All of our instructors have in-depth teaching and/or administrative experience. Please feel free to contact them.
Stacey worked for Sweetser- Maine’s largest behavioral health organization for over 20 years. She began as a residential youth counselor, education technician, and special education teacher. She was encouraged to pursue administration and she continued her studies with educational leadership coursework while starting a family. For the past 8 years, she has been Director of Educational Services for The School at Sweetser in Saco, Maine. Born and raised in this state, she attended University of New England and University of Southern Maine for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Special Education. Stacey enjoys her family and friends and keeps busy with interests in biking, boating, volunteering and learning healthy cooking. She looks forward to occasional 5K races and has been known to seriously enjoy a dark roast cup of coffee. Stacey resides in Waterboro with her husband, son, dog and cat.
Faculty: Technology, Language Arts
Dorothy Small is the Skowhegan Area High School Technology Integrationist. Small has 22 years of teaching experience in MSAD54 as a Technology integration Specialist from 1996 to present. Before becoming an Integrationist Small taught second and third grades. Small is also responsible for many of MSAD #54’s web resources, including Academic Resources, Teacher Resources, and Guide sheets. Small has presented at workshops and conferences including PRISM, Maine Education Conference, Maine School Superintendents Association, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, SEED, and the National Teacher Training Institute. In 2004 Dorothy received The Maine Public Broadcasting Network NTTI Technology Teacher of the Year Award and was named an Innovative Educator by Tech4Learning.
Scott Bosworth teaches an exploratory class called Pathways at the Skowhegan Area Middle School. Pathways is a technology rich career prep course for middle school students. He has served as his schools MLTI Teacher Leader since MLTI began and is part of the SAMS Literacy Leadership team. In the spring of 2008 he finished his Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology at the University of Maine at Orono. His family also owns a dairy farm where they have a milking herd of over 300 cows.
Laura Richter received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine Orono and her Masters in Technology from Thomas College Waterville, Me. She is a former history teacher and current civil rights team leader, and technology Integrationist at the Skowhegan Area Middle School in Skowhegan, Maine where she has taught for 23 years. She has been actively involved in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative training both middle level and high school teachers across the state. In 2000 she received the Maine Public Broadcasting teacher of the year award and in June 2003 awarded the Apple Distinguished Educator Award. Laura is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and is currently involved in Apple Professional Development in Maine.
Faculty: Science, Methods of Teaching Health
Mandy Cyr received her undergraduate degree from the University of New England. She has since completed her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership. She has 13 years of teaching experience as a Biology Teacher at Biddeford High School. During this time, Mandy has served on the Leadership Team, chairperson of the instruction accreditation committee and the executive board of the teacher association. Mandy has coached Swimming and Diving as well as the Tennis Team. She is currently the Student Council Advisor at the high school. Mandy enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children
Faculty: Library Media, Children’s Literature, Chickadee Award
Carolyn Hall received her BA from Bates College and her MEd with emphasis in special education from the University of Vermont. She has 34 years experience in PreK-8 schools, as a classroom teacher, special educator, enrichment coordinator, and school librarian. After retiring from public schools, Carolyn ran a family literacy project in the Midcoast area. She also initiated the development of the Chickadee Award, Maine’s Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. She has eleven years of experience in teaching literacy-related professional development classes in Maine.
Melissa Dubovik teaches Mathematics at Thornton Academy. She has taught basic math up to Pre-Calculus. Over the past six years, she has completed her C.A.G.S. program through Saint Joseph’s College. Melissa enjoys learning and implementing change within her own classroom including flipping the classroom through technology. For the past six years, she has also been able to team up and co-teach a STEM program to freshmen. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, gardening, and going to the beach.
Faculty: Early Childhood Education
Jen has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Maine at Farmington. She also has public pre-k, k-3, special ed, technical education and building administrator certifications. She was a lead teacher/center director in local preschool programs for 11 years. She currently teaches Early Childhood Education at the Somerset Career and Technical Center and is also an adjunct instructor for the Kennebec Valley Community College. She is a professional member of Maine Roads to Quality and the Maine and National Associations for the Education of Young Children. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2020 Somerset County Teacher of the Year.
Faculty: Physical Education, Health 1 and 2
Evan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Physical Education and Health in 2003. He has been teaching Physical Education and Health Education for 10 years from grades pre-k-12. He currently teaches Physical Education and Health at Caribou High School. Evan Coaches Cross country, Track, and Nordic skiing on top of his teaching duties. Evan received his masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine in 2011. Evan enjoy’s spending time with his family; his wife and two young children as well as Mister the dog. He is an avid runner and enjoys Marathon running in his spare time.
Faculty: Elementary /Middle School Math
Lindsay Mahoney teaches 6-8 math and science at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine. MMS is part of RSU 18, which is a leading member of the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning. All of her classes are mixed grade level, proficiency based, and structured for learners to progress at their own pace. Lindsay has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s degree in Middle Level Education from The University of Maine. She is on the board of directors for the Maine Association of Middle Level Educators (MAMLE). She also holds a Guinness Book of World Records record for being part of the fastest human formation of the first 25 rows of Pascal’s triangle. Lindsay received the 2020 Kennebec County Teacher of the Year.
Natasha Brewer received her BS in Education as an English/Language Arts teacher from the University of Maine in Orono and her Masters with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Southern Maine. She also completed an additional 36 credit hours to become certified as a Library/Media Specialist. She has 21 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, gifted and talented coordinator/teacher, school librarian, summer academic enrichment camp director, and as an instructor for MEC. Natasha also serves as a founding member of the North Star YA Book Award Committee, Maine’s first young adult book award. She also coordinates the Aroostook Regional Gifted and Talented Battle of the Books. She resides in Aroostook County with her family, two active Border Collies, and two not-so-active cats. She loves reading, teaching, and taking trips with her family to Disney and Universal Studios in Florida.
Peter McCormack received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern Maine. He just completed a forty year career, most of it in Portland, as a special education team leader, day treatment program director, and elementary school administrator. He holds multiple certifications. As a building administrator and program director, he was deeply involved in his school and district budget processes. He also recognized early on the importance of operations departments (finance, transportation, maintenance, food service, etc.) in supporting students’ learning and a school’s success.
On a personal note, he is an avid runner, cyclist, hiker, and dog walker of his dear Stella! He is fortunate to live near his children, and enjoys time with his young granddaughter. His retirement was brief, as he missed the excitement of being in a school. These days, he is currently working in a support role for students in a specialized primary program in Falmouth.
Faculty: Special Education
Mike Hanson works for Mt Blue Regional School District as the district Special Services Coordinator Grades 7-Age 22. He oversees and supports the special education staff within that grade span, administering IEP meetings and reviewing paperwork for compliance. He previously worked at Mt Blue Middle School for six years as a looping 7th and 8th-grade special educator before moving up to Mt Blue High School where he taught 9th-12th grade. While at the high school he created a course called Transition Skills which focused on the transition from middle to high school for special education students and helping them fine-tune their executive functioning skills as well as about social-emotional learning. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2020 with a Master’s in Special Education Administration. Mike lives in Wilton with his wife Hannah, son William, two dogs, two cats, and a blind horse. When not teaching Mike enjoys times outdoors and time with family and friends. His wife Hannah and him also teach therapeutic horseback riding lessons with their blind horse.