School Staff and E-Mail

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Here is a list of our 2021-22 faculty and their phone extensions and Block 7 (after-school tutoring) days:

CBHS Staff 21-22

Ten CBHS staff members have received state or national awards for excellence as educators.

Leslie Appelbaum, Humanities (English) and Librarian ([email protected]) - BA from Bowdoin; MA from Iowa
Ms. Appelbaum is a founding member of CBHS. She has also taught at schools from Wayneflete to Adult Ed. Ms. Appelbaum teaches Exceeds Reading and AP English as well as an early studies course at USM. Ms. Appelbaum is also the advisor for our literary magazine. She is Nationally Board Certified.


Ten CBHS staff members have received state or national awards for excellence as educators.


Becky Bell*, Nurse ([email protected]) – BS and MSN from St. Joseph's
Nurse Bell’s expertise and leadership have been crucial in helping CBHS safely navigate the pandemic. We are so grateful for her service, devotion and caring. Nurse Bell holds a National Certification in School Nursing and her hobbies include singing, swimming, biking and rowing.

Matt Bernstein, Humanities (Social Studies) ([email protected]) - BA from Bowdoin
Mr. Bernstein student taught at CBHS and will now be starting his eighth year with us, again 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.

David Burke, Math ([email protected]) - BA from St. Lawrence; MA from UVM
Mr. Burke was inducted into the Sea Dogs' Maine Teachers' Hall of Fame in 2009. 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.

Stewart Croft, Humanities (Soc. Studies) ([email protected]) -  BS from Univ. of Arizona
Mr. Croft will teach the social studies component of Humanities Two though he is certified to teach English as well. Before teaching at Casco Bay, Mr. Croft taught at a school remarkably similar to CBHS in Arizona, Tucson’s City High School. Mr. Croft gravitated to teaching after a career as a professional musician.

It's the most amazing school. The support my children have gotten with scholastics and personal attention is profound. I always highly recommend CBHS to people and always will. I wish I had all the opportunities when I was in high school that Casco Bay provides for their students. And the teachers are top notch educators and truly care about their students.

~ CBHS Parent, Spring 2017 District Survey

Jennifer Crowley, Science ([email protected]) - BS from UNE; MST from USM
Ms. Crowley begins her seventh year of teaching Biology at CBHS after starting her career here as an intern. In between, Ms. Crowley was a science teacher and curriculum leader at Bath Middle School (another EL school). Ms. Crowley advises our Outing Club and co-created the “Questions of Conscience” expedition. 

Stephanie Doane, Humanities (Soc. Studies) ([email protected]) - BA from VPI; MS from USM
Ms. Doane’s passion for history is boundless! She returned to CBHS after a sabbatical doing curriculum development for a national company. Ms. Doane formerly taught at Deering where she also was the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Coach. She will teach Senior Humanities and AP US History this fall.

Suzanne Dodson, ELL ([email protected]) - BA from Colby; MA from NYU
Ms. Dodson taught in Ithaca, Old Orchard Beach and at Deering before joining CBHS. At DHS, she was the ELL department chair. At CBHS, Ms. Dodson has helped to advise both the One Act Play and the service club. This year, Ms. Dodson will teach Academic English One and Two and lead a sophomore crew.

Kyara Dorvee, French ([email protected]) - BA from Berkeley (CA)
Ms. 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 strives to do the same for her French students. This fall, Ms. Dorvee will be teaching full-time as well as serving as an 11th grade crew advisor and our Title IX Liaison.  

Stephanie Doyle, College & Career Transition Coordinator ([email protected]) – BS from Ithaca; MA from Goddard
Ms. 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 returned to CBHS in the fall of 2018 after a year in Costa Rica with her family.

In 2019, 96% of CBHS faculty agreed “Teachers at my school share a common vision of what effective teaching looks like.” The national average on this question was 69%.

Mark Ford, Humanities (Soc. Studies) and Art ([email protected]) – BA from U. of Utah; MA from St. John's College
r. Ford has taught in Taiwan, Texas and at Portland High. He will be teaching Humanities Three and Advanced Art this year as well as serving as yearbook and Model UN advisor. Mr. Ford is a practicing artist and photographer who is also passionate about philosophy and politics.

Sarah Furman*, Social Worker ([email protected]) - BA from Bates and MSW from BC
Ms. Furman has run her own psychotherapy practice for adolescents, adults and families for over a decade as well as having eight years practicing in school settings, from day treatment settings to high school. Before coming to CBHS in 2018, Sarah was the school social worker at Mt. Ararat High School. 

Mallory Haar, ELL ([email protected]) - BA from Hollins; MA at USM
Ms. Haar launched our after-school ELL program before re-joining our staff as an ELL teacher. Ms. Haar has earned National Board certification and served in Colombia on a Fulbright fellowship. Ms. Haar was won both the O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award and Bowdoin’s “Education for the Common Good” prize.

Michael Hale, Guidance Counselor ([email protected]) - BA from Neb. Wes.; MS from USM
Mr. Hale is one of seven 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 senior crew and oversee our RTI and 504 programs.

