Apr 21 2011
2012-2013 Faculty and Staff Listing
Faculty Block 7 times are in a document at the bottom of this list.
Leslie Appelbaum, Humanities (English) and Lit. Coach (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Bowdoin; MA from Iowa
Ms. 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 leads our senior team and teaches AP English. She also oversees our library and supports staff in her role as literacy coach.
Beth Babcock, Social Worker and High School Completion Coordinator ( babcoe at portlandschools.org) – BA from Dartmouth, MSW from BC
Beth was a highly regarded Day Treatment Clinician at Sweetser before joining CBHS. Beth’s diverse social work experience includes stints with families and adolescents in both schools and residential facilities. Beth’s caring, wisdom and integrity have earned her great respect from both faculty and students.
Becky Bell*, Nurse (email@example.com) – BS and MSN from St. Joseph’s
Ms. Bell has served with distinction in numerous healthcare capacities, from school nurse to a teacher of nurses. A board certified holistic nurse, Becky’s interpersonal and clinical excellence includes expertise in stress management and nutrition. We especially value her warm disposition and collaborative approach.
David Burke, Math ( burked at portlandschools.org) – BA from St. Lawrence; MA from UVM
Mr. 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 boomerangs to sudoku. At CBHS, Mr. Burke is the originator of both the cardboard boat race and the Junior Journey.
Greg Bussiere*, Educational Technician (firstname.lastname@example.org) – SMCC
The former SMCC “student of the year,” Greg manages laptops at PHS and (1 day a week) at Casco Bay. Greg joined CBHS after a successful stint in Brunswick helping to run the public access channel and instructing students in video. Greg is pleased to be back in Portland where he lives and once worked for TV3.
Kathy Cole*, Partnership Developer (email@example.com) – Westbrook College
Ms. Cole is an experienced partnership developer with deep community connections. She also serves as Portland’s Service Learning Coordinator and the partnership developer at Riverton and East End. Kathy bolsters our volunteer corps and enriches the resources our students and staff can access during expeditions.
Stewart Croft, Humanities (Soc. Studies) ( crofts at portlandschools.org) – BS from Univ. of Arizona
Mr. Croft will once again teach sophomore and senior Humanities. Before teaching at Casco Bay, Mr. Croft taught at a school remarkably similar to us in Arizona, Tuscon’s City High School. Mr. Croft gravitated to teaching after a career as a professional musician. Mr. Croft and his family are new homeowners.
Stephanie Doane, Humanities (Soc. Studies) (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from VPI; MS from USM
Ms. Doane co-teaches Humanities 3 as well as leading AP US History. A former colleague lauds her “enthusiasm for teaching and learning” and her “boundless energy,” concluding, “She is an intelligent and talented person who strives to learn more everyday.” Ms. Doane’s passions span from the law to tennis.
Ben Donaldson, Science (email@example.com) – BA from Bates; MAT from Lewis and Clark
Mr. Donaldson worked in environmental science before teaching in Oregon. Previous to joining our science faculty, Mr. Donaldson taught at Thornton Academy’s start up middle school. Mr. Donaldson will again lead the freshmen teacher team this year, teaching biology. Mr. Donaldson is a talented carpenter and hoopster.
Stephanie Doyle, College & Career Transition Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BS from Ithaca and MA from Goddard
Ms. Doyle will assist our juniors and 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.
Mark Ford, ELL and Humanities (email@example.com) – BA from University of Utah; MA from St. John’s College
Mr. Ford started teaching in Texas before migrating to Maine. Prior to CBHS, Mr. Ford taught at Portland High. Mr. Ford will be focusing on juniors and seniors this year, teaching Senior Humanities and Reading Workshop. His expertise ranges from Foucault to web design.
Nancy Hagstrom, Spanish ( hagstn at portlandschools.org) – BA from Gettysburg and ETEP at USM
Ms. Hagstrom joined us with a stellar background in Spanish, outdoor adventure and progressive education. A former colleague from Scarborough HS asserts, “I have never met a more talented, dynamic, organized, well-respected and beloved teacher.” Ms. Hagstrom became a proud new mother this past summer.
Michael Hale, Dir. of College, Career, and Citizenship (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Neb. Wes.; MS from USM
Mr. Hale worked previously as the Gear Up Post-Secondary Advisor at King, and as a special education teacher at Lyman Moore. His myriad talents include team building, theater, video, and music. Michael’s experience running summer camps help in his role as the coordinator of our Crew and 504 programs.
Eric Hoover, ELL (email@example.com) – BA from Wesleyan, MS from USM
Mr. Hoover joins us from Lewiston High School where he was a lead ELL instructor. His previous experience includes a tenure as the service learning coordinator at Providence College. Mr. Hoover is fluent in Spanish and has worked and lived in both Peru and Ecuador. He will work with 9th and 10th graders this year.
Deb Kierstead, Administrative Assistant ( kiersd at portlandschools.org)
Ms. Kierstead has been invaluable in the successful launch of CBHS. Her competence and integrity are impeccable. She once was a mainstay in the Jack Elementary office, and more recently she worked for the Portland Partnership. Most every year, Ms. Kierstead ascends Mt. Katadhin and attends a Broadway show.
Anne Loughlin, Science ( lougha at portlandschools.org)- BS from UMass.; MS from USM
Ms. Loughlin has been teaching science in Portland Schools since 1991. Prior to CBHS, she was at King Middle School. In 2003, Ms. Loughlin earned recognition as one of the nation’s top teachers by winning the prestigious Milken Award. Ms. Loughlin is excited to once again be teaching physics this fall.
