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Guidance, Inspiration and Support


Theresa Elliott
Owner/Director/Lead Teacher



Associate Teacher



Lead Teacher

Program Manager



Extended Care


Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Associate Teacher

Extended Care


THERESA ELLIOTT: Owner/Director/Lead Teacher

Theresa has been a certified NH Teacher with Elementary Certification K-8 since 2008. Prior to obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Sociology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2008, she worked as a paraprofessional at New Boston Central School from 2003-2007. She has taught both 5th grade at New Boston Central School for 10 years and for the last 3 years has been the first and only math interventionist at New Boston Central School.  

Her passion for the early learning years was where it all began, and after teaching for over 10 years in the upper elementary grades, she is now pursuing the roots of her entry into the field of education. She is a nature enthusiast and believes that all children belong outside every day. She believes that all children are capable of learning but need to be encouraged to make discoveries and connections to truly learn and master skills guided by teachers. She believes that not all students demonstrate their understanding in the same way or on the same day, and has encouraged this throughout her years as an educator. 


Theresa loves being outside, reading, drawing, hiking, biking, and skiing. She and her husband Mark have two children and an adorable springer spaniel. Theresa has a love for this local community, growing up in Dunbarton, NH, living in Goffstown, NH, raising her children in New Boston, and now residing in Weare in Mark's childhood home. She is looking forward to being able to give back to the community that raised her.

ELLEN SHEA: Assistant Teacher

Ellen Shea has been taking care of children in one capacity or another for the better part of her adult life. She is a mother to two grown children, Gary, and Theresa - Owner of Roots and Wings School. She has watched children in her home while her children were young, became a substitute teacher in the public school system, which ultimately led her to become a paraprofessional before leaving the school system to again watch her grandchildren in her home day care setting. She was a paraprofessional at New Boston Central School for 14 years where she worked in a variety of grade levels. Her longest assignment was working as the Kindergarten paraprofessional for seven years. After her years in public school, Ellen left the profession to watch her grandchildren. For the last 10 years she has watched children from birth through age 5 daily and has watched elementary age children after school. 


Ellen loves to read, craft, and spend time with her family. 

ANDREA GAGNON: Lead Teacher /Business Manager

Andrea has extensive experience running the administrative side of a business. She managed at The Moore Center for over 7 years, has been an executive assistant at DYN, and was also responsible for all admissions, marketing, and human resources for Rose Meadow in New Boston, NH for 5 1/2 years. Her expertise in those areas has been an essential part of Roots and Wings School's success since opening in 2021. She is motivated, creative and intelligent. We are lucky to have her as part of our behind the scenes team and in our school day program two days per week.


Andrea lives in New Boston with her Husband, Shawn, their children, Trevor and Callie, their cat Happy and golden retriever, Winnie!  Andrea loves gardening, refinishing furniture, organizing, and is always doing something!  

KRISTY TOWNES: Lead Teacher 

Kristy studied Elementary Education at New England College and has been certified In Elementary Education and General Special Education since 2014. She has spent the past nine years as a classroom teacher. The bulk of Kristy’s teaching career has been in first grade, however, she spent one year teaching fourth grade and one year teaching second grade. Kristy is very passionate about early childhood education because it is a time of great growth- both socially and academically!


Kristy believes that strong relationships are the building blocks to success. Her goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment where students feel happy and can have fun while they learn.


Kristy lives at her home in Weare with her husband Eldon and three young children, Eldon, Leighton and Loralee. She enjoys camping adventures with her family and staying active whether it be going for a run or just playing with her kids in the yard!

Heather Young: Extended Care

Heather, has been taking care of infants as well as school as children as a Nanny for 8 years in the New Boston Area. She has also volunteered as a Tee Ball Coach in  New Boston through the Recreation Department. Spending many summers at the YMCA Camp Foss overnight camp for girls, she found her love of the outdoors, dance, horseback riding, and swimming. Heather received her Lifeguard Certification through the YMCA and participated in the Counselor in Training Program. Singing silly songs is one of her favorite things to do to pass the time. Heather spent some time at UNH and danced in the Modern Dance Company with many performances well received. Her extensive dance experience enabled her to accept a position at a Ballroom Dance Studio where she competed throughout the country with students and her professional partner. Heather retired from dancing in 2005 and eventually making roots in New Boston where she has lived for over 11 years. She lives with her Husband Andy, her son Ryan, 2 cats, Mittens, and Ravenpaw, and her horse Noah.

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