William Van Bennekum
Mr. Van Bennekum is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, earning his B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Education Administration. He has two children. Nicholas is a graduate of the SUNY- Environmental Science and Forestry School @ Syracuse and is an Assistant Superintendent for Consigli Construction Company. His daughter Kaitlyn is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the University of New Hampshire. She will begin her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Belmont School District in the fall. William is married to Cathy, a lifelong educator, and currently the District Coordinator of Curriculum, Assessment, and intervention for the Winnisquam School District.
Mr. David Sutherland will begin his 11th year as an Assistant Principal of the Londonderry Middle School. Mr. Sutherland's career in education started after he determined that being a software and hardware quality assurance manager was not fulfilling. He had earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Northeastern University and thought that the computer industry was where he wanted to spend his time. However, he left that field to pursue being an educator.
Mrs. Meaghan Nason will begin her third year as the Curriculum Coordinator at Londonderry Middle School. She is excited for this year to continue to build the LMS collaborative practices and focus on academic growth and enrichment. Mrs. Nason's educational experience began in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence, MA, where she taught middle school science, reading and English. Before leaving the city of Lawrence, Meaghan also worked as a Literacy Coach at both the elementary and middle school levels. Mrs. Nason joined the Londonderry Middle School staff working as a Reading and Writing Specialist. Her role focused on growing our literacy practices and using data and assessment to inform our educational practices.
Mrs. Phyllis Donaldson joins the Londonderry Middle School administrative team after serving as a Special Education teacher/case manager at LMS for the past 21 years. Before that, she was a paraprofessional at LMS for four years. Mrs. Donaldson is excited to join the LMS Building Leadership Team and looks forward to working in her new role.
Mrs. Donaldson earned her bachelor's degree in behavioral science while her children were in middle school. She also received her General Special Education Certification, in addition to a master's degree in education, from Plymouth State University in 2008. She completed her Special Education Administration certification in 2011. In 2019, she furthered her education by earning advanced certification in emotional and behavioral disabilities from Granite State College.
Mrs. Donaldson is a resident of Londonderry and has been for over 25 years. She and her husband raised three children who are now grown and living in different parts of the country. Their oldest daughter lives in the San Diego area, their middle daughter lives in North Carolina, while their son and daughter-in-law live nearby, allowing them to enjoy many weekends with their 4-year-old grandson.