Bri Markoff, ELL Student Coach (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Vassar
Bri will be our AmeriCorps Member this year after just successfully completing an AmeriCorps tenure with Goodwill Industries where she recruited volunteers and taught computer classes to adults. Bri will be coaching a cohort of ELL students and overseeing our “After Ours” program.
Patricia McClure, Educational Technician ( mclurp at portlandschools.org)- BA from UMass Amherst
Ms. McClure joined us after a winning tenure working with special education students at Portland High School. She bring her passion for working with teenagers and expertise in areas ranging from the law (she has a law degree) to gardening. Pat’s daughter, Annie, graduated from CBHS last year and is off to college.
Susan McCray, Humanities (English) ( mccras at portlandschools.org)- BA from Yale; Ed.M. from Harvard
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 she was named to the “2008 Starting Nine” in the Maine Teacher Hall of Fame. Check out Ms. McCray’s curricular videos on www.edutopia.org.
Jacob McNally, Humanities (Soc. Stud.) (email@example.com) – BA from Carleton; MA from USM
Before coming to CBHS last year, Jake taught at Deering where he earned National Board Teacher Certification and served as the Cluster Coordinator. Jake has earned accolades from students and colleagues for his deep content knowledge and wry humor in courses from World Civilizations to AP Psychology.
Albert Morales, Spanish (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Boston College
Mr. Morales’s career includes successful stints teaching English and Spanish at a start-up NYC high school, a Boston charter middle school, and most recently, Deering. Mr. Morales will teach Humanities 2 this fall – as well as a section of Senior Humanities. His passions include jazz, poetry, basketball and ultimate frisbee.
Kevin Murray, Special Education(email@example.com) – BA from Puget Sound; MS from USM
Mr. Murray came to CBHS after five years as a top special educator at Poland Regional High School. His passions range from meditation to basketball, from technology to bad jokes. A past colleague notes, “Kevin has a wonderful rapport with students. He is an invaluable resource for teachers.”
Nathan Nichols, Math ( nichon at portlandschools.org) – BA from Cal State
Nate Nichols returned to Maine after two years at Venice High School in Los Angeles. Mr. Nichols worked in the school’s 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 again teach Math 3 and Calculus this year.
Bill Nusom, Special Education ( nusomb at portlandschools.org) – BA from Elmira College; MA from USM
Mr Nusom has been working for more than 30 years in special education. Within Portland Public Schools, Mr. Nusom started at West, but he also worked at Deering and Moore before joining the CBHS faculty. Mr. Nusom is passionate about helicopters.
Derek Pierce, Principal ( piercd at portlandschools.org) – BA from Brown; Ed. M from Harvard
Mr. 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.
Stephane Pejic*, French, ( pejics at portlandschools.org) – BA from the Sorbonne
A native of France, Mr. Pejic has lived and taught French in Maine for nearly a decade. When he is not teaching French, Mr. Pejic coaches tennis and provides private lessons.
Linda Pinard*, Registrar-Receptionist( pinarl at portlandschools.org) – AS from Cape Cod Comm College
Ms. 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 is excited to be back working in schools.
Peg Richard*, Art ( richape at portlandschools.org) – BA from UMO; MA from Lesley
Ms. Richard has taught art to Portland students for well over 15 years. Her affinities range from watercolors to bookmaking. Ms. Richard art career includes a stint directing the Ram Island School of Dance and another as a costumer for the Boston Ballet. Ms. Richard splits her time between CBHS and Portland High.
Scott Shibles, Director of Student Life/Wellness ( shibls at portlandschools.org) – BS from Castleton; Ed. M from UMO
Prior 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. Scott’s experience includes stints as a college coach, a whitewater guide, a ski instructor and a trainer.
Brooke Teller, Science (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Smith College; MS from Central CT State
Ms. Teller was nominated as “Teacher of the Year” by her colleagues in Connecticut. Ms. Teller has taught chemistry for over ten years, most recently at two start-up high schools. Her last principal lauds her by saying, “I have yet to meet other teachers who have Brooke’s vast repertoire of instructional techniques.”
Tom Tracy*, Math Ed. Tech
Mr. Tracy will be assisting in the launching of our math lab and math mentor programs this fall. A former math and science teacher at Bonney Eagle, Mr. Tracy is the founder and publisher of the publication for Maine teens called, “Navigating the Real World.”
Helen Weigel, Math (email@example.com) – BSME from UVM and ETEP at USM
Helen Weigel designed jet engines at GE and was a Lead Engineer at BIW before turning her focus to math teaching. Ms. Weigel’s last supervisor said, “the combination of her deep content knowledge and her desire to create an engaging mathematics classroom appear to be a perfect fit for your school.” We agree.
Susan Young, Humanities (English) (firstname.lastname@example.org) – BA from Harvard; MA from Notre Dame
Prior to coming to CBHS last year, Ms. Young was at Deering where she coordinated the Deering Coaching program. She taught previously at Hyde where she was department chair and eventually Director of Studies, At Hyde, she became enamored with an interdisciplinary, collaborative, expeditionary approach.
Other PPS part-time staff include: Marge Mehler (Special Education Team Leader) and Jane Mack (speech and language).
Alison Perkins (ELL) is on leave for the 2012-2013 school year.
*denotes part-time faculty and staff for 12-13
The document that follows lists staff’s Block 7 Schedules (2:15-3:30) for the 2012-2013 school year.