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Happy Retirement!

June 22, 2017

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, 2016-17, I know that you will join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state. I certainly appreciate the commitment from the following educators and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love!

  • LINDA BABB, RSU#25, Bucksport, visual art, 47 years
  • SUE BOISVERT, Scarborough, music
  • JIM BROWN, China Middle School, music. 16+ years
  • MARY DEVENNEY, Erskine Academy, visual art, 18 wonderful years
  • DEBBIE DiGREGORIO, C.K. Burns School, Saco, visual art, 32 years
  • PAUL GREENSTONE, Lake Region High School + other schools over the years, music, 40+ years of teaching
  • SUSAN HANSON, Blue Point and Eight Corners School, grades K-2, visual art, 31 years
  • KENNETH JONES, North Haven Community School, grades K-12, visual art, dance, theater, 24 years
  • MARGIE LANDIS, Mt. Ararat High School, music, 30 years
  • BETH LIBBY, Wentworth School, grades 3-5, visual art, 36 years
  • ROBERT HELSTROM, Hodgdon, music
  • CHERYL McGOWAN, Skowhegan Area Middle School, music, 36 very full years
  • BETTY MCINTYRE, Windham High School, music, 32 years
  • PAUL SCHNELL, George E. Jack and Edna Libby Schools in Standish (SAD/RSU 6), incredible music teacher, 40 years
  • JOYCE St. PIERRE, Sanford Schools, elementary visual art, 40 years
  • SARAH STUART, Mattanawcook Junior High School, Lincoln, visual art, 40 years
  • PAM TURCOTTE, Winthrop Grade School, visual art, 37 years
Together these teachers have taught for over 500 years! WOWZER! If you or someone you know is not on the list and retiring please email me and I’d be glad to add them to the list. Thanks!
In and email from Joyce St. Pierre
Art in a room, from a box going floor to floor and room to room, on a cart and in a beautiful art room….all my experiences.
Taught from 6 to 12 classes a day, in 4 to 7 buildings a week, in 22 schools located by lakes, in mountains, towns and cities!
Students ranged from pre-K to K – 6, HS, college, adult ed, and an alternative school.
It’s been fun, frustrating, exhilarating, challenging, expected and unexpected…all over and more…
I’ve worked with some of the best people in the world!
Wouldn’t have changed a thing.
In an email from Kenneth Jones
I have been the k-12 Visual Art teacher from 1998 to 2010 and since then I’ve taught Visual Art k-4 and 9-12. During the entire time I was also the k-12 Physical Education teacher from 1993-2017. Inside of the P.E. job I’ve leaned heavily on my BFA in Dance and Theater. I choreographed all of the John Wulp productions on North Haven (including “Islands”) and produced a Circus Arts presentation every other year for the past twelve years that is full of dance. Every three years I’ve led an “Empty Bowls” fund raiser- focused on a different food bank in Maine or in the world.
Janis (my wife and the k-12 French teacher at NHCS) are off to Durres, Albania where she has accepted a job teaching 2-8 French and TEFL English on the high school level at the Albanian College- Durres. I’ve been promised that they will find a way to keep me busy. I’m taking my bike so I will, very happily, peddle Albania .
Thank you for all of your support over the years. I have benefited tremendously from the conferences I have attended over the years. They serve such an important role for any teachers in isolated positions. I remember your journey to North Haven when North Haven was recognized for Excellence in the Arts. As I recall, it was a bit of a sloppy day on the water!
It has been quite a run on the island but we are both excited for this next adventure.
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How Will You Spend Summer?

June 15, 2017

Summer is ‘acoming

With summer just around I’m sure your planning for the time away from school. How will you spend your summer break? Last week the Teachers Edition, a publication put out electronically from the US Department of Education, asked teachers that question. Below is what they heard from educators:

5. “Rest, reflect, renew to be rejuvenated and ready for the year.” Teacher, New York

4. “Fellowships, family time and planning for next year!” Teacher, California

3. “After a long school year, I’m going to spend my summer reinvesting in myself and my family.” Teacher, Illinois

2. “My plans are to do nothing. Just kidding, I have professional development every week this summer!” Teacher, Utah

1. “I plan to spend time with family and friends, teach a class, and take part in PD.” Teacher, Delaware

How about you? How will you spend your summer break? Perhaps with a good book at the beach. Id you have any recommendations please let me know by posting a comment at the end of this blog post OR you can email me your answer at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Phase VII MALI Leaders Announced

June 13, 2017

Congrats!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 PK-12 Maine visual and performing arts educators and 6 teaching artists for stepping forward and taking on the role of “leader” in Maine arts education. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is launching Phase VII!

