Here is a “word cloud” that our parents created to encapsulate our wonderful faculty in May 2013.
Here is a list of our 2016-17 faculty and their phone extensions and Block 7 (after-school tutoring) days:CBHS Staff 2016-17
2016-17 Faculty and Staff Listing
- BA at USM
Ahmed (CBHS '09) is our first alumni staff member. Her remarkable
talents to make students “super comfortable” were lauded in an
MPBN piece this summer. She is the co‐founder of Darfur Youth of
Tomorrow. This year, she will again serve as our Make It Happen
Coordinator for ELL students.
– BS from Cent. CT State
Alechnowicz taught for 32 years in Connecticut, much of it in
Stratford, but upon relocating to Maine, she has been eager to
continue teaching part-time at CBHS. Besides being a revered teacher,
she was also a professor to aspiring middle school math teachers and
a tutor for high school and college students.
(English) and Literacy Coach (email@example.com)
- BA from Bowdoin; MA from Iowa
Appelbaum has taught in schools from Wayneflete to Portland Adult
Ed.. During her time at the Southern Maine Partnership, she authored
a booklet on “instructional differentiation.” Ms. Appelbaum
teaches AP English and Senior Humanities. She also oversees our
library and supports staff in her role as literacy coach.
Worker and High School Completion Coordinator
– BA from Dartmouth, MSW from BC
Babcock was a highly regarded Day Treatment Clinician at Sweetser
before joining CBHS. Ms. Babock’s diverse social work experience
includes stints with families and adolescents in both schools and
residential facilities. Ms. Babcock is the captain of the faculty's
oft-trounced kickball team.
– BS and MSN from St. Joseph's
Bell has served with distinction in numerous healthcare capacities,
from school nurse to a teacher of nurses. A board certified holistic
nurse and statewide leader, Becky's interpersonal and clinical
excellence includes expertise in stress management and nutrition. Her
hobbies range from singing to rowing.
- BA from Bowdoin
Bernstein student taught at CBHS and will now be starting his third
year with us, this year teaching Humanities One. He has also taught
9th and 10th grade social studies at the Greene School, an EL
Education school in West Greenwich, RI. Mr. Bernstein's precocious
wisdom matches his exuberance.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) - BA from St. Lawrence; MA from UVM
Burke was inducted in 2009 into the Sea Dogs' Maine Teachers' Hall of
Fame. He joined us from Poland Regional High School, where he was
also a founding teacher. His interests range from ukulele to sudoku.
At CBHS, Mr. Burke is the originator of both the cardboard boat race
and Junior Journey.
– Westbrook College
Cole is an experienced partnership developer (and alumni parent) with
deep community connections. She also serves as the partnership
developer at Riverton and East End. She bolsters our volunteer corps
and enriches the resources our students and staff can access during
(email@example.com) - BS from Univ. of Arizona
Croft will teach the social studies component in Humanities Two
though he is certified in English as well. Before teaching at Casco
Bay, Mr. Croft taught at a school remarkably similar to CBHS in
Arizona, Tuscon's City High School. Mr. Croft gravitated to teaching
after a career as a professional musician.
Davis is a legendary data specialist within Portland Public Schools,
and we are overjoyed to have her expertise at Casco Bay. A Deering
grad, she worked for most of her career at Portland High. Her
attentiveness to detail and creative problem-solving skills
consistently result in high quality outcomes.
- BA from VPI; MS from USM
Doane returned last year from a sabbatical doing curriculum
development for a national company and will again co-teach Humanities
Three and lead AP US History. Ms. Doane formerly taught at Bonney
Eagle and Deering where she remains the Girls Varsity Tennis Coach.
- BA from Colby; MA from NYU
Dodson taught in Ithaca, Old Orchard Beach and at Deering before
joining CBHS last year. At DHS, she was the ELL department chair as
well as the advisor to the Photography Club and Students Without
Borders. This year, Ms. Dodson will teach Academic English One and
Two and lead a freshmen crew.
- BA from Berkeley
Dorvee's love of language and culture was sparked during her time as
a (stellar) student at Casco Bay High School (Class of 2011). Now she
will strive to do the same for her French students. A Peace and
Conflict Studies major, Ms. Dorvee's thesis was about the impact of
Arabic in Sudanese schools.
& Career Transition Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– BS from Ithaca; MA from Goddard
Doyle assists our students, especially seniors, with developing and
enacting plans for life after CBHS. Ms. Doyle's counseling experience
encompasses work at Portland High, Fair Harbor Shelter and the Center
for Grieving Children. She's also taught first grade in Costa Rica.
Ms. Doyle's talents include yoga and ultimate.
from University of Utah; MA from St. John's College
Ford started teaching in Texas before migrating to Maine. Prior to
CBHS, Mr. Ford taught at Portland High. After years of teaching ELL,
Mr. Ford will again be teaching Senior Humanities this year as well
as a new photography course. Mr Ford completed a painting residency
last summer and is our Model UN advisor.
