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Better prepare our children

for college, post high school education

and the 21st Century workplace

The MicroSociety Academy Charter School (MACS) founders strongly believe that a K-8 MicroSociety School will better prepare our children for college, post high school education, and the 21st Century workplace. The curriculum will meet all state and local standards using innovative, engaging, research-based, technology-infused instructional strategies that have proven successful throughout the US and the world.

Students in our MicroSociety Academy will receive standards-based instruction that is enhanced with “real world” concepts and will be given the opportunity during a daily MicroSociety period to apply their learning by reporting to their job and working in their own MicroSociety. Students will actively participate in creating and operating their own small society with guidance of teacher facilitators. MicroSociety will have its own currency, bank, newspaper, a marketplace with student-made goods, a government with a legislature, a court system with lawyers, judges, “Peacekeepers” and more!

Micro Moments

Stories that define the day-to-day interactions at MACS

Micro City Marketplace is in full swing! The businesses are busy selling everything from homemade lip balms to squishy slime. The only student complaints are that there’s not enough time off!  Some are learning quickly that their paychecks don’t last long and saving for “special items” may be the best route to go.

As a young student new to MACS, Casey often forgot the Micro City laws. Week after week, he kept having to pay fines for offenses such as yelling and running in the halls, even after receiving ample warning from student Peacekeepers and staff members. As a result, he didn’t have much money saved up once Marketplace opened. The motivation to have more to spend on products and services at Marketplace proved useful for Casey, though. Recently, he made a concerted effort to show self-control and follow the Micro City laws. When it was his day off for Marketplace this week, he looked in his wallet and said to his teacher with a big grin, “I didn’t have to pay any fines this week. Now I can use the money I earned to go have fun at Marketplace!”

Meet Our Administrative Team

Amy Bottomley


Mrs. Bottomley is proud to be the Founding Director at MACS. She holds a B.A. in Education with a concentration in English from Bethany College in Bethany, WV and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from New England College in Henniker, NH. Amy has worked in education since 1996. Mrs. Bottomley has worked as a Special Education teacher at Hollis Brookline High school and served as the Special Education Department Chair for six years before moving on to administration. She was the Assistant Principal and Special Education Coordinator at Hollis Upper Elementary School for five years. She is a NH certified Principal and Special Education Administrator. Mrs. Bottomley lives in Hollis with her husband, BJ, and two sons, Carson and Turner.

Susannah Williams

Curriculum Coordinator

Mrs. Williams was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Dallas and a Master of Education degree in School Leadership from New England College. After developing and teaching an English program in China, Mrs. Williams returned to Texas where she taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade as well as elementary art in the Dallas and Austin public school districts. She also taught at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School from 2007 to 2012 where she headed the Parent Workshop Committee and piloted curriculum in several subject areas. Mrs. Williams currently lives in Nashua with her husband and son. She is passionate about her work in education and is excited to serve as Curriculum Coordinator at MicroSociety Academy!

Barbara Graff

Administrative Assistant

Jewel Hurt

MicroSociety Community Liaison

Miss Hurt recently moved to New Hampshire from Roanoke, Virginia. A MicroSociety alum herself, she served as President of Huff Lane MicroVillage in both 4th and 5th Grade. She later went on to attend Jamed Madison University where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and served two terms as Student Body President. A student in the JMU Honors College, Miss Hurt won a Hillcrest Scholarship to fund a summer internship at MicroSociety Headquarters in Philadelphia in 2018. Her senior thesis consisted of research that assessed the civic engagement outcomes of 4th and 5th grade students in two MicroSociety charter schools.

Awards & Recognition

Governor Chris Sununu’s Visit

Governor Chris Sununu joined in the activities of our most recent MACS MicroDay, a time when Micro City opens to parents and friends to enjoy the agencies and business ventures our students have created. The Governor was hosted by Student Government President “Rocky”, MACS Principal Amy Bottomley, and Trustee Jamison Hoff. (The visit was not announced ahead of time so that the Governor could see real MACS operations rather than special preparations made due to his presence.)

