Sarah Skinner is a former Los Angeles film and television casting director with the Casting Society of America. She is also a former film and television actress, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She was a company member studying Stanislavski’s “method” with Lorinne Vozoff at Theatre Group Studio, trained at the Groundlings Theatre, and studied with Michelle Danner at Edgemar Center for the Arts.
Sarah has been teaching acting in film, television, and theater for 21 years. She has cast and acted in films and television with such stars as Emmy Award winning actor Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Alba, James Woods, Dennis Hopper, Henry Winkler, Randy Quaid, and Fred Savage—among others.
Her credits include projects for Paramount, Sony, ABC, Disney’s Even Stevens, and voice-over casting for Nickelodeon and Porchlight Entertainment.
Sarah began teaching at Edgemar Center for the Arts, (formerly known as the Larry Moss Studio—acting coach to Leonardo DiCaprio and Hillary Swank) a community theatre started by Steven Spielberg and Michelle Danner. Sarah’s classes include scene study, on-camera cold reading, improv workout, and audition classes for children and adults.
Most recently she has taught acting, and directed plays at the Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, NH and the Hollis Middle School play, “Dear Edwina.” Sarah is an acting, writing, and directing coach for On A.I.R.– Amherst Investigative Reporters, independent producers for SAU39’s digital magazine—oneschoolstreet.
Mike Rocco is a senior at Souhegan High School. He has been a member of the SHS Video-Broadcast Club since his freshman year, and is currently working as Director. Recently, he has led the radio club and worked to combine the two clubs into one schoolwide broadcasting club called Sabercast Studios. In his time leading Sabercast, Mike has created many videos and podcasts for the school, and led an awards ceremony called The Sabies that celebrates student-produced content. During his junior year, he co-created On A.I.R.—Amherst Investigative Reporters, and has directed and produced the kid’s comedy cable news show. Now, Mike writes the bi-weekly column for the On A.I.R. page of oneschoolstreet, and has agreed to continue working with On A.I.R. as its alumni mentor after he graduates. Mike has participated in all 8 of the Souhegan theater shows since his freshman year, but his love of performance doesn’t stop there. This year, Mike joined Souhegan’s a cappella singing group, performing at various community events including last year’s tree-lighting ceremony. He has been inducted as a member of the National Honor Society for his academic achievements and service to the community; and as a member of the International Thespian Society for his love of theatre and performance. Mike was a key member of the Ethics Forum at Souhegan, where he helped put on the HYPE conference at UNH—a philosophical gathering of over 1,200 New England students run by Souhegan students. In his time with the Ethics Forum, he co-designed the group’s website and helped put on various other events, including the Run For Gus charity 5k and LEAP, another student-run philosophy conference at UNH Manchester. Mike has also interned with, and helped produce content for, Access Nashua since his sophomore year. Mike plans on studying Film and Television Production, and has been accepted to Hofstra University, Ithaca College, and Emerson College. He is currently undecided on where he will go.
Bethany Bernasconi has been the Dean of Instruction at the Amherst Middle School since 2015. She is the 2012 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, a 2013 ASCD Emerging Leader, a 2014 Milken Fellow, and serves on the NH ASCD Board of Directors. After earning a BA in Biology and an MAT in Secondary Science Education at from Boston University, she began teaching high school in 2004. In addition to STEM education, her areas of expertise include curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Bethany describes herself as a perpetual student and is focusing her Ed.D. research on closing the gender gap within STEM. She realizes that students come in all sorts of guises, and that 18 years of age isn’t some magic line of demarcation where learning ends. Bethany also recognizes that each student is an individual who is diverse, and can explain their knowledge in ways that capture his or her strengths, creativity, and passions while acknowledging that no one way fits them all and no one way is more valuable than another. Her philosophy on education is that students of all ages should have the opportunity to explore the world around them and that learning is not passive, but rather requires a student to dive into the experience fully. As an advocate for encouraging student voice in the classroom, Bethany champions the uniqueness and value of students and educators alike.
Christine Landwehrle is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development for SAU 39. Prior to joining SAU 39, Christine was an elementary and middle school teacher, building administrator, and curriculum supervisor in New Jersey. Christine is a three-time graduate of Rutgers University with a Master’s degree in both elementary education and educational leadership. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescence English language arts and was named an Emerging Leader by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in 2010.
Morgan Chamberlain is a senior magazine journalism student at Syracuse University and the hired consultant for oneschoolstreet. In addition to taking courses in news writing, magazine editing, and graphic design; Morgan ran an on-campus health and fitness magazine at Syracuse called What the Health for two semesters. After interning for Boston Common magazine during the summer before her junior year, Morgan spent her following spring semester in New York City taking classes and interning at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Once she graduates this May, Morgan plans on moving to New York City to work at a magazine as an editorial assistant.