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Arts Alliance of Northern NH

July 11, 2018

Summer workshops

The workshops listed below are offered by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, in partnership with VSA NH, the NH Arts Learning Network, the NH Department of Education and the NH State Council on the Arts, under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center. We are also pleased to be collaborating with schools and cultural and educational institutions all around the state.The workshops are all based on principles of Universal Design for Learning and are suitable for classroom, arts and SPED teachers; para-educators; administrators, including curriculum coordinators; after-school and out-of-school providers; media specialists; and all those interested in inclusive education.  Parents are also welcome to register.

The workshops are designed to address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities and other learning challenges. They are all hands-on and interactive, offering cross-curricular ideas that can immediately be put to use by participating educators. Instructors are recognized experts in their fields (see bios on pages 6-7).

Workshops are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted. When registering, please be sure to provide your summer email address and phone number so that we can contact you in case of any changes.

Professional development credits are offered. We keep workshop fees as low as we can, and partial scholarships are available as needed (in most cases we invite you to bring your own lunch and snacks). No one who is interested in a workshop will be turned away; please contact us if the fee is a hardship.

Please CLICK HERE for detailed registration information for each of the offerings listed below. For additional information, call 603-323-7302 or email


Arts Integration & Personalized Learning:

2 Workshops with Lisa Condino (attend one or both)
Audience: General and special education teachers, arts educators, paraprofessionals

Using the Creative Process to Engage All Learners
Tuesday, July 31, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord. Register here.
Wednesday, August 1, Littleton High School. Register here.

In this workshop, participants will examine how using the creative process can engage all learners in k-12 classrooms.  What is the creative process? How do we make space in our curriculum for students to use the creative process to synthesize, process and personalize their learning? We’ll discuss what students of all abilities need to support their creativity and innovative capacity. Lisa will introduce ways to make multiple modalities – visual art, movement, video and music –available to support personalized learning, creative expression and demonstration of knowledge. No previous arts experience necessary.

Making Your Classroom a Creative Studio
Thursday, August 2, Littleton High School. Register here.

All of us become more innovative in our thinking and also retain knowledge better when given the opportunity to reflect on our learning through art. Participants in this workshop will learn how to “flip” their classroom into a creative studio that is inclusive to all learners. We’ll answer questions like: What type of basic materials kit do I need for painting, sculpture, drawing, creative movement or drama? What adaptations can I make to my classroom that will turn it into a gallery space? How do I do this with little or no budget? Even if the arts are not your comfort zone, you can learn how to provide your students the opportunity to explore personal creative capacity.

3 Workshops with Rhoda Bernard

The Arts & Universal Design for Learning:
Strategies that Work Across the Curriculum

Monday, August 13, Monarch School of New England, Rochester. Register here

Audience: All educators, teaching artists, paraprofessionals, administrators & parents

Universal Design for Learning offers a powerful framework for providing meaningful access to the curriculum and to teaching/learning experiences for all students. The arts are particularly compatible with Universal Design for Learning because, by their very nature, they provide and engage multiple forms of thinking, learning, expression, and understanding. This session will provide attendees with strategies and frameworks in the arts that can facilitate the use of Universal Design and personalized learning across the curriculum.

Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum:
Strategies & Best Practices

Monday, August 20, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.,  Crotched Mountain School, Greenfield
Register here.

Audience: music educators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, parents & administrators

Making and listening to music is known to be powerful for individuals with autism. In this workshop, participants will learn how to best reach students on the autism spectrum in music classes, classrooms and at home. The session will feature information on autism spectrum disorders and specific strategies for teaching music to students with autism in one-on-one, group, and integrated sessions. The session will also provide participants with tools and resources to address personalized learning and competency-based learning in integrated settings that include students with and without disabilities.

Teaching the Arts to Students with Special Needs: Strategies & Best Practices

Tuesday, August 21, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester. Register here.

Audience: Arts educators

Most arts educators see all of the students in a particular school and/or district. Students with special needs often excel in the arts and find those subjects to be areas of strength and great joy. In this workshop, arts educators in all disciplines will learn how to best reach students with special needs. The session will include information on the range of disabilities and disorders, as well as specific strategies for teaching the arts to students with special needs in one-on-one, group, and integrated sessions. The session will provide educators with tools and resources to address personalized learning and competency-based learning in integrated settings that include students with and without disabilities. Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction strategies and frameworks will be employed throughout the session.