Leyla Hashi, Make it Happen Coordinator ([email protected]) - SMCC & BA from USM
The buoyant Ms. Hashi is an alumna of Deering’s Make it Happen Program and was chosen to be the commencement speaker at her college graduation. Ms. Hashi works in communications for Maine Youth Justice and created a podcast about refugees for WMPG. She is fluent in Somali.

In 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%.

Elizabeth Hampton*High School Completion Coordinator ([email protected]) – BA from Christopher Newport University; MA from Radford University
Ms. Hampton relocated to Maine after eleven years as a counselor in Virginia. Elizabeth was also on the clinical faculty at William and Mary as a supervisor of aspiring counselors. Ms. Hampton oversees our Student Support Team, and this year will again act as our Transformational Learning Coordinator.

Elizabeth Koharian, Wellness ([email protected]) – BA from USM
Ms. Koharian joined 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.

Hermance Kouame, Data Specialist & Receptionist ([email protected]) - BA from Cote D’Ivoire
Ms. Kouame was the administrative assistant to a CEO and worked in HR for several years before emigrating from Cote D’Ivoire to the US in 2017. Hermance joins CBHS after a stint with Cheverus Food Services where her supervisor described her as "my absolute best" employee. Hermance is fluent in French and English.

Jacque Kutvirt, Science ([email protected]) - BA from Macalester and MA from USM 
Ms. Kutvirt will return as our chemistry teacher and green team advisor. She first worked at CBHS as an intern in 2017. Ms. Kutvirt is a Knowles Teaching Fellow, a national program of support for exceptional young teachers.  She previously ran a service-learning program in Mexico for first-gen college students. 

Will Leque, Math ([email protected]) - BA from U of Washington; MA at USM
Mr. Leque begins his sixteenth year of teaching. After six years on Team 9, Mr. Leque will be moving on up to Team 10 this year teaching Algebra and Precalculus.  He is also an officer in the U.S. Navy with over 26 years of service holding a variety of leadership positions supporting operations worldwide.

Anne Loughlin, Science ([email protected]) - BS from UMass.; MS from USM
Ms. Loughlin has been teaching science in Portland Schools since 1991. 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, STEM Investigations and AP Environmental Science.

Rebecca Lynch Nichols, Spanish ([email protected]) - BA from Marlboro; MA from Middlebury
Ms. 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) methodology, she has lived in Costa Rica and Spain. Her non-classroom passions include ceramics, dance and travel.

Sarai Manyiel, Humanities (English) ([email protected]) - BA from AZ St. U; MA from USM
After stints at Deering and Moore, Ms. Manyiel is in her fourth year at CBHS and will be teaching Humanities Two (English) and leading a sophomore crew. Ms. Manyiel has lived in Sudan and Egypt and traveled to Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, and the Ivory Coast. She advises our Black Student Union.

Susan McCray, Humanities (English) ([email protected]) - BA from Yale; Ed.M. from Harvard
Junior 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.

Jake McNally, Math ([email protected]) -  BA from Carleton; MA from USM
Mr. McNally rejoined CBHS after three years as a Software Engineering Team Lead at Tyler Technologies. Previously, Mr. McNally was a revered social studies teacher at CBHS and Deering. Mr. McNally is proficient in numerous programming languages, and will be teaching AP Calculus and two coding courses.

 Liz Meahl, Administrative Assistant ([email protected]) - BA from Trinity
Ms. Meahl has been the lead administrative assistant at King where she's worked since 2017. Liz also worked at Longfellow for 20 years in roles including classroom teacher, ed tech, technology coordinator and community coordinator. We welcome Liz's prodigious interpersonal and problem-solving gifts.

Albert Morales, English ([email protected]) - BA from Boston College
Mr. Morales will once again teach Humanities One (English. His career includes successful stints teaching at a start-up NYC high school, a Boston middle school, and Deering. Mr. Morales helped found our Justice Action Initiative (with Ms. McCray) and co-created an acclaimed course on race for PPS teachers.

Kevin Murray, Special Education ([email protected]) - 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 fitness and student leadership development to meditation, kale and bad jokes. This year, Mr. Murray will be working primarily with Team 11.

Eugenie Mukankwiro, Educational Technician ( – MA from E. Mich U
Ms. Mukankwiro has ten years of teaching experience in Rwanda (primarily in English and French) and earned her master's while on a Fulbright. She speaks Kinyarwanda, English, French and Kiswahili. Ms. Mukankwiro will be working primarily with the 9th and 10th grade students with IEPs.

Gashim Nyapir, Educational Technician ([email protected]) - SMCC
Mr. Nyapir is an alumnus of CBHS and renowned for his positivity and sage advice. Mr. Nyapir is an expert rock climber and mentors aspiring teen climbers in the summers. Mr. Nyapir will be working primarily with 11th and 12th grade special education students. has published its 2019 list of the Top 50 Blended Learning High Schools and has recognized CBHS as one of the best blended learning high schools in the country (#17). 