(email@example.com) - BS from UNE; MST from USM
former intern with Ms. Teller, Ms. Galasso returned to CBHS last year
to teach Biology after five years at Bath Middle School (another EL
school) as a science teacher and curriculum leader. Ms. Galasso has
led her students through expeditions on topics ranging from the green
crab invasion to bio-ethics.
-BA from UNH; MA from UVM
Giese begins her third year at CBHS this fall after launching her
career in Vermont. Ms. Giese is an experienced running coach and
outdoor leader; she also co-directs our intensives program. She joins
Team 9 this year and will lead a freshmen crew.
Special Ed. Team Leader,
– BS from USM; MA from USM
Gill is a National Board Certified Teacher, and she is mentoring
several CBHS staff who are now in this process. This year, she will
once again be serving as the Special Education Team Leader for
Portland's high schools. Ms. Gill is one of nine staff members who
will also be a CBHS parent in the 2016-17 year.
from Hollins; MA at USM
Haar returned to CBHS after a year at Lyman Moore. Ms. Haar launched
our after-school ELL program and also served as an intern with Ms.
McCray. Ms. Haar completed her Master's Degree in Applied Literacy.
Before relocating to Maine, Ms. Haar was a Creative Arts Specialist
in St Paul Public Schools (MN).
(firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Gettysburg and MA at USM
Hagstrom joined us with a stellar background in Spanish, outdoor
adventure and progressive education. A former colleague asserts, “I
have never met a more talented, dynamic, organized, well-respected
and beloved teacher.” Ms. Hagstrom will be teaching Spanish 3-5
am so glad I visited Casco By High School.
learned so much, and there is so much more to be learned from the
incredible set of educators.”
Chris Sturgis, Competency
Works: Learning from the Cutting Edge, blog post, November 2015
Hale, Guidance Counselor
- BA from Neb. Wes.; MS from USM
Hale is one of ten founding CBHS faculty members (out of thirteen)
still on staff. Mr. Hale's myriad talents include team building,
theater, technical theater, music and all things digital. In addition
to his counseling duties, Mr. Hale will lead a sophomore crew and
oversee our RTI and 504 programs.
- BS from University of Maine
Hardy will lead our Personal Fitness and Advance Health courses this
year – as well as teaching Health at Deering. Mr. Hardy was a
stand-out scholar-athlete and wide receiver at both Deering and the
University of Maine before turning his attention to teaching. Last
year, he taught in the Bangor School System.
Kierstead has been integral to the success of CBHS. Her competence
and integrity are impeccable. She once was a mainstay in the Jack
Elementary office, and previously worked for the Portland
Partnership. Most every year, Ms. Kierstead ascends Mt. Katadhin,
hosts a mammoth lobster bake and attends a Broadway show.
– BA from USM
Koharian joins us after teaching health at both Deering and Portland
High. A graduate of PHS, Ms. Koharian also earned an Advanced
Certificate in England in Human Osteology and Paleopathology. Known
for her energy, humor and caring, Ms. Koharian will be teaching
Wellness and leading a sophomore crew.
- BA from U of Washington; ETEP at USM
Leque was a pioneer in the “flipped” classroom at Westbrook High
School before joining CBHS last year. He has also served in the Navy
as a Flight Officer, an Operational Planner and currently as the
(part-time) Officer in Charge. Mr. Leque will again be on Team 9,
teaching Geometry and Probability.
- BS from UMass.; MS from USM
Loughlin has been teaching science in Portland Schools since 1991. In
2003, Ms. Loughlin earned recognition as one of the nation’s top
teachers by winning the prestigious Milken Award. Ms. Loughlin
created our Digital Fabrication lab and will be teaching Engineering
and AP Environmental Science.
– BS and BA from UMF
Lunetta worked at the Crotched Mountain School and interned with Mr.
Murray before joining our faculty full-time. Mr. Lunetta has led
several philosophy intensives and coached CBHS's ultimate frisbee
team, the Black Mambas. This year, Mr. Lunetta will work with Team 10
and lead a sophomore crew.
Lynch Nichols*, Spanish
from Marlboro; MA from Middlebury
Lynch Nichols has taught Spanish at the high school, middle school,
and elementary levels, beginning in the Boston Public Schools in
1998. A local expert in Comprehensible Input (CI) methods, she has
lived in Costa Rica and Spain. Her non-classroom passions include
ceramics, dance and painting.
- BA from UMass Amherst
McClure joined us in opening CBHS after a tenure working with special
education students at Portland High School. Each day she bring her
passion for working with teenagers and her expertise in areas ranging
from the law (she has a law degree) to gardening. Her daughter,
Annie, graduated from CBHS in 2012.
