We have a deep commitment to fostering honest, open, and authentic relationships that allow youth to flourish, find connection, and unleash their true potential.
Our staff has experience in several critical aspects of youth development and programming, and each has extensive training in motivating, inspiring, engaging, understanding, educating, and leading youth grades 5-12. Each staff member brings a unique perspective to youth programming, including:
Staff members maintain first aid, CPR, and defensive driving. Additionally, our year-round adventure programmers hold Wilderness First Responder certifications.
Our staff-to-student ratios are, at maximum, 1:10 for school year programs and 1:5 for overnight expeditions, because at the heart of everything we do are the relationships we create with the kids.
M.A. Counseling Psychology – Gonzaga University
B.A. Secondary Education – Eastern Washington University
B.A. History – Stetson University
Licensed Mental Health Therapist
Started at New Heights in 2004
Aside from Tracey’s extensive educational background, which includes an MA in Counseling Psychology and experience in the fields of adolescent development, attachment theory, and resiliency, Tucker is certified as a Licensed Community Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and has worked as a child and family mental health therapist in both community mental health and private practice settings. Tracey has personally distinguished herself as a leader with a business acumen, as she is not only a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Seacoast Class, but was named one of New Hampshire’s Top Forty under 40 Professionals in 2007. During her tenure, Tracey has transitioned New Heights to a 501(c)3 in 2010, as well as merged with New Outlook in Exeter in 2013. Her proudest moments, however, are the lasting relationships she’s made with the youth of the Seacoast, and seeing the positive and powerful impact New Heights has made on their lives.
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At New Heights, Meghan oversees all aspects of New Heights programming including supervision of full-time staff, part-time summer staff, and college interns. She has worked with children throughout her career and works to bring the best of education pedagogy and project-based learning to New Heights programs.
“I think that all youth can achieve at great levels, they just need to believe in themselves, and have adults who also believe, support, nurture, and respect them…that’s what I’m here for!”
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M.S. Nonprofit Management, The New School, 2007
B.A., Economics, Colgate University, 1997
2010 graduate of Leadership Seacoast
Started at New Heights in 2017
Lee joined the New Heights team in 2017, bringing with him over a decade of development experience and a strong belief in the organization’s mission to empower kids by providing them with the space to witness their own potential firsthand. He believes that kids who learn to know and accept who they are become adults that value empathy, compassion and collaboration. He is excited to work with individuals and businesses who similarly believe that we can build the foundation to a better community through philanthropic support of New Heights.
Lee lives in Portsmouth and enjoys running, skiing, camping, going to the beach and pretty much anything outdoors with his wife and 3 kids.
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Sally’s special brand of facilitation occurs in wilderness settings in the mountains, deserts, and oceans. Sally’s journeys range in length from a few hours to ten days; where she encourages participants to push past their perceived limits as they travel across the country, rock climb, surf, ski, canoe, kayak, and physically experience the world we live in. On expeditions, Sally places an emphasis on leadership development, peer instruction, self-reliance, and taking responsibility, which leads to developing personal freedom, understanding environmental ethics, and creating a burgeoning empathy for humans everywhere. Sally’s passions for experiential work runs deep; “It’s a true privilege to introduce students to the wilderness of the backcountry and ocean, and watch them fall in love with these wild places. As they do, they naturally become caretakers of our world and the people and places in it.”
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Wayne heads up a variety of STEM-related programming including introductions to computer programming, non-electronic board game design, Minecraft, robotics, and 3D printing/fabrication. Wayne also coaches multiple award-winning FIRST LEGO League robotics, Destination Imagination, and FIRST Robotics competition teams with New Heights. In high school, he started the Sages of RPG (Role-Playing Gaming Group) at New Heights as a volunteer over 13 years ago and established it as a business in 2005. He is a strong believer in teaching students how technology is a tool which can supplement their everyday lives. Wayne is actively involved locally as a card game designer, Port City Makerspace member, Dover Mini Maker Faire Committee member, and presenter on afterschool intentional gaming / STEM practices at conferences and international conventions. Outside of work, you can find him playing games at the local game store, working on his latest project at the makerspace, enjoying local food out with his wife, hanging around with his daughter Alice, or running around busting ghosts as a Ghostbuster.
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M.S. Environmental Education – Antioch University New England
B.A. Interdisciplinary: Philosophy and Psychology – University of Maine at Farmington
Wilderness First Responder
Started at New Heights in 2013
Nat’s love for having a good time in the outdoors was started at an early age with family hiking, skiing, canoeing expeditions, as well as his affinity for exploring the woods (and digging Heffalump traps) behind his childhood house in Concord, NH. As this passion grew, it transformed into a mission to get kids outside to have some serious fun. He’s worked in a wide variety of outdoor/alternative education settings in New Hampshire, Maine, North Dakota, Oregon, and California, and so he’s been able to learn from a large number of very diverse participants and leaders. Since coming to New Heights, Nat has worked to help kids develop a stronger sense of self-confidence and build lasting connections with their peers, while promoting a true appreciation for the natural world in some amazing spots.
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Emily started at New Heights as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in 2015. She became interested in afterschool programming and the impact it has on adolescent development while doing her masters thesis at UNH. She has worked in a variety of settings with students of all ages, both in the occupational therapy field and outside of it. At New Heights, Emily loves facilitating our intensive STEM programs, FIRST LEGO League, FLL Jr., and Destination Imagination. She enjoys teaching students the creative problem-solving process as a team. Emily can also be found walking tall with our stilting troupe, and in the kitchen teaching cooking workshops.
(603) 422.8235 ext. 106