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Araminta Star Matthews is an author and educator in Central Maine. She works primarily as a full-time instructional designer with University College, a branch of the University of Maine System, providing faculty with learning theory and technology support and training to make online and blended courses more robust. Previous to this, she was an English teacher and professor with various organizations in Central Maine and cultivated a vast experience teaching online, face-to-face, and blended courses in language arts. In addition to her work in education, Araminta has a terminal degree in creative writing and is also an accomplished author with three books and several short stories to her credit. Her first novel, the young adult zombie apocalypse adventure, *Blind Hunger, *was put out by Dark Moon Books in 2011. Its paraquel, “The Warehouse,” is a novella put out in 2012 by the same publisher. Her most recent title, the co-authored writing manual with an undead-twist, *Write of the Living Dead, *published in March of 2012 and is currently being used as an alternative writing textbook for both secondary and post-secondary courses.
Dorothy Small is the Skowhegan Area High School Technology Integrationist. Small has 22 years of teaching experience in MSAD54 as a Technology integration Specialist from 1996 to present. Before becoming an Integrationist Small taught second and third grades. Small is also responsible for many of MSAD #54′s web resources, including Academic Resources, Teacher Resources, and Guide sheets. Small has presented at workshops and conferences including PRISM, Maine Education Conference, Maine School Superintendents Association, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, SEED, and the National Teacher Training Institute. In 2004 Dorothy received The Maine Public Broadcasting Network NTTI Technology Teacher of the Year Award and was named an Innovative Educator by Tech4Learning.
Scott Bosworth teaches an exploratory class called Pathways at the Skowhegan Area Middle School. Pathways is a technology rich career prep course for middle school students. He has served as his schools MLTI Teacher Leader since MLTI began and is part of the SAMS Literacy Leadership team. In the spring of 2008 he finished his Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology at the University of Maine at Orono. His family also owns a dairy farm where they have a milking herd of over 300 cows.
Meredith Robinson Hanby has been an educator in one form or another since 1999–most of those years as a Secondary Ed/Social Studies teacher. She has also taught elementary school (grades 2 and 3), high school English and ESL/ELL and worked as an Ed Tech as well. Meredith graduated with a B.A. in History and a certificate in Secondary Education from Saint Anselm College in 1999 and then earned her M.A. in Military History ten years later from Norwich University. Currently, Meredith and her husband, Bob, teach at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris and reside in Greenwood. Beyond the realm of education, Meredith is an avid reader, a lover of outdoor activity and a strength training enthusiast.
Laura Richter received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine Orono and her Masters in Technology from Thomas College Waterville, Me. She is a former history teacher and current civil rights team leader, and technology Integrationist at the Skowhegan Area Middle School in Skowhegan, Maine where she has taught for 23 years. She has been actively involved in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative training both middle level and high school teachers across the state. In 2000 she received the Maine Public Broadcasting teacher of the year award and in June 2003 awarded the Apple Distinguished Educator Award. Laura is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and is currently involved in Apple Professional Development in Maine.
Mandy Cyr received her undergraduate degree from the University of New England. She has since completed her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership. She has 13 years of teaching experience as a Biology Teacher at Biddeford High School. During this time, Mandy has served on the Leadership Team, chairperson of the instruction accreditation committee and the executive board of the teacher association. Mandy has coached Swimming and Diving as well as the Tennis Team. She is currently the Student Council Advisor at the high school. Mandy enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.
Susan Joakim has been an educator for 13 years. She has taught special education students with all types of disabilities. She has successfully designed and implemented an all school behavior program which reduced the need of behavior plans for 75 students to 5 in a single year. Most recently her school wide job program called KidsShine was featured on WCSH6 as a Schools that Shine award recipient. Susan is also the parent of three special needs children and the owner of Fetch & Fun a doggie day care, in Wells, Maine. Susan holds a B.A. in Speech Communications, B.S. in Education, M.S. in Special Education, and is currently enrolled in a PhD. program for special education leadership.
Carolyn Hall received her BA from Bates College and her MEd with emphasis in special education from the University of Vermont. She has 34 years experience in PreK-8 schools, as a classroom teacher, special educator, enrichment coordinator, and school librarian. After retiring from public schools, Carolyn ran a family literacy project in the Midcoast area. She also initiated the development of the Chickadee Award, Maine’s Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. She has eleven years of experience in teaching literacy-related professional development classes in Maine.
Melissa Dubovik teaches Mathematics at Sanford High School. She has taught basic math up to Adult Learners throughout the district. Over the past fours years, she has completed her Master’s degree and worked with the district to begin implementation of Standards Based Education including the Community Leadership Community and Nellie Mae work. Melissa enjoys learning and implementing change within her own classroom including Flipping the Classroom. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book and going to the beach.
Dave Keaton began as director of SCTC in July 2006. Previously, Dave was a Pre K -12 Principal at Ashland Schools, Director of Learning at Loring Job Corps, Vocational Director at St. John Valley Technology Center, and K – 12 Principal at Limestone Community School. Dave earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, his Master’s and C.A.S. Degrees at the University of Maine at Orono in Educational Leadership. He lives in Caribou with his wife and two daughters. Dave will begin a new educational administrator position starting 1 July 2012 at Region 2 CTE Center in Houlton.
Linkedin profile can be found on the following link: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dave-keaton/21/81a/4b2
Jen has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in Leadership in Education with a concentration in Administration, both from the University of Maine at Farmington. Jen also has public pre-k, K-3, special ed and technical education teacher certifications. She was a lead teacher/center director in local preschool programs for 11 years. During this time she mentored numerous college students in practicum experiences. She is a member of Maine Roads to Quality and NAEYC (state and national ECE organizations). She currently teaches Early Childhood Education at the Somerset Career and Technical Center and is also an adjunct instructor for the Kennebec Valley Technical College.
Linda has been a teacher for over 30 years in the beautiful North Shore region of Massachusetts. She holds a masters degree in reading and a B.S. degree in elementary education. Linda has been nominated for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and The Disney Teacher Award. During her teaching career, she has been a reading specialist, a math facilitator, a writing coach and a classroom teacher.
Jennifer Dorman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington with dual certifications in Elementary and Special Education. In 2008, she completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education Consultation through Lesley University. She has nineteen years of teaching experience in Maine School Administrative District 54 as a special educator. Currently, Jennifer is a Special Education Teacher and Interventionist at Skowhegan Area Middle School. In this role, she serves as a Read 180 teacher and team leader for the school’s special education and response to intervention programs. In addition, she is an active member of the school’s Professional Learning Community, which focuses on implementing the three tiers of response to intervention in her school. Jennifer enjoys camping and skiing with her husband, son, and daughter.
Stacey has worked for Sweetser – Maine’s largest behavioral health organization for over 20 years. She began as a residential youth counselor, education technician, and special education middle/high school teacher. Stacey was encouraged to pursue administration and she continued her studies with educational leadership coursework while starting a family. For the past 8 years, Stacey has been the Director of Educational Services for The School at Sweetser in Saco, Maine. Born and raised in this state, she attended the University of New England and University of Southern Maine for her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters Degree in Special Education. Stacey enjoys her family and friends and keeps busy with her interests in biking, hiking, boating, volunteering and healthy cooking. Stacey looks forward to developing a new interest in 5K races and is known to seriously enjoy a dark roast cup of Starbucks coffee. She resides in Waterboro with her husband, son and 2 cats.