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A special thank you to the Derryfield School staff who manage Breakthrough Manchester's back-office operations, from accounting to gift processing to background checks. The in-kind provision of these services means that the Breakthrough directors can focus on the program's dual mission, and 100% of donations to Breakthrough directly supports programming for the Students Teaching Students model.
Left to right: Tammy Zinck, Deb Allen, Lynne Wagner, Amy Turcotte, Deborah Bremberg and Shauna Sarsfield. 
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Welcome Lucy Weathers!
New Assistant Director Takes the Helm
A big Breakthrough welcome to Lucy Weathers! Lucy joins me as the new Assistant Director of the Breakthrough Manchester program, and she is already busy recruiting teachers for both the school year and summer sessions. 

A Manchester native, Lucy attended Central High School, graduated from Drew University in New Jersey and returned to work in her home town. With deep experience as a summer camp counselor and working with high school students on college and career-readiness, Lucy brings the perfect combination of college-bound seriousness and the spirit of fun and community that is a hallmark of the Breakthrough experience.

Most recently, Lucy has finished two years of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Manchester High School West, helping to coordinate and promote the launch of the STEAM Ahead program there. 

You will love teaching and learning with Lucy!  She can be reached at

Student Quote:
"Breakthrough is a college bound program that's fun and interactive, and teaches middle schoolers what being part a healthy community feels like.  I wish there was a year-round Breakthrough school!"

The Breakthrough Recipe
  • Recruit: High achieving college students (and some exceptional high school students, too!)
  • Add: Intensive training and mentoring
  • Mix with: High potential Manchester middle schoolers
  • Fold in: High expectations, positive energy and academic challenge and support
  • Repeat: For three consecutive summers, with school-year supports
  • Connect: To Breakthrough High School Program at SNHU and other opportunities
  • Enjoy: Academic success, personal development, teaching excellence
  • Result: College bound students and committed teacher-leaders

Motivation.  Inspiration.  Hard work.  Community.

Teaching Fellow Quote:
"I loved my experience with Breakthrough Manchester this summer. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity; it was simultaneously one of the most  inspiring,  overwhelming, invigorating, and challenging experiences I have ever had.  I grew so much this summer!"
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Apply to teach in Summer 2017; Application opens on October 18

Pipelines and Pathways
Breakthrough Manchester is a critical link in the PATHWAY for bright, limited opportunity students, and a PIPELINE for the development of the next generation of excellent teachers.  

Connect with us, so that we can better connect these pathways and pipelines for students!

Students with both perfect attendance and perfect homework completion mid-summer enjoy a Scholar Soiree,
complete with smiles and sundaes.

Summer Outcomes
98% average daily attendance

Homework Completion
88% of students completed all assigned homework (2 hours) in all courses each summer day

Percent of Students per Course Demonstrating Improvement (measured by pre and post-tests)
  • Pre-Algebra - 100%
  • Algebra - 100%
  • Advanced Algebra - 100%
  • Biology - 100%
  • Chemistry - 93%
  • 7th Grade Writing - 94%
  • 8th Grade Writing - 88%
  • 7th Grade Literature - 82%
  • 8th Grade Literature - 93%
Average Academic Growth by Subject, All Students
  • 19% overall gain in Literature (Development of theme, characters and symbolism; annotation)
  • 19% overall gain in Writing (Document-Based Question Essays, Narrative and Creative Writing)
  • 62% overall gain in Science (Biology and Chemistry)
  • 44% overall gain in Math (Pre-Algebra, Algebra or Advanced Algebra)
Satisfaction (based on end-of-summer surveys)
  • 100% of our Teaching Fellows this summer would recommend Breakthrough to a peer
  • 100% of our Instructional Coaches believe that Breakthrough Teacher Training is as good as, or better than, pre-service training available elsewhere
  • 98% of students feel better prepared for the upcoming school year
  • 96% of students felt that they belonged in the Breakthrough community
  • 95% of students made new friends this summer
Our Mission
Our Vision
All young people, regardless of circumstance, can achieve their full potential as students, teachers and leaders.

Our Mission
The dual missions of Breakthrough Manchester are to launch promising Manchester middle school students, particularly those with limited opportunities, on the path to college while inspiring high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

We do this by:
* Recruiting and selectively admitting high-potential sixth graders with limited opportunities from Manchester middle schools for a tuition-free, three-year program
* Providing three rigorous, joyful academic summers and school year supports to admitted students during their middle school years
* Connecting ninth graders with the Breakthrough College-Bound program at Southern NH University to create a seamless pipeline of opportunity 
* Recruiting, training, mentoring and supporting college students, and some local high-achieving high school students, as excellent teachers
* Engaging a broad array of stakeholders in understanding, promoting, funding and championing both missions of Breakthrough. 

With thanks,

Becky Berk
Executive Director
Breakthrough Manchester