Arts Education: Learning & Sharing session

Marcia McCaffrey, NH Dept. of Ed, Arts Consultant

Thursday, August 16, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester

Proceeds support NH Arts Learning Network.
Register here.

Is your curriculum relevant? Do you know how to connect what you do to current issues in education? Do you wonder how your colleagues are addressing new or re-treaded trends? Join NH Department of Education Arts Consultant Marcia McCaffrey for a full-day review of and peer discussions about overarching state initiatives, arts-specific national initiatives, and other topics driven by attendees’ wonderings. Topics will include personalized learning, competency based education, competency-based reporting systems, Universal Design for Learning, and well-rounded education in ESSA (Title IV-A). Participants are invited to bring questions and ideas to share. The goal of this day is to clarify what these buzz words mean and learn from others about approaches, success, and challenges related to topics discussed.

Reflections from Nature:
Creating art with natural materials to inspire oral and written expression

Deborah Stuart & Will Cabell
For K-6 classroom & art teachers; after-school, out-of-school and community program staff; homeschool parents; and K-12 educators in specialized settings
Tuesday, July 24, North Country Education Services, Gorham. Register here.
Wednesday, July 25,  Pease Public Library, Plymouth. Register here.

Friday, August 10, The Longview School, Deerfield. Register here.

This workshop will bring together art, writing and ecology, offering teachers creative and engaging ways to help students relate to the natural word, to observe and express their experiences through handmade nature journals, and to create unique constructions (inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy) using natural materials.  Linked to the principles of UDL, it will include focus on students with unique learning needs as well as typical learners. This workshop is useful for classroom and art teachers of K-6, as well as older students in specialized settings. It as also a great project for out-of-school, home school and community program staff.

The Art of Writing for All Students:  
Turning words, sentences & stories into unique, student-created books  
Deborah Stuart
Wednesday, August 15, RSEC Academy, Amherst. Register here.
Thursday, August 23, Currier Museum, Manchester. Register here.
Friday, August 24, Conway Public Library, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register here.

This workshop introduces multiple ways to motivate young writers at any academic level with appealing exercises in writing, journaling and imaginative expression. Attention will be paid to differentiating and adapting lessons to include students with learning differences and disabilities. We’ll explore the creation of unique books, using this visual art form to motivate students. A wide variety of art techniques and inexpensive, easily assembled materials will be introduced and demonstrated. All activities can be linked to the Common Core and to language arts learning goals.

Songs & Singing Games, preK-Grade 3

Deborah Stuart
Friday, August 17, Littleton High School, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register here.

An exploration of the rich repertoire of early-childhood music, rhymes, counting-out chants, finger plays and traditional circle and playground games. Participants will learn by doing and will take back to their children lots of new ways to introduce rhythm and music into activities. The links between music and language, self-expression and literacy skills will be explored; singing games are an effective tool for social learning and offer children ways to use these traditional rhymes and games on their own, at school and at home, with their friends and families. The workshop will also introduce ways to make simple rhythm instruments that can be used in a variety of creative activities.

Workshops with Deborah Stuart noted above are available for in-service programs — contact us to arrange. These workshops are also available:

Successful Inclusion in the Art Classroom

This workshop will address the many challenges which present themselves when designing art classes which include children and young people with special learning needs or disabilities.  The emphasis will be on practical strategies and ways to problem-solve situations where there are barriers to successful participation by students. ­This workshop will be very hands-on, using art activities, tools and processes useful in both elementary and secondary school art classes.  In the many activities we do, we will always be looking at adaptive strategies that make the art experience accessible for all, including for students with developmental, neurological and behavioral involvements.

Arts Learning for Paraprofessionals

This workshop is designed for paraprofessionals and one-on-one aides working with students with special learning needs and with identified disabilities. Music and art classes are often the ones into which students are first integrated; both these areas can be effectively used to promote learning for students with different learning styles and those who do not succeed in core academic areas.  We will look at best practices for making “specials” work well for all students, at adaptive strategies and tools, at how to work with the art and music teachers to help them offer a wide array of ways that students can participate and learn so that all may feel successful and grow in skills and enjoyment.

