Instructional Coaches Appointed

Instructional Coaches Appointed
Posted on 06/07/2022

SAU 24 Superintendent of Schools Jacqueline Coe, Ed.D., announced the appointment of Phil Matzke and Rachel Fairhurst as instructional coaches. They will work with teachers to enhance the quality of their lessons and improve student outcomes. Coaches serve as partners, walking alongside teachers as they improve their professional practice. The coaching team works within and supports the work of SAU 24’s Professional Learning Communities, and they are active members of the SAU 24 Leadership Team.


Phil Matzke is a longtime member of the SAU 24 community. He moves into this new role as an instructional coach after serving as Dean of Teaching and Learning at Weare Middle/Center Woods Upper Elementary School from 2017 to 2022 and as a science teacher at John Stark Regional High School for 17 years before becoming Dean. Mr. Matzke holds an M.Ed. in Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Philosophy from Le Moyne College. Matzke lives in Henniker with his wife, Jen, and three daughters, Charlotte, Samantha, and Johanna.

Dr. Rachel Fairhurst joins SAU 24 from the Ross A. Luria Middle School in Bedford, where she has been a 7/8th grade mathematics teacher and special educator since 2005. She holds an Ed.D. in General Education from Northcentral University in Arizona, an M.Ed in Mathematics from Lesley University, an M.Ed in Education from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Bachelor of Arts from New England College. Rachel was named the Richard C. Evans Distinguished Educator Award in 2018. In 2020, she was named a Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty Award recipient. Rachel is a 12-year resident of Weare, where she lives with her husband, Aaron, and her two children, Landon and Mia. She is looking forward to having a positive impact on the students in the district.


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