School Staff and E-Mail

Here is a “word cloud” that our parents created to encapsulate our wonderful faculty in May 2013.

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Here is a list of our 2018-19 faculty and their phone extensions and Block 7 (after-school tutoring) days:CBHS Staff 2018-19

List of Casco Bay High School Faculty Members 2018-19

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 2018-19 Casco Bay staff members have received state or national awards for excellence as educators.


Becky Bell*, Nurse ( – 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 and statewide leader, Becky's interpersonal and clinical excellence includes expertise in stress management and nutrition. Her hobbies range from singing to rowing.


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

Mr. Bernstein student taught at CBHS and will now be starting his fifth 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 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.


Maya Burns, English (  - BA from U. Michigan and M Ed from Hunter

Ms. Burns joins us this year to teach 10th Grade Humanities (English) with Mr. Croft.  For three years at Glenwood Springs (CO) High School, she taught English, history, crew and journalism. Prior to that, she taught for three years at the Brooklyn Expeditionary Learning School for Collaborative Studies.  


Stewart Croft, Humanities (Soc. Studies) ( -  BS from Univ. of Arizona

Mr. 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.


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 

A former intern with Ms. Teller, Ms. Crowley returned to CBHS to teach Biology after five years at Bath Middle School (another EL school) as a science teacher and curriculum leader. Ms. Crowley has led her students through expeditions on topics ranging from the green crab invasion to bio-ethics.


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 up until recently 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 freshmen 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 once again serve as our Transformational Learning Coordinator.  


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 returns to CBHS this fall after a year in Costa Rica with her family.


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 as well as serving as our Model UN advisor. Mr. Ford is passionate about philosophy and politics, as well as being a practicing artist and photographer.


Sarah Furman*, Social Worker ( - BA from Bates and MSW from BC

Ms. Furman has run her own private 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. Most recently, Sarah has been the school social worker at Mt. Ararat High School.  


Heather Giese, Special Education ( -BA from UNH; MA from UVM

Ms. Giese begins her fifth 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 10 and 11 this year and will lead a junior crew.


Mallory Haar, ELL ( - BA from Hollins; MA at USM

Ms. Haar launched our after-school ELL program and also served as an intern with Ms. McCray. Ms. Haar earned National Board certification in 2018 and is as skilled at teaching adults as students. Before relocating to Maine, Ms. Haar was a Creative Arts Specialist in St Paul Public Schools (MN).


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 nine 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.


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. Her past supervisor urged us to "stop your search and hire Ms. Hampton immediately." We were wise to listen.


Deb Kierstead, Administrative Assistant (

Last year Ms. Kierstead was named Maine’s school secretary of the year. She has been vital to Casco Bay’s success since our beginning. 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.


Jacque Kutvirt, Science ( - BA from Macalester and MA from USM 

Ms. Kutvirt will be our chemistry teacher this year after interning with Ms. Teller last year. Ms. Kutvirt is a Knowles Teaching Fellow, a national program of support for exceptional new teachers.  Ms. Kutvirt has previously taught at Baxter and run a service-learning program in Mexico for first-gen college students.  


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, Advanced Engineering and AP Environmental Science.


Silas Lunetta, Special Education School Liaison ( – 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 oversee our special education services and the Learning Lab.  


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*, English and ELL ( - BA from Ariz. State U and MA from USM

After stints at Deering and Moore, Ms. Manyiel will be teaching Poetry, Academic Language Two and “I Am from Many Worlds” in her first year at CBHS. Ms. Manyiel has lived in Sudan and Egypt and traveled to Mexico, Portugal, Togo, South Africa, and the Ivory Coast. She can speak both Arabic and Dinka.


Azadeh Mashhadi, Registrar/Receptionist ( - BS from Isfahan U; MS from Shiraz U

Ms. Mashhadi was pursuing a career in science in Iran before moving to the United States. She received recognition for her excellence in customer service at Fedcap Rehabilitation Services and is a certified Job Coach with experience in training and supporting others on issues ranging from stress management to technology.


Patricia McClure, Educational Technician ( - BA from UMass Amherst

Ms. McClure joined us in opening CBHS after a tenure working with special education students at Portland High School. Each day she brings 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.


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.


Albert Morales, English ( - BA from Boston College

After a sabbatical in Nicaragua several years ago, Mr. Morales returned to CBHS to teach Humanities One (English) - and coach Ultimate Frisbee. His career includes successful stints teaching English and Spanish at a start-up NYC high school, a Boston charter middle school, and more recently, Deering.  


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 Teams 9 & 12.


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. Last year, she was one of two state math teachers of the year. Ms. Natarajan will be teaching sophomores and USM Calculus and Statistics this year.


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%.


Nathan Nichols, Math ( - BA from Cal State

Nate 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.


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 Assistant ( – BA from Coll. of New Rochelle

Ms. 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. 


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 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 received her National Board Certification last year.


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 and rafting expeditions. In addition to serving as Director of Student Life, Mr. Shibles oversees our intensives program with Ms. Giese.


Brooke Teller, Science ( -  BA from Smith College; MS from Central CT State

Ms. Teller was the 2017 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year.  She has taught chemistry for over twenty years, eleven at CBHS. Her passions range from crafts to squash. Ms. Teller's will be on sabbatical for the 2018-19 school year supporting science education in Portland’s elementary schools.


Sarah Welch, English ( -  BA and MA from USM

Ms. 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. For the 2018-19 school year, Ms. Welch will be on leave.


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. Once she returns from maternity leave (November 20th), Ms. Woidt will again be on the sophomore team, teaching Physics.



Other PPS part-time staff include: Daniel Stokes (technology support), Shufang Liao (Chinese) and Maryanne O’Hare (speech and language).      

*denotes part-time faculty and staff at CBHS for 18-19