Engaging Young Children through Music & Movement (& connecting music and books)

For teachers, program directors, special educators, families and caregivers of young children preK-grade 2.


Rhoda Bernard is the managing director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. Bernard also oversees the Master of Music in music education (autism concentration) and Graduate Certificate in music education and autism programs at Berklee. She holds a Bachelor of Music with academic honors from New England Conservatory and earned her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bernard regularly presents research at conferences throughout the United States and abroad, and provides professional development workshops for educators in local, national, and international forums. Her work has been published in several book chapters and in numerous journals, including Music Educators Journal; Music Education Research; and Arts and Learning Research Journal. Bernard has been honored with the Berklee Urban Service Award and the Boston Conservatory Community Service and Faculty/Staff Spirit Award.

Lisa M. Condino, is a visual artist and a longtime teaching artist for VSA Vermont. She is a juried and selected graduate of Arts Connect, a program that concentrates on merging UDL with arts integration, and for the past five years has served as Artist-in-residence at the Howard Center, Baird School, a therapeutic school for highly reactive and reluctant learners. She is also a longtime mentor in the TA & Mentoring Program of VSA VT and a fellow of the national Community Engagement Lab. Providing a safe environment for creative expression, social & emotional learning, active engagement, and the inclusion of ALL students are at the root of her teaching

Will Cabell is an educator, musician, theater artist and puppeteer who has served as a trainer for the AANNH/VSA partnership since its inception. He has an MA in Integrated Arts and served as the art and music program director for The Monarch School of New England.

Sharon Malley has a Doctorate of Education in therapeutic recreation, special education and psychology, with teaching licenses in K-12 art education and special education. She has served as special education specialist for the Kennedy Center, led the special education team contributing to the development of the National Core Arts Standards and has coordinated and provided leadership for national forums and conferences dedicated to advancing knowledge of the intersection of arts and special education. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education: Policy, Research & Practices (Taylor & Francis).

Marcia McCaffrey has served as Arts Consultant for the NH Department of Education for 19 years, working with partners and stakeholders to guide the implementation of quality arts education for the state’s education sector. Past president of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), she represented SEADAE on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Leadership Team, facilitating team meetings during the three years of standards development. She has served as a dance grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; as a member of the National Dance Education Organization’s Advisory Board, focusing on curriculum, standards, and assessment; and has presented nationally and internationally on research in arts assessment. She holds a Master of Arts from Columbia University, and B.S. degrees in elementary education and physical education from Iowa State University.

Deborah Stuart has been involved in arts and education for over 40 years, working around the country and around the world with children, artists and teachers.  She has done extensive UDL-focused training for educators around the globe, and was a core faculty member for the VSA Arts Institute: Professional Development in Art, Education and Disability, Deborah served as an editor for  “Start with the Arts,” wrote the companion parent book and designed and edited a series of books for teachers and youth workers supporting creative writing in inclusive settings. She is the 2014 recipient of the national VSA Ginny Miller Award for Mentorship.


Happening at the Legislature

June 26, 2018

Proficiency-Based Diploma

Last week the Maine Legislature reconvened and worked on LD 1666: “An Act To Ensure the Successful Implementation of Proficiency-based Diplomas by Extending the Timeline for Phasing in Their Implementation”.  As a result the Maine State Senate voted in favor of the House’s amendment. Next step: the Governor, for support or veto. If the amendment is signed, school districts would have a choice to offer a proficiency-based diploma or return to the credit-based diploma.

To learn more please CLICK HERE.


Art and Yoga

June 24, 2018

Sweet Tree Arts – Hope

Interested in art and yoga? If so, Sweet Tree Arts Center in Hope is offering a class Art and Yoga Summer Adventure with Nina Devenney for children ages 6-12, July and August. For more info or to register CLICK HERE.


Traveling for Learning

June 22, 2018

Enhancing learning and teaching

Sydney Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, went to the capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last year and provided workshops on theater education, interdisciplinary learning, and student-centered learning. Students, teachers, and members of the general public came to the workshops. She keeps a personal blog and shared her experiences. Instead of being the “expert” she spent time listening and began to consider ways to collaborate.

