Ben Gentry, Ed.D., M.Ed., M.F.A
SNHU - The Chandler Center
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106
BEN GENTRY - DIRECTOR
Though he recently earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University, Ben Gentry remains a lifelong learner dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning in others. He currently works as the Assistant Director for College Access and Strategies at SNHU where he runs the Breakthrough Manchester College-Bound program, serving both highly motivated, under-resourced high school students on their path to post-secondary success and aspiring, pre-professional college students on their path to leadership and teacher development. Aside from college access and success work, Ben enjoys teaching writing and research, great storytelling regardless of medium, spending time with his wife and two young daughters, and exploring how video game design elements like freedom to fail and clear feedback can be embedded in education.
When SNHU announced its partnership with Breakthrough Manchester in the summer of 2016, Ben had just finished his student teaching of ninth and tenth grade English for the Master of Education and secondary teacher certification. Jumping at the opportunity, he has worked to build out the Breakthrough Manchester College-Bound program at SNHU which now serves 90 high school students and 20 college students each year, and boasts a network of nearly 100 student and/or advisor alums!
SABRINA KADARIYA - PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Sabrina Kadariya is in her first year of graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, working to get her Master's of Public Health. She just completed a summer internship with the Institute of Health Policy and Practice and loved it! Sabrina has been a part of Breakthrough Manchester since the 5th grade and was the first class to graduate from Breakthrough’s College Bound program! She is so excited to continue to be program assistant to give back to all of the opportunities and knowledge that she got from this program.
JAKE KONSTANT - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2024
Jacob Konstant has been working with Breakthrough College Bound since 2016. He was an Advisor and is now currently an Advisor Coach. This will be his 6th year teaching high school and his 2nd year teaching at City on a Hill Charter School in Boston, MA. He attended SNHU for History Ed. and received his Masters from SNHU as well in Educational Leadership. Along with teaching, he also has coached soccer, volleyball, and softball.
DARCI DRYLIE - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2025
Darci Drylie is a 2016 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, having studied middle school science education and environmental science, and earned a Masters in Science Education from Fitchburg State University. She is entering her 8th year of teaching science at Londonderry Middle School.
Working within the Breakthrough Manchester program for the last 10 years, Darci has served as a teaching fellow in the school year and summer programs and is currently the Science Instructional Coach. For the College Bound program, Darci advised a group of Pioneer students from freshman to senior year and is excited to continue her work as an Advisor Coach for the class of 2025.
HANNAH COHEN - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2026
Hannah is a recent two time graduate from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelors degree in English and Literature and a master in Education. She is thrilled to be entering her second year teaching ninth and tenth grade at Londonderry High School this fall. This will be her second year as a coach for BTM-CB, but it will be her sixth year with breakthrough overall. This program keeps being an inspiration for her, and she cannot wait for another year.
MATT LONG - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2027
Matt is the Advisor Coach for the Class of 2027, and is so excited to return to the College-Bound program to support advisors and students. Matt first began his journey at Breakthrough in the middle school program as a Teaching Fellow in 2017, and has been involved ever since, but most recently as the Dean of Faculty. His full-time job is as the ELO Coordinator at Winnacunnet High School. Matt is a graduate of Duke University and currently resides in Portsmouth.