He had success in his first stop when he solved the clues in the underwater themed Escape Room and earned an “I escaped” sticker. Next he visited the recycling area where he learned about separating plastic bottle caps, that are not recyclable, from the bottles before they enter the recycling stream.

The Governor completed a questionnaire at the MACS Department of Education and survey of visitor satisfaction (with the Micro Day experience) at the Department of Census and Statistics. He also stopped by the Micro City Bank to exchange some currency for Micro Dollars.

Governor Sununu went to the computer lab to observe a 3-D printing process underway creating products in that student-business, and purchased an item from the students’ 3-D product inventory.

He sat down for a conversation with students involved in the MACS Peer Mediation program to learn how our students work together to solve issues as they arise.

He finished his day with a visit to the Student Government meeting.

We were delighted to have the Governor with us on campus for Micro Day and very proud to share all our students’ efforts! Thank you Governor Sununu!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony II

MACS held its second ribbon cutting ceremony on August 31, 2017 to commemorate the opening of the new science lab, library, two new classrooms, and administrative offices.  For more information, please read this News Release.

Recognition from Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, presented to MACS at the ceremony.

MicroSociety Inc. International Conference Awards

  • 2019 “4 Star” School (highest awarded honor)
  • 2019 George Award for Outstanding Coordinator – Susannah Williams
  • 2019 George Award for Outstanding Teacher – Katie Taylor
  • 2018 “4 Star” School (highest awarded honor)
  • 2018 George Award for Outstanding Teacher – Brenna Froleiks
  • 2018 George Award for Student Leadership – Turner Bottomley
  • 2018 George Award for Student Leadership – Olivia Sobie
  • 2017 “4 Star” School (highest awarded honor)
  • 2017 George Award for Outstanding Administrator – Amy Bottomley
  • 2017 George Award for Student Leadership – Ava Tannariello
  • 2016 Rookie Charter School of the Year
  • 2016 “3 Star” School (highest honor for a first year school)
  • 2016 George Award for Student Leadership – Elle Kreibel

Non-Profit of the Year Recognitions

  • Nashua Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Finalist 2019-20, Lynn McGowan – PTO President
  • Nashua Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Finalist 2018-19
  • Nashua Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Finalist 2017-18
  • Enterprise Bank Nominee for Non-Profit of the Year 2017-18
  • Enterprise Bank Educator of the Year Finalist 2017-18, Amy Bottomley – School Director

MicroSociety Academy Charter School
Board of Trustees

Tom Dougherty


Tom comes to MicroSociety Academy as an Information Technology executive formerly with Fidelity Investments after taking early retirement after 18 years. Since joining Fidelity, he has been an active member in the volunteer community supporting Fidelity’s tradition of community philanthropic activities, including First programs targeting school age children to learn about money management. Tom is currently a board trustee with the New Hampshire Institute of Arts in Manchester, NH. There he is the Chairman of the Audit committee, and active trustee on the Facilities committee supported by his technology expertise. With over 30 years of information technology experience, Tom brings financial, technology, board and leadership acumen to the MACS Board of Trustees.
Our children are our greatest asset. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that future generations are aptly prepared for the opportunities ahead. The MicroSociety Academy Charter school provides the best outcome to build the foundation skills that our future practitioners and leaders will need.

Barbara Halevi

Vice Chair

Barbara is a Nashua native who recently moved back to the city with her husband and two children. Her daughter currently attends MACS. Barbara practices real estate and business law at Winer and Bennett, LLP in Nashua. She is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Law. Before returning to Nashua, she began her law career at a large international law firm. Barbara actively volunteers in her community and serves on the board of directors of her son’s preschool. As a parent representative, Barbara brings her legal and analytical skills to the MACS Board of Trustees.

Lisa Petralia


Lisa joins the MACS board after a 25 year career in Human Resources. She has worked for various high tech start-ups and construction firms in New England and recently retired from Harvey Construction in Bedford, NH after working as their Director of Human Resources. Lisa has volunteered in a variety of capacities for local school, church, and youth sports groups. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She lives in Hollis, NH with her husband Mark and their daughter and son. In her spare time she enjoys watching her children play hockey and lacrosse. Lisa hopes to be instrumental in reviewing and improving the support offered to the great staff involved in implementing the MACS mission in NH.

