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Here is a list of our 2019-20 faculty and their phone extensions and Block 7 (after-school tutoring) days: CBHS Staff 19-20

List of Casco Bay High School Faculty Members 2019-20

Leslie Appelbaum
, Humanities (English) and Literacy Coach ( - BA from Bowdoin; MA from Iowa

Ms. Appelbaum has taught in schools from Wayneflete to Portland Adult Ed. Ms. Appelbaum teaches 9th and 10th Exceeds Reading, AP English and "I am from Many Worlds". She also oversees the CBHS library. In 2018, she received her National Board certification and won the Golden Apple Award.


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


Becky Bell*, Nurse ( – BS and MSN from St. Joseph's

Becky’s interpersonal and clinical excellence includes expertise in stress management, nutrition and tobacco cessation. She holds a National Certification in School Nursing and her hobbies include singing, swimming, biking and rowing.


Matt Bernstein, Humanities (Social Studies) ( - BA from Bowdoin

Mr. Bernstein student taught at CBHS and will now be starting his sixth 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 ( - 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) ( -  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 ( - BS from UNE; MST from USM

Ms. Crowley begins her fifth 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. 


Sandra Davis*, Office Secretary (

Mrs. 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. 


Stephanie Doane, Humanities (Soc. Studies) ( - 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 ( - 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 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 sophomore crew.


Kyara Dorvee*, French ( - 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 also serve again as a senior crew advisor.  


Stephanie Doyle, College & Career Transition Coordinator ( – 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) ( – BA from U. of Utah; MA from St. John's College

Originally from Bangor, Mr. Ford has taught in Taiwan, Texas and at Portland High. He will be teaching Humanities Three this year and has previously served 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 ( - BA from Bates and MSW from BC

Ms. Furman has run her own psychotherapy practice for adolescents, adults and families for over the last 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 ( - 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.


I am so glad I visited Casco By High School. I 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


Michael Hale, Guidance Counselor ( - BA from Neb. Wes.; MS from USM

Mr. Hale is one of eight 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.


Sahra Hassan, Make it Happen Coordinator ( - BA from UNE

We are ecstatic to be welcoming back CBHS alum, Sahra Hassan. Sahra was a Dean’s List student at UNE where she was also a tour guide and co-founder of the Muslim Student Association. Her work experience includes serving as a counselor at Seeds of Peace and an internship at a women’s center in Tangiers. 


Elizabeth Hampton*High School Completion Coordinator ( – 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 also act as our Transformational Learning Coordinator.


Deb Kierstead, Administrative Assistant (

Ms. Kierstead was named Maine’s school secretary of the year. She has been vital to Casco Bay’s success since our opening day. Ms. Kierstead has worked in both Portland and South Portland schools. Most years, Ms. Kierstead ascends Mt. Katadhin, hosts a mammoth lobster bake and attends a Broadway show.


Elizabeth Koharian, Wellness ( – 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.


Jack Koni, Educational Technician ( - BS from Applied Tech Inst. (Congo)

Mr. Koni recently completed a stint as an Ed Tech at Baxter School where he specialized in supporting students in math. Mr. Koni helped manage a school and teach technology in his native Congo, and he has over 15 years of experience in IT and telecommunications. Mr. Koni is fluent in French.


Jacque Kutvirt, Science ( - 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. 


Gloria Leberman*, Registrar/Receptionist (

Ms. Leberman worked previously as the (indispensable) manager of several law firms. Ms. Leberman has also been very active in schools both as a volunteer PTO leader and an administrative assistant. Her volunteer contributions span from supporting cancer patients to serving as her church treasurer.


Will Leque, Math ( - BA from U of Washington; MA at USM

Mr.  Leque was a pioneer in the “flipped” classroom at Westbrook High School before joining CBHS several years ago. 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.


Anne Loughlin, Science ( - 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.


Silas Lunetta, Special Education ( – BS and BA from UMF

Mr. 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 coaches CBHS's ultimate frisbee team, the Black Mambas. This year, Mr. Lunetta will again oversee our special education team.  


Rebecca Lynch Nichols, Spanish ( - 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) ( - BA from AZ St. U and MA from USM

After stints at Deering and Moore, Ms. Manyiel is in her second 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 can speak both Arabic and Dinka.


Susan McCray, Humanities (English) ( - 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 ( -  BA from Carleton; MA from USM

Mr. McNally rejoins 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 has experience with Python, C# and JavaScript languages, and will be teaching Calculus and The Code.


Albert Morales, English ( - BA from Boston College

Mr. Morales will once again teach Humanities One (English) and have a 9th grade crew. His career includes successful stints teaching English and Spanish at a start-up NYC high school, a Boston middle school, and Deering. For several years, Mr. Morales has co-taught an acclaimed course on race in the US for PPS teachers.


Kevin Murray, Special Education ( - 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 and bad jokes. This year, Mr. Murray will be working primarily with Team 9.


Priya Natarajan, Math ( - BS from Ohio U; MA from Harvard and MIT

Ms. 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. In 2017, she was one of two state math teachers of the year. Ms. Natarajan will be teaching sophomore math as well as USM Calculus and Statistics this year. 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 ( – 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 ( - 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. ( – 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 spent this past summer working with teachers in China.


Kelly Regan, Special Education ( - BA and MS from USM

Ms. Regan joins 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 10 this year.


Peg Richard, Art ( - BA from UMO; MA from Lesley

Ms. Richard is the founder of the CBHS visual arts program. 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.


“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) ( - 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 last June.


Scott Shibles, Director of Student Life ( - BS from Castleton; Ed. M from UMO

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.


Stacey Woidt, Science ( - BS from Boston U; MA from Boise State and Northwest Nazarene

A trained engineer, Ms. Woidt joined us 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 12 and running a senior crew. Mr. Zickler has been teaching special education most recently 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. 


Other PPS part-time staff include: Daniel Stokes (technology support), Shufang Liao (Chinese) and Amelia DeMasi (speech and language).       *denotes part-time faculty and staff at CBHS for 19-20