Photo by Lindsay Pinchbeck

In 2016 I traveled to Malawi with Lindsay Pinchbeck, founder and director of Sweet Tree Arts Center and Sweetland School in Hope, Me. We provided a 13 workshop for teachers in arts integration. You can read about our experience at the Go! Malawi site. Go! Malawi is a program that one of my former students established. Their mission is to collaborate with rural Malawian communities to develop sustainable programs in education, health care, commerce, and conservation. If you’re interested in traveling to Malawi in the future please email me at to learn more.

Both of these are just two examples of traveling – learning and teaching. This summer consider taking time to research ideas on ways to learn other than in a classroom. There are plenty of opportunities just waiting for you!


Happy Retirement!

June 21, 2018

Maine is fortunate to have such marvelous educators!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on student development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2017-18, I know that you join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state.

I certainly appreciate your commitment and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love!

The following have contributed a combined 483+ years to teaching visual or performing arts education!

  • VICKI BOVE, Gorham Middle School, Visual Arts, 40 years
  • FLO ESINGER, SAD l5, Visual Arts, ? years
  • ALLEN GRAFFAM, Mt. Ararat High School, Music, 42 years
  • KATIE HALL, Falmouth Elementary School, Visual Arts, 24 years
  • PHIL HAMMET, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, Visual Arts, 16 years
  • JULIE KLEHN, Waterboro Elementary School, Visual Arts, 31 years
  • STEPHANIE LEONARD, Fairmount School, Bangor, Visual Arts, 25 years
  • ANNE MACEACHERN, Sanford Junior High School, Visual Arts, 40 years
  • JENNI NULL, Songo Locks Elementary School, Music, 40 years
  • SAM MOORE-YOUNG, Carrie Ricker School, Litchfield, Music, 32 years
  • BEVERLY PACHECO, South School, Rockland, Music, 36 years
  • CANDACE PARKER, Lee Academy, Theatre Arts, 22 years
  • MARYELLEN SCHAPER, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Dance and PE, 42 years
  • CAROL SHUTT, Mount Desert Island Elementary School, Visual Arts, 22 years
  • KATHI SUSI, Pittston Consolidated School, Gardiner, Visual Arts, 28 years
  • THEO VAN DEVENTER, Mt. View Middle School, Thorndike, Music, 43 years
  • Flo Eslinger, who is retiring from elementary visual art after serving SAD

A wonderful note from Ann MacEachern on her retirement from Sanford Junior High School after 40 years:

“I’ll miss the chance to interact with kids as they discover talents they didn’t know they had. The outliers, the experimenters and the endearingly quirky denizens of the art room have made most days a joy. 

Retirement will give me a chance to reorder my priorities: more family time (I have 5 grandchildren), my OWN art projects need attention, traveling adventures, live music venues, environmental concerns, sorting years of accumulation to make space for new blessings… the list goes on. 

To ARTS teachers everywhere: Keep pushing for expansion ARTS time in school schedules, physical space in school buildings and fewer students per art teacher. The world needs creative problem solving now more than ever!”


Maine International Conference on the Arts

June 6, 2018

USM – September 27, 2018


Join the Maine Arts Commission at the University of Southern Maine Portland Abromson Community Education Center, where we will explore art making, arts education, capacity-building strategies and skills, and more – all specifically for Maine artists, arts educators, and arts organizations.

Please join us Thursday, September 27 at USM in Portland for the opening reception with entertainment at 5 p.m., followed by Maryo Gard Ewell’s 7 p.m. keynote.