Leaders will attend a 3-day summer institute at Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education and focus on their own learning; “teacher centered”. They will explore their own learning and over the next year share their learning using multiple medium. The Phase VII MALI planners are excited about this direction as they put together an agenda focused on growth mindset and hands-on engaged learning sessions.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following new MALI Teaching Artist Leaders and PK-12 Teacher Leaders:

TEACHING ARTIST LEADERS

  • NICOLE CARDANO – Theater
  • BRIAN EVANS-JONES – Creative Writing
  • RANDY FEIN – Visual Arts
  • DANA LEGAWIEC – Creative Theater
  • TOM LUTHER – Music
  • MARIE PALLUOTTO – Visual Arts

PK-12 TEACHER LEADERS

  • KRISTINE BISSON – Music 6-8 Marshwood Middle School, Eliot
  • DAVID COFFEY – Music 6-12 Belfast High School, Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast
  • AMY DONOVAN-NUCCI – Visual Art K-3 Horace Mitchell School, Kittery
  • ADELE O’BRIEN-DRAKE – Visual Art 6-8 Leonard Middle School, Old Town
  • LAURA GIBBONS – Visual Art K-6 Montello Elementary School, Lewiston
  • JAN GILL – Music PK-2 Spruce Mountain Primary School, Livermore
  • LCINDI KUGELL – Visual Art 9-12 Oxford Hills High School, Oxford
  • LORI SPRUCE – Visual Art 9-12 Brewer High School
  • WILL STECHER – Music PK-4 Newport and Corinna Elementary Schools
  • DANIELLE SULLIVAN – Music PK-8 Etna-Dixmont School
  • DOROTHY TRIPP – Music K-5 Manchester and Readfield Elementary Schools
  • KAITLIN YOUNG – Music PK-8 SeDoMoCha Elementary/Middle Schools, Dover-Foxcroft
If you’d like to learn more about MALI please CLICK HERE. The website created by MALI called Maine Arts Assessment Resources is located at THIS LINK. And, for the Resource Bank please CLICK HERE.

Teacher Leader Jean Phillips, Theatre Wiscasset High School

If you have any questions about the role of teacher leader please contact me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.
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University of Wisconsin Marching Band

May 30, 2017

Such fun!

Less than two weeks ago I was sitting out back of the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) building eating lunch with two colleagues and I heard the sound of instruments coming from the direction of the State House. I was curious so I headed over and out of the front of the building ran the MAC director, Julie Richard. She recognized the music of the University of Wisconsin, Oh! Wisconsin, since she went to school there and had played in the marching band and was very familiar with the arrangement.

Turns out that there were seven members of the marching band on a two-week road trip and they were playing at stops along the way. It was especially sweet for Julie since she was the first flugelhorn player at the University of Wisconsin. They asked dozens of questions about her experiences and we asked dozens of questions about their pathways.

They were headed to Bar Harbor to spend a few days in Acadia National Park to hike and explore. We made a few suggestions of places to go (and play). I suggested that if they needed a place to camp on their way south to send a text or call.

Sure enough, four days later I got a text and they were looking for suggestions on what to do in the mid-coast. I sent them a couple of lists and invited them for supper and to camp on the lawn. In the meantime, I emailed some friends and invited them for a pot luck and performance on the lawn. It turned out to be a beautiful evening and with friends and neighbors we enjoyed each others company enormously. It was wonderful to see the students with the neighbor children sharing their instruments and even including some instruction.

Five of the seven are engineer majors and auditioned for the band of 300+ because of the opportunity to be part of the community. We discussed everything from living on campus to courses, to why they chose their major, to opportunities to families, to what connection music had to the broader question about learning, and on and on. Who knows, maybe one (or more) will change their minds and go into teaching – they are naturals!

It was clear that they hadn’t eaten real well on the trip so we were glad to fill them with bar-be-cue chicken, hamburgers, salads and ice cream with Maine strawberries for dessert. The next morning we had a full breakfast including waffles with Maine syrup and blueberry sauce, yogurt and milk from our friends’ cows. We sent them on the road with lunch and waved so long as they headed down the road.