David Glasier


David joins the MACS board with valuable and broad experience in the legal, financial, startup, and managerial sectors. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Suffolk University Law School and works as a Director of Strategy and Communications in the financial services industry today.

David also devotes his time to a number of initiatives in the community including his work with the University of New Hampshire’s Paul School FIRE Program and his service in local government as a member of the the Planning Board in Bow, NH.

Andrew McWeeney

Parent Representative

Amanda Schneck

Parent Representative

Amanda Schneck comes to the MACS Board as someone who has been heavily involved in the Nashua community for 15 years. Amanda is owner of Pearl Marketing & Design, a marketing agency located in downtown Nashua, and an adjunct faculty member at Rivier University. She serves on the Downtown Improvement Committee for the City of Nashua, the Board of Directors at The United Way of Greater Nashua, the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce iUGO young professionals group, and as member of the Special Care Nursery Parent Council at Catholic Medical Center. Amanda holds an M.S. in Marketing, an MBA in International Business/Marketing, and a degree in Graphic Design. She is excited to be a part of the MACS community and looks forward to working with the administrators, teachers, parents, and most importantly the students of MACS.

Thomas Malone


As a MACS founder, Tom brings 34 years of experience working with diverse Grades K-8 students and staff in Lowell (MA) Public Schools. As a founding teacher, Tom served 24 of those years at the McDonough City Magnet School, the nation’s first K-8 MicroSociety school, working as a Reading & Government/ Citizenship teacher, MicroSociety Curriculum/Program Facilitator, LPS District Equity Facilitator, and 11 years as CMS Principal. Tom is an experienced trainer/ consultant/presenter for MSI (MicroSociety, Inc.) and has worked as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg (MA) State Univ., Nova Southeastern University (FL) and guest lecturer at UMass/Lowell. He has led online courses showing teachers from across the country how state standards can be incorporated into MicroSociety, presented at national and state conferences, and worked with teachers and administrators at schools in New York, Arizona, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For the past two years Tom has volunteered as a development and curriculum consultant and MACS founder to help his former students realize their dream of creating a MicroSociety School for their children in NH.

Dr. John Dagianis


John Dagianis, MD comes to MicroSociety Academy as a well-known ophthalmologist at Nashua Eye Associates. Since 1980 he has assisted in growing the practice from 5 employees to over 132. Board positions that he has held include VP of New England Ophthalmology Society, Rivier University Board of Trustees, and Parish Council of St. Philips Greek Orthodox Church. Dr. Dagianis has been active in the retention area of Rivier University and was Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee for 6 years. He holds teaching positions and is on staff at Tufts University-New England Eye Center and at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Dagianis brings to MACS experience in education and non-profit boards, an understanding of business issues of start-up organizations and promoting such facilities.

Don Lebrun


Don is married to his wife Marcia for 14 years. Don has resided in New Hampshire for 23 years since retiring in 1995. He became involved in politics serving 10 years in the New Hampshire State Legislature as well as the Nashua Aldermanic council. Don has retired from legislating and currently operates as an activist. He keeps track of important bills and provides testimony while the bill is in committee. Don is currently serving a three year term on the New Hampshire Board of Medicine. He is a veteran having served his country for four and one half years. Besides serving on the Board of Directors here at MACS, he remains involved in many other organizations throughout the area. Such organizations include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Korean War Veterans association, the American Legion, Elks and AHEPA 35 housing. Don also serves on the Parish council at St. Philips church here in Nashua. He has served as the chairman of the Hillsborough county executive committee and chairman of the Hillsborough county delegation. He has and continues to serve on numerous committees concerning children’s issues such as child hunger, child abuse, suicide prevention, mental health assessment, and many others. He states he is extremely proud to serve on the board of MACS which is dedicated to providing a quality education to the students. He is very proud of his contributions to all of the Children’s hospitals throughout the United States.