Schedule and Early Bird registration

Thursday, September 27 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

      • Pre-conference Sessions – Discussions on Rural Community Development, professional development for Arts Educators, and Maine craft and traditional art apprenticeships  
      • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Opening Reception: A celebration of the arts with keynote speaker and performances
      • Keynote Speaker Maryo Gard Ewell– Rural Community Development in and Through the Arts

Friday, September 28 | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

      • 7:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast/Networking
      • 8:15 a.m. – Maine Artists Idea Lab : 6 speakers using the fast-paced and engaging pecha kucha-style format will knock your socks off with their newest innovations. Confirmed speakers include Lucas Richman, Music Director, Bangor Symphony Orchestra; Rene Johnson, Executive Director, Theater Ensemble of Color; Erin McGee Ferrell, Visual Artist; Kaitlyn Young, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year; Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy basketweaver;
      • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – 20 professional development sessions in 5 tracks running concurrently
        • Leveraging Investment. Learn to attract and leverage greater investment through corporate sponsorships, development planning, capitalization and more
        • Visibility. Discuss ways to increase awareness of creative opportunities, as well as their value to communities and local economies. Participate in a new, two-part workshop by MICA 2016 superstar Matt Lehrman, “Opportunity Everywhere, Parts I & II. Or attend a dynamic session hosted by DataArts/The Cultural Data Project on ways to connect your data to stories about your mission and impact, for more effective communications with key stakeholders
        • Arts Education. Participate in sessions on fostering PK-12 arts education and lifelong learning programs, including Creative Aging and Traditional Arts
        • Cultural Tourism. Gather the information you need to enhance experiences and leverage cultural tourism. Hear from organizations on their successes creating experiences outside of traditional venues, or attend a Rural Community Arts Development session facilitated by Maryo Gard Ewell.
        • Building Capacity. All you need to know on strategies for sustainability and increased impact, from an intensive on strategic planning with Julie Richard to a session on The Role of the Arts in Communities in Crisis.
      • 12:30 p.m. – Maine Arts Awards Luncheon hosted by ArtsEngageMe
      • Pop-up performances throughout the day

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Kaitlin Young

June 5, 2018

Music Educator

This is one of several blog posts in 2018 that include stories of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Phase 7 Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders. This series includes a set of questions so you can learn a little bit about each leader. CLICK HERE  for more information on MALI. CLICK HERE  for more information on the 93 Teacher Leaders and 8 Teaching Artist Leaders.  CLICK HERE  for Arts education resources. CLICK HERE  for the MALI Resource Bank. Search in the “search archives” box on the bottom right side of this post for past teacher leader stories. Thank you Kaitlin for sharing your story!

Kaitlin Young has taught music within the RSU 68 school district in Dover-Foxcroft, Me. for the last eight years. Currently she teaches music to students in prekindergarten through fourth grade at SeDoMoCha Elementary School. She is also the choral director of the SeDoMoCha Singers at SeDoMoCha Middle School. Kaitlin is the 2017 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year, and the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year.

What do you like best about being a music educator?

Music is pretty cool. I love that I have the unique pleasure of providing experiences for my students that are at times indescribable through words. I love to watch their faces when they hear something they have never heard before, or even better hear something they know and love in a new way. Moments when they laugh uncontrollably at a silly song, tear up as they connect to a piece of classical music, or beam with pride when they have created something uniquely their own.

I love that I get to share in these experiences that elicit strong emotional connections through music with my students. I love that I get to bring joy through song and movement, and that in my classroom kids get to be kids. Wonder and awe are essential to the human experience.

I love that music education provides students an outlet to express themselves as well as a way to connect to their community both locally and globally. I love that as an educator, regardless of content, what we do is about fostering relationships. I love that I get to build these relationships over several years and experience all of these moments of joy with my students.  We are engaged in this journey together.

What do you believe are three keys to ANY successful visual and performing arts education?

First, always keep an open mind.

No matter what role we hold within a Visual and Performing Arts program, (student, teacher, administrator, community member, etc.) it is essential that we continue to be open to possibilities. Whether it be growth and learning, actively sharing and listening to others ideas, thinking creatively about solving a problem, or simply being willing to try something new. Our ability to capitalize on those unexpected teachable moments will help us continue to engage others within our programs and help them to reflect our communities.

Second, build trusting relationships.

Relationships are the foundation of a strong education, and are essential to the human experience. We learn the most from people we trust and respect. The arts innately foster empathy, connections, and community. As a valued colleague once told me, “the arts bring people together.”

Third, be willing to persist and advocate for what you love!

We must set goals with our students and colleagues and actively pursue them even when the going gets tough. Advocacy is sharing what we love on behalf of those we love. And one of the best ways to advocate is empowering our students to find their voices and advocate for their future.