BA from Yale; Ed.M. from Harvard
Humanities (English) teacher Ms. McCray was involved in one of the
first Outward Bound high schools and was a former course instructor
in North Carolina. Ms. McCray is one of our founding faculty, and in
2013 she received the first ever Klingenstein Award for the nation's
outstanding teacher of EL Education.
from Boston College
Morales returns to CBHS to teach Humanities One (English) - and coach
Ultimate Frisbee - after a sabbatical in Nicaragua. His career
successful stints teaching English and Spanish at a start-up NYC high
school, a Boston charter middle school, and most recently, Deering.
- BA from Puget Sound; MS from USM
Murray came to CBHS after five years as a top special educator at
Poland Regional High School. His passions range from meditation to
bad jokes. A past colleague notes, “Kevin has a wonderful rapport
with students. He is an invaluable resource for teachers.” He will
be working primarily with Team 11 this year.
- BS from Ohio U; MA from Harvard and MIT
Natarajan was a math teacher and department head at Deering for 12
years before coming to CBHS. Prior to that, she was a founding
teacher at Boston Arts Academy. She has taught the full spectrum of
math courses and is ELL endorsed. Ms. Natarajan will be teaching
sophomores and USM Calculus this year.
spring 2015 survey of our faculty, 100% “strongly agreed” with
the statement: “I have a positive and productive relationship with
the teachers with whom I work most closely.” In Portland Public
Schools as a whole, this figure was 62%.
- BA from Cal State
Nichols returned to Maine after two years at Venice High School (CA).
Mr. Nichols worked in the New Media Academy and taught web design –
as well as math. Prior to teaching, Mr. Nichols was a computer
programmer, musician and filmmaker. Mr. Nichols will teach The Code,
Pre-Calculus and Calculus this year.
from UVM; MS from Husson; MAT from St. Michael’s
Perkins has extensive experience working with Portland’s non-native
English speaking population, and is a founding faculty member at CBHS
and a coach of our Model UN team. This year, Ms. Perkins will be
focusing on helping our ELL students be successful in STEM.
(email@example.com) - BA from Brown; Ed. M from Harvard
Pierce is the proud, founding principal of CBHS and was formerly the
principal at Poland Regional High School. He has taught English,
theater and American Studies in schools from Los Angeles to Gorham.
He has lived in Portland with his family since 1993. He remains, some
say tragically, a Mets fan.
– AS from Cape Cod Comm College
Pinard was recommended to CBHS by three former mayors of Portland who
each lauded her skills and professionalism in executing critical
office tasks. Ms. Pinard began her career in the financial office at
Smith College and returned to CBHS after a brief stint at East End
Ellen Randall, Ed
– BA from Coll. of New Rochelle
Randall came to Casco Bay with deep experience in both tutoring and
libraries. She is also well-versed in CBHS since her son is an alum.
After 14 years as a clerk in the Portland Public Library, Ms. Randall
began dedicating more time to working with learners in settings
ranging from elementary schools to prisons.
- BA from UMO; MA from Lesley
Richard has taught art to Portland students for over 20 years. Her
affinities range from watercolors to bookmaking. Ms. Richard's art
career includes a stint directing the Ram Island School of Dance and
another as a costumer for the Boston Ballet. Ms. Richard teaches all
freshmen as well as Advanced Studio Art.
from Yale; MA from Middlebury
Robinson will again teach Senior Humanities (English) this fall. Ms.
Robinson has had a distinguished career which includes teaching
English at Phillips Andover Academy, Deerfield, El Puente Academy for
Peace and Justice and Gorham High School. She is also co-founder of
the "Hive" writing camp for teens.
of Student Life
(firstname.lastname@example.org) - BS from Castleton; Ed. M from UMO
to being our first wellness teacher, Mr. Shibles was the athletic
director at Deering for a decade. Mr. Shibles has created our outdoor
education program, including annual winter camping and rafting
expeditions. This year, Mr. Shibles will transition to becoming our
full-time Director of Student Life.
BS from Boston U; MA from Boise State and Northwest Nazarene
trained engineer, Ms. Woidt joined us after a winning tenure teaching
math and science at Nampa High School in Idaho where she advised the
National Honor Society, assisted with the Robotics program and helped
lead professional development. Ms. Woidt will again be on the
sophomore team, teaching Physics.
- BA from Smith College; MS from Central CT State
Teller was nominated as “Teacher of the Year” in Connecticut.
She has taught chemistry for over fifteen years, most recently at two
start-up high schools. Ms. Teller's many roles at CBHS include
Graduation and STEM Endorsement Coordinator. She will be teaching a
new Chemistry of Mars course this year with USM.
- BA and MA from USM
Welch joined us after ten years at Deering, the last five as
department chair. She has taught the full gamut of English courses
and launched our “Poetry Out Loud” program. Ms. Welch has also
taught at Cheverus and South Portland. This fall, she will be looping
up with Mr. Croft and teaching Humanities Two.
PPS part-time staff include: Daniel Stokes
(technology support) and Jane
(speech and language).
part-time faculty and staff for 16-17