Our Presenters

Michael Castano

Michael Castano is an English teacher and the creative force behind the school’s improvisational comedy team, The Milkmen. He has been performing improv for twelve years, as well as, coaching improv for the last seven. He loves sharing this art form as it is truly meant for everyone!

Gina Genest, M.Ed.

Gina is at the forefront of providing organizations and individuals the opportunity to create compassionate and mindful conversations when confronted with challenging life situations.  Knowing that we remember and retain best from teaching others, Gina offers Compassionate Communication workshops through her business, The Mindful Zone, LLC. Using humor, storytelling and experiential activities in a safe and fun atmosphere, Gina brings to each opportunity an authentic presence, allowing individuals to feel at ease throughout her workshop events.

Eric Constantineau

Eric Constantineau: Dharma Bum. Eric teaches students the truth as he knows it through literature, especially theatre. A 34-year educator, Eric is a Disney American Teacher Award honoree and is the co-creator of several documentary films.

Jennifer (Clark) Michitson

Jennifer (Clark) Michitson was born in Haverhill, MA and spent her childhood years in Plaistow where she was a student at Pollard Elementary School, Timberlane Regional Middle School and graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in 2001. She attended the University of New Hampshire earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and later attended Southern New Hampshire University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification. Mrs. Michitson began her teaching career down in Ocala, Florida where she taught reading before moving back home to Plaistow to teach English at Timberlane in 2007. Now she serves as one of the district’s Academic Deans. Mrs. Michitson has also served on dozens of school and district level committees during her twelve years at Timberlane.  Her hobbies include playing the piano and staying active outdoors and at the gym. She enjoys spending time with friends and family; especially her daughter Juliana. Mrs. Michitson was diagnosed with Stage 1B-2 Adenocarcinoma of the Cervix and pelvic lymph-nodes in August of 2018. Since her diagnosis and treatments she has made it a priority to share her story in order to be an advocate for women’s health. 

Scott Strainge

Scott Strainge is a thirty year veteran of education. He taught high school social studies in Salem, Massachusetts before becoming the Director of Education Programs for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and was a national seminar presenter for Time Warner Education, speaking at and working with schools, colleges, and conferences around the country. He came to Timberlane in 2004 and has served in several roles as both an administrator and teacher over the last 15 years. He currently serves as the Associate Principal at Timberlane Regional High School. Scott is a Recipient of the Massachusetts Every Day Warrior award for Outstanding Community Service A four time recipient of the Massachusetts Teachers Make The Difference Award and a five time recipient of the Time Warner Crystal Apple National Teacher of the Year.

Rich Cram

Rich Cram has been working in conflict resolution for the past 30 years. He worked for the commission of human rights, postal service as a redress mediator, private practice as a certified divorce mediator as well as mediating work place issues. Past director of Atkinson family mediation and program manager for Merrimack county juvenile services. Rich has been a resident of New Hampshire for the past 40 years.