How have you found assessment to be helpful to you in your classroom?

Assessments are a tool to help us to know where we are, where we are going, and clarify how we might need to get there. Once I grasped the concept that assessments could be informative and diagnostic (which felt much different from when I was in school!) it changed the way I viewed learning the learning process. I love being able to use consistent language to identify the skills necessary to help my students develop and grow into strong musicians. Assessment provides the opportunity to improve feedback and promote positive conversation surrounding learning goals and growth for both students and teachers!

Utilizing assessments to share what students need to know and be able to do to demonstrate their learning has allowed students to take control. Assessment has also helped us to advocate within our school community as we challenge the belief that music education is just for the talented few.

What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the Maine Arts Leadership initiative?

Working with such an inspiring and passionate group of educators brings out the best in everyone! Whether it is the facilitated discussions within professional development sessions, informal conversation surrounding our craft at lunch, or follow up phone calls/zoom meetings with friends I always leave feeling uplifted, supported, and encouraged to challenge myself to grow as a professional.

My growth throughout my teaching career has been supported through various opportunities provided by the work of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (formerly Maine Arts Assessment Initiative) and I continue to look forward to the connections that I will be able to make and the doors that may open through this continued experience.

What are you most proud of in your career?

My kids. It might sound cliche, but my husband and I do not have biological kids (yet…growth mindset!) and I love that I get to share in many special moments with all of them each and every day and over the course of many years!

I take pride in all of the small moments where they accomplish something they didn’t think was possible or when they make a fantastic connection that gives greater purpose and meaning to what they are learning. Over the last year it has brought me great joy to share their thoughts and ideas with others as I have presented at conferences as I advocate on behalf of our profession. I continue to be inspired by their words and I am proud that I get to share their ideas!

Kaitlin at the Hall of Flags in Augusta with the arts teachers honored as the 2018 county teachers of the year. (l to r) Kaitlin, Sagadahoc: Christine Del Rossi, Mt. Ararat High School, Knox: Anthony Lufkin, Friendship Village School, Prescott Memorial School, Union Elementary, and Waldo: David Coffey, Belfast Area High School and Troy Howard Middle School

What gets in the way of being a better teacher or doing a better job as a teacher?

Paperwork, pressure, and misperceptions oh my! While I am a strong advocate for assessment and high quality education I do agree that often times I can get caught up in the administrative aspects of my job. In a time of “evaluation and accountability” there can be intense pressure to justify your worth, or the worth of your program, based on the misperception of what music education is or “should be,” not upon what we know, as professionals, to be best for our students. Music education, and what music classes might look like, continue to evolve. We have, hopefully, moved further away from some of the sit and get or “mouth the words” experiences that others have had. It can be hard to alter or influence the expectations of those who may have had a poor music experience, do not understand, or simply do not value what it is that we do. That can lead to logistical challenges including itinerant or unrealistic schedules, a less than ideal physical work environment (like being on a cart!), or unsupportive administrators and/or communities. However the need to understand and explain (often way more than we would like) the importance of what we are teaching and why we are teaching it sets us up to be some of the most reflective and effective advocates for our students!

Look into your crystal ball: what advice would you give to teachers?

Take the advice that you give to your students each and every day in your classrooms.  Actively listen. Be reflective and patient. Play nice with others. Dream big, think different, work hard, and be kind.

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C. representing Maine as the 2018 Teacher of the Year Kaitlin takes the opportunity to have a conversation with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

I would love to start a scholarship for my students to have the opportunity to travel to explore musical opportunities/experiences beyond our local and state community on a consistent basis. I would also like to take my husband on a road trip across our country, specifically to see all of the National Parks. His affinity and admiration for the beauty that simply exists through nature always inspires me to pause and appreciate the small moments.

Imagine you are 94 years old. You’re looking back. Do you have any regrets?

I wish I would have been more diligent about writing down the small special moments from the classroom during the beginning of my career. Mostly because my memory is not what it used to be, but also because in education it is the small moments that fill up our buckets. That’s what I will look back upon and smile about the most!

Thank you Kaitlin for representing Maine educators as our 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year. 

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