All of our instructors have in-depth teaching and administrative experience. Please feel free to contact them.
Stacey 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 teacher. She was encouraged to pursue administration and she continued her studies with educational leadership coursework while starting a family. For the past 8 years, she has been Director of Educational Services for The School at Sweetser in Saco, Maine. Born and raised in this state, she attended University of New England and University of Southern Maine for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Special Education. Stacey enjoys her family and friends and keeps busy with interests in biking, boating, volunteering and learning healthy cooking. She looks forward to occasional 5K races and has been known to seriously enjoy a dark roast cup of coffee. Stacey resides in Waterboro with her husband, son, dog and cat.
Ruediger John is an artist, teacher and author. He creates situative, installative, interventionistic, research and publication-oriented works and exhibitions and is known for his publications and work in Artistic Research and Systemic Art. He has been teaching students and educators in Fine Arts and Art Education (BFA & MFA) and MBA degree programs since 2000. Ruediger John has been an assistant professor for “installative, situative working, contextualization, cognitive aspects, mixed-media” at the State Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Stuttgart, an interim professor for “art/art and design sciences – sculpture/space” at the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, and a visiting professor for “art and economy – systemic art, artistic research” at the University for the Arts in Berlin. Since 2008, he has been a visiting professor for “aesthetics & culture, artistic intervention & interdisciplinarity, and process-oriented art” at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in Bonn. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruediger_John
Faculty: iPad, Assistive Technology
Mia Morrison has taught English at Foxcroft Academy in central Maine for 8 years. Her focus reaches beyond the scope of Language Arts to include technology and media literacy. In addition to freshman through senior English courses, she teaches the Culture of Media, Graphic Novel Creation, and Applied Media Production. Starting in 2013, Mia also assumed the role of Technology Integration Specialist. She works with faculty to elevate school wide technology utilization in a 1:1 iPad environment. Mia received her Bachelors from Wesleyan University and her Masters and CAS from the University of South Florida. She is a certified Technology Integrationist and Educational Technology Coordinator. She received her second Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine and is now an Adjunct Professor, working with both the undergraduate and graduate population in the College of Education and Human Development. She has recently begun to facilitate professional development courses through the Maine Educators Consortium, including a new course entitled “Teaching and Learning with iPad”
Danika Hodges received her B.A. in Spanish and non-fiction writing from Drew University in New Jersey, and her Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics from UMass Boston and most recently received her CAGS in school administration from American International College. Mrs. Hodges has worked as an elementary and middle school ESL teacher in New Haven, CT; Cambridge, MA; and currently in her ninth year of teaching in Watertown, MA. Mrs. Hodges is especially interested in curriculum design, and has worked as a facilitator of the Model Curriculum Units Project with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Mrs. Hodges has taught an online courses through Harvard’s Graduate School of Education centered on integrating technology into education. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, dog, and new daughter. 🙂
Faculty: Technology, Language Arts
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.
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.
Faculty: Science, Methods of Teaching Health
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 Ph.D.
Faculty: Administration, Special Education
Dr. 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.
Faculty: Library Media, Children’s Literature, Chickadee Award
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 Thornton Academy. She has taught basic math up to Pre-Calculus. Over the past six years, she has completed her C.A.G.S. program through Saint Joseph’s College. Melissa enjoys learning and implementing change within her own classroom including flipping the classroom through technology. For the past six years, she has also been able to team up and co-teach a STEM program to freshmen. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, gardening, and going to the beach.
Faculty: Early Childhood Education
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.
Faculty: Elementary Reading
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.
Faculty: Physical Education, Health 1 and 2
Evan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Physical Education and Health in 2003. He has been teaching Physical Education and Health Education for 10 years from grades pre-k-12. He currently teaches Physical Education and Health at Caribou High School. Evan Coaches Cross country, Track, and Nordic skiing on top of his teaching duties. Evan received his masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine in 2011. Evan enjoy’s spending time with his family; his wife and two young children as well as Mister the dog. He is an avid runner and enjoys Marathon running in his spare time.
Faculty: Elementary Middle School Math
Lindsay Mahoney teaches 6-8 math and science at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine. MMS is part of RSU 18, which is a leading member of the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning. All of her classes are mixed grade level, proficiency based, and structured for learners to progress at their own pace. Lindsay has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s degree in Middle Level Education from The University of Maine. She is on the board of directors for the Maine Association of Middle Level Educators (MAMLE). She also holds a Guinness Book of World Records record for being part of the fastest human formation of the first 25 rows of Pascal’s triangle.