Annemarie Orth* – Spanish ([email protected]) – BA from Tufts; Ed. M from Harvard
Ms. Orth came to Casco Bay after thirteen wonderful years at King. Ms. Orth’s vast expertise includes leading (traveling) learning expeditions, directing Outward Bound courses, technical rock-climbing and singing. When she’s not teaching at Casco Bay, Annemarie will be coaching district language teachers.

Derek Pierce, Principal ([email protected]) - 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.

Mary Ellen Randall, Ed Tech/Media Asst. ([email protected]) – BA from Coll. of New Rochelle
Ms. Randall came to CBHS with deep experience in both tutoring and libraries. After 14 years as a clerk in the Portland Public Library, Ms. Randall began dedicating more time to working with learners in settings from elementary schools to prisons. Ms. Randall has a particular affinity and aptitude for teaching literacy.

Kelly Regan, Special Education ([email protected]) - BA and MS from USM
Ms. Regan joined us after a time at Auburn MS where she taught literacy and math in addition to being a case manager. Prior to that, Ms. Regan was a beloved special ed tech at Greely Middle School. Ms. Regan's interests include photography, the environment and gardening. She will be a part of Team 12 this year.

“Just about every time I talk about Violet's college experience, I first have to explain the solid, kind, clear-headed, just and empowering foundation she built at CBHS. She has stepped up because her feet were firmly planted on solid ground with many champions around her to assure and boost her.”  ~ Four Hewes, Alumni Parent


CC Robinson*, Humanities (English) ([email protected]) - BA from Yale; MA from Middlebury
Ms. Robinson will again teach Senior Humanities (English). Ms. Robinson has had a distinguished career teaching English at schools from Phillips Andover Academy to El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. She holds National Board Certification and was inducted into the Sea Dogs’ Teacher Hall of Fame.

Allison Sample, Math ([email protected]) - BS from Susquehanna and MS from USM

Ms. Sample joins our math faculty and Team 9 after teaching (and designing) a myriad of math and science courses at Baxter Academy. Her roles at Baxter ranged from DEI team member to Science Olympiad advisor. In college her passions, in addition to math and science, included film, computer science and lacrosse.  


Scott Shibles, Director of Student Life ([email protected]) - BS from Castleton; Ed.M from U. Maine
Prior to being our first wellness teacher, Mr. Shibles was the long-time athletic director at Deering. Mr. Shibles has created our outdoor education program, including annual winter camping expeditions. In addition to serving as Director of Student Life, Mr. Shibles oversees our intensives and school visitor programs.


Alexandra Taraschi, Art ([email protected]) -  BA from U. of Phil and MAT from U. of the Arts
Ms. Taraschi has been teaching in a large Philadelphia high school for the last seven years, leading courses from Introductory Art to AP Art. She co-organized the school Art Festival and was a member of her school's Equity team. As an undergrad, she studied art at Pratt and in Milan. She joins CBHS Team 9 this fall.

My Hanh Thai, Chinese ([email protected]) - SMCC & BA from U. of Social Science and Humanity
Ms. Thai has two BA's, one in Japanese and one in Chinese which she earned in her native Vietnam. She also has a degree in hospitality from SMCC. Ms. Thai taught Chinese for 3 years in Vietnam to both kids and adults before coming to the US. She will be teaching at both CBHS and Deering this year.

Amanda Vickerson, Special Education ([email protected]) - BA from Colby and MS from USM
Ms. Vickerson joins Team 9 from South Portland High School. She previously taught special education at both Baxter and Greely Middle School. One former colleague notes, "We want to work with [Amanda] every day, not just because she challenges us to be better, but because she makes doing the hard work more fun.”

Stacey Woidt, Science (woidt[email protected]) - BS from Boston U; MA from Boise State and Northwest Nazarene
A trained engineer, Ms. Woidt arrived at CBHS after an acclaimed tenure teaching math and science at Nampa High School in Idaho where she advised NHS and assisted with the Robotics program. Ms. Woidt will again be on the sophomore team, teaching Physics, as well as serving as a professional learning coach for colleagues.

Ian Zickler, Special Education ( -  BA from Conn College; MA from U of AZ
Mr. Zickler will be working with Team 10 and running a sophomore crew. Mr. Zickler taught special education at Arlington HS after 2 years of K-8 stints in Arizona. For many years, Mr. Zickler has been an accomplished musician and guitar instructor. He founded our jam band last year.


Other CBHS staff include: John Cain* (technology support) Amelia DeMasi* (speech and language), Ashley Esmiller* (occupational therapist), Dillon Kelly (building aide), Priya Natarajan* (math coach), Machar Nguany (dedicated substitute teacher), Camilla Walker* (school psychologist) and Lily Withington (dedicated substitute teacher). Additionally, we will have two long-term substitute teachers this fall and winter for teachers on maternity leave Katie Flavin (for Ms. Crowley) and Bridget Hoke (for Ms. Haar).     


*denotes part-time faculty and staff at CBHS for 21-22

In 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%.