NEWPORT — Jennifer Opalinski is excited to come on board as the new director for the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center in Newport.

Jennifer is a graduate of Boston College and Tufts University, where she received her BS in human development and psychology and a Masters Degree in  applied child study. After graduation, Jennifer worked as a financial advisor for American Express before moving into the field of education.

Jennifer launched her teaching career at Plymouth State College as an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department before accepting a position as the  director of an early childhood education program in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Gaining expertise in  program development, curriculum and community outreach opened the door to a full time teaching  position at Profile High School in Bethlehem, NH. Jennifer has served as an enthusiastic teacher,  educational leader, and advocate for experiential learning for over twenty years.

Jennifer now a  certified school principal and graduate of the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Enfield and recently  presented at the national Advanced Placement College Board Conference in Orlando, Florida on:  Leveraging School-Community Partnerships in AP Classes. ​

Working with students to maximize their engagement and investment in their education is Jennifer’s passion along with spending time with her husband and two college age  daughters, playing with her Bernese Mountain dogs, hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, playing tennis and spending time with a wide network of friends and colleagues.

She looks forward to getting to know the Newport schools and surrounding community. 

Three new instructors have also joined the SRVRTC staff.

Dean Stetson

Welding Instructor

Dean Stetson is a graduate of Newport High School, Class of 1975 and has taught courses in welding at the CTE as far back as 1999.

The Stetson family has operated a Blacksmith Shop in Newport for more than 70 years and Stetson brings a variety of skills together to share and to help develop those skills in his welding programs at the SRVRTC.

Stetson brings his experience of about 40 years working in the various disciplines associated with the metals trade from Blacksmithing to Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace.

Graham Scott

Pre-Engineering Teacher

While I'm not new to the district, I'm the new CTE pre-engineering and computer science teacher.

I have a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Vermont and am excited at the prospect of sharing my love of computer science and

math with my students.

There's so much to explore in this field; in addition to the current curriculum, I look forward to discovering what my students want to learn and what surrounding industries need students to know about engineering."

Some additional information: I actually grew up just a couple towns over in Cornish, all the way from birth to adulthood.

After graduating from UVM I came to Newport and shortly after that started working as a Paraeducator here at Newport Middle and High School .

It's been a bit of a long winding road but this is really a great place to have ended up and I'm very glad to have found my way here.

Eric W. Perry

Health Science Technologies

Health Science Technologies provides students with a comprehensive program of studies in: career exploration, health and well-being, anatomy and physiology, law, legal, and ethics, and medical terminology. This is an ideal program for students considering a career in healthcare and medicine. The program is divided into two sections.

Health Science Technologies 1 (HST1) focuses on career exploration, health and well-being, and anatomy and physiology. Health Science Technologies 2 (HST2) spends the fall semester studying medical terminology and the spring semester studying law, legal and ethical considerations.

Students enrolled in both programs are eligible to join the student organization HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) to further develop leadership skills and network with future health professionals throughout the country. Students enrolled in HST2 can earn up to six college credits through our partnership with River Valley Community College's Running Start Program.

Currently, HST1 students are exploring career options and crafted their 10-year future biographical profile (bio). HST2 students are crafting their legacy statements to proclame what their legacy on the healthcare industry will be.

Perry started his public safety career as a volunteer Firefighter in 1995. He is a 20-year veteran of public safety in New Hampshire. Eric has served in varied career and volunteer public safety positions throughout New Hampshire, all having education and training related responsibilities. Known for educational creativity and willingness to try something new, Eric is passionate about public safety education and enhancing the educational experiences of students.

Eric is a licensed Paramedic, licensed EMS Instructor/Coordinator, certified American Heart Association Instructor and holds certifications Firefighter II and Fire & Emergency Services Instructor III. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Training from Granite State College. In 2018 he was recognized as the State of New Hampshire’s EMS Educator of the Year.

Eric spent eight years serving as the Director of EMS for the Town of Gorham, before he became the State’s chief EMS educator as the Education and Training Supervisor for the New Hampshire Bureau of EMS, where he served for seven years. From summer 2012 through summer 2016 he served as a Professor and Director of EMS Programs for Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, New Hampshire. Eric has served as a paramedic in several EMS systems throughout New Hampshire.

When not working or teaching Eric enjoys photography, collecting pens, and spending time with his wife Darah and son Carter.

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