon Pawelko is the owner/developer of Liberty Software Academy, an online programming school for teens and adults.  Jon has been teaching coding for 3+ years after wrapping up a 27 year career as an IT Consultant, including 2 semesters at Mosaic Explore in Manchester, NH.  Jon studied Improv and sketch comedy while living in Chicago and has hosted several Improv Jams in the New Hampshire area.  Jon earned his BS in Computer Science and Economics from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He holds a high blue belt in the Degerberg Blend Martial Arts system and a Green Glove in the French kickboxing system Savate.

Renaissance Kids, Chris Rodrigues, Elementary Science

Based in Derry, Renaissance Kids is an educational group that offers classes in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).  Their classes are designed from the bottom up, allowing customization for the learning experience to each child. The classes are created by a combination of adult sized kids, technology experts, and educators. Their offerings continue to expand with new and interesting classes, but their basic core classes include Robotics, Physical Sciences, Green Screen Animation, Catapults, Flight, Simple Circuits, Environmental Science, Structures, and Chemistry. More information can be found at https://renaissancekid.org/.

Gavin Trotman-Pitt, Computer Science Instructor

Gavin Trotman-Pitt has 30 years of software development experience. Starting with mainframe Cobol and then developing for Windows and Unix. His interest in secure development started when computer viruses first shocked the world. The application of secure software engineering practices to development, became his professional passion. He completed a Master's degree in Computer Science at Boston University; and the CISSP certification via International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

Unchartered, Amber Nicole Cannan et al., Art Instructors

Amber Nicole Cannan is our primary muse/instructor; she is an Adjunct Professor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and a former president of The New Hampshire Creative Club, New Hampshire’s oldest professional arts organization. With over 10 years of professional arts experience and over 15 years of teaching in its various forms, your student is in good hands.  She is joined by highly professional and skilled artisan teachers.

info@latitudelearning.org   /  PO Box 16542, Hooksett, NH 03106 
Classes are offered at various south central NH locations

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