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Trip to The County

May 16, 2016

Aroostook county

Most days I feel fortunate to do the work I do. Let’s face, I believe working with Maine’s Visual and Performing Arts teachers is a great job! Most days it doesn’t feel like work because I love it so much. (Don’t mistake this for an easy job!) I don’t get to Aroostook County or the areas of Maine that are further away from the Maine Arts Commission office as much as I’d like but, when I do it is a wonderful treat.

IMG_2127Recently I traveled to the County (as Aroostook is affectionately know to many) and learned a great deal AND had a fabulous time. The early morning drive north on 95, once I reach Bangor, is an opportunity to turn off the radio and look and think. It took me almost 4 hours from my home to my first destination, Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle.


Wintergreen Arts Center, Presque Isle

I met with Dottie Hutchins, the Executive Director of the Wintergreen Arts Center and with the co-chairs of the center board members Heather Harvell, and Kim Guerrette Michaud. I felt like I had known them for a long time. The center has many successful programs that range from pre-school programs to after school art programs for young kids through teenagers to programs for adults. They are a growing center with so much to offer. If you are in Presque Isle be sure and stop in and say hello to the folks there. Dottie and the crew are working on a series of blog posts for meartsed so you can learn more in depth about their programs.

IMG_2132From there I headed north to visit Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Art Teacher Leader and Leadership Team member Theresa Cerceo. First stop, after my hour drive was at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville where Theresa was teaching a science lab. Yes, art integration in action. It wasn’t about the product but about learning by asking questions and experimenting with materials. For example, students were grinding leaves with a little bit of water. Students test scores in math and reading have increased due to the work that ALL teachers are doing during the weekly labs.


SLAM at Wisdom High School, St. Agatha

From there I headed north again  to Wisdom Middle/High School in St. Agatha to visit with the Students Leaders in the Arts Movement (SLAM). It provided the opportunity to talk and listen to the members of SLAM at their own school. We exchanged ideas on the school board presentation they are preparing for. SLAM kicked off the statewide arts education census in December by creating a video inviting principals to submit the survey. It was great to share some of the results – 95% response. So proud of the advocacy work this group is doing. If you are interested in learning more or starting your own SLAM chapter please contact Theresa at


Sip and Paint

Back to Presque Isle for supper with the MALI Teacher Leaders who planned the workshop I was attending the next day including Sue Beaulier who teaches Art K-12 in Ashland, Josh Bosse (and his lovely wife), Music PK-12 in Madawaska, Leadership Team member, Pam Kinsey, Music K-12 Easton, and Theresa. After supper we stopped into the Wintergreen Arts to see the center filled with 31 adults painting as part of a fundraiser, Sip and Paint.


Jake Sturtevant presenting long distance

The next day I headed west for the MALI Mega Workshop at the beautiful Ashland School. Students were in session but you couldn’t tell. The school is laid out beautifully and the rooms are lovely places to work. Thanks Sue for hosting. It was a wonderful day with the following workshops offered:

  • Critical Thinking in the Art Room – Sue Beaulier
  • Individual Assessments in an Ensemble – Jake Sturtevant, joining electronically
  • GT Toolbox: Tools for the GT Classroom – Josh Bosse
  • Changing the Way We Think About Special Ed. Students
  • Studio Habits of Mind: Planting Seeds Towards Growth and Proficiency in the Arts – Theresa Cerceo

IMG_2147The day was complete with a discussion on PBE to learn where arts teachers in the County are on the continuum. And, two woman from the Partners in the Arts Presentation shared information about the organization and encouraged teachers to apply for grant funding.


MALI Mega participants

Lunch was delicious and the company was wonderful! Congratulations to the MALI Teacher Leaders and to Dave Ouellette from CACE who planned a great professional development opportunities for their colleagues in the County. The drive to the County is far but it is well worth the distance. I learned a great deal and had fun talking with folks about their arts education program. I had never been that far northeast but I must say the trip was so beautiful, especially along Long Lake (ice still on) in St. Agatha. I still need to get to Madawaska – next trip to the County (Josh!).

