September 1, 2010 – Deerfield, NH
Longview School has added two individuals to its staff as the school prepares for the fall arrival of its students. Brian Miskinis of Epping, NH was hired as a technical education teacher and James Thorpe of Loudon, NH joined the school as an English teacher. Longview School opened in September 2000 to meet the increasing programmatic needs for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in the southern NH region. Students take part in a variety of project-based, hands-on experiences that incorporate adventure, arts, and self-discovery. Brian Miskinis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater at the College of Santa Fe. He owns Miskinis Fine Art Woodworking. He works as a furniture restorer and maker, and has most recently taught workshops in woodworking at the Homestead Woodworking School in Newfields, NH. Brian is also a certified O.W.L (Our Whole Lives) instructor and has taught courses in human sexuality and relationships.
James Thorpe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education from Colby-Sawyer College, and expects to earn his Master of Arts degree in education from Plymouth State University in 2011. He holds teaching certificates in New Hampshire and South Carolina and most recently taught English at Plymouth Regional High School.
Students are placed at Longview School by over 25 school districts from surrounding towns. The program allows for small classes and individual attention. Staff hold NH Department of Education teaching certifications, and have had received specialized training for their participation and leadership in the Adventure Based Counseling component of the program. The Longview program facility is a grand log structure located on the highest peak of a 154-acre campus bordering Pawtuckaway State Park. The wilderness setting is ideal for academic studies, inspiration for the art program, and Adventure Based Counseling activities.
Longview School is a Regional Services and Education Center, Inc. (RSEC) program. RSEC is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a Board of Directors that includes the Superintendent of Schools from SAU 39, 40, and 41, school board members, and community members. Founded in 1974, RSEC has provided school districts in southern New Hampshire with a variety of high quality programs and services.