Needless to say we had great fun! I was reminded of the importance of kindness and reaching out beyond myself. They were the NICEST group of college students I’ve met in some time. I learned so much and was grateful for the opportunity to connect with seven wonderful young people! And, couldn’t help but know that the future is in good hands!

For me the moral of the story: don’t let a moment go by that I don’t go running when I hear music playing in the distance! Or to echo a Malawian saying: Likaomba Othelatu. Whenever you have the chance – use it – don’t let it go.

See a video of them playing on the lawn by CLICKING HERE.

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Congratulations Music Educators

May 24, 2017

Accomplishing at the highest level

Congratulations to the following Maine Music Educators who received awards last week during the Maine Music Educators Association annual conference at UMaine Orono.

MMEA School Admistrator of the Year: Barbara Jordan, Principal of the Albert S. Hall School, Waterville

Sue Barre, Barbara Jordan, Ciara Hargrove, Kristen Alberts

Maine Music Educator of the Year: Mike Sakash, Fryeburg Academy

Mike Sakash with Josh Bosse

Maine New Music Educator Award: Josh Champagne of Sanford High School

Ben Potvin with Josh Champagne

Dale Huff Outstanding Music Department Award – Music Educators: Ashley Albert, Jill Hodgdon, Danielle Murphy,  Heidi Anderson, Mike Scarpone and Lisa Cushman, Assistant Principal, Brunswick Junior High School representing administration

Ashley Albert, Jill Hodgdon, Danielle Murphy, Heidi Anderson, Mike Scarpone and Lisa Cushman, Assistant Principal, Brunswick Junior High School representing administration

Maine Music Educators Appreciation Award:

Brian Nadeau

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Superb All-State

May 23, 2017

Congrats on a great conference MMEA!

The registration table was well cared for with Sam Moore-Young, Ben Potvin, and UMaine music major student Micaela Ellis.

We know that it takes a village for success to happen and the many hands that planned (for months) to put together a celebratory Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference are to be commended. Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to those who took care of the many details!

All smiles in the vendor section! Pamela Kinsey, Roger Whitney, and Glen Sargent.

This year the MMEA celebrates 100 years. In fact, MMEA is the oldest professional state music association in the country. Certainly something to be proud of!!! There are many dedicated people who have come and gone during the last 100 years who have proudly lead the organization. Those who come forward and do their parts as leaders stand on the shoulders of giants! At this time Waterville music educator Sue Barre serves as President. Thank you for the endless hours and your dedication!

Fun in the Motor Booty horn section!

For those of you who are history buffs I thank music educator Sam Moore-Young, Craig Skeffington and retired music educator Bob Mode for providing the following…

Our parent organization, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) began as a small meeting of 104 music supervisors in Keokuk, Iowa in 1907 after the 1906 National Education Association (NEA) was canceled due to the San Francisco earthquake. After meeting again in 1909 in reaction to the NEA not addressing the concerns of music supervisors, the group formally organized in 1910 and called itself the Music Supervisors National Conference (MSNC).

In October 1915, at a meeting of music supervisors held in connection with the state Teachers Convention in the assembly room of Portland High School, it was decided that it was advisable to form a closer association of Maine school music teachers. A committee was formed to draw up a constitution. This was the beginning of the first state-level organization of public school music teachers in the United States.

For a number of years, the new organization, known as the Maine Music Supervisors Association (MMSA), met only once a year, at the time of the State Teachers Convention in October. At the October 1917 meeting in Bangor, with forty people in attendance, it was voted to collect dues of twenty-fie cents per year. 

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Congrats Pam Rhein

May 22, 2017

Music educator recognized

Pam Rhein receiving her award from Oxford Hill music educator Dennis Boyd, President of the Maine American Choral Directors Association.

RSU 18 Music educator Pam Rhein has been named the 2017 Maine Distinguished Choral Director by the American Choral Directors Association! A packed room of respected choral music educators from across the state stood and applauded for a VERY long time when Pam was presented her award.

Pam is busy today serving on the Arts Learning grant panel for the Maine Arts Commission. We salute you Pam on your much deserved award and wish you a warm congratulations!

 

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