Long Lake

Long Lake


Another Arts Teacher’s Story: Josh Bosse

March 8, 2016

MALI Teacher Leader series

MALI_V1_Color_100ppiThis is the first blog post of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Phase 5  Teacher Leader stories. This series contains a set of questions so you can learn a little bit about the work they are doing as Maine arts educators. CLICK HERE for more information on MALI. CLICK HERE for more information on the 73 of the MALI Teacher Leaders. CLICK HERE for Arts education resources. Search in the “search archives” box on the bottom right side of this post for past stories. There have been 60 posted to date.

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 5.41.55 AMJoshua Bosse currently teaches music, grades K-12 at the Madawaska School Department (MSD). He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 2011, and has been teaching at MSD since. Josh teaches almost 500 students throughout the week and am responsible in teaching them general music (EC-8), band (elementary, middle & high school), marching and pep band (7-12), guitar ensemble, and chorus (elementary). His true passion, however, lies with the high school band, because to hear the students express their feelings through music is truly amazing! “I get so excited when we learn a new piece, then as we work on it, I can see the growth and beauty coming from the students, and to have a concert at the end of the semester to show the audience how much we have grown and developed as musicians; it’s what I live for!

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

1) Passion, 2) Communication, and 3) Drive. The reason that you need passion is because if you are not passionate about what you teach, how can you instill passion into the heart and souls of these students who you are molding to become well rounded adults. Communication with other arts educators has been a saving grace for me this year! Getting different ideas, getting help with understanding of certain topics, and much more has helped me so much this year. Drive is also a must, because there are those days where it seems that everything you do is either not heard or respected, and some days you are completely stressed out! Most, if not all, of us have had those days, but what gets us through it is our passion for the arts and communication with other arts teachers in order to “vent” out frustrations and get different ideas to use for our classrooms. Having both passion and communication, definitely drives me to be a better educator.

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

Since joining MALI, I have been able to come up with my standards which I have also been able to implement in my high school band class. Since I have started using my standards, I have been more focused on the growth aspect of each student rather than the “final product.” I have also been having students keep track of their learning, and I know that they are seeing a growth in their musicality, which in turn helps for a better “end product.”

What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the arts assessment initiative?

I have become a bigger advocate for the arts, by leading workshops, connecting with other arts teachers, and much more.

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

The biggest thing that gets in my way of teaching is having all the laws/rules and all the paperwork that we have to fill out in order to make sure that we are “effective” teachers. I feel as though there is so much happening outside the classroom, that it actually effects the inside of our classroom. I also feel that time is a huge factor in becoming a better teacher. Sometimes there is just not enough time to get to the things that you want to, which may change the outcome of a certain product.

What are you most proud of in your career?

The thing that I am most proud of and worked hard at in my career would have to be being part of MALI. The reason that I say this is because I have become a better music educator and a better advocate for the arts. Looking at myself in regards to these two things, I am seeing growth in myself and in my students. They are actually learning the material that I am presenting to them, and in turn, it makes me feel more accomplished as an educator, because I know that they are receiving a wonderful music education.

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

The best advice that I can give to other teachers would be to COMMUNICATE!!! You don’t know how many times I have had to talk to other teachers and/or professionals who actually “get” what I am going through. The good, the bad and the ugly are great things to share with fellow colleagues. I don’t know where I would be without the communication aspect of my job!

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

If I was given $500,000, the first thing I would do is pay off mine and my wife’s student loans and other bills. They have been such a hassle to deal with since starting my “real life” in the “real world.” My life would be much simpler without them, and that way, I can actually save up and do the things that I want. With a quarter of the money gone, I would definitely donate to my church, purchase some new(er) instruments and fix some of our other instruments for my school, take a nice vacation to Europe with my lovely wife, and actually start a family without financial worries. Whatever I have left, I would save up and continue working to the point of retirement.

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

I do what I love on a daily basis, and not everyone can say that. Looking over my short (but sweet) career, there is nothing that I regret doing. I look forward to being able to continue instilling my love of music into the children that I teach; there is nothing to regret about that!




Madawaska Middle/High School

January 27, 2016

Music students create blog

The following blog post was written by Elizabeth Theriault who is a GT Music student at Madawaska Middle/High School and is one of the Gifted and Talented students at the high school. Elizabeth plans to study journalism.

Elizabeth Theriault

Elizabeth Theriault

We are the advocates, we are the voices, we are the supporters. We are the Gifted and Talented Music students of Madawaska Middle/High School.

Our blog represents all of which we want to accomplish, being students of the arts. It is focused, but not limited to promoting music and music education in our school and community. Madawaska Middle/High School has seen a serious decline in their arts programs, leaving those who are interested and/ or talented in those areas with no outlet to explore and learn. Therefore, it is our goal to try to promote the arts, including music, to build back the support it once had. It is a big job, but taking small steps, like making a blog to promote the arts of students, can add up over time.

The students behind this blog are the students that will be the voice for all painters, musicians, photographers, artists and more that want to be heard. We plan on using those voices to stir up as much support as we can. To show that the arts are important, the arts do matter, and the arts will play an important role in students lives.

Currently, our blog has numerous articles written by students themselves all about their own personal experiences with music. These articles illustrate how much music means to all of us, and we hope it inspires others so it means something to them as well.

So, our blog may be small, but we have dreams for it to grow into something that will make a difference in our lives as students today, and for many more students to come.

If you want to help us make that difference, come check out our blog at and spread the word on the importance of music and the arts in education.

This group of students work with Madawaska Middle/High School music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Josh Bosse.


Phase 5 MAAI Teacher Leaders Announced!

May 26, 2015


Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 1.05.09 AMThe Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Phase 5 Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leaders.  Thirteen visual and performing arts educators have applied and were selected to join the 61 Teacher Leaders from the other four MAAI phases. The total is 74 Teacher Leaders. Fifty will be active this year. The MAAI Leadership Team joins me in congratulating the teachers listed below who represent all grade levels, PK-12 and Dance, Music, and Visual Arts.

Almost 40 teachers will meet for three days in Portland this summer for professional development that is likely to be energetic, mind-filling, and a great opportunity to expand ideas on teaching and learning. Not to mention a chance to meet and network with arts educators from across the state. I am excited about the work we are furiously planning. Of course I will keep you posted as the MAAI, Phase 5 progresses. If you have any questions about MAAI please don’t hesitate to contact me at And, I do hope that you will join us at some point during Phase 5 at one of the professional development offerings that the Teacher Leaders are providing.


  • JOSH BOSSE – Madawaska Schools, grades PK-12
  • VIRGIL BOZEMAN – Richmond Middle/High School, grades 6-12
  • DIANNE FENALSON – Spruce Mountain Middle School, grades 6-12
  • NANCY KINKADE – Mattanawcook Junior High School, grades 5-12
  • TREVOR MARCHO – Mattanawcook Academy, grades 9-12


  • SAMANTHA ARMSTRONG –Paris and Hebron Elementary Schools, grades K-6
  • ELISE BOTHEL –  Narragansett Elementary School, grades K-5
  • IVA DAMON – Leavitt Area High School, grades 9-12
  • HOLLY LEIGHTON – Mattanawcook Academy, grades 9-12
  • LYNDA LEONAS -Farwell and Longley Elementary Schools, grades K-6
  • MANDI MITCHELL – Hermon High School, grades 9-12
  • ALLIE RIMKUNAS   – Great Falls Elementary School, grades K-5

The Maine Arts Assessment Resources page is located at You will find a ton of information and resources that was either gathered or created by Teacher Leaders and the Leadership Team of